First and foremost, there are two people you can’t live without when launching a podcast: John Lee Dumas and Pat Flynn. Their resources are first rate, and I could not have done any of it without them. John Lee Dumas has a free email podcasting course as well as a very inexpensive podcast launch book on Amazon. Pat Flynn has some great blog posts and tutorials on podcasting that I highly recommend, but you can’t live without: How to Start a Podcast: Pat’s Complete Step-by-Step Podcasting Tutorial
Podcasting is technically complicated. That doesn’t mean it’s hard to do or understand. I would say there are just more ways for you to mess up with podcasting than blogging. That’s not to deter you. I just don’t want it to come as a surprise!
Website / Hosting
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Color Palette / Image Creation / About Page
The most important step when starting your podcast is what you record with and how you record. If you do not have a quality recording of you or you and your guest, then everything afterwards will be near pointless. People have a fairly high expectation on audio quality, and people will not listen to a bad sound quality podcast. In fact, if one of your episodes sounds bad, it might turn people off from listening to you for the rest of time.
Good news! It’s not hard to get good sound quality! You just need to be conscious of it.
I do all my interviews in either Skype or FaceTime, and I record them via the Ecamm Call Recorder. I record in my bedroom because I like relaxing – just kidding – because I need lots of fabrics to help absorb instead of bounce sound. Some people who are just starting out record in their closets. For my mic, I use the Blue Yeti, and I love it so much. It’s a great mic. I also use a pop filter, and that helps me a lot with my “p’s” and “b’s.” When I record my intros and conclusions, I use GarageBand.
For editing, I use Audacity. Many folks also use GarageBand. Here’s a great Audacity tutorial to get you started:
I use Libsyn for my hosting. They have some really affordable plans. You don’t want to host your audio on your own website because it will really slow it down way too much.
This is how I am running The Notable Woman. Do you have a podcast? Want to start your own? I would love to hear about your process.
And if you’re looking to start a podcast, please let me know! I would love to help.