If you host your podcast with another provider, bringing it over to Libsyn is easy. Once you move to Libsyn, you can start enjoying our features, such as our advanced publishing and stats, our wide distribution to the most popular apps and platforms, and our excellent technical and industry support to ensure you succeed.
This article walks you through how to move your podcast to Libsyn.
Step 1: Sign up for Libsyn
To get started, sign up for a Libsyn account at the following page: https://signup.libsyn.com/
After you've signed up and chosen a plan, you're ready to move your existing content to Libsyn.
Step 2: Import Your Content to Your Libsyn Account
Now that you set up your account, sign in so you can import your podcast's content — including all of your episodes and more — from its old location to Libsyn.
To import your content:
- Click theicon in the top of your Libsyn account to display the Settings page.
- Click Advanced Tools.
- In the row for Feed Sync & Import, click Edit.
- Complete the fields:
Action Select One Time Import. Feed URL
Paste the URL for your old RSS feed.
Ignore changes to metadata
Select if you want to pull in episode information without changing show settings.
Delete items not found in feed
Select if you want to delete items in your Libsyn feed that don't match those in the feed you're importing.
- Click Submit.
If your old feed has:
- No lock tag - We'll automatically begin to import your content.
- Lock tag set to Yes - We'll send an email to the address associated with your old feed, asking you to set the lock tag to No to allow your feed to be imported.
- Lock tag set to No - We'll send an email to the address associated with your old feed, asking you to verify that you are granting permission for your feed to be imported.
When your feed has been imported, we'll send an email to the address associated with your old feed to let you know.
Please do not proceed to Step 3 until after your feed has been imported and you have verified that all of your episodes are available at Libsyn.
Step 3: Create a Tag to Update Your Directories
Now that your new Libsyn RSS feed is ready, you need to generate a new feed URL tag. Creating this tag is part of the process of getting podcast directories to update automatically to your new feed. It works in conjunction with the redirect that you'll create in step 5. But first, to create your new feed URL tag:
- 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.
- In the Use New Feed URL Tag field, select Yes.
- Click Save.
Step 4: Copy the URL for Your Libsyn Feed
Podcast directories will need the URL for your new feed. See Understand Your RSS Feed.
To find the URL for your Apple Podcasts / Libsyn Classic Feed:
- Go to your Dashboard page.
- Scroll to the Quick Links section.
- Click theicon next to Feed.
The URL will be copied to your clipboard.
Step 5: Create a 301 Redirect at Your Old Host
A 301 redirect at your old host will tell podcast directories that your URL has permanently moved to a new place. When some directories encounter the 301 redirect at your old host in conjunction with the new feed URL tag you created in Step 3, they will automatically update and start using your new Libsyn location.
You'll need to contact your old host, provide them with the URL for your old feed with them, and instruct them to redirect it to your new Apple Podcasts / Libsyn Classic Feed URL, which you copied in step 4.
After you set up the redirect, we recommend that you maintain your account with your old host for up to four weeks so that the redirect remains in place long enough to ensure that all of your directories have enough time to update to your new URL.
For your convenience, here is a list of how to set up the 301 redirect with some popular hosts:
Step 6: Send Directories to Your New Libsyn Feed
When podcast directories encounter the 301 redirect at your old host (step 5) in conjunction with the new feed URL tag you created at your new host (step 3), many of them will automatically update and use your new Libsyn location going forward.
Podcast directories that automatically update include:
- Apple Podcasts
- Google Podcasts
Some directories won't follow a 301 redirect to your new feed. In those cases, you'll need to contact the directory to ask them to update the URL manually.
Podcast directories that must be updated manually include:
- Stitcher (Follows 301 redirects only while they remain in place at your old host, so we recommend contacting them directly for help.)
Our Libsyn Support Team can help! If you publish content to a directory that must be manually updated, discuss it with our Libsyn Support Team at the following email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Libsyn Support can help you configure those directories in Libsyn and get them updated where appropriate.
Step 7: Close Your Account at Your Old Host
When you have made sure that all the directories you publish your episodes to are now using your Libsyn feed, you can close your account at your old host.
Congratulations and welcome to Libsyn!
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