If you receive a notification that your podcast was rejected, it means that major platforms have requested you make some changes to your podcast. This may be for a few reasons, but the good news is once you've resolved the issue(s) your podcast will be automatically redistributed! Here are some of the reasons your podcast may be rejected:
- There are no episodes available in your feed (this usually happens when you have draft episodes that haven’t been published everywhere or you published your episode only on Anchor)
- Your podcast is missing an original description or episode title (some platforms prefer that you not use default text of any kind)
- Your podcast indicates through description, podcast name, episode title, or episode description that it is a “test”
- Your podcast cover art is the Anchor default. Fix this by utilizing the Anchor cover art editor!
- Your podcast or its branding uses explicit or self-censored content, or a lot of profanity
- Your podcast contains third-party copyrighted content (including logos, music, images, or product names)
- Your podcast name is your own full name (note that things like “Sarah’s Podcast” are allowed, but “Sarah Jones” will get rejected on certain platforms)
For more information on content guidelines, here’s a great list from Apple as an example of what platforms generally look for.
You'll be able to make many of these adjustments to your rejected podcast your from your Profile Settings.
Let us know if you're not sure how to adjust and resubmit your podcast. We're looking forward to getting your podcast up and running!