If you are using the Sermon section of Church Admin, you may know that you subscribe to some of the major Podcasts – Apple, Amazon and Spotify. Thankfully they are free and not that hard to setup.
To start off with you need to have uploaded some sermons, so that you have some content!#
The next step is to head to Church Admin>Media>Podcast Settings to set up the iTunes compatible feed.
Podcast XML Settings
Apple, Amazon and Spotify are pretty fussy about what your Podcast xml feed looks, which is where they get your podcast feed from
Head over to your Church Admin>Media>Podcast Settings and fill out the fields – including the image, which needs to be 1400px square and a JPG or PNG. You won’t be able to fill in the podcast links for iTunes, Apple or Spotify yet!
To get on the various podcast services, you will need to grab the Podcast RSS file URL – the link is at the top of the Podcast settings page. After you have saved your settings, copy the link (right click and click copy) and browse to your “Podcast RSS File” – which will be shown on the page after saving and on your media page. It should display without any errors.
Then go to https://podcastsconnect.apple.com/my-podcasts/new-feed
You’ll need an Apple ID – you don’t need a Mac or iOS device to have one!
Then paste in your feed URL which will be domainname/wp-content/uploads/sermons/podcast.xml
If all is well with your feed you’l get a page like this
And you just need to wait for it to be approved to start!
Once it is live, search for your podcast on iTunes or Podcasts app on a Mac.Once you have found it, click on the three dots and then “Copy Link”
Go back to your Podcast Settings in Church Admin>Media and paste it into the iTunes Link section
Then it will show the link on your sermons page…
You will need a Spotify account to start off with – create a free one at www.spotify.com
Next Go to https://podcasters.spotify.com/, scroll down the page and click on “Claim your podcast”
Then click on Get started on the next page, after logging in…
On the next page paste your podcast rss feed url, which you copied earlier – mine is https://www.thegatewaychurch.info/wp-content/uploads/sermons/podcast.xml
You may need to adjust some things, but it should eventually get you to a screen like this
The nice thing about Spotify is that they will show you stats of how many people have listened to your sermons!
When you are done, open Spotify and search for your podcast. Right click and then click on “Share” and then “Copy Show Link” to grab the link to put in Podcast settings
Go back to Podcast Settings in Church Admin>Media and paste in the Spotify Show Link and click Save.
Now the Spotify Podcast link will show on your sermons page…
Lastly we can set up the Amazon Music podcast feed. Again you will need an Amazon account!
Adding your Church Admin sermons to the Amazon podcast is super easy!
Copy and paste your Podcast XML URL from the Podcast settings page of the Media module
Head over to https://www.amazon.com/music/lp/podcasts and scroll down to click on Have a podcast? Submit it to Amazon Music here.
It’ll ask you to login to your Amazon account and then to confirm ownership of the podcast by sending a confirmation email to the email address saved in Podcast settings. Once that is done, Amazon will email you the podcast URL. You can copy and paste the podcast URL into Church Admin >Media> Podcast settings to show the Amazon Music logo on your sermons page.