Deep links are a powerful tool for podcasters, and at Podpage, we're here to help you make the most of them. In this article, we'll explore what deep links are, how they simplify access to your episodes, and how you can manage them within your Podpage account.
What Are Deep Links?
A deep link is a unique URL that takes your audience directly to a specific episode on podcast directories, bypassing the general podcast homepage. This direct access is incredibly useful for sharing and promoting individual episodes, helping you connect with your audience more effectively.
How Podpage Helps with Deep Links
For Podpage Elite Plan users, we make an effort to obtain deep links for your episodes on three major podcast directories: Apple, Google, and Spotify.
Here's how it works:
We attempt to Retrieve Deep Links:
As you import your episodes to your Podpage account, our system will automatically attempt to retrieve the deep links for these episodes on the specified directories.
Challenges with Apple's Timing:
However, it's important to note that sometimes, especially with Apple Podcasts, there can be a delay between when you import your episode and when Apple imports it to their directory. This means that when we initially looked for the episode, there might be no deep link available yet because Apple hasn't imported it.
Our Ongoing Efforts:
In cases where we don't find a deep link initially due to Apple's timing, we don't give up. We continue to periodically check for the deep link to ensure we capture it as soon as it becomes available.
How to Add Deep Links Manually:
If you're eager to add the episode link to your Podpage website before we manage to retrieve it, you can take matters into your own hands. To do this, follow these simple steps:
Step 1: Locate your podcast on Apple Podcasts.
Step 2: Copy the direct link to the specific episode.
Step 3: Visit your episode edit page in your Podpage dashboard.
Step 4: Paste the episode link into the designated field.
This manual process allows you to maintain the integrity of your episode listings, even when deep links take a little longer to appear. Remember, when you provide the link manually, it will be displayed on your Podpage website for your audience to access.