You’ve been listening to podcasts (check out this list of 6 awesome podcasts) and now you’ve decided you want to start your own podcast. That’s great! In this article, we’re gonna walk you through how to start a podcast. From the creation process, recording and publishing it. We’ll even throw some tips on how you can get people to listen to it.
How to Start A Podcast: Taking the Leap
Before you think about the technical side of creating your podcast or topic you want to discuss, there’s one thing you should be sure about. Commitment. Are you ready to commit to this new project? Are you passionate enough to take on this challenge? You see, starting a podcast doesn’t only require physical things it also involves a good attitude or mindset. If you think you have that, then let’s jump to the next part.
Starting Your Own Podcast
Now that you’re 100% sure about starting your own podcast, here’s a guide on how to start a podcast:
Brainstorm/Research – before you go and purchase any equipment or do your setup, you have to brainstorm first. What would you want your podcast to be about? What would be your podcast’s title? How about your cover art? Who’s going to host your podcast? Lay out a plan and list the things you want to talk about also include the things you have to accomplish before you actually start a podcast. Also, do your research.
Equipment – Here’s the basic things you need (stay tuned for our basic podcast equipment for more in-depth information) a computer, microphone, and an audio editing software. Those are just some of the equipment you need to start your podcast. As you go on, you can add more tools/equipment to improve the quality of your podcast. For now, we’ll stick to the basics.
Recording – Before you actually record your podcast, do a test. Make sure all your equipment are properly working. Also, it is a must that you have a quiet background. If you live in a busy area, try experimenting with the time you record – night may be quieter than day time.
Post-processing – After you record, you can now edit your audio file. Check if the sounds are evened out. This is the part where your audio editing software comes in. Add a background music, special effects and take out unnecessary noises – though there’s so much you can do with the noises. If you’re not yet used to your audio editing software, you can look up some tutorials on YouTube. When you’re done editing your audio file, tag your mp3 file and create your cover art.
Publishing Your Podcast – Now that you’re ready to publish your podcast – there are multiple platforms you can choose from – research and see which fits you best. Soundcloud – offers free/premium podcast hosting + RSS, Libsyn – $5/month, PodBean, iTunes and a lot more.
Promoting Your Podcast – you’ve made your podcast, now you need people to listen to it. So, some of the things you can do to get people to listen to your podcast and talk about it on your website and social media – Facebook Page, Twitter, Instagram… Also, encourage people to share your post about your podcast. One of the key things to actually have listeners is to create a podcast that people would actually want to listen to. Is it informative enough? Will people be entertained? You can also invite guests to your podcast – this will also bring people in.
Starting a podcast is not a walk in the park – you’ll face problems but, it’s also fun and exciting. And, if you’re really passionate about creating your podcast, you’ll definitely see results in the near future. While you’re at it, don’t forget to listen to our podcast – Stop Sucking At Business. Don’t forget to drop your podcast in the comment section so we can also listen to it.