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I recently added a podcast to my site. I would like the ability to track how many subscribers/downloads/etc. Since I have already submitted my rss feed to a number of podcatchers and there is no easy way of changing that feed link I am wondering if there is a way I can redirect my rss feed to a service like feedburner without having to change the feed links I have already submitted to all of these podcatchers?
I am also looking at this redirect solution because of the rumors of feedburner possibly being a service that google will be eliminating in the future.
Answer by edokken · Jul 29 at 11:34 PM
Squarespace doesn't currently offer a metric that tracks the amount of listens on your Podcasts, however, they do have a metric that tracks the amount of subscribers to your RSS Feed. They have a guide on that here:
Additionally, I found this super handy article here that may be useful to you when looking or a 3rd party app to help you track listenership:
Finally, you can add a RSS Feed Replacement URL redirect an RSS Block your Blog Page so clicking the RSS Block opens a FeedBurner page instead of an .xml file. This looks a little cleaner than a standard RSS feed page and makes it easier for visitors to add your feed to their readers. Squarespace's guide on that is here:
Answer by talkingheadpodcasts · Jan 24, 2014 at 07:10 PM
I tried to use feedburner for my shows by using the tools in the syndication section of your blog setup... Didnt work out 100% for me. Two of my shows had to be resubmitted to iTunes/Stitcher/EVERYWHERE! It's been kinda frustrating to have this complete lack of download stats since the stat switch a few months ago. The only true way now to get correct podcast stats while using squarespace (someone PLEASE correct me if I am wrong) is to host your media elsewhere and then sign up for blubrry and add their URL extension on when you point squarespace to the file (this means you don't upload episodes directly to squarespace, they just act as the "store front" for your podcast Media URL) Not a bad solution if you only have one podcast. If you have multiple it can get expensive quickly and confusing because now you are hosting multiple shows in multiple places and managing the directory submissions differently too...
Long story short If you are going to switch your feed anyway, you might want to look at a program that counts total "listens" not just subscriptions.