Create an Episode
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Written by Alexander Brewington
Updated over a week ago

This article examines how to setup a new episode in your Podcast, followed by a video tutorial.

1. Start in the Podcast Library. You can navigate here by clicking on the "Podcasts" button on the top left of the screen. Identify the Podcast you would like to create a new episode for. 

From your Podcast page you can click between the Episodes tab (this contains all episodes currently in the RSS feed or scheduled episodes) and the Drafts tab (which has all Draft episodes for your podcast).

2. To create a new episode, select the "Create Episode" button. If you already have a Draft created for your podcast then use the appropriate Draft episode on the Draft tab. 

3. Upload your episode audio file via drag and drop or using the Click to upload link.

After the file upload has completed, click Next.

4. Fill out the information for all of these fields:

  • Episode Title

  • Episode Clean Title (iTunes will pull this as the title, should not include episode or season numbers)

  • Episode Subtitle

  • Episode Website Link (links to a website that corresponds to your episode and appears as a link in Apple Podcasts).

  • Episode Summary (commonly referred to as "Show Notes")

  • Episode Image (If no image file is uploaded, the default graphic will be the Podcast cover art file)

  • Audio Logo placement (if applicable)

  • Episode Type: Select between full (default), trailer, or bonus (for when submitting extra content such as additional interviews).

  • Episode Rating

  • Season and Episode Number: these fields specify the release order for episodes in iOS 11. 

5. Select a publish date/time and type.

Publish types:

  • Draft - This will save the episode under the Drafts tab on the episode library. The episode will not appear in the RSS feed.

  • Scheduled - The episode will be saved under the main episodes library with the status set to "Scheduled". The status will change to "Live" when it reaches the pub date/time.

  • Publish episode Now - This option will instantly publish the episode. The pub date will automatically be set to the date & time of when the episode is saved.

Click Save when you are completed with creating the episode. Once the audio finishes processing, the status will change from "Audio Processing" to "Ready".

Note: Sometimes audio producers enter similar information into ID3 tags when they are bouncing the MP3 file for their podcast. With Megaphone this is no longer required. When you upload an MP3 file to Megaphone the system will strip out all ID3 tags and replace it with the information you enter in this step. If you are going to dynamically insert ads (upload ads to a campaign and target the campaign to this episode) you will need to schedule the episode first - only use the "Publish Now" feature if this episode will not contain any ads.

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