Understanding the 4000-Character Limit for Podcast and Episode Notes

Modified on Thu, 16 May 2024 at 05:36 AM

For podcast and episode notes, the 4000-character limit is an industry standard that ensures compatibility with all major platforms, including Apple Podcasts and Spotify. To help you input these notes, we offer a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) text editor in our podcasters' dashboard.

The WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editor in RSS.com's Dashboard

Understanding Character Count in Our WYSIWYG Editor

When you use our WYSIWYG text editor, it's important to understand that the character count may not always match what you see on the screen. This discrepancy occurs because the editor operates using HTML code, which includes hidden characters that contribute to the total count.

Why Character Counts May Differ

1. HTML Tags: The editor automatically adds HTML tags to format your text. For example:

   - A new paragraph is enclosed in <p> and </p>, adding 7 characters for each paragraph break.

   - Bold text is wrapped in <strong> and </strong>, adding 17 characters.

2. Hyperlinks: Adding a hyperlink also increases the character count significantly. Each link includes the HTML tag <a> along with the URL, which is not visible in the editor but counts towards the limit.

Practical Tips

- Paragraphs and Line Breaks: Remember that each paragraph adds extra characters due to the <p> tags.

- Hyperlinks: Use hyperlinks sparingly, as each one can add a substantial number of hidden characters.

- Formatting: Be mindful of other formatting tags (like <strong>, <em>, etc.) as they also contribute to the character count.

By understanding how HTML tags affect character count, you can better manage your content to stay within the 4000-character limit.

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