Google adds podcast episodes to Google Search
August 9, 2019 · 4.1 minutes to read
Google have officially announced that podcast episodes will now appear in Google Search for users searching in the US in English. “We’ll soon add the ability for publishers to specify a playback destination, such as a third-party website or app,” the announcement says - perhaps for companies like the BBC and Radio France who deliberately blocked Google Podcasts.
- What Google giveth, Google taketh away - outside the US, searches for “This American Life” or even “Podnews” currently have no play buttons for podcasts within search. (Compare a US search and an Australian one). We hope they’re back soon.
- Podnews’s Editor, James Cridland, is moderating What Google means for podcasters at Podcast Movement (Friday 10am, Gatlin E6). The session promises “a technical dive into Google’s recent moves in podcasting, including discoverability and SEO”; we’ll have speaker information soon.
Will we get music licensing for podcasts? Maybe - a trailed announcement, apparently from SoundExchange and Podcast Music, failed to materialise today. A deleted story cached by our RSS reader named the two companies, claiming it is an “integrated global licensing solution” for podcasting, but we have no further details.
Apple have written to podcasters, letting them know that the new categories are now live, and giving some tips to maximise your show’s potential on the platform.
- Meanwhile, Spotify continues to take Apple Podcast listeners away from the platform. Voxnest reports that in July, podcast listeners in Austria, Czechia and Romania are now preferring to use Spotify over Apple Podcasts.
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