How and where to leave podcast reviews


Podcast reviews are a great way to get social proof for your show. It’s really no different than reviews on Google or other places – except they are for your podcast. But the podcast reviews game has been kind of all over the place. Most platforms don’t even offer it.

So when people ask, “How do you leave a podcast review on Google?” The answer is that that’s not currently a thing. You can’t.  The same is true when people ask, “How do you rate a podcast on iHeartRadio?” You can neither rate nor review a podcast currently on iHeartRadio.

But you can leave podcast reviews on these podcast channels:

Let’s look at each one in a bit more detail. But first, let’s look at some strategies to get reviews for your podcast!

How to get podcast reviews

There are a number of ways to get podcast reviews.

Ask on-air

Some hosts ask on-air. “Please leave us a review…” On my podcast, the outro also says, “Please rate and review our show on your favorite network”

You can also use a service like ratethispodcast.com to create one link you can share, and then other links go out from there to where people can review.

On your podcast website, you can also add the call to action. I use the embeddable button from Rate This Podcast to encourage people to rate and review. (If you don’t have a website for your podcast, try Podpage. It’s automatic and looks great!)

podcast reviews button on website

Finally, I ask previous guests about a week after the show goes live if they would consider leaving a review. I send one email asking and including all the links to make it easy for them to find the show on their favorite network.

Read next: How to publish a podcast with video on Spotify


Where can you leave a podcast review?

There’s currently a handful of channels where that’s possible. Let’s look at each.

How to leave a podcast review on Apple

My show currently has around 50 ratings and reviews on Apple. They can be viewed in the app and also on the web.

 

Reviews on Apple cannot be left in the web browser. Users have to do that in the app on their iOS devices.

Podcasts on Amazon Music

Amazon allows listeners to leave podcast reviews through their Amazon account. It’s basically like leaving any Amazon product review, but it’s hidden.

On the podcast page, ratings show up at the top.

To leave a review, scroll all the way down – pass the episodes, recommend items to buy, and you’ll get to this spot.

Podchaser

Podchaser is another network where listeners can leave reviews.

The overall rating is listed high on the webpage, and reviews are highlighted below the episodes. What’s unique about Podchaser is that listeners can also rate individual episodes.

 

How to review a podcast on Spotify

Being able to rate podcasts on Spotify rolled out in December 2021. Listeners can rate in the Spotify app, but cannot leave a written review. Spotify also makes you listen to some episodes before you can rate them!

Podcast Addict App

On Podcast Addict, listeners can review a show in the app.

Podurama

The Podurama app is newer and allows you to review specific episodes through a rating and a comment.

reviews in podurama 2

Podcast reviews conclusion

Getting reviews for your show certainly can help grow the audience through social proof. Keep in mind that it can also go the other way if there are many overly negative reviews.

Either way, it’s not a terrible strategy to remind listeners occasionally that their reviews are appreciated and wanted.



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