FAQ and support

How Podlime Works?

What is Podlime?

    Podlime is a technology platform which helps you create a new recurrent revenue channel for your podcast:
  • Have access to national audio advertising campaigns, no matter how large your audience is
  • Geolocation: depending where they are, your listeners will hear different ads (in their language)
  • Premium ads: no adult, porn or gambling ads, we only work with famous brands
  • Works on all devices, all players (wordpress included)
  • We offer one of the highest CPM
  • Podlime is free to use with no obligation, cancel anytime (but we're sure you won't)
  • Dashboard access: see live and historical analytics. Track your revenue

How Podlime works for your podcast?

Podlime works like a proxy between the listener and your podcast. When the listeners clicks on your new Podlime episode’s URL, we serve him your file with an audio ad inserted in it. That’s why you need to use our episode URL to make it work. We don't store or copy your content, we only relay to serve your listeners.

OK… but why do I have to change my podcast URL?

The only way to identify your listener and send him the right ad is with the URL he is calling. That’s why you need to use our URL. Your old URL is still active, it’s just that we don’t use it anymore (meaning you can switch back to your old URL whenever you want to stop using our service, without any problem).

How to setup a 301 redirect for my podcast (recommended)

If you host your podcast (or have access to the server), create a .htaccess file (or edit existing file) by renaming a simple text document and giving it the name “.htaccess” and place it in the root folder of your Web server.
For example if you host your mp3 episodes in http://www.mywebsite.com/podcast/episodes, create an .htaccess file in http://www.mywebsite.com.
Next, you need to add some code to the .htaccess file in order to perform the redirection:

<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /
RewriteRule ^/podcast/episodes/ https://r.pod.lc/YOUR_ID/http://www.mywebsite.com/podcast/episodes/ [L,R=301]
</IfModule>

If you already have a .htaccess file in the root folder of your Web server, then all you may need to do is add this line:

RewriteRule ^/podcast/episodes/ https://r.pod.lc/YOUR_ID/http://www.mywebsite.com/podcast/episodes/ [L,R=301]

How to change your episodes podcast URL?

You can monetize each or all episodes by changing their URL in your RSS feed, in your website or anywhere they are referenced. This way, you don’t have to change your RSS feed URL.
Your new episodes URL are:
https://r.pod.lc/your-Podlime-ID/your-episode-URL
Example if your episode URL was "http://www.mywebsite.com/podcast/john/episode1.mp3", and your Podlime ID is 1234, your new episode URL is: "https://r.pod.lc/1234/http://www.mywebsite.com/podcast/john/episode1.mp3"

How to change your RSS feed URL in iTunes (podcasts):

  • Click My Podcasts.
  • Click the podcast you want to manage. Podcasts Connect displays the podcast detail page.
  • Type your new Podlime RSS feed URL in the text box, then click Save.
  • Podcasts Connect updates your RSS feed URL and displays your podcast in the dashboard along with the Scheduled for Update status. Allow up to 24 hours for the change to appear on the iTunes Store

Only iTunes audience will be monetized

What if my podcast is hosted by:

LIBSYN
If you use Libsyn to host your RSS feed or update your XML file, send Libsyn a note and ask them to begin including the Podlime Prefix https://r.pod.lc/your-Podlime-ID/ on all episodes going forward. Libsyn is generally responsive and should add your prefix quickly.

SOUNDCLOUD
Go to your SoundCloud dashboard and enable tracking. From the Settings – Content page on your SoundCloud dashboard, the prompt says: Stats service URL prefix. Please enter the Podlime Prefix https://r.pod.lc/your-Podlime-ID/

FEEDBURNER
Just Prefix the media file URLs when you create your episodes with https://r.pod.lc/your-Podlime-ID/

BLUBRRY
Podlime is not supported by BluBrry. The best option is either to use the Podlime RSS feed URL and register that feed in iTunes or switch to another host such as Libsyn.

Check your RSS feed
Check your RSS feed to ensure that it's valid (and that you see Podlime prefix). (We suggest http://www.feedvalidator.org.)

Troubleshoot and resolve common issues

I Can't hear any ads in my podcast.

The most common reason ads are not played :
1/You're not listening from the targeted country. Campaigns are targeted per country, depending where you're listening from, ads might not be played.
2/ You don't use our feed URL. You must change the URL in your player and use the feed URL we created in your account.

Payments

How much will I make?

That’s a good, complicated, question. Our revenue are calculated on a CPM basis. Each campaign has its own CPM price. You’ll have a lot of different campaigns during the month. Your audience also matters. Advertisers target specific countries. If your listener is in the U.K., he will have a british ad. If he is in Spain, he might not be monetized… or have a spanish ad. What we can tell you is, in average, you’ll make between $2 and $5 per 1000 targeted listeners. Sometimes more.

When will I start to receive payments?

In Podlime, you're paid when your earnings reach the payment threshold ($50), as long as there are no holds on your account and you're in compliance with our policies. However, we aren't able to send you a bank transfer at the end of the month because we first have to validate your earnings for accuracy -- a process that takes four months. We send payments four months and a couple of weeks later, usually during the last week of the month. So if your earnings reach the payment threshold in January, we'll send you a payment before the end of May. If your account balance hasn't reached the payment threshold at the end of the month, we'll roll your earnings over to the following month until the payment threshold is reached.

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