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How does automatic distribution work on Overcast ?
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, Castbox, Castro, Pocket Casts and, the star of this article, the Overcast platform. 🥳
👉Here are the necessary conditions required to allow Overcast 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 Overcast or any other platform. Having at least one published episode is essential for Overcast 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 : Overcast 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 🍏, Overcast cannot distribute your show automatically.
Once your podcast has fulfilled these two conditions, you will have to wait before automatic distribution on Overcast begins (see part 2 👇).
How long should I expect to wait for my show to appear on Overcast ?
As discussed above in part 1, distribution on Overcast 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 Overcast.
As long as your podcast isn’t available on Overcast, 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 Overcast, 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 Overcast, your Overcast 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 Overcast link to be automatically picked up by Ausha ! 🙏
My show (hosted on Ausha) wasn’t automatically detected by Overcast. How can I manually force distribution for my show ?
👉 Have you successfully fulfilled all the required conditions for your podcast’s automatic distribution on Overcast? (See part 1 above).
👉 Have you waited for the normal delay to pass (at least one month)? (See part 2 above).
Overcast’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 Overcast to trigger its broadcast. Nevertheless, we recommend that you wait for automatic distribution to take effect instead. 🙏
To manually submit your podcast on Overcast:
Head to https://overcast.fm/add
Fill in your podcast’s RSS feed link in the “Feed URL” field. 💡 To find your podcast’s RSS feed (hosted on Ausha), check out this article.
Finally, click on the Add podcast button to confirm.
Wait at least 24 hours and up to 2-3 days for your podcast to appear on the Overcast platform !
If you run into any issues when manually submitting your podcast, please reach out to the Overcast team here!
After your podcast is published on Overcast, 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 Overcast. Don’t worry – the link will be picked up automatically in a few days. ⏳