03 Mar How Do I Listen to the St. Louis REALTOR® Podcast?
Merriam-Webster defines a podcast as a program (as of music or talk) made available in digital format for automatic download over the Internet.
What makes a podcast special is that all of the contents of a podcast live on one website called a host site and that host site assigns the podcast an RSS (really simple syndication) feed, which is basically the address for a podcast. When you subscribe to a podcast with a podcast app like Apple Podcasts or Spotify, that app goes to that address multiple times a day to see if there is anything new, and if there is something new, the app brings it back. Depending on your app settings and the level of subscription you have chosen for that particular show, the podcast’s newest episodes can be downloaded automatically and you will receive a notification on your phone, computer, tablet, etc. You can also choose not to have automatic downloads and no notifications. It is entirely up to you.
Currently the St. Louis REALTOR® Podcast is hosted on a website called Anchor.FM. This is our page on Anchor https://anchor.fm/stlouisrealtorpodcast
Anchor.FM assigned us an RSS Feed URL. This is what it looks like anchor.fm/s/13548838/podcast/rss
If you click on our RSS feed URL, you might think it looks like a foreign language. Here is an example of what you would see.
That foreign language is code that tells your podcast app everything it needs to know to display our show and all of its contents properly. What is so amazing is that with RSS feeds, any changes we make on our host site will show up on all the hundreds of podcast directories around the world within a few hours. People who are new to podcasting often wonder how hard it must be to upload an episode of a podcast to all of those sites but all we have to do is make sure those sites know our RSS feed URL and everything else happens automatically.
There are hundreds of podcast directory sites and apps that that can help you find, listen to, and subscribe to podcasts. Just about every smart device in the world has some sort of a podcast directory app built in; for example, Apple devices have the Apple Podcasts App and Android devices have the Google Play Music app, but you by no means have to use those apps.
No matter what app you use, if you can’t find the St. Louis REALTOR® Podcast, copy and paste our RSS feed URL into the app’s search bar and you should be able to find and subscribe to the show.
To illustrate just how many different podcast directories there are, here are links to the St. Louis REALTOR® Podcast on a bunch of them.
YouTube technically is not a podcast host nor directory since it doesn’t generate RSS feeds for its videos but it is helpful to have our podcast in as many places as possible so we turn our audio into videos and then upload it to YouTube. Here is the link to our YouTube channel.
If you ever have any questions about the St. Louis REALTOR® Podcast or podcasting in general, send us an email at PODCAST@HermannLondon.com