How do you get started with podcasting? A simple question with a simple answer: Just start! Time has taught us that the biggest reason for people not to podcast is because they don’t know how to start. Starting with podcasting sounds like a daunting task until you realize that podcasting is not that difficult. In this article, we’ll show you what equipment and software you need to start recording your first episode.
A descent microphone
How do you record a podcast episode? For that, you need equipment of course. You can start with your smartphone or invest in a descent microphone right away. If you are willing to invest, start by investing in a decent microphone first. Audio is of course the most important thing in podcasting. What kind of microphone do you need? Do you only record audio via your computer or your phone, or do you want to combine the two? When only recording on your computer, choose a USB microphone, when only recording on your smartphone, choose a microphone with a 3.5 jack connector. If you have an iPhone, make sure it is compatible. The Rode Smartlav + is available for iPhone and Android.
Software to clean-up the recording
You’ve put your new microphone to good use and recorded your first episode. Now it’s time to edit the raw recordings. Make sure you have intro music and a spoken intro and outro recording ready. Now you can use Audacity to edit your recording into a podcast episode! By dragging the right files into Audacity you can start editing. Cut the parts of your recording you don’t want to use and drag and drop the audio tracks so there is a clear order in your podcast episode.
You should also provide transcripts to your audience. The best way to do it is to convert your podcast audio file to text. You can do this with automatic transcription software that converts mp3 tot text. Doing this will make your podcast more accessible to different audiences. Help people with hearing problems access your content. It’s a great way to get more subscribers and grow your following!
Hosting and Publishing
To post your podcast online, you need a podcast host. There are a lot of hosting services like Soundcloud, Libsyn, Blubrry, Podbean, Simplecast, … Though a lot of hosting platforms allow you to publish your content directly on various podcast directories, you must be aware of certain popular podcast publishers. When people browse for podcasts on iTunes or Spotify, they only see the content that has been added to the directory. You only need to add your show to the directory once. From there, whenever you add new episodes, the RSS feed and the directories will update automatically. Though most directories only need one episode on your RSS feed, you must add at least 5 to create a good first impression. If someone listens to one of your podcasts and likes it, you must have enough content to encourage them to listen more and subscribe to your channel. As soon as you have your first podcast online, you’ll see that you’ll be motivated by the response you get to your podcast! Of course, you need to make sure that people know your podcast is online. Post some messages on Facebook, Twitter and your website and let everyone know you’re ready to conquer the world of podcasting!