Spotify began admitting more podcasts into their listings in late 2017.
Media host libsyn.com worked it out so their customers could submit their podcasts directly to Spotify. All you need to do is create Spotify as a Destination.
However, some shows are still not showing up – including MoneyPlan SOS. That's extremely frustrating since I have tried getting into their directory three different ways since 2015.
Hopefully you will have no problem getting your podcast into Spotify following the proper procedures – and avoiding the mistakes that will keep the show from getting in!
Submit your Podcast to Spotify through libsyn
If you are a libsyn customer, you have a direct line to Spotify through your account:
- Log into your libsyn account
- Go to Destinations > Add New
- Fill out all the fields
- Check the box for “Approve” after reading the Terms of Service
- Click Save
Click on the “Advanced Options” bar to expand additional fields.
- Customize the show title
- Upload different artwork
- Limit or expand the number of episodes they display (No Limit = unlimited)
Once you are done, you can also go in and select the specific episodes that will go to Spotify – or prevent them.
I have a number of bonus episodes that don't need to be listed in Spotify, so I go back into Destinations, click the Select Content button next to Spotify, and uncheck boxes for episodes you don't want included in Spotify's listing.
Your Show Not Listed? Check these 4 things…
Rob Walch, VP of Podcaster Relations at libsyn, shared some things to look out for if your podcast hasn't been accepted in about 3 business days. (Listen to it on #TheFeed Podcast, Episode 111 beginning at the 24:20 mark).
Here are the first 4 things to look out for in our Spotify Destination:
- Make sure ALL the field have been completed
- *The title should contain no more than 42 characters
- **Get rid of any apostrophes in your show title
- Make sure only mp3 or m4a audio files are included in your Spotify feed
*You can create a Spotify-only show title in the Advanced Options field
**This is my recommendation, not Rob Walch's. He gives a much better explanation in #TheFeed Podcast, Episode 111 beginning at the 24:20 mark
Another reason your show may not be listed
I've made changes to my listing per Rob Walch's instructions and hope to FINALLY have MoneyPlan SOS listed in Spotify.
However, there is one more problem: Non-royalty free music appears in a couple of my shows.
This clearly goes against Spotify's terms of service, but I had approval from the artist, Cressida, to use his song Breakfast With Zeus in my podcast. I also used the instrumental of LL Cool J's “I Can't Live Without My Radio” in a parody on Episode 192.
The show is retired, so I won't put too much energy into clearing all this up with Spotify.
…but now that you know what to look for, you can certainly get your podcast into their service.
Not a libsyn user? Submit to Spotify using their form
A couple years ago Spotify created an online submission form for podcasts. I don't know if they still check it, but you can give it a shot.