Migrating your podcast to Hubhopper is a very simple process. This will allow you to switch your podcast hosting platform without losing any of your previous listeners, episodes, and distribution. Your listeners wouldn't even know the switch and can continue listening to their favorite podcast.
Podcast Migration Process
Step 1: Create an account
Sign up and create an account on Hubhopper. Once you sign in, you'll be on our Create Podcast page and have an option to migrate your podcast. Click on 'Click here to migrate'.
Step 2: Paste your RSS
Simply copy your RSS link, paste it into the field, and click 'Migrate'. Our system will automatically migrate all your podcast files and information.
This process should take 10-15 minutes (depending on the amount of file transfer).
If your podcast has more than 250 episodes, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Step 3: Request '301 Re-direct'
Take your new RSS feed to your previous hosting platform and request the platform for a '301 Redirect'. Most hosting platforms will have this feature in the distribution/advanced settings. All you have to do is add your new RSS feed and click on ‘Submit’.
You can also contact your previous hosting platform's support team to request the redirection of your podcast RSS feed.
This will redirect your old RSS feed, wherever it is distributed, to your now new RSS feed. Building a connection between the two separate URLs. This way, you won't have to 'Resubmit' your podcast across the previously distributed platforms. Re-direction process takes about 2-3 hours to complete.
And you're done!
Once redirection is complete, you can continue updating and editing your podcast. The changes will reflect across your previously distributed podcast platforms! Your past podcast subscribers will continue to be subscribed to their favorite podcasts.
This means your podcast will continue to get updated on your previously distributed platforms and you do not have to re-distribute there again.
Important things to remember
- Importing more than 100 episodes: Currently there is no limit to the number of episodes you can import from your previous podcast hosting platform. However, if you are migrating your podcast from Libsyn to Hubhopper, please note that you will need to change your Libsyn RSS feed to showcase all episodes, instead of the default 100 episodes only. Here is a Video to guide you how.
- The migration process through the desktop and the Hubhopper app is quite similar. To migrate your podcast through the Hubhopper mobile app, download the app from the Google Play Store and follow the steps above.
- Most hosting platforms will have the Redirect feature in the distribution/advanced settings. All you have to do is add your new RSS feed and click on ‘Submit’. This will redirect your old RSS feed, wherever it is distributed, to your now new RSS feed. This way, you won't have to 'Resubmit' your podcast across the previously distributed platforms.
- Once redirection is complete, you can continue updating and editing your podcast. The changes will reflect across your previously distributed podcast platforms! Your past podcast subscribers will continue to be subscribed to their favorite podcasts.
NOTE: If you have previously claimed your podcast on Apple Connect or Spotify for Podcasters, you will have to update your RSS on these platforms manually to complete the re-direct and avoid duplication. Read this article to learn how to.
There you have it! Your podcast will now have been successfully migrated to Hubhopper and you can continue interacting with your audience through your previous podcast distribution network as well as continue expanding your distribution through Hubhopper.
We recommend you keep your previous podcast hosting platform account active for at least another 2-3 weeks. We recommend you export your past podcast analytics from your previous account if you can. This is because your previous podcast analytics will not reflect on your now-new Hubhopper studio account.
Here are some other articles that you might find useful:
- Will I lose my previous subscribers and distribution network if I migrate?
- Why should I host my podcast on Hubhopper studio?
- How to notify Spotify and Apple Podcasts of my podcast hosting migration?
- What happens to my past podcast data analytics after migration?