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How does automatic distribution work on Castbox ?
With Ausha, you can distribute your podcast on all available listening platforms (see our generalist article: How do I distribute my podcast on listening platforms?
Good news! On certain platforms, broadcast begins automatically without you having to take any action. This is the case for: Google Podcasts, Pocket Casts, Overcast,Castro, and, the star of this article: the Castbox platform. 🥳
👉 Here are the necessary conditions required to allow Castbox and the other aforementioned platforms to automatically broadcast your podcast :
1️⃣ Your podcast must contain at least one Publicly Published episode. See this article for more info : How do I publish an episode? 👈
💡 Note : If your show only contains scheduled or draft episodes, distribution won’t work on any platform, be it Castbox or any other platform.
Having at least one published episode is essential for Castbox to automatically detect your podcast !
2️⃣ Your podcast must already be broadcast on the Apple Podcasts platform. See this article for more info: How do I distribute my podcast on iTunes/Apple Podcasts?
💡 Note : Castbox makes a copy of Apple Podcasts’ catalog . As long as your podcast doesn’t appear on Apple Podcasts and/or if you do not wish to distribute your podcast on Apple Podcasts 🍏 , Castbox cannot distribute your show automatically.
Once your podcast has fulfilled these two conditions , you will have to wait before automatic distribution on Castbox begins (see part 2 👇).
How long should I expect to wait before my show is available on Castbox ?
As discussed above in part 1, distribution on Castbox is completely automatic.
On the other hand, broadcast on this platform, as with all the platforms that distribute automatically, is not instantaneous. ❌
🕰 You may wait over a month after your first public episode is published on Apple 🍏 before your podcast is indexed by Castbox (Remember: Castbox makes a copy of Apple Podcasts’ catalog see part 1).
As long as your podcast isn’t available on Castbox, it will be marked as “Pending distribution” under your Ausha distribution settings (Settings tab > Distribution).
If you see this status, that means you will need to wait a few more weeks for your podcast to appear on this platform !
Once your podcast is available on Castbox, your show’s dedicated page link on this platform will be displayed in your Ausha distribution settings, as seen here. 👇
Even after your podcast shows up on Castbox, your Castbox listen link may not appear immediately in your Ausha settings and the “Pending distribution” status could still be displayed.
In this case, please wait a few more days for your Castbox link to be automatically picked up by Ausha! 🙏
My show (hosted on Ausha) wasn’t automatically detected by Castbox. How can I manually force distribution on Castbox ?
👉 Have you successfully fulfilled all the required conditions for your podcast’s automatic distribution on Castbox? (See part 1 above).
👉 Have you waited for the normal delay to pass (at least one month)? (See part 2 above).
Castbox’s automation detection may take longer than the standard delays they indicate. In this case, you can go ahead and manually submit your podcast on Castbox to trigger its broadcast.
To manually submit your podcast, head to this tutorial in the Castbox Help Center and carefully follow the instructions: click here 👈
If you run into any issues when manually submitting your podcast, please reach out to Castbox support here !
After your podcast is published on Castbox, you will have to wait a few more days for your listen link to show up in your Ausha distribution settings.
Therefore, the “Pending distribution” status may still be displayed on Ausha even after your podcast has appeared on Castbox. Don’t worry – the link will be picked up automatically in a few days. ⏳