Create or Edit an MRSS Feed
- From the Vidyard dashboard, select Channels > Feeds.
- Click + New Feed or click Edit next to an existing feed.
- Enter the following information:
- The name for your MRSS feed.
- A URL for your feed. This URL is not the feed URL but will be displayed in the podcast listing.
- A description for your video podcast.
- The required iTunes data to publish your feed to the iTunes Store (This data is also used for publishing to Google Play Music).
Select Players for Your Feed
To learn more about players and videos, refer to our article: Player vs Video: What's the difference?
You can add players to your feed in Vidyard on the Players tab:
- Click Edit beside a feed.
- Click + Add a Category.
Note: Categories can be used to keep this view organized, but do not affect how the players are added to the feed. All players added to the feed will be displayed.
- Enter a name for the category.
- You can add players to a category in multiple ways:
- Choose Specific Players: Click Edit to search for an manually add players from your Vidyard account. New players can be added by coming back and adding them to the category.
- Add Players by Tag: Select one or more tags that will automatically add players to the feed. Going forward, any players with these tags will be automatically added to the feed. You can add or remove tags from the category at any time.
Depending on how your players are organized, you may opt to add only one player to the feed and add new content as additional videos to the player.
Important Note: Players with multiple videos will have each video added as individual feed items. The title will reflect the player title as a series of episodes. See below for an example:
Preview and Publish Your Feed
You can preview and publish your feed from the feeds list page.
The preview will display a list of videos in your feed as well as what information will be displayed about the feed (description and URL).
Click Publish to display the RSS URL for the feed. This URL can be placed on https://play.google.com/music/podcasts/portal to publish your feed to the Google Play Music Store.
- Sign in to the Google Play Music Podcast Portal.
- Near the top right, click Add podcast.
- Add your podcast’s RSS feed URL.
- Click Submit RSS feed.
Your podcast episodes will be ordered by the <itunes:order> tag (e.g. episode 1 will be at the top of your episode list).
- After you’ve submitted your RSS feed, review the email address used to verify ownership of your podcast.
- To verify that you own the podcast content you’re adding, you need to have an email address in the <googleplay:email> or <itunes:email> field of your podcast’s RSS feed.
- Click Send verification code.
- Check the email account listed for your verification email.
- Visit the link included in the email to complete the verification process.
Google identifies some podcasts as protected podcasts that require special verification of ownership. If you're adding a protected podcast you need to fill out a short form to verify that you belong to the organization that owns the content. After you complete and submit the form and our team verifies the information, we will send you an email with a verification code to verify ownership of the podcast.
After you receive the verification code, visit the link included in the email to complete the verification process.
After you’ve added a podcast, our team reviews each podcast to make sure that it complies with our Podcast Terms of Service and Content and Conduct Policies for Podcasts on Google Play and is correctly labeled.
This review process can take up to five business days. Once your podcast has been reviewed and approved, you’ll receive an email when your podcast is approved for publication and ready to go live.
Reasons for rejection
Podcasts can be rejected for a number of reasons. Some reasons can include:
- Similar content: Title and author of a podcast are too similar to one that already exists.
- Ownership: If you can’t confirm ownership of the podcast, your submission can be rejected.
- Content violations: Podcast content or images violate our Podcast Terms of Service or Content Policies.
If your podcast gets rejected and you have a question for our support team, you can contact Google.
Note: When you add a podcast to the Google Play Music Podcast Portal, you give Google the right to download the RSS feed file and all other files and resources referenced in the feed without respect for the
robots.txt settings that may or may not be specified. Google Play Music will use the user agent
'Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; Google-Podcast)' when accessing the RSS feed file and other resources. If you want to prevent Google from accessing your podcast feed, you can explicitly block our user agent
'Google-Podcast' on your site’s
Feeds and Vidyard Analytics
It is important to note that as the videos are not played inside of a Vidyard player, the viewer analytics for videos consumed as podcasts will not be tracked in Vidyard. If the same players are embedded using the Vidyard player, those viewer statistics will be captured in Vidyard