In 2017 Apple released support for seasons, episode types, and a new way to order and display episodes. These tags impact how your show and episodes show up in the Apple Podcasts app and other directories.
Show Level Tags - Show Format (Episodic or Serial):
What's the format of your show? Episodic is the most common type of podcast. This impacts how your episodes appear. With Episodic your shows appear with the most recent episode appearing first or at the top in podcast players. With a Serial type show, Episode 1 will always appear first in players. Serial shows are often True Crime or long-form storytelling type show where you want the listener to start with episode 1
How to select the correct format for your show.
1. Log into your Resonate Account.
2. Select Settings and Podcast Profile
3. Scroll to the Podcast Directories Settings.
4. Select the correct format for your show
5. Hit Save.
Episode Level Tags - Season Number, Episode Number, and Episode Type
Season tags allow you to group episodes by season. This is done on an episode level and will allow the episode you are posting to show up under a specific season. You can select the correct season for an episode when you are uploading your episode.
Episode number tags allow you to select what number episode it is. These episodes will show up in the correct order under the season the episode is tied to. You can also update the episode number tag when you are uploading a new episode.
Episode type tags allow you to select the type of episode this is. If you select trailer episode it will show us as a trailer episode, not a full or bonus episode. Full episodes are the most common episode type tags and are usually for a full episode that has a number. Bonus episode tags may be for episodes that are not apart of a season or that are not a normal part of the show. Often feed drops or cross promo episodes or Q&A episodes are tagged as a bonus episode. Episode type tags are also done on an episode level when you are uploading a new episode for production or distribution.