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Podcast Reviews and Ratings

How to access Apple Podcasts and Spotify podcast Ratings

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What are podcast ratings?

Ratings are literally the stars people give your podcast. It’s a quantitative measurement reaching from a 1-star rating (worst) to a 5-star rating (best).

What are podcast reviews?

A review is a qualitative statement given by listeners of your podcast. It’s the text they write to review your show or to give you feedback about your podcast.

Podcast Ratings vs. Reviews

On Apple Podcasts and Podchaser listeners can leave reviews combined with a rating. It’s a qualitative statement in combination with a quantitative rating. The positive/negative/neutral sentiment of the text written in a review primarily reflects on the given rating. On Spotify, listeners can only rate a podcast.

How to rate a podcast?

Build social proof and get collect reviews and ratings from your audience. Below, we discuss how to rate a podcast within listening apps.

How to rate a podcast on Apple Podcasts (iTunes)?

On Apple Podcasts, listeners can leave a rating only or a review combined with a rating.

How to rate and review a podcast on a Mac/Windows computer?

Navigate to the podcast on Apple Podcasts (not to a specific episode) and click on the “Write A Review” link. It’s located below the episode list in the “Ratings & Reviews” section.

Rate a podcast on Apple Podcasts (Desktop)
Rate a podcast on Apple Podcasts (Desktop)

How to rate and review a podcast on an iPhone?

Navigate to the podcast on the “Podcasts” app (not to a specific episode). Scroll down to the “Ratings & Reviews” section and either tap on the stars to rate or tap on “Write a Review” to rate and review the podcast.

Rate a podcast on Apple Podcasts (iPhone)
Rate a podcast on Apple Podcasts (iPhone)

How to rate a podcast on Spotify?

Navigate to the podcast on Spotify (not to a specific episode) and tap the star icon underneath the podcast description. On Spotify, you need to listen to at least one episode before you can rate the podcast. You can currently only rate a podcast in the Spotify mobile app.

Rate a podcast on Spotify
Rate a podcast on Spotify

How to rate a podcast on Podchaser?

Navigate to the podcast on Podchaser and click on “Rate Podcast”. A popup will open where a listener can rate and review the podcast. They need to sign up for a Podchaser account.

how to Rate a podcast on Podchaser
Rate a podcast on Podchaser

How to ask for ratings and reviews?

In short:

  1. Add a strong Call To Action on your podcast and ask your listeners to add a rating and review.
  2. Create a short-link, read it on-air, or add the URL to your show notes.
  3. Give incentives to the people leaving reviews

Read more here: How To Ask for Reviews in a Podcast

How to get rating data of your podcast?

Podkite collects ratings data of your podcast and determines daily changes of your ratings. Access them in Podkite’s ratings dashboard.

Podcast rating data for podcasters

Access your dashboard here:

Which countries give the most 1-star and 5-star ratings?

I took a sample size of the most recent active 100k podcasts and their ratings on Apple Podcasts as of September 2022.

The countries that gave the most 1-star ratings compared to their overall rating count are:

Country 1-star ratings (%)
Afghanistan30.188
Brunei Darussalam14.607
Armenia9.250
Japan8.087
Oman7.519
Saudi Arabia7.495
Angola7.469
Senegal7.317
Viet Nam7.045
South Korea6.921
China6.629
Apple Podcasts users that gave the most 1-star ratings in percent of the total ratings by country

The countries that gave the most 5-star ratings compared to their overall rating count are:

Country 5-star ratings (%)
Slovenia92.500
Guatemala91.411
Costa Rica90.569
Lithuania90.196
Hungary90.171
Brazil89.491
Mexico89.230
Romania89.180
Estonia89.178
Bermuda88.947
Bulgaria88.836
Apple Podcasts users that gave the most 5-star ratings in percent of the total ratings by country

The countries that gave the least amount of 1-star ratings compared to their overall rating count are:

Country 1-star ratings (%)
Bermuda0.526%
Belize0.694%
Namibia0.699%
Bahamas0.746%
Slovenia1.094%
Ecuador1.210%
Guatemala1.227%
Honduras1.318%
Paraguay1.473%
Sri Lanka1.679%
Estonia1.689%
Apple Podcasts users that gave the least 1-star ratings in percent of the total ratings by country

Podkite helps podcasters to get more reviews and ratings with a memorable short-link. Read it on-air or share it with your audience on social. Works for Apple Podcasts, Spotify (mobile only) and Podchaser.

Demo: ReviewThisPodcast.com/pk-ted-climate-mindset

Read more here or give it a try with your podcast:

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