302: Apple Podcasts: How To Manage Launch Date For New Show

Hide Show Submitted For Review. Unhide When Ready to Launch.

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Hide Podcast Submitted for Review. Unhide For Launch Day.
  • Unhiding Shows can take up to 24 hours before the show is active in the Apple Podcasts directory.

The Steps:

  1. Submit a new show for review on Apple Podcasts Connect
  2. Hide Show immediately after submitting for review
  3. Unhide Show when ready to launch (Apple says it can take up to 24 hours to unhide so buffer in some time for launch day)
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1. Submit RSS Feed for Review ….2. Hide Show …….3. Unhide Show (active on Apple Podcasts)

Step 1: How To Submit New Show To Apple Podcasts Connect

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Submit New Show (Paste in RSS Feed) To Apple Podcasts Connect
  1. Publish at least one episode in your RSS Feed (at your podcast host)
  2. Copy RSS Feed (Cmd/Ctrl + C) to your clipboard or save in an Apple Note or Text Document (at your podcast host)
  3. Sign in to Apple Podcasts Connect (I recommend creating a new Apple ID/Password to manage podcasts rather than using personal Apple ID)
  4. Click (+) in the top-left corner
  5. Enter/Paste in RSS Feed URL
  6. Click ‘Validate’ (If you get errors, fix at your podcast host and then try to validate again. If no errors, go to next step.)
  7. Click ‘Submit’ when you see the green light and ‘Ready for Submission’
  8. Check email inbox to confirm email from Apple confirming feed has been submitted and is in the review process.

Step 2: How To Hide Show Submitted for Review

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After submitting for review, click on ‘Hide Podcast’
  1. In the top left corner, you should see ‘My Podcasts’
  2. Click on the thumbnail artwork of the show ‘Submitted for Review’ (look for yellow dot)
  3. Under ‘Additional Information’, click on ‘Hide Podcast’
  4. Read pop-up and then press ‘Hide’
  5. The show is now hidden and will remain so until you unhide

Step 3: How To Unhide Show When Ready To Launch

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When ready to launch, click on ‘Unhide Podcast’
  1. In the top left corner, you should see ‘My Podcasts’
  2. Click on the thumbnail artwork of the show ‘Hidden’ (look for the red dot)
  3. Under ‘Additional Information’ click on ‘UnHide Podcast’
  4. The show is now active and will appear in Apple Podcasts within 24 hours

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