Media hosts like Libsyn and Blubrry. But being successful would still depend on them checking out that show and thinking that it would further enhance the collection in question. The best way to support your favorite podcasters is to tell them. So, it seems that new subscribers are the key to increasing your podcast rankings on this type of list. /u/techcaleb is right. These ‘themed' collections are compiled by Apple. Top Podcasts is another example of a “Top 200” chart (although in the Podcasts app it only displays the top 150). Being featured in iTunes at any level, which will noticeably impact your downloads, seems to largely depend on being handpicked by Apple. Apple's podcasting team have liaised with some of the medium's top and long serving media hosts for many years now. It is mandatory to procure user consent prior to running these cookies on your website. Rob added that he hasn't seen any evidence to suggest that ratings and reviews play a role in the top 200 lists. So my question is, how do the creators know how popular their podcasts really are since the ways to get them are numerous and not just purely iTunes. I have a few sound clips at newandnoteworthy.info where they reveal they didn’t much of a bump from being in new and noteworthy. If you're OK with that, click Accept, but if not, you can turn off non-essential cookies below. I've also talked with him myself on a few occasions, and he'll be our main expert in this article as we look to establish what we think we know so far about the way podcasts are “ranked” inside iTunes. Inside iTunes there are many different places to be listed, featured, discovered, or “ranked”. This category only includes cookies that ensures basic functionalities and security features of the website. They might be based on what's topical or newsworthy, or purely on what type of podcast is popular at that given period. Yes, we've established that the vast majority of podcast listening takes place via Apple. These smaller category New & Noteworthy lists rarely (if ever) now seem to appear in either the Desktop or Mobile app. People are actively seeking out content they want to consume far more than they're looking for an app to suggest a bunch of shows to them. I’ve been in the top 100 on both the keyword search and in the fiction category. That's a much more effective way of growing your audience in the long run. This is a list of the top 100 podcasts in the United States on Apple Podcasts (iTunes) and should be automatically updated every few days. For free. Press J to jump to the feed. According to Rob (The Feed, 54) “a couple of hundred in one day will get you to the top of most categories”. The only way for such a thing to exist is to either tap into the largest, most popular consumption platform (iTunes/Apple Podcasts), or for everyone to use the same download stats and share such stats with each other. Thanks for shedding some light. I’d love to be at the top of the main category, but that will take some time. This is why so many podcasters fixate on the iTunes podcast rankings. Of course, you should still dedicate some time towards promoting your show. We've established by now that there are many different ways to be found inside iTunes. The only reason why I bother looking at fiction is because it helps tell me what place I’m out in my friendly competition. Let's find out a bit more about exactly what they are, and how they might work. It’s now in Society & Culture, but I actually think it ought to be in Fashion & Beauty. r/podcasts: a subreddit to discover, discuss, and review podcasts with other podcast enthusiasts. Certainly not the lists that we can have any influence over. In once case they had 32 downloads.