Want to learn how to start a podcast?
Already found your voice and now you want to share it with the world? Perfect! You have come to the right place.
Finding my voice
So firstly, I am excited for you! Podcasting has been something I have deliberated over for the past 3 years about starting. In fact, I even recall as a child one of my favourite past times other than football was recording radio shows.
Fast forward 25+ years and shadowed with anxiety, it soon became a faded memory. But I know you aren’t here to hear about my story and you want to get cracking yourself, so let’s do that.
Step by step guidance
Fortunately my memory is relatively fresh from when I started Find Your Voice so hopefully I haven’t missed too much information off on this how to start a podcast blog. Please follow the steps below to get going!
1. Decide on a niche for your Podcast.
Now this could be anything, like seriously anything! You could talk about socks, cakes, business, game of thrones, hand-held technology, mental health, anxiety, money, single Parents, cats, dogs or even have a self-help podcast like my own. But you have to have an area of focus. Now I am sure (and this is my disclaimer) some people have made a success from having a podcast about everything. But for the rest of mortals we need a niche. This will not only bring you a specific audience, of followers and fans to your podcast but it will also help with SEO and visibility.
2, Decide on what you want from this Podcast.
Do you want to interview people and pick their brains?
Do you want to podcast to market yourself, your products or services? Or Do you want to speak about a speciality you are an expert in?
Have a think about this. It’s important to know this at the back of your mind before you start. You have to have some level of structure behind this. A quick tip could be, is to listen to other podcasts in your niche or around it. Then see how they structure their shows and take some ideas from there’s and alter them to suit you. If talking to people, isn’t your thing I wouldn’t recommend interviews, whereas if you don’t want a solo podcast, then you need to think about interviews for example.
3. How will you structure it?
Ok this may not be the exact next step but it’s good to have an idea about whether it will be you speaking, perhaps on one topic a season? One topic an episode? Interviewing other experts? Alongside this have a think about the duration, questions, introductions and outros etc.
I don’t know if this is a personal thing, but I like it when podcasts have a set structure to them. You know what you’re going to get each time, rather than it blowing hot and cold in terms of quality and structure.
4. Choose a name and tagline.
What will your podcast be called? Maybe think of a catchy tag line for it too?
You know, a bit like Find Your Voice & Write your own story – a movement led by Aren Deu. See what I did there? But in all seriousness, we have very short attention spans, and we see so much stuff on a daily basis, that we only rarely take a second to explore those things that really grasp our attention. Of course, if you are already an influencer and have a huge following this may not be necessary, but for those of you starting off like myself, really think about something that will make people curious and eager to check out.
5. Get some cover art done.
www.Canva.com is awesome as is Fiverr if you can find the right person and give them a good easy to follow brief. I generally get all my stuff from there, some good, some bad! But this is key again.
Please note you will have size restrictions, especially if you want to put it onto iTunes:
1. A minimum size of 1400 x 1400 pixels.
2. A maximum size of 3000 x 3000 pixels.
3. 72 dpi.
4. JPEG or PNG format.
5. In the RGB color space.
6. Get an Introduction and Outro done.
This can be you, your neighbour, sibling or someone from Fiverr again. Maybe even consider a jingle or two? I am sure if you have listened to mine, you can tell it’s not me doing the intro’s and outro’s as I rarely have a Canadian accent. But I feel the introduction really sets the tone for the show and he speaks so much better than I do!
Alternatively and probably the best way to get it done is utilising Audio Jungle which the majority of influencers are currently using.
7. Pick a hosting provider.
So I have searched thick and thin across all platforms. They all differ in price and bandwith allowance etc.
I finally went with Pippa who allow you to share it across all platforms such as iTunes, soundcloud, Deezer, YouTube, Twitter, Google Play, Stitcher, iHeartRadio, Spotify, Alexa..
—> Pippa <—
Utilise this and we both get a £25 Amazon Gift Card in the process.
How cool is that?
But more cool is the interface that you get utilising this platform. It has the RSS Feed Support too for a great price!
8. Choose your software to record on.
I use Audacity. It is so simple to use and was cheap as chips. Well almost.
–> https://www.audacityteam.org/ <– No amazon vouchers here sorry!
Now as this only supports one audio input for recording at a time, it can only be used if you are both in the same room. For podcast recordings of Skype, Zoom etc then maybe try Piezo?
–> https://rogueamoeba.com/piezo/ <–
9. Record your podcast.
I can’t help you with this but really try to be present. Don’t focus so much on the end result but more on the message you are trying to extract/portray or really spend the time understanding the person you are interviewing.
“To be interesting, be interested” – as the great quote states!
To see what equipment you need check out my blog by clicking here:
10. Share it with the world!
Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat… all these can have links to your podcast which will be distributed accordingly with Pippa.Io if you choose to use that. To find out what Equipment you require check out my blog here and don’t forget to check out the podcast Find Your Voice!
I hope you found this useful and hope it gave you the starter tools on how to start a podcast.
Have an awesome day & #JustDeuIt !