Feel the power of good ole RSS, like shooting lasers from my finger tips. I just used the RSS feed from the OEG Voices Podcast I manage from, yes, a self-managed WordPress site to directly be connected, and updating without me lifting a pinky, to a YouTube hosted podcast.

The OEG Voices Podcast now on YouTube and it will update all by itself

For every item in the feed (20 of them), it populated a “video” with the art of the episode’s image and the audio of the podcast. Via RSS. The next time I publish a new episode on the website, BOOM! It will be added to the YouTube version.

I had previously experimented with what YouTube called a podcast, which was really just adding a video to a playlist. It offered no podcast feed, and the creation process was manual.

In an email I got this week from Descript (makers of the podcast editing software I am using) I read that YouTube had added a means to populate a podcast there by using an RSS feed from another site. You can read the full details (which is what I did this morning) on YouTube’s Help How to Deliver a Podcast with RSS.

It was pretty much enter a URL, which it checked (I had to make one small change in my Podcast Press settings in WordPress to add an email address to the RSS feed), which generated an emails message that I had to click a link to verify, and then it was off to the races (well it took a few hours).

I guess one could subscribe to it in the YouTube land, but it is not itself a podcast with it’s own RSS (who cares, I have my own), but it is syndication in action– update from source, and then the target gets auto updated.

Small Pieces RSS Joined!

Now I might be inspired to do this for the Puerto Rico Connection podcast I do/did with Antonio Vantaggiato, we are really on the low low end of our episode frequency, Hola, Antonio! (okay it‘s in motion, that was easy)


The OEG Voices podcast has bee self updating, and the embed for a playlist will show newer episodes then the screenshot above. Yay!

Featured Image: Aiming To Listen to The Stars flickr photo by cogdogblog shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license modified by inserted the OEG Voices Podcast logo also shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license and a crude recreation of a YouTune logo.

Black and white ohoto of one of those large satellite dishes in the New Mexico desert, inserted inside the dish is the OEG Voices podcast logo, with color dots pretending to be transmissions to a YouTube logo perched atop a mountain ridge
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  1. Luckily no one checked the link (guessing). I marked the feed and podcast as public, but all the episodes came in as private. I never got the confirmation email the docs mention, nor a link to publish, so I had to manually make public 20 YT items.

    Check now

    I suspect it’s typical Google glitch- do they fully test their stuff? Still waiting for the PR connection one to process.

  2. I’m intrigued by doing this for Teaching in Higher Ed. Thank you for sharing about your experiences here. I will set aside the time to read through everything and also see if our podcast hosting company (Blubrry) has updated their documentation to reflect these changes from YouTube.

    Right now, I have to start even more basic. I have a YouTube channel associated with my Google account, but not one for Teaching in Higher Ed (like I have, separated out, on most other services like this). So, I’m thinking I’ll need to set up a separate TiHE YouTube to begin, and then look to set up the RSS feed (which would seem to be the easy part of the equation). Dave (my husband) just talked to a guy from the Netherlands who’s an expert at LinkedIn, so there are some things we want to do there (including setting up separate pages for his podcast: Coaching for Leaders and mine.

    So much to play with here… Not enough time… Thanks, again, for the continued inspiration and opportunities to learn, Alan.

    1. Nothing needs to be done on the Blubrry side – technically I am there as well because I used the PowerPress plugin. YouTube just uses your standard RSS feed, it more or less subscribes to your blog.

      As usual, its a bit wonky. My OEG Voices podcast was ready in about 1 day and it never gave me the promised email or way to confirm, so my first 20 episodes all came in as private; another one I am trying is stuck in a spin. Mileage shall vary.

      If I read things correctly, when I update on my WordPress site, it should automatically push to YouTube and publish newest episode, I guess I have to get off my lasy butt and publish one,

      You likely know but if you set up a TIHE Youtube as a “brand” account, you can designate other youtune accounts (yours, Daves, an assistant) to be able to access it by simply switching under the top right in YouTube, This way you dont need to log in separately.

      Also check out On Demand Smart Links https://odesli.co/ – you can set up an entry for your podcast that will automatically make a widget for all places your podcast is syndicated to, and you can customize a bit too (it provides a nifty variety of embeds so you can put in web site).

      See the one I made for OEG Voices https://pods.link/oegvoices

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