How do I validate my podcast RSS feed?

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.

  1. Copy your podcast feed URL.
  2. Paste into Podcast Validator, or Feed Validator.
  3. Look for errors. Warnings from Feed Validator may be acceptable. If there are no errors, you have a valid feed!
  4. If there are errors, edit the appropriate information first in whatever creates your RSS feed, then in FeedBurner (if applicable).
  5. 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”.
  6. 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.
About the Author
As an award-winning podcaster, Daniel J. Lewis gives you the guts and teaches you the tools to launch and improve your own podcasts for sharing your passions and finding success. Daniel creates resources for podcasters, such as the SEO for Podcasters and Zoom H6 for Podcasters courses, the Social Subscribe & Follow Icons plugin for WordPress, the My Podcast Reviews global-review aggregator, and the Podcasters' Society membership for podcasters. As a recognized authority and influencer in the podcasting industry, Daniel speaks on podcasting and hosts his own podcast about how to podcast. Daniel's other podcasts, a clean-comedy podcast, and the #1 unofficial podcast for ABC's hit drama Once Upon a Time, have also been nominated for multiple awards. Daniel and his son live near Cincinnati.

3 comments on “How do I validate my podcast RSS feed?

  1. yogeek says:

    How exactly do you do 5. and how do you know if you need to do that?

    1. 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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