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Chapter 4. Podcasting Distribution > Putting the RSS file to use

Putting the RSS file to use

Now that the RSS file is complete, you have a couple more things left to get things up and running. The up side is that the hard part is over; this portion of the process is not particularly difficult, but it needs to be reviewed nonetheless. The following steps take the process through to completion:

1.
The first thing you need to do is name your file—for this example, Secrets.xml.

The .XML extension isn't actually necessary, but it's fairly standard, so just go with the flow.

2.
The next thing is to place the file on your Web site (or wherever your podcasting feed is being hosted).

This will end up looking something like http://www.bogusaddress.com/Secrets.xml.

3.
As a test, try to open that file directly from your browser.

Most likely, a warning will flash across your screen complaining that the file is not a valid HTML file, but that isn't a problem. What should happen is that the file you worked on appears in the window (Figure 4.3). This means that the link works!

Figure 4.3. When you use a Web browser to go to the RSS feed link, it should look something like this.


4.
Launch a podcast aggregator (a podcatcher program) such as iPodder X, iPodder, or HappyFish, and paste your link into the New Feed box.

If the software goes to the site and downloads your podcast, you've done it!

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