Your podcast RSS feed is the source of information that each and every podcast app in the world contacts to gather information and episodes of your podcast from.

Your podcast show settings are what tells your show's RSS feed what to do and how to behave in the podcast apps.

When you create a podcast using Captivate you are guided through these settings.

If you import a podcast into Captivate from another podcast host, your podcast show settings are pulled in from your current feed so all is as you'd expect it.

To edit your podcast show settings at any time, simply click Podcast Settings in the top menu of your Captivate dashboard.

Within your Podcast Settings, there are six sub-sections:

Cover art

Podcast Details

Directory Settings

Additional Settings

Third-party prefixes

RSS Feed

A list of each and every show setting found within the Podcast Settings section:

Cover art

  • Podcast cover art: your show’s cover art that will be used to promote your show and by default used for each episode you publish (which can be overridden on a per-episode basis).

Podcast details

  • Podcast name: the name of your podcast.

  • Subtitle/short description: a short description that is used in some podcast search results.

  • Show summary/long description: the main description in podcast apps. Max. 4,000 characters, hyperlinks are allowed. Use this to really sell your show to potential listeners, why should a new listener try your show?

Directory settings

  • Categories: the categories within the podcast apps that your show will appear in. The first being your main podcast category.

  • Is your podcast released in seasons?: the podcast directories will display your shows in the order that you choose: Episodic (the default format with episodes displayed newest-to-oldest) or Serial (now the episodes are displayed oldest-to-newest, and grouped in the seasons they're set).

  • Does your podcast include explicit language?: if your podcast is going to include adult language, it is vital to set this to "Yes" to avoid being removed from the podcast directories. If you only use adult language in some episodes, you can mark each episode as explicit individually when publishing that episode. Default is "No".

  • In Apple Podcasts and other directories, show this number of episodes: tell the podcast directories how many episodes of this show to display in their listings. Sometimes, podcast feeds can be a bit on the big side so this is set to 500 by default and we recommend leaving it at that, for now.

Additional settings

  • What timezone is this show in?: you have the flexibility to publish your episodes within your own timezone. Default is "(UTC -5:00) Eastern Time, (US & Canada)". Note. your analytics are set to the UTC time zone. This is standard across the Captivate platform along with many of the other podcast hosts. This time zone cannot be changed at this time.

  • Default publish time: a neat little feature within Captivate that is used to set a default time in the time-picker during episode publishing for when you publish shows at the same time, every time. Not used in your RSS feed but cool as a cucumber.

  • Show language: choose what language your show is in, so podcast apps like Apple Podcasts, Spotify, etc, can help display you more prominently in that country, as well as their global audience.

  • Author name: the name of the podcast creator. Don't spam this with the names of other people or you could be removed from Apple Podcasts. Seriously.

  • Author email: the email address of the podcast creator. This appears in the public RSS feed, FYI.

  • Website link: the link for your website. This is important for Google Podcasts so make sure to use the URL of your podcast's website. This can either be your Captivate Site, if you use it, or your self-hosted site.

  • Copyright: you can use the default copyright for who owns your podcast, or override and change it to a more customized one.

  • Is this a private show: as it suggests, this is where you choose if your podcast will appear on the various podcast apps, or if it is a private podcast. Learn more about using private podcasts here.

Third-party prefixes

Captivate integrates with several third-party options, like Chartable, Podcorn, Podsights, AdBarker, and more. Use these to track your podcast's chart position, audience demographics, dynamic ads, and more.

  • Full transparency mode: this only comes into effect if you use a third-party prefix, and automatically lets your listeners know what tools you use, and where they can find their privacy policies. It is recommended that you turn this on.

RSS feed

  • Feed URL: the unique URL for your podcast RSS feed, this is the feed that you will submit to Apple Podcasts, Spotify etc within the Distribute section of your Captivate dashboard. You can copy this to your clipboard by clicking Copy or clicking Copy Feed URL in the blue show header of your Captivate dashboard.

  • Want the latest episode only feed?: check this to reveal a special, unique RSS feed that only includes the latest episode of your podcast - ideal for Alexa Flash Briefings, etc.

Recommended reading

How to upload and publish your podcast episodes on Captivate

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