How to Check Your Ranking in iTunes

Each category in the Podcast section of iTunes has sub-categories.

For instance:

  • Pat Flynn’s Smart Passive Income is in the Business/Marketing & Management category
  • The Dave Ramsey Show is in the Business/Investing category
  • Entrepreneur On Fire is in the Business/Careers category

Subcategories in iTunesThere is no shortcut to the sub-categories within the main categories of iTunes Podcast charts. So…

How do you check your ranking in iTunes?

  • Search for your podcast in the search bar
  • Click on your podcast
  • Click on the sub-category listed in the menu structure (above the artwork)
  • Click on “Select All” for either New & Noteworthy or What’s Hot

Count the number of podcasts in front of yours and that’s it!

Watch the video to make sure you are reading the page correctly. I had been doing it wrong for years until I saw this.

how to check podcast rankings in itunes

see all in itunes

Do you have to be new to be featured in New & Noteworthy?

The truth is: No.

You don’t have to be new to be featured in iTunes New & Noteworthy.

For instance: Radical Personal Finance from Joshua Sheets was released in July 2013. One year later it is #6 in the iTunes New & Noteworthy section for the Investing category.

You don’t have to be NEW to be featured in New and Noteworthy.

Watch the video to see episodes of Radical Personal Finance, a podcast ranked at #6 in iTunes New & Noteworthy on August 11, 2014, that were released in July 2013.

How to stay in the Top 20 of iTunes

This is my opinion, but hear me out: The MoneyPlan SOS podcast is normally a weekly show. However, it changed to a bi-weekly release during the summer. In fact, there was only one episode released in July, on the 21st, and the most recent episode was released on August 8th.

However, the show currently ranks as #11 in iTunes Investing category. Why?

There was only one new 5-star rating and downloads for the newest episode were average (about 1,500 in the first 72 hours). Is that all it takes to beat out Motley Fool Money and Suze Orman? 

  • Does 1,500 downloads from a guy in the midwest beat out CNBC’s Jim Kramer?
  • Did Money Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips take a long, extended vacation?
  • Did somebody at Apple make a mistake?

Nope. The only thing I can contribute to landing in this position is my audience. Good content, engaging with my listeners and having a catalogue of episodes to keep them coming back are what I believe is helping me beat out the James Altucher show this week.

Bottom line: Keep offering good content and don’t quit. As long as you have fans and/or bring value, you will stay relevant in the iTunes rankings.

And remember to take screenshots when you hit those big numbers!

MPSOS #11 iTunes Investing 2014-08-11

About Steve Stewart

Hello! My name is Steve and I started podcasting in 2010 on the MoneyPlan SOS podcast. I love everything about this exciting new medium! I would share my enthusiasm with bloggers who would say "I should start a podcast!" I agree: instead of a cold, faceless logo with no personality - You Should Podcast Too! The purpose of this website it to encourage you to put your image in front of your audience. Let your readers/listeners/fans get to see who you are and identify you as someone they can trust. Maybe you just want to record a YouTube video and embed it on your site or offer an audio version of your Free Report. It has never been cheaper and easier. And Yes, You Can Podcast Too!

Comments

How to Check Your Ranking in iTunes — 18 Comments

  1. I wouldn’t say “New and Note Worthy” and “What’s Hot” is your podcast ranking. These are just what is current trending. Your true Podcast ranking is under “Top Podcasts” located at the right of the iTunes page under “Top Episodes”.

  2. Thanks for the awesome info! I’ve been podcasting for 3 weeks and having a great time! I have one question. Do you know how often iTunes reranks the podcasts? Mine seem to change every few days, but people have told me that they are reranked every hour.

  3. @ Rob Weber

    Actually, no. You could probably create a temporary artificial bump, which might feel good for the moment until your numbers return to normal.

    The ONLY way to really increase your numbers is to add dedicated listeners and subscribers. You might be able to do that through various marketing techniques to reach such an audience, but you won’t do it by ‘growth hacking’ iTunes and Google.

  4. Is there a way to check these ranking without going to iTunes itself? I am in a sub category of Amateur in Sports and Fitness but cannot get to it while at work during the day (iTunes is a blocked site).

    • Yes! There a few sites that track the iTunes charts that you might find useful:

      podcastchart.com
      itunescharts.net

      Historical chart positions for specific podcasts (vs. the tables in itunescharts.net) can be found via cast.market:
      Example – StartUp – https://cast.market/us/15

      You can also generate a current list of the top podcasts from iTunes in any top-level genre via RSS:
      https://rss.itunes.apple.com/us/?at=10l9W2&uo=8&urlDesc=%2Fgenerator

      Simply select the country, choose Podcasts under Media Type, choose the number of results you want (top 10 is default), and the genre you want to subscribe to. The online form will give you a URL to copy and paste into your RSS reader. (I use feedly.com, but there’s many many others).

      Hope this helps!

  5. Hi Steve,

    I am not so familiar on the popularity ratings in itunes. I have been following training sessions from a particular training provider who puts their sessions on podcast. For a couple weeks I had noticed that there were three podcasts (the last three up to last week) that were rated as more popular by far than all the others that had been posted over the last year. The bar for those had almost stretched to the end, while the others may have had 2-4 bars maximum. Now, the session popularity ratings for the ones whose bars had stretched to the end have dropped to bar levels below some of the older not so popular sessions. Also, since last week, two new training sessions have been added which have the highest popularity ratings now. What causes these popularity rank changes? I don’t think some of the older sessions are being listened to as much, yet some of them are now outranking the ones that up until last week had far surpassed them. Can you please explain these popularity rank changes?

    • Just for clarification, I am not referring to popularity rank against other training providers or podcasters. I am referring to rank of the various training sessions provided by the same provider (podcaster).

    • Are you referring to the gray meter shown next to each episode? I’m sorry that I don’t have a concrete answer, but I can offer you this:
      I have heard the “Popularity bars” are influenced by interactions within iTunes itself (and possibly the Podcasts IOS app).

      I believe the “Popularity bar” is fluid, meaning it doesn’t keep track of all listens/downloads over the past year or lifetime of the show. It may be measuring only a few days or even a couple weeks of activity.

      It is possible that someone found the show, listened to them on iTunes or in their Podcasts app, and shared them with others who went to check them out.

      I’m interested to know: Why are you curious about the Progress bar in iTunes?

      • I simply wanted to know why the ratings had changed so dramatically. What you’ve suggested makes sense. Thank you.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *