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How to Add a Third-Party Prefix to Your Podcast

You shared, we listened! Set up a third-party prefix URL to learn even more about your listeners.

We understand how important it is to get a more in-depth look at your audience and the performance of your show. Thanks to your feedback, we introduced the ability to add your Chartable, Podsights, and Podtrac prefixes to your show(s) on RedCircle.

This feature is currently available for members on the Pro Plan or higher.

Continue on to learn more about Prefixes and how to set yours up on RedCircle!

What is a Prefix URL?
How do I set it up on my RedCircle account?
Where can I find the Prefix URL?

What is a Prefix URL?

To put it simply, a Prefix URL is a trackable URL that's placed directly in the RSS Feed of a podcast. It allows third-party services, like Chartable, Podsights, and Podtrac, to track all download requests that come through your show's RSS Feed.

Why is this important? For many podcasters, they can use the information pulled from the Prefix URL to share with their advertising partners. Read more about the value of Prefix URLs from Sounds Profitable here.

How do I set it up on my RedCircle account?

Easy! First, navigate to your Podcast Settings then click on Advanced Settings near the very bottom. From there, scroll down until you see the Third-Party prefixes section:

Set up your third-party prefix URL on RedCircle

Mark one, or more, of the checkboxes:

Set up your third-party prefix URL on RedCircle

You need to manually input the Chartable Prefix URL as each one is unique to the podcaster. 

Podsights and Podtrac both use a fixed Prefix for all users, so checking the boxes for them automatically adds them to your RSS Feed. Additionally, since the acquisition of Podsights by Spotify, you should be able to use a Spotify Prefix URL by marking the "Podsights" checkbox.

Don’t forget to click the red Save button in the lower right corner to make sure your changes are saved!

Where can I find the Prefix URL?

Both Podsights and Podtrac use a fixed Prefix URL for all users:

  • Podsights uses pdst.fm/e/
  • Podtrac uses dts.podtrac.com/redirect.mp3/

See these Help articles from Podsights and Podtrac for more information. 

Chartable, on the other hand, supplies a unique URL for each podcaster. See their Help article for more information on locating your Prefix URL.

Have questions concerning Prefix URLs? Feel free to reach out to our Support team for help!