When you take advantage of Captivate's features and benefits as the hosting, analytics & marketing platform for your podcast, you have the option of either creating a brand new show or importing as many existing podcasts as you like from other podcast hosts.
Common hosting providers that podcasters import from are Buzzsprout, Libsyn, Blubrry, SimpleCast, Anchor, Podbean, Fireside.fm, Podiant and Audioboom but Captivate supports free imports from any host on the planet 🌎
We have made it super easy to import your podcast but before you start...
Note: Sometimes your old host will have it set that your show must only display, for example, 150 episodes in your feed. We have made sure that Captivate checks your episode numbers and that if we detect that your show has published more episodes than are in your feed, we let you know to change that setting in your old host before importing. It's the little things, right?
This is a complete, step-by-step guide to importing your podcast.
Note: for added security, when you begin importing an RSS feed, Captivate will trigger a verification email to the address registered to the feed, letting you know that the import has started.
Step 1: Current Feed URL
In your Captivate dashboard, click the Import your podcast button, which will open up the Current Feed URL screen. This lets you paste your current RSS feed into the import box, as well as choose which host you're with.
If your current host isn't included in the dropdown, you can simply choose "Other" as your option. Once completed, click Next: Check Show Information.
Step 2: Check show information
To make sure you've copied the correct RSS feed from your existing host, we'' show you a preview of your most recent episodes, including artwork, episode title, publish date, and episode number.
If this information looks good, click Next: Check Feed Settings.
Step 3: Check feed settings
This is where you can check the information that we're pulling from your previous host, to make sure that your show description looks good, and replicates what you currently have set for your show. This includes:
Artwork, authors, show intro, and copyright
Is the show explicit
Is the show episodic, in seasons, or serial
How many episodes we'll be importing
If this information is correct, click on Next: Set Up Your Feed URL.
Step 4: Set up new feed URL
To help the various podcast apps update your show now that you're hosted with Captivate, we need to create a new RSS feed for your show, to take over from your previous host's feed.
We'll create a default feed for you during the import process, but you can change this to one of your own preference. Simply change the suffix after https://feeds.captivate.fm/ to your own wording.
You'll also need to create a 301 redirect from your old host to Captivate, so the podcast apps can update their feeds to show your podcast is now hosted on Captivate.
Note: After you import your podcast from another host, you do not need to submit your show to Apple, Spotify etc again - they will read the 301 redirect from your old host and automatically know that you've moved.
Here are some guides to help you migrate from your old podcast host:
Once you've completed your RSS feed URL and checked the redirect box, click Import My Podcast.
And that's it - your podcast is now imported, and ready to start publishing new episodes with Captivate!
To ensure you get your podcast off to the best possible start, make sure you sign up for our free Podcast Success Academy, where we'll help you launch your podcast and attract your first 100 listeners!
But wait - we don't want to just throw you in at the deep end when it comes to starting your podcast journey, which is why we've created this bonus section for you once you've created your podcast.
As you can see, we've got you covered for anything you need:
Live deep-dive Q&As and private Facebook group
Weekly video tips on podcast marketing
How to engage more with your listeners
Use our in-depth help center to get the most out of your show
Being the world's first growth-oriented podcast host isn't just a snazzy tagline - we live that mantra every day when it comes to helping you grow. See you in the podcast community! 💯
Here's some useful bits of information to take a look.
If you're importing your show from Anchor, make sure that you have disabled the ads feature before importing. When Anchor inserts ads to your show, this can break up the audio file and cause issues when trying to import.
Some hosting providers, such as Libsyn, will ask you to give us a tag to add to your new RSS feed - the tag that they give you looks like this:
<itunes:new-feed-url> http://www.myfeedurl.com/rss.xml </itunes:new-feed-url>
That's great and is needed, but Captivate automatically adds that tag for you when you import your show, so you need take no action on it. It's the little things :)
Heads up on Spotify if you're coming from Libsyn or similar:
Libsyn has a separate RSS feed for your show in Spotify. You can find this by going to https://yourfeedname.libsyn.com/rss/spotify.
Libsyn will need to add the 301 redirect to that feed too as it is separate from your "main" RSS feed with them.
You can ask their support to do that or head to Destinations > Spotify in Libsyn to do that yourself.
Note: you may have to go to the "advanced" settings in Libsyn, too.
You can also log in to https://podcasters.spotify.com/ to make that change, too.
Recommended reading: The Captivate Podcasting Dashboard