We'd hate to see you leave Libsyn, but if you decide to move on, you can easily close your podcast and move to your new host. The process involves several steps that are outlined below.
Move Your Content to Your New Host
After you close your podcast with Libsyn, you won't have access to your content. That's why it's important to make sure your episodes, artwork, and everything else you want to keep has moved to your new location before you close your podcast.
Different hosts use different processes for moving content, so you should contact your new host to find out how to move your content from Libsyn to its new location.
Point Directories from Libsyn to Your New Feed
Directories where you publish your episodes, like Apple Podcasts, get your information by pulling it from your RSS feed. These directories will continue to look for your Libsyn feed, so you have to update them to go to your new feed instead. To do so, you have to set up a redirect in Libsyn. Here's how:
- Sign in to Libsyn and, if you have more than one show, select the show that you want to close.
- Click the icon in the top of your Libsyn account to display the Settings page.
- Click Advanced Tools.
- In the row for Feed & Website Redirects, click Edit to display the Feed & Website Redirects form.
- Complete the fields:
Feed Redirect URL
Paste the URL for your new feed here to update directories to go to your new feed instead of your Libsyn feed.
Website Redirect URL If you are using the Libsyn Podcast Website and want to redirect to a new website URL, you can enter the new URL here. See Set up Your Libsyn Podcast Website. Use New Feed URL Tag Not applicable. This field is only referenced when moving to Libsyn from another host. For more information, see Moving an Existing Podcast to Libsyn.
- Click Save.
Note that not all directories automatically update to your new feed with a redirect — you might need to manually update some directories for them to start going to your new feed. Check with your new host for assistance with any directories that don't automatically update.
Close Your Show with Libsyn
After you have made sure that your content has moved to your new host and your redirect to your new feed is in place, you can safely close your show with Libsyn. See Close Your Podcast.
Once your close your show, your content will no longer appear in Libsyn after the last calendar day of the month, but the redirect you set up will still be active. That means that directories looking for your Libsyn feed will still get redirected to your new one, but your content — such as episodes or artwork — will no longer be available in your Libsyn account.