Podcasts: How does the RSS feed work for paying members?

Last updated 4 months ago

Steady Paywall for Podcasts (or any audio format)

As a Steady publisher you can offer exclusive content to your members. For text you can use the Steady Paywall. For podcasts or other audio formats you can use your own Audio RSS Feed.

What does the Audio RSS Feed do?
Your individual Steady Audio RSS Feed lets you offer special audio content (such as podcast episodes) exclusively to paying members (either to every paying member or only to members of certain plans). This could be special episodes (such as "making of" shows), or early access to regular episodes. Paying members will then be able to hear your show a few days earlier than the regular public.

How does it work?
Normally you must publish one URL where your members can access your podcast. The downside of this is that the URL is public and accessible to all listeners, not just paying members. Steady overcomes this problem by establishing an individual feed URL for each individual paying member.

How do I activate the individual Audio RSS Feed for my project?

Log in to Steady and go to general settings. Scroll down to "RSS Audio Feed", click on "Activate audio RSS feed for podcasters", and then "Save". You only need to do that once.

How do I post a podcast episode only for paying members?  How can I restrict access to members of certain plans?
It's really easy.  Just publish an Audio Post on your Steady page. Here's how.
  1. Upload the exclusive podcast episode where you normally upload your episodes. This should generate a URL such as http://yourpodcast.com/episode.mp3.
  2. Log in to Steady and click "Posts", then "New Post".
  3. Enable "members only". If you want to restrict access to your episode to members of certain plans, just check the corresponding plans.
  4. Check "Add URL path". 
  5. Enter the URL of your exclusive podcast, for example http://yourpodcast.com/episode.mp3.
  6. Write a headline, some teaser text and a longer description of your episode.
  7. Click "Publish". That's it! 
Where do my members find their individual RSS feed?
Your members must log in to Steady, and then visit your Steady page. There they'll see the personal Audio RSS Feed under the selected member plan. The user must copy this URL into their podcast player. They will then get automatic updates with each new exclusive episode.

Some questions about the RSS Audio Feed

What happens when a member cancels?
They will lose access to the exclusive audio feed when their member expires. After that, their individual RSS feed will no longer be active.

Can I connect the RSS Audio Feed with a specific membership plan?
Yes. You have to restrict access to the members of this plan when posting the new podcast episode (see above).

What happens when I make an audio post that is visible for all?
Then the episode will be accessible to everyone in your Posts section, including non-paying members.  It will also be delivered to via the individual Audio RSS Feeds.