Have you been thinking about hosting a podcast? I thought about it for many months, even went so far as to conceptualize a podcast with a peer of mine before really knowing what I was doing. I was determined to launch it on January 1.
There are many platforms out there and if you Google how to start a podcast, you might be overwhelmed with the advice given. My podcast eventually launched later on in January after testing out different methods and getting a routine in place that I was comfortable with. If I had this list, I would have been able to launch on time. So, I want to share with you a few tools you'll need to get started.
1. A USB Microphone - I read a few blogs, asked a few friends and got a number of recommendations on which microphone to use. If you're planning on recording a solo podcast at home like I do and you won't be needing people in your studio (office), you can get yourself a USB microphone. I decided on the studio-quality Cardioid USB Microphone from Audio-Technica. It's on sale for $99 now so I'd scoop up this one ASAP.
Pro-tip: Pick up this Dragonpad pop filter to soften your P's when you're speaking into the mic.
2. Call Recorder for Skype - I started my podcast as a solo podcast with no guests, then, I realized that this wasn't for me. I love being social so I needed to figure out a way to get people on my podcast. I wasn't sure how I could record conversations and it would be clear enough for a podcast episode - multiple podcast episodes. First, I tried Zencastr then zoom, but these products weren't as clear as Skype. I hadn't used Skype in years. I used the Call Recorder for Skype to record the conversations I had. This tool is the easiest and pairs well with the latest version of Skype. Call Recorder for Skype is available for a one-time charge of $39.95 - click here to get this tool. Bonus: you can record the video on Skype too if you want it to (additional charge may apply)
3. Podbean - You've got your podcast ready to share but you need a host now.. Soundcloud, LibSyn, Anchor, and Podbean - the options are endless. Yes, you need to have a host because your podcast files are large and you're gonna need to pay someone for server space. Podbean costs $14/month (as low as $9/month if you pay for a year in advance) and really intrigued me when I saw them respond to a Reddit thread about Podbean hosting. It means they are paying attention to what people are saying. The customer service is top-notch so it gets a recommendation from me.
With Podbean, you can generate the RSS feed necessary to share to iTunes and Google easily too.
4. Pond5 - The Pond5 website will give you endless options for intro and outro music. I chose my music early on because it spoke to me and gave off East Coast vibes. There are a lot of sites where they will record an intro for you, but, I like having mine simple and with a beat behind it.
These four things are essential for launching your podcast. But, there's much more to cover - What format will you follow? What are the topics you will cover? What's your podcast about? Want to talk podcasts? Schedule a consult with me.
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