Before we discuss how to make a podcast, would you like to know what exactly is a podcast?
Okay, I’ll tell you anyway.
What is a Podcast?
A podcast is a series of digital audio files that typically have many parts. A user can download a podcast to a personal device for easy listening.
Now, let us discuss how to make a podcast?
This is a no brainer. It is impossible to start anything without a proper plan. And it is more so in case of a podcast. So, put on your thinking glasses and start making a great plan for your podcast. Initially, just make a rough outline. Then, slowly refine your plan to create a masterpiece.
Remember, how to plan a podcast is the first step towards how to make a podcast.
Choose A Topic
You don’t want to speak about random topics in every episode. You can, but that also requires them to be related in some way. It’s better to choose a topic which you can explore and speak about for many episodes. But keep in mind, it shouldn’t be that broad that your audience loses interest.
For example, instead of having an “animals” podcast, talk about something specific like- pets.
You can always expand your topic later as you get more popular. You need to validate demand. Assuming you have a category or general topic in mind at this point, take a look at the top podcasts in either iTunes or Stitcher.
Pick A Co-host (If you want)
Podcasting can be so much easier if you have a co-host. A conversation is better than a monologue. Plus, it can also be helpful to have someone to keep things on track. And let’s not forget, you get an extra set of helping hands for editing, promoting, and more.
There are also downsides, the other side of the coin.
Both of you must be committed to it for the long term. And you should have matching schedules, so both are free when it’s time for recording.
It’s not set in stone though. If your co-host drops off, you can continue the podcast without them. Or you can start solo and add a co-host later.
The important thing is to just start. Let’s pick a name then:
Choose A Name
If you look at the top Apple and Stitcher Podcasts charts, you’ll find a variety of different names.
Some are descriptive of what the show is about, while others appear random. You want to choose a name that is broader than your topic.
Using the pet example earlier, if we choose “Know your Dogs” as our name, what happens when we want to talk about pets other than dogs too?
What to do then?
Instead, choose a name that will let you expand if you decide to later. Maybe “Know thy Pets (A guide to your favorite pet)” would work as your option is limited to not just dogs but all other pets too.
I just named it on a whim; you can choose any topic other than pets and name it to your taste. Just Unleash Your Creativity As A Skill and I’m sure you could do better!
You also need a domain name for your podcast. You can either purchase a domain name or get a free domain name with a Bluehost web hosting plan.
It is an important criterion and it will help you to design your content accordingly. You don’t need a half an hour podcast because that’s the average norm. Neither is there a compulsion to wrap it up within an hour.
Podcasts vary from 5 minutes to even 6-hour long. Find whatever works for you and get on with it!
What you should avoid is making it longer than it needs to be. You should never go off-topic just for the sake of extending the podcast.
You can do interview shows, but that’s not a compulsion. You can even do solo (or co-hosted) shows or a combination of solo and interview shows. Interview shows have an edge as they help a lot with getting new listeners – especially if you can get some influential guests and share some graphics of the guest beforehand.
3. Episode Format
Is there an ideal format? The answer is no. But a general format can be understood with the following example:
- Intro Music
- Ad Spot
- Call to Action (“Review us on iTunes!”)
- Outro Music
Different segments will help you share small clips on social media too.
But remember that for every new episode, you will have both repeat listeners and new listeners so you should address both of them.
4. Create Cover Art
As the saying goes, Jo dikhta hai, wo bikta hai. Your cover art is the face of your podcast. As it’s the first thing a listener will see when browsing through the podcasts on any platform. It might also be the image someone sees when you share your show on social media. Do not worry if you do not have any idea to go about it because Edu4Sure can help with How To Work On Graphics?
5. Choose Intro Music
PremiumBeat is a good place for the podcast music. It’s easy to search, you get a full license, and they have a variety of styles.
You might not need an unlimited subscription-style music service – just a song or two.
6. Get the Necessary Equipment
As a warrior can’t fight without a weapon, a podcaster can’t do away without a microphone. You can select a good microphone that suits your budget. One of the popular podcasting microphones is the Audio-Technica ATR2100x-USB (2020 version).
Apart from microphones you also maintain the same tone. Secondly, they will let you know if there is any background noise while recording. I recommend using closed-back headphones (that covers your ears).
7. Recording & Editing
It’s a ‘podcast making’ that practically builds your podcast episode for you. And the best part, it’s all browser-based. All you need is a working internet connection to access it from any computer.
Even better, Alitu includes a library of music and jingles which you can use as your theme tune, or as transitions between segments.
If you don’t want a paid software you can opt for GarageBand, it is free software. But it’s a bit complicated to use. You will need to learn to handle it from tutorials.
Get A Podcast Host
I will recommend Buzzsprout podcast hosting. You’ll even receive a free $20 Amazon gift card after you sign up for a paid plan!
Another great choice for larger brands is Transistor. Once you’ve signed up, you’ll need to fill out some basic info about your podcast (name, description, categories, etc.).
Upload Your First Episode
If you use Buzzsprout, the process is quite simple. You just have to click the Upload button and they’ll apply some magic processing to your mp3 file.
Then you’ll need to fill out the general details like episode title, description, summary, publish date, and episode number.
If you want to have seasons, put down 1 there, otherwise leave it empty. If you use a lot of cuss words, check the explicit checkbox. Click save and repeat these steps for your initial release of episodes.
It’s recommended to launch a podcast with more than 1 episode so that listeners don’t have to wait longer. You can start with 3 to 5 episodes.
Spread the Word
Buzzsprout has a social sharing feature that helps you generate teaser videos, which you can share!
Many companies help you in generating different styles of audiograms, but having it built into your host makes it easy to create (and helps you save extra bucks).
Recommended Steps (After Making A Podcast)
1. Create A WordPress Website
Usually, you get a website from podcast hosting companies, but it is recommended that you own a WordPress host.
2. Get Transcriptions
Transcriptions help for search engines (like Google) to read your podcast episodes. They also help your audience find another way to look something up quickly.
It’s not compulsory to start with them, but they are capable of setting you apart. Buzzsprout has an inbuilt transcription service (on paid plans) that costs $.10/minute, you can also try Scribie.
3. Embed Your Episode
Grab your episode embed code and place it on your show notes page so people can listen from your website. Tada! you are now all set to be a podcast sensation. Go and make yourself proud.
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