A few months ago, we implemented some performance tweaks to our podcast website using CloudFlare. Unbeknownst to us, CloudFlare's "bot fight mode" was blocking the bots from many 2nd tier directories. iHeart, Stitcher, TuneIn, CastBox, and Blubrry all failed to pull in the RSS feed.
So for over a month, no one on those platforms could see new episodes or listen.
These directories scraping my feed looked to CloudFlare like a DDoS attack. Why can't they just switch to PodPing?!
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