How to see if Google has indexed your podcast, without an Android phone
May 28, 2018 · By James Cridland
Many podcasts aren't correctly associated with the right page, and appear lower down than they should in the Google results. You want to be the top result, of course, not halfway down the page.
So, how does it look? If you don't have an Android phone, it turns out that Google Chrome can help you on your laptop instead, with a hidden mobile emulator.
- On your laptop, open Google Chrome. Then open a new tab. Make sure you're signed-in to Google: this won't work otherwise.
- Right-click inside the new tab, and choose "Inspect"
- Lots of technical gobbledegook will appear in a window or frame within Chrome. You can ignore it all. In the top left of this window, in the grey border, are two icons - click the icon of a phone and tablet.
- At the top of the web page, you'll now see a device toolbar. It might say "Responsive" on it. In the drop-down list, choose "Pixel 2". This means your Chrome browser is currently pretending to be a Google Pixel mobile phone.
- Now, search for "This American Life" (from the address bar as normal). You should see 'recent episodes' here, and the play buttons to listen (which won't work). Your screen should look like this.
- If you see those play buttons, Google has correctly indexed the podcast.
- Now try searching for your own podcast, and see if the play buttons appear.
To remove the Inspection pane, just close the tab.
Note: Often, we've found the play buttons appear below an iTunes listing, rather than your own. Right now, for example, if you do a search for "James Cridland's podcast", it correctly finds the "James Cridland - Radio Futurologist" podcast, but on iTunes (and you have to look quite far down the page to find it). However, that does mean that Google Assistant will behave correctly if you say "OK, Google, play James Cridland's podcast".
Also, you might find that while "Podnews"'s podcast appears on the top of the Google search results, with our podcast associated with it, it is almost impossible to actually ask Google Assistant for it... it isn't a real word, and Google hasn't (yet) learnt it. We wrote a skill instead.
- Not appearing properly? Here's how to get your podcast into Google.
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