Starting a Podcast in 2018 - PodValley

Thinking about starting a podcast in 2018? Well, there is no better time than right now to get your podcast started! Here are 7 steps you need to follow in order to get started with your very own personal podcast.

1. Find Your Niche

Before you even record an episode you need to figure out what niche you want your podcast to cover. Select something you really love and are passionate about. Make sure you have lots of experience in this niche so you don’t run out of topics to talk about as your podcast grows. If there are already podcast in this niche then listen to them and do your research. Find out what they are doing and see how you can present similar information in a different way.

2. Microphone

The biggest mistake a lot of people do is buy the biggest, most high-tech, and most expensive microphone. The microphone is the most important tool for your podcast. But when starting out, you do not need to spend a lot of money on one. You are just starting out and you don’t even know if podcasting is really for you or if you are any good at it. Most people start but do not stay consistent, so spending hundreds of dollars on a mic then quitting isn’t very smart.

Our recommended microphone to get started: http://amzn.to/2t7HQUW

3. Recording Software

Just like with microphones, you don’t need an expensive recording software to get started. For Windows computer users, check out Audacity. This software is free and very easy to use. You can find lots of videos on YouTube on how to record and use this software.

Bonus: Use Fiverr to create custom jingles for your podcast http://bit.ly/2Fcu2gJ 

For Mac computer users, there is a preloaded software called GarageBand. Every Mac computer has this software and makes it very easy to record with pre-settings for podcast ready-to-go. Just like Audacity, you can find thousands of videos on YouTube on how to use GarageBand.

4. Podcast Cover Art

If you have every seen podcast on iTunes or Google Play, you see that each podcast has its own cover art. Now if you are creative you can use applications like PhotoShop or Pixlr (free online photo editor) to create your artwork. But if you are like many people out there and have no idea how to use those applications, you can go to Fiverr and get someone to do it for a very good price.

5. Hosting Your Podcast

Now that your podcast is recorded and has a nice cover art, you are ready to share it with the world. For people to listen to your podcast, your podcast needs to be hosted somewhere. Before you can even publish them on iTunes, Google Play, or Spotify, your podcast must be hosted on one of these following companies:

  1. Podmio https://podmio.com/
  2. Blubrry http://bit.ly/blubrryhosting
  3. Podbean http://podbean.com
  4. Lipsyn http://lipsyn.com

 

6. Publishing on iTunes, Google Play, and Spotify

Once you are using one of these hosting companies for your podcast, you should receive an RSS feed. You will need this feed to publish on iTunes, Google Play, and Spotify. Here are instruction on how to publish on each of these platforms:

  1. iTunes: https://youtu.be/pXc7WCq_25c
  2. Google Play: https://play.google.com/music/podcasts/publish?u=0#
  3. Spotify: https://www.buzzsprout.com/blog/submit-podcast-spotify

 

7. Monetizing Your Podcast

You are going to be spending time and money to make your podcast. Why not make some income out of it? You can do this by promoting your other businesses, books, products, and many other things.

To learn how to monetize your podcast, check out this free course:

Join our Facebook group with other podcasters like yourself: https://www.facebook.com/groups/podvalley/

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