iTunes and other podcast apps won't accept a podcast if the RSS feed isn't valid. An invalid feed could also prevent your podcast from updating in apps and directories.
Here's how to validate your podcast feed.
- Copy your podcast feed URL.
- Paste into CastFeedValidator, Podba.se Podcast Validator, or Feed Validator.
- Look for errors. Warnings from Feed Validator may be acceptable. If there are no errors, you have a valid feed!
- If there are errors, edit the appropriate information first in whatever creates your RSS feed, then in FeedBurner (if applicable).
- Clear any applicable caching on your feed. There's usually a “Clear cache” tool (or similar) in WordPress caching plugins. If you use FeedBurner, Go to the “Troubleshootize” tab and click “Resync Now”.
- Revalidate. If there are no errors, you have a valid feed! If you continue to receive errors (not warnings), or you need help, contact me to have your feed professionally repaired and optimized.
How exactly do you do 5. and how do you know if you need to do that?
Thanks for pointing that out! I updated that step to specifically mention WordPress caching or how to clear FeedBurner’s cache.
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