Do you publish a podcast, or post music on Patreon? Would you like to give each of your patrons their own private RSS link to listen to your audio posts on their favourite podcast app? Our custom RSS feed feature may be just what you're searching for!
In this article we’ll cover the basics to help you get started with offering your patrons unique RSS links:
- How you can enable this feature for your patrons
- How your patrons will get their private RSS link
- Who will have access to my RSS posts?
- Which posts will show up in an audio RSS feed*
*Hint: Not all audio posts will populate in your patrons’ RSS feeds. You can skip ahead to learn more about which posts will show up in the RSS feed.
Patreon now offers more private RSS functionality powered by Acast. Click on the following article for information about how to Deliver secure, patron-only podcast feeds with Acast
How do I enable audio RSS?
Step 1: Open your page editor from the top banner of your page or using the page button on the navigation menu to the left.
Step 2: Once in your page editor, go to Page Settings and scroll to the bottom of the page and select the checkbox by RSS Audio Feed.
Optional: If you’d like Patreon to email your current patrons their private RSS links, keep notify your patrons checked.
Note: By default, the title of the RSS feed will be the same as the name displayed on your Patreon page. Feel free to enter a customer feed title if you prefer.
Step 3: Add a title and artwork! The title of your RSS feed will default to the name displayed on your Patreon page and your RSS feed artwork will default to your Patreon profile image.
Once you enable the RSS feed, you'll be asked to come up with a title and to upload custom artwork for your podcast. You don't need to do this now, but be sure to do this because without a title and this art your podcast will just show as the default set by the user's podcast app.
Step 4: Don’t forget to scroll back up and save your changes.
How do my patrons get their private RSS link?
How will my existing patrons get their private RSS link?
If you opt to notify them when you enable RSS they'll receive an email that contains their unique RSS link.
Additionally, your existing patrons can find their private RSS link on the right side of the My membership section of your Patreon page. They can copy the link provided in the card labelled AUDIO RSS LINK.
What about new patrons?
New patrons will find their private RSS link displayed on your welcome note!
Additionally, just like current patrons, your new patrons will receive an email and have access to their RSS link from the My membership section of your page.
Who has access to my RSS feed and my posts?
Only paying patrons will have a custom RSS link generated for them. This includes patrons who have joined a Tier and patrons contributing a Custom pledge, or “no reward” patrons.
Each patron's feed is customised to the posts available to them. Audio upload posts you publish for “All patrons” will populate on all paying patrons’ feeds. Any audio upload posts you publish for “Select Tiers” will only populate for patrons paying within those Tiers.
Example: Elizabeth has a Custom pledge of £5 a month with you, their status is “no reward” in your Relationship Manager. Jake is also paying £5 a month, but joined your Gold Tier when they joined. If you publish an uploaded audio post for “All patrons,” both Elizabeth and Jake will find this post on their feed. If you publish a post for “Select tiers,” and only select your Gold Tier to have access, only Jake will have this post populate on their RSS feed on their podcast app.
Will patrons have access to my feed after they cancel?
When a patron cancels their membership the entire feed is pulled – they won’t find new posts on their feed. However, many podcast apps will cache data locally. This means that patrons who’ve cancelled, may have access to uploaded audio posts you published that were available to them before they cancelled.
That said, if the patron were to try to reuse that same RSS link to resubscribe to your feed, the subscription will fail.
Which posts will show up in an audio RSS feed?
Your patrons’ private RSS feeds will include all audio posts with audio files uploaded before or after enabling the RSS feature. This includes audio posts with uploaded .mp3, .wav, or .m4a files. File attachments will not be included in your patrons' RSS feeds.
Note: If you use links to third party audio hosting sites (i.e. Soundcloud, or Amazon) to make your audio posts, these posts will not populate in your patrons’ RSS feeds.
Audio posts that you’d like to populate on your patrons’ RSS feeds should display like this: