How to Set Up A Podcast In Squarespace: It's so Easy that You Will be up and Running in 5 Minutes

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So, you are ready to start a podcast in Squarespace.

AWESOME!

It is so easy you will wonder why you didn't do it sooner. 

Just so were clear, this is a step-by-step guide on how to set up a podcast on Squarespace and get it in iTunes.

This is not:

  • A tutorial on how to get a million followers or listeners
  • A guide on how to market your podcast
  • A guide on how to make money from your podcast

I am going to teach you:

  • How to get your podcast set-up
  • Make Cover Art
  • Get connected to I-tunes
  • Record your Audio and upload
  • Post your first Podcast Episode

I am going to assume a few things also:

  • You have a Squarespace Website
  • You have an iPhone or recording device that allows you to put audio on your computer
  • You know what a Podcast is

Now that we got those things out of the way, let's get down to business. I don't like fluff, and I'm assuming you don't either, so I'm not going to fill this article with a bunch of stuff you don't need.

I set up my Podcast, that you can check out here: The 360 Man Project Podcast, recently, and I had to fumble through most of it myself. I couldn't find much helpful information on how to do it, and so I am going to make this as streamline as possible for you.

Let's get Started.

Before you submit your podcast to iTunes

We need to make sure you meet the following minimum requirements.

  1. Your artwork is a square jpg or png formatted image at least 1400 x 1400 and at most 3000 x 3000 in size in RGB color space (1400 x 1400 jpg image recommended). We will use canva.com.
  2. A unique podcast program title (check iTunes to make sure your program title is unique).
  3. At least one iTunes category selected. (Self-Help, Sports & Fitness, etc..)
  4. Valid email address in the iTunes email field (notifications from Apple will be sent to this address)
  5. Have created at least one blog post with media (a podcast episode) in either mp3, m4a, mp4, m4v, pdf, or epub format.

We will now go through these.

How to Get your Podcast set-up:

The first thing that you are going to need to do is come up with some Cover art for your podcast.

I-tunes has very specific guidelines. Your cover Art needs to be 1400 x 1400 pixels or up to 3000 x 3000 pixels.

There is one place to make your cover art. 

Go to www.Canva.com and set up an account. You can sign in with Google or Facebook if it's easier.

Once you are in, you should see a screen like the one below.

Type "Album" into the Search Templates input, then press enter. You should see a screen with a bunch of templates. Click on any album template.

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Now you should have a screen like the one below.

Delete the picture and and everything inside the template so that you can start with a blank canvas.

Before you start making art and naming your Podcast, make sure that someone doesn't already have it inside of I-Tunes.

Now you can put in your own artwork, and design it however you want. Make sure you download it and save it to your desktop for further use. You will need it later.

Check for a Unique Podcast Program Title

Do a search in the iTunes store for your title to make sure there isn’t a podcast with the exact same title as you want to use.

make it unique, and themed for exactly what you are going to do. Mine is The 360 Man Project Podcast (Clever, I know).

Don't think too hard about, jut make it so you won't forget and it's easy to tell people about.

You will also need to select at least one iTunes category. You can select up to three, but make sure that the first one is the most prominent. (Self-Help, Business, Finance, etc...)

Almost there

Next you will need an valid email address (one that you check often). You can also use your apple ID, this is much easier.

Sign in to iTunes connect, then click the + symbol in the upper left corner. This should take you to a page that says RSS Feed. 

This directory can be obtained from placing an RSS Feed on the Podcast page you create, then clicking on it and copying the URL. Once you have copied it, you can past it into the RSS Feed URL? on iTunes Connect.


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The next thing is to make sure that you have created at least one blog post with media (a podcast episode) in either mp3, m4a, mp4, m4v, pdf, or epub format.  This post needs to be published, not in draft mode or non-public (private).

That is what I am going to show you and tell how to do on Squarespace.com



Podcasting Tools

You can get some pretty high tech tools to start podcasting and spend a lot of money, but you don't really need to when you are first starting out. Here is a list of tools that you will need though.

If you have done everything that I said correctly, you should get an email from iTunes, letting you know that your Podcast Episode was successfully published and you will be well on your way to Podcasting Glory.

Here are errors that you might encounter and how to address them. Typical Podcast Errors

I'm hoping that once you get started you will be a Podcaster extraordinaire and pay it forward.

If you have any questions or run into any roadblocks feel free to contact me here.

Also, if you haven't set up a Squarespace Website yet, you can check out my video on how to get started here: Getting Started in Squarespace

- Stephen

P.S. If there are any other tutorials that you would like let me know. There are a lot of things that I can show you, just not sure what people want to see. Just ask, I'll be glad to help.