It's important for your listeners to be able to subscribe to your show in their favourite podcast app, but the sheer number of apps can be confusing. Often it's tempting to just put the RSS feed URL in all the boxes in your podcast's Subscription Links settings page, but that won't work, and it will just frustrate your listeners.

We've recently added some checks to your subscription links, to make sure the URLs are correct, and point to the correct apps and directories. Whether you've received a notification out-of-the-blue, or you've just changed your subscription link settings and you're seeing some red text, here's what to do.

Fixing your Apple Podcasts URL

Apple Podcasts is the updated name for the iTunes Podcast store, but it's still powered by the iTunes directory. You can use the iTunes app on your Mac, or the Podcasts app on your iPhone, to search for your podcast. Use the Share button within your podcast page and copy the URL to your clipboard. Apple Podcasts URLs typically look like this example:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/show-slug/id1234567890

Fixing your Google Podcasts URL

In June 2018, Google released a standalone podcasts app that is not part of the Google Play Music store. It's available in countries outside of the US, and uses Google's search index rather than the iTunes directory. If you previously had a Google Play Music store URL, you'll need to change it.

We've tried to automatically generate your Google Podcasts URL, but if it doesn't appear to work, follow these instructions.

To find your new Google Podcasts URL, use the Google Podcasts URL checker. Enter your RSS feed URL and click "Generate". If you receive an error saying that your feed is not indexed, do one of the following:

If your podcast is very new, wait a few days for Google to index your show
If your feed starts with http:// , replace that part with https://
Alternatively, if your feed starts with https://  , replace that part with http://  (Google may have a slightly different version of your feed indexed)

If none of the above work, this is not something we can help with, as it's a purely Google issue.

Your Google Podcasts URL will look something like this example:

https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aBcDeFgHiJkLmNoPQrStUvWxYz%3D%3

Finding your RadioPublic URL

Search the RadioPublic player website for your show. Click the show title and then paste the URL from your browser. It'll look something like the following example:

https://play.radiopublic.com/show-slug-1aB2cd

Finding your Stitcher URL

Search the Stitcher website for your show. Click the show title and then paste the URL from your browser. It'll look something like the following example:

https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/host-name/show-slug

Finding your TuneIn URL

Search the TuneIn website for your show. Click the show title and then paste the URL from your browser. It'll look something like the following example:

https://tunein.com/podcasts/Category/Show-Slug-p1234567/

Finding your PocketCasts URL

Submit your feed to the Pocket Casts directory and paste the URL from the bottom of the page. It'll look something like the following example:

http://pca.st/abcD

Finding your Overcast URL

If you have an Apple Podcasts directory USL, your Overcast URL should be automatically set, and will look like this example:

https://overcast.fm/itunes/1234567890 

If you don't yet have an Apple Podcasts URL, subscribe to your show in the Overcast app, then login to the Overcast website using the same credentials you signed up with (you may need to enable email address authentication in the Overcast app on your phone if you haven't signed up for an account).

Search for your show by name, click the title and then copy the URL from your browser's address bar. It'll look like this example:

https://overcast.fm/a123456-BCdEfG

If all else fails

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