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, we will have to opt you back in. 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 platforms through automatic distribution?

Once you've selected automatic distribution through Anchor you can expect to see listings appear in your profile over the next few days. Please note, Apple Podcasts takes the longest, usually appearing within 7-10 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 platforms and I'm still not seeing my Apple Podcasts URL link in my profile? Why is that?

We recommend checking Apple Podcasts for your podcast. Sometimes, the link does not get automatically added to your Anchor profile so it will need to be added manually. If you find that your podcast is available on Apple you can add your link to your profile through your podcast's distribution page in your 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?

Google's podcast link typically takes a week or so to become active, so it should begin working soon! If you're still not seeing it update after a week of receiving it, we suggest reaching out to Google directly to see why your podcast doesn't seem to be appearing on their end and be sure to let them know that the link doesn't appear to be working.

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

Unfortunately, you cannot edit the URLs provided by each individual platform. Editing them will cause for them to no longer work. Please keep them as they were provided to you by each platform.

My podcast was rejected for distribution by Anchor. Why? What can I do to get my podcast approved?

When distributing podcasts, we follow guidelines set by Apple. We recommend taking a look at Apple's Terms if you are curious as to why your podcast may have been rejected.  After initial rejection you have three choices:

  1. If you are fine with the possibility of getting rejected from external platforms, we can push it out to all platforms knowing that some might permanently reject it

  2. You can make some edits so it can hopefully be approved by all platforms

  3. Or, you can choose to "manually" distribute your podcast to Apple, and that way any discussions regarding the status of your podcast will be with them directly (FYI they may approve it immediately! It's impossible for us to know.)

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

How do I get my podcast submitted to Stitcher?

We no longer support Stitcher distribution, but you can still 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 platforms that I did not manually add myself. Why did this happen?

It is definitely possible for you to find your podcast on platforms you did not manually submit it to. This is because a lot of third party platforms will scrape your RSS feed from other platforms and include your podcast there. If you want your podcast removed from any of these platforms, you will need to contact them directly.

How long after publishing an episode does it usually take to appear on external platforms?

After publishing an episode it will be immediately available on Anchor, and if distributed to additional platforms it will typically be synced everywhere within 24 hours. If it is taking an usually long time to appear, please contact us.

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