How To Start Podcasting?
After six years of podcasting, 170+ episodes, I’ve learned a few things that I thought were worth sharing. Here is a conversation I had with a friend recently where I was giving her a download on how to get started in podcasting, what equipment I use and who can help you get going.
The easy button is
- Buy $40 Call Recorder (below) and use your Skype account plus your iPhone headphones with a microphone to record an interview.
- Host for free (below options) on Podbean
- Only submit to iTunes for podcast publishing/distribution
- Up and running in 3-4 hours
How to Podcast by Entrepreneur on Fire John Lee Dumas
John has broadcast over 1800+ episodes and has one of the top podcasts. Listen to John interview me on EOFIRE.
Everything else from here is more complicated, sophisticated and costly. Stay above the line to simply ship and get going. The risk of below this line is it can take a lot more time, money and patience. I choose to stick with the easy button for the first two+ years of podcasting.
If you want to take the plunge and buy gear
This is the easiest kit to get started. Pro tools from Tim Ferriss. Here is the equipment he uses for his in-person recording interviews. I have a very similar setup.
Desktop microphone USB Blue Yeti on Amazon
Tim Ferriss’s video on his equipment and how he uses it.
For in-person interviews
I use a pair of Shure SM58-LC Cardioid Dynamic Vocal Microphone – Black and a pair of cables XLR 3 Pin Microphone Cable (6 feet).
Skype and Call Recorder
This is the easiest way to record a Skype call. You can call a guest Skype to Skype or from Skype to a phone number. Push record and you are off and running. $40 for the Call Recorder software.
Hosting: Count on Free to $15+ per month
Submitting to Podcast Networks
I’d recommend hiring someone to do this unless you are fairly technical. This gets into RSS feeds, URL’s, show descriptions, and other tech.
Top networks to consider having your podcast on iTunes, Google Play Spotify, Soundcloud, Stitcher, and tons of others. Each has a unique process for submitting your podcast. Again, having a technical person do this for you will likely be more efficient.
I work with rebecca@ professionalcontentcreation.com . She is very selective who she works with, but see if she is available. She can refer you if she’s too busy.
I don’t enjoy editing, but I’m dangerous enough to do some myself. I use Garageband for editing e.g. a Call Recorder file. The better option is to hire someone.
I use these two guys, Todd Anderson toddnanderson @gmail.com and Joey Howell joey @howell-media.com.
Auphonic low tech software to assemble an edited podcast. I use this software, as does Tim Ferriss, to polish the final podcast and publish directly to Libsyn, my hosting provider. Think of this as a final step.
Determining Show length
I’d make the show that you want to listen to. Don’t worry about length. If you like short, do short. If you like long-do long. The important part is to do YOU.
Show Logo design
If you want to offer a transcription as part of your show notes, I use Speechpad they run around $1 x minute. There are other options but this is the only one I’ve used.
I publish once to twice per week. Averaging towards once. I take a break at least once during the summer and over the holidays. I know people who batch episodes to cover these outage periods. I’ve yet to be ahead of the game :). I’m viewing this as a body of work project more than my attempt to be like CNN.
Integration with WordPress
There are required plugins like Blubrry podcast that are required in order for your podcast to play from the show notes page. Another example of a technical component. I use Jeremy Green with EndoCreative for all of my website development and support.