The tides have changed for podcast the once geeky cousin of radio has now grown up and is providing a great opportunity for creators to monetize their talents. Podcast are inexpensive to create and the topic of your podcast is only limited by your imagination. If you’re a creator and want to start your media career, 2019 is the perfect time to start a podcast. Podcast like Gimlet’s Homecoming, Night Vale, and Serial have went on to become scripted TV shows.
Not sure how to start? Here is a step by step guide on how to start a podcast:
- Have a Dope Concept
It all starts with a great idea. Podcast are accessible for creators; which is great but if your idea doesn’t stand out your show will be amongst the sea of uninspiring shows. Think of a novel idea or take an overdone idea and put a crazy, wacky spin on it.
- Purchase equipment
There are a variety of ways to record the actual podcast session. Some podcasters record virtually on Skype or Google Hangouts. Some use computer/tablet, audio recording software like Adobe Audition and an external mixer. Overall, you’ll need a good microphone, headphones, and a quiet space. Check out the Behringer Podcast Studio and Sony Studio Headphones for an easy and inexpensive podcast set-up.
- Mix & Master
Remember you want the podcast to be engaging that means the sound must be on point. You need your tracks to be edited, mixed and mastered. To add another dimension to your recording you may want to add sound effects. If you’re on a budget use Fiverr to find a sound engineer or you can edit yourself with Adobe Audition.
- Find Hosting
You also need a place to host your podcast. Soundcloud is extremely accessible for podcast creators. Yet if you plan to host more than six episodes, you must pay for a premium account. You can also try Anchor.fm. Anchor’s platform is free and they now have a monetization feature. If you have the technical expertise you can host the podcast on your own website. If not, there are numerous paid podcast sites available. After you find a host distribute it to the major podcast platforms such as Stitcher, Google Play, and iTunes.
- Promote and Share
Make sure you have a descriptive image for your podcast. Before people hear the show they see your imagery. Yes, iTunes and Stitcher have a discovery aspect to it, but as stated before the podcast space is becoming more competitive each day. Make sure to share you content with friends, family, and on your social media account. Try to share on any and every platform you can. The more listeners, reviews, and ratings the more likely others will discovery your show.