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YouTube RSS Ingestion Overview

Copy your episodes to YouTube automatically when published to expand your reach. This guide provides an overview of the new pilot programme.

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Written by Success Team
Updated over a week ago

You may have read about YouTube piloting a new feature called "RSS Ingestion" in collaboration with selected partners. This feature enables the automatic upload of new audio content from a podcast RSS feed to YouTube, accompanied by a static image of the show art. In this article, we will provide you with all the information you need to know about this exciting development.

Note: This is not available to all YouTube users. This guide is provided as an overview of the feature.

Key Features of YouTube RSS Ingestion:

  1. Automatic Content Upload: YouTube's RSS Ingestion feature allows for the seamless integration of audio content from an RSS feed onto the YouTube platform. Once you set up the integration, new podcast episodes will be automatically uploaded to your YouTube channel.

  2. Show Art Inclusion: Alongside the audio content, YouTube will also include a static image of the show art to enhance the visual experience of your podcast episodes.

  3. Hosted Content: Unlike other RSS-based podcast platforms, YouTube does not offer "passthrough" functionality. This means that the RSS feed is solely used as a means to automatically ingest the audio content into the YouTube system. All podcast content on YouTube is hosted on YouTube servers, ensuring consistent quality and performance for your viewers.

Benefits of Using YouTube RSS Ingestion:

  1. Leverage YouTube's Reach: YouTube is one of the largest video-sharing platforms, with billions of users worldwide. By utilizing the RSS Ingestion feature, you can tap into this vast audience, expanding the reach of your podcast and potentially attracting new listeners.

  2. Enhanced Visual Experience: With the inclusion of show art, your podcast episodes on YouTube will have a more visually appealing presentation, catching the attention of viewers and providing a consistent brand representation.

Getting Started with YouTube RSS Ingestion:

  1. Eligibility and Application: Currently, the RSS Ingestion feature is being piloted with select partners. If you are interested in participating in the pilot program, reach out to YouTube for more information on eligibility and application processes.

  2. Integration Setup: Once accepted into the pilot program, YouTube will guide you through the process of setting up the integration between your RSS feed and your YouTube channel. This step may involve configuring specific settings and providing necessary credentials to establish a secure connection.

  3. Content Monitoring and Management: After the integration is set up, new podcast episodes will be automatically uploaded to your YouTube channel. You can monitor and manage your content through YouTube's Creator Studio, where you can access various tools and features to enhance your channel's performance.

Important Considerations:

  1. Hosting Company Metrics: It is essential to note that your hosting company will not have visibility into the number of times a podcast episode is listened to on YouTube. As all podcast content on YouTube is copied to and hosted on YouTube's servers, analytics related to YouTube views and engagement will be available exclusively through YouTube's platform.

  2. Content Ownership: By utilizing YouTube RSS Ingestion, you are granting YouTube the necessary permissions to host and distribute your podcast content on their platform. Ensure that you review and understand YouTube's terms of service and any applicable agreements before proceeding with the integration.

We hope this guide provides you with valuable insights into the new YouTube RSS Ingestion feature. By leveraging this functionality, you can expand your podcast's reach, enhance the visual experience for your viewers, and benefit from YouTube's robust analytics suite.

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