When you’re getting ready to publish your episode, you’ll first want to add ID3 tags to your MP3 files. ID3 tags are a form of metadata, which is a form of SEO that will help your audience find you and find out more about you.
ID3 tags tell your audience things like the title of the episode, the author name, the name of the show, a description of the show, and the cover image for the show or for the individual episode.
You can add ID3 tags in a couple of ways, including in Audacity, but one of the simplest ways is to add them in Apple iTunes. Start by dragging and dropping the file containing your episode into iTunes. Then go to Music, choose Recently Added, and right click on the file to select Get Info.
Go to Options and change the Media Kind field from Music to Podcast. Then go back to Details and fill in the title, author, and podcast name fields. If you have cover artwork, you can choose Artwork and upload the file with the cover art. Then choose description and add a description of the episode. Keep it short – iTunes only shows a couple of sentences. If you click Sorting, it should show you the information that you just filled in. Click OK to save the information.
Then you should be able to see that the file has been moved to Podcasts in iTunes, and you should be able to open the file and see the information that you’ve added.
Takeaways From this Lesson:
- ID3 tags are metadata, which work as a form of SEO for podcasts
- ID3 tags help your audience find important information about your show, which can help you gain subscribers
- Your ID3 tags should include the name of the episode, the name of the podcast, the author, a description, and cover art if you have it