In a short time, podcasting has become just as popular as blogging as a social platform. In just about every subject niche, you can find a podcast to listen to. Inspired by the popularity of satellite talk radio, podcast hosts are getting into the game faster than ever before.
Whether you want to create a podcast discussing gardening or you want to create a discussion and educational platform for single moms, you can build an audience quickly if you post quality productions. With so much variety in the podcast world, listeners will only stay interested in high quality and entertaining programs.
The good news is that with an organized plan and the help of some fantastic recording applications, anyone can become a podcast host. Reach your audience on a different platform when you pair your podcast with your existing website.
The Right Equipment
You should shoot for high quality right from the beginning when you decide to start a podcast. It’s all about the audio and the script when that’s all you have. It’s important to ensure that your podcasts sound professional and clear right from your first episode.
- When it comes to producing a successful podcast, it’s all about the microphone. Although there are a variety of sizes and shapes on the market, quality is the most important. Make sure that your microphone has an adaptable USB cord so that you can record directly into your software program. If you end up using an analog microphone you will have to buy adapters and converters to transfer your recording.
- Both Mac and Windows computers are compatible with a variety of audio software packages. Make sure that your computer has sufficient storage for your recordings or have an external drive or memory stick ready to transfer files.
- There is a variety of audio editing software like Audacity and Reaper that can help you with the sound production and editing of your podcast.
Find Your Niche
Once you have all of the equipment, you need to settle on your niche. Decide what you are interested in, what you have the most knowledge in, and what you would like to share with your audience. The subject that you cover is completely up to you.
If you want to focus on a broad category like lifestyle or parenting, it’s important to narrow your field to something that is more specific to you. Focus your podcast on who you imagine is your ideal audience and make the podcast directed to them.
Make A Plan
Choose a topic for each of your podcasts to help you stay focused. Write down your script or notes on each subject that you want to cover. You don’t need to be entirely scripted, but following a casual outline can help your program run more evenly.
Decide if you want to bring on any guests for your podcast and work out what subjects you would like to cover. It’s important that you do at least one rehearsal when you have guests join you.
When you first start out, you may find that you are supercritical about how you sound on your recordings. It’s important to give yourself a break and just try to speak naturally. If you imagine that you are talking on the phone to a friend, you may find that you are more relaxed reading your script.
Before you start, always do an audio and mic test. There is nothing more frustrating than getting through part of your recording and realizing your mic isn’t working.
Make things easier for yourself in the editing room by breaking up your recording into sections. The shorter times can be individually edited and then pieced together in whichever way you prefer.
Edit Your Recording
Cut out anything that seems muddled or if you have gone on a tangent that has little meaning or relevance to the finished product. Cut out any sections that seem to interfere with the flow of the subject.
This is where you can add graphics, music and other effects to your podcast. You can also clean up the sound by using your software to engineer the best quality sound.
Podcasting is becoming a popular platform for anyone who wants to share information and connect with a community about their favorite subjects. With the right equipment, inspiration, and organization you can get on board and start your own podcast like a pro.