Thinking about starting a podcast in 2020? 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.
How To Start A Podcast?
1. Find Your Niche
Before starting a podcast and recording your first episode, you need to figure out what niche (or topic) you want your podcast to be about.
Select something that you really love and are passionate about. For example, you can be passionate about cooking or horror stories. So you want to maybe make your podcast about cooking or talk about horror stories. Make sure you have lots of experience in this niche (or topic) so you don’t run out of things to talk about on your podcast.
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.
For example, there is already a lot of podcast about cooking. But your podcast can be about cooking Greek food. If you want to even narrow it down then it can be something like “Cooking Greek Food With Ingredients From Walmart” or something similar to that.
2. Get A Microphone
The biggest mistake a lot of people when starting a podcast is to 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.
Thinking about this, most people already have a $1,000+ smartphone. That smartphone already has a pretty good microphone built into it. You can just start by using that.
3. Get A Recording Software
Just like with microphones, you don’t need 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. Create A Podcast Cover Art
If you have every seen podcast on iTunes or Google Play, you see that each podcast has its own cover art.
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. Find A Podcast Hosting Company
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:
- Podmio https://podmio.com/
- Blubrry http://bit.ly/blubrryhosting
- Podbean http://podbean.com
- Lipsyn http://lipsyn.com
6. Publish Your Podcast 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:
- iTunes: https://youtu.be/pXc7WCq_25c
- Google Play: https://play.google.com/music/podcasts/publish?u=0#
- Spotify: https://www.buzzsprout.com/blog/submit-podcast-spotify
7. Monetizing Your Podcast (Bonus)
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 our free course on exactly how to do this.
If you have any other question or if you would like to network with other podcasters, join our Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/podvalley/