So, you want to start a podcast, amazing. But how do you get your word out there? The podcasting era is upon us, and more people are listening to podcasts while they drive to work, go for walks, workout at the gym, or even while cooking dinner; it has become a constant in people’s lives more than ever before. This medium has blown up over the last decade, and it’s a perfect way to share your passions with others. So, let’s get started, what do you need to start your first podcast? I will list the steps and options you need, and what I used to get my podcast up and ready for the world to hear.
Educate Entertain Execute
Your content needs to do all three every time or it’s not serving anyone
Choose a name
Naming your podcast needs to be engaging and not limited. Purchase a domain and wet up a home for your podcast to live, you can also set your blog up to this site as well. In use Bluehost and WordPress for my site.
Choose a topic and name, what do you want to share? This can be key to your whole podcast future. Take the time to write out an outline, and that way your flow will be smooth for the listener.
Are you going to do this solo or with a co-host? How long are you planning to talk for and how many episodes will you release and when? My suggestion is to not have it too long, if you are recording solo then you need to make sure you can talk and entertain for that amount of time. Under 30 minutes for a solo podcast is the prime time. Interviews are a great way to get content, and you can do this in person or pre-record the interview to upload to the podcast later.
To begin, you will need a microphone, and really any recording device will do. You can use the headphones that came with your phone or you can purchase a mic from Best buy or amazon. I currently use the Blue Snowball and it has worked well for me for over a decade. Next, you will need to use a recording program
- Intro music
- Call to action
- Outro music
Always remember that for each podcast you put out, you will have repeat listeners and new people joining. You will want to make sure they both are catered to.
Recording and editing
Three of the most used are GarageBand (Mac), Audition and Audacity (PC & Mac). This will take some time and some practice. Trial and error to see what levels and how you work with the program. I have been using Audition from Adobe as it is smooth and gives lots of options for customization. Make sure to save your intro and outro to a format that you can use every time.
Podcasting Hosting platform.
There are many options out there for this and each one will be a great choice. This is the place where your podcast will live and be distributed. They provide the RSS feed that you will submit to Apple Podcast and other podcast directories for your listeners to find you.
I currently use Libsyn as it was the main hosting site when I first started, and it is easy to use and flows well with little to no complications. Their customer service is readily available for any issues you may have and the community that uses Libsyn is massive, so the support is available everywhere.
Through your hosting platform of choice, you can now send your podcast to the areas where listeners go to find their podcast of choice. iTunes Apple Podcast, Google Play, Spotify, Stitcher, Tunein.
As well you should manually distribute your podcast to Facebook and YouTube as well. The more places you can find the better.
Good luck and happy podcasting. Enjoy the ride because you are about to embark on an amazing adventure.