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How to Submit Your Podcast to Spotify for Free [2022]

Spotify is the world's second most popular podcast directory and accounts for 26.4% of all podcast downloads. It's the most popular podcast app for Android users and the second most popular for iOS users.

Listing your podcast on Spotify lets you reach listeners who don't use traditional podcast apps and gives you access to valuable listener data and analytics.

Follow this step-by-step guide to get your podcast listed on Spotify!

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Step #1. Meet the basic requirements

Before submitting your podcast, make sure it meets Spotify's requirements. You should have at least one published podcast episode in your feed, and your audio files should be in MP3 format with bitrates between 96 and 320 kbps.

If you host with Buzzsprout, your files automatically meet this requirement.

Check your podcast's settings to make sure you have the following:

  • podcast title
  • podcast description
  • original podcast cover art (3000 x 3000 pixels in PNG or JPG)
  • podcast artist name
  • selected category(s)
  • primary language
  • episode titles within 20 characters

Step #2. Create a Spotify account

Visit Spotify for Podcasters to get started. You can create a Spotify account or log in using Facebook. We suggest creating an account using the email address associated with your podcast host.

Click Get Started and agree to Spotify's terms and conditions to continue.

Spotify for Podcasters homepage with blue cartoon podcaster and green button that says Get Started

Step #3. Copy and paste your RSS feed

Next, copy your RSS feed from your podcast host and paste it into the required field. If you host with Buzzsprout, you can find your link in the Directories tab of your dashboard.

Buzzsprout dashboard Directories tab with green arrow pointing to RSS feed link

Spotify uses your RSS feed link to pull new podcast episodes from your podcast feed via your podcast hosting service. This link also contains your metadata, show details, podcast cover art, etc.

When you're done, click Submit.

Step #4. Fill out podcast details

Dropdown menus for podcast categories and others details about your podcast

Spotify uses this information to help podcast listeners find your content.

Once you fill out your primary category using the dropdown menu, you can pick up to three sub-categories that describe your podcast's genre.

Step #5. Verify your podcast

Click Send Code to verify you own the podcast you're submitting. Spotify will send the eight-digit code to the email you used to create your account.

Podcast verification page with green button that says

Copy the code from the verification email into the field and press Next.

Verification code page with Podcasting Q&A artwork on the right and green button that says

Step #6: Review and submit

Review your podcast's information for accuracy and press Submit. Spotify typically approves new podcasts within 24 hours.

Podcast artwork with text that says,

The directory does not tell you when your podcast is listed, so keep an eye on Spotify podcast listings.

Reach out to Spotify's support team if your podcast hasn't been approved or rejected within a few days.

Once approved, your new episodes will automatically appear in Spotify's listings after you publish them to your podcast host!

PRO TIP: Follow your Spotify stats to track your analytics and get more listener demographic data than your podcast host can provide.

Alban Brooke

Alban Brooke

Alban Brooke is the Head of Marketing at Buzzsprout and the co-host of Buzzcast. Have any questions about this guide? Reach out on Twitter.

FAQ

How do I submit a podcast to Spotify?

Before submitting to Spotify, make sure your podcast meets the requirements. Then follow these steps:

  1. Create a Spotify account
  2. Copy and paste your RSS feed
  3. Fill out the details of your podcast
  4. Verify ownership
  5. Review and submit

Is it free to upload a podcast to Spotify?

Yes, submitting your podcast to Spotify and all other major listening platforms is free. Spotify is simply streaming your audio files to its listeners.

Can I monetize my podcast on Spotify?

Yes, Spotify's paid podcast subscriptions feature lets you monetize your podcast within the app and charge for premium content. This feature is different from a premium Spotify subscription and is specific to individual podcasts.

How do I submit my RSS feed to Spotify?

Copy your podcast RSS feed link from your podcast hosting provider (like Buzzsprout, Anchor, or Podbean). Then, paste the feed link into Spotify's RSS field, and click Submit.

Where else should I list my new podcast?

It's best to list your podcast in the 10 top podcast apps:

  1. Apple Podcasts (iTunes)
  2. Google Podcasts
  3. Stitcher
  4. TuneIn
  5. Podcast Index
  6. Amazon Music
  7. Spotify
  8. Amazon Music and Audible
  9. iHeart Radio
  10. Pandora (full list here)