Do you publish a podcast or post music on Patreon? Would you like to give each of your members 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!
Not all audio posts will populate your members’ RSS feeds. You can skip ahead to learn more about which posts will show up in the RSS feed
How do I enable audio RSS?
- While logged in to your creator profile, click the My page link from the left sidebar navigation if you aren’t already there
- From the left-hand side menu, click on Settings and select Podcast and Audio
- Can’t find Podcast and audio? If you’re not finding this option, click on your profile name in the bottom-left corner > click on your creator profile > continue from step 2
- Turn on Podcasting to turn your audio posts into a podcast that your members can listen to on other podcast apps, and select Patreon RSS feed
- If you’d like Patreon to email your current members their private RSS links, keep Notify your members checked
- 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
- Add your Author name and your Author email – This information is required and will be publicly visible in the RSS feed. An email account that people can send comments and questions to is recommended
- Scroll down and click on Save Settings
Once you enable audio RSS, If you want to distribute your Patreon-exclusive podcasts for your fans to listen to on Spotify, you can toggle on Sync your audio posts with Spotify. Learn more about how to Deliver Podcasts with Spotify.
How do my members get their private RSS link?
How will my existing members 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.
What about new members?
New members will find their private RSS link displayed on your welcome note!
Additionally, just like current members, your new members 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 members will have a custom RSS link generated for them. This includes members who have joined a Tier and members contributing a Custom pledge, or no reward members.
Each member’s feed is customized to the posts available to them. Audio upload posts you publish for All members will populate all paying members’ feeds. Any audio upload posts you publish for Select Tiers will only populate for members’ 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 members, both Elizabeth and Jake will find this post on their feeds. 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 members have access to my feed after they cancel?
After a membership term ends, 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 members who’ve cancelled may have access to uploaded audio posts you published that were available to them before they cancelled.
That said, if the member were to try to reuse that same RSS link to resubscribe to your feed, the subscription would fail.
If you’ve enabled the Spotify integration, the same logic applies – after their membership term ends, members will no longer have access to the paid episodes on Spotify. You can learn more about how to distribute Patreon-exclusive podcasts to Spotify.
Which posts will show up in an audio RSS feed?
Your members’ 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 members’ RSS feeds.
Note that if you are selling digital products, and the product you are selling is an audio post, it will also populate your member’s RSS feed.
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 members’ RSS feeds.
Audio posts that you’d like to populate on your members’ RSS feeds should be displayed like this:
Are there alternatives to using Patreon RSS?
Yes, Patreon offers a private RSS functionality powered by Acast. If you choose this option instead of Patreon RSS, the content will be hosted on Acast, which will provide you with a unique RSS feed. Your members will not need to manually add the feed but instead OAuth directly on the platform where they’d like to listen to your show.
Click on the following article for information about how to Deliver secure, member-only podcast feeds with Acast.
Note that, at this time, we are not supporting the ability to turn on the Spotify integration if you are using Acast for RSS distribution.