Distribution FAQs

Check out the FAQs below to help answer questions regarding your podcast's distribution!

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I opted out of automatic distribution by mistake. How can I reactivate automatic distribution?
If you mistakenly opted out of automatic distribution, contact us to let us know you would like to be opted back in.

How long does it take for my podcast to appear on external apps through automatic distribution?
Each app has its own timeline for publishing new shows. Once you've selected automatic distribution through Anchor, you can expect to see listings appear in your profile over the next 10 business days.

**Please note Apple has sent out its annual advisory to podcasters looking to submit a new show to Apple Podcasts that the regular five-day approval process will be delayed during Thanksgiving and Christmas.

The company says delays are likely Nov. 20-30 and Dec. 23, 2020 and Jan. 2, 2021. "Shows submissions during these windows may not be available within our regular time frame of five business days," Apple's advisory said.

It's been longer than 10 days since my podcast was distributed to external apps and I'm still not seeing my Apple Podcasts URL link in my profile? Why is that?
We recommend searching Apple Podcasts for your podcast. The link may exist and needs to be manually added in your Distribution Settings. If you are still not seeing your podcast on Apple, please reach out to us so we can help you further.

I received a Google Podcasts link to access my podcast but the link is not working. Why is it broken?
A Google Podcasts link may be generated a few business days before it’s officially active, so it should be working soon! You can confirm it’s correct by generating a link here.

Can I change/edit my URLs from external platforms? I want them to reflect my podcast's title.

Unfortunately you can't edit the URLs provided by each app. Editing them will break the URL, so leave them as is so that your audience can access your listings!

My podcast was rejected for distribution by Anchor. Why? What can I do to get my podcast approved?
We follow content guidelines set by Apple to reduce the likelihood of errors during the distribution process. We recommend taking a look at Apple's Terms to determine why your podcast may have been rejected. After rejection you have two choices:

  • Edit your podcast to meet the guidelines for Anchor to review and distribute it.
  • Manually distribute your podcast to Apple Podcasts on your own, and Apple Podcasts will be able to discuss the status of your submission with you directly. 

For more information you can refer to our distribution rejection help article.

How do I get my podcast submitted to Stitcher?
You can submit your podcast to Stitcher manually.

I have a Stitcher URL for my podcast and want it to be added to my Anchor public page. Can you help me?
We sure can! In order to get your Stitcher URL added to your public page, reach out to us and let us know you would like for us to include it in your profile for you.

I found my podcast on apps that I did not manually add myself. Why did this happen?
It's possible to find your podcast on apps you did not manually submit it to. This is because a lot of third party apps will "scrape" your RSS feed from major apps to feature on their own app. If you want your podcast removed from any of these apps, you will need to contact them directly.

How long after publishing an episode does it usually take to appear on other apps?
Published episodes will be immediately available on Anchor. Other listening apps will reflect any changes to your podcast (including new episodes) within 24 hours. If it’s taking an unusually long time to appear, contact us and help will be on the way!

Why isn’t my podcast appearing on other apps?
New episodes or changes to your podcast should reflect on other apps within 24 hours. If your episode hasn’t published outside of Anchor after 24 hours, it may need to be exported manually. Our Support Team would be happy to help you with that here.

I’m trying to access my analytics directly from listening apps. Why are podcast managers showing an “podcasts#####@anchor.fm” email when verifying my identity?
Anchor uses a proxy email in your RSS feed to protect your personal email from being public. You can change this in your advanced Distribution Settings to proceed with the verification process. You may also be interested in these instructions to access analytics from Spotify for Podcasters / Google Podcasts / Apple Podcasts.

Why do I have duplicate listings on X app(s)?
Sometimes this happens when you’ve opted into automatic distribution through Anchor and have manually submitted your RSS feed to external listening apps. Let our Support Team know which listing you’d like to remove here

Why do my analytics look off?
Some apps require 24 hours to update listener data in your Anchor Dashboard. This means that if someone listened to your podcast today, that play may not reflect in your Anchor Dashboard until tomorrow.

You can access your analytics directly from the listening apps if you don’t want to wait. Instructions for accessing data from major apps can be found here: Spotify for Podcasters / Google Podcasts / Apple Podcasts. Make sure that your email address is set to be public in the RSS feed by checking your advanced Distribution Settings!

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