If you're an existing podcaster who would like to migrate to Anchor, you can easily switch over without losing your existing episodes or podcast presence on other platforms. Here's what you need to know:
To start the process, visit our Switch page and paste in your RSS feed or search for your podcast name. Once you've selected your podcast, you'll be prompted to sign up for an Anchor account. You can also choose to import your podcast into an existing account if you've already made one.
What it means to redirect your feed
Once you’ve completed the import step, you’ll need to redirect your RSS feed so it points to your new Anchor URL; making sure your feed points to an Anchor URL is an important last step before we are able to distribute your podcast to more platforms! If you import your podcast but don't finish the redirect step, any new episodes you create will not sync to your existing show. (Also, keep in mind that your account on your old host should only be deactivated after you can confirm that the redirect has worked)!
Make sure the redirect is in place
To confirm that your redirect worked, navigate to your old RSS feed and copy and paste into your browser. If it redirects to an Anchor link, you’re all set! Confirm that all your episodes are successfully appearing on your Anchor profile, and then you can go ahead and cancel your account with your old host.
Redirect from your old host
Redirecting from most hosts entails that you place your new Anchor RSS feed somewhere in the settings of your old account. You can find your Anchor RSS feed at the top of your Anchor Distribution page. On the other hand, some hosts may require that you reach out directly to their support team though to set up a 301 redirect.
Update your Spotify listing
If you were already published on Spotify with your former host, it’s important to double check that the redirect has taken place on Spotify before you continue your distribution process. First make sure that you can access your Spotify for Podcasters profile on podcasters.spotify.com. See these steps if you’ve never done that before.
- Go to your podcast on podcasters.spotify.com
- Navigate to the details tab
- Scroll down to “Podcast Settings” to see the RSS feed currently attached to your Spotify listing. If it’s already set to your new Anchor RSS, then you’re all done! If it’s still your former feed click "Update"
- Then add your new Anchor RSS feed in the “Link to RSS feed” and click next
- Select “Anchor” as your new host
Now your Spotify link is all set to be distributed to! Go back to anchor.fm and opt into distribution!
Connecting your existing show listings
Congratulations! You’ve officially redirected your podcast. If you’ve already distributed your show to listening apps, you can add the links to these listings in your Distribution Settings. This lets Anchor know if you need to be distributed anywhere else and it’ll create a badge on your public Anchor profile for listeners to know which apps you’re available on!
Note: You might create a duplicate listing if you opt into Anchor’s automatic distribution prior to adding your existing links in.
Migrating back to Anchor
If you originally hosted your podcast on Anchor, then moved to a different hosting platform, and are now migrating back to Anchor, you will need to manually upload the episodes you published from your current host to Anchor. We unfortunately are not able to bulk import them for you.
For instructions on how to import the episodes you originally published from your current host, click here. Note that if you want all of your episodes to show up in chronological order, you’ll need to schedule them at an earlier date.
If you're having trouble redirecting from your old host check out this article to find out how.