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As an individual or a brand, podcasts are an easy way to boost your growth. It might be easy but for some, it can be confusing to find the starting point.
This is why we have developed a guide for you to start your own podcast.
We’ll discuss the various things you need to do before and while recording a podcast in detail.
Today’s post will cover the following topics:
- A quick guide to start your podcast
- Platforms to use for podcasts
Let’s get you started.
Easy Guide to Create and Start Your Podcast
In this section, we’ll shed light on how the basic starting steps. Let’s see what they are:
1. Get Your Equipment
The first step is to buy recording equipment for your podcast. It includes various things without which you cannot record a podcast.
For this purpose, you’ll need a microphone. A conventional microphone that comes built-in with your headphones might work but you won’t get the desired quality.
Here’s our review of cheap microphones for recording available on the market.
Do I need a single microphone?
It depends if you plan to physically invite guests to your podcast or not. If that’s the case, you might need more than a single microphone.
Important Note: If you decide to buy multiple microphones, make sure they are the same model. Otherwise, it can compromise the quality of your audio.
What other equipment do I need?
Besides the microphones, you’ll need a recording device and an audio stabilizer. A recording device can either be a laptop or a personal computer. Both work just fine.
You’ll need the audio stabilizer to adjust the audio levels and use various audio filters. This will help you bring clarity to your audio recordings.
Furthermore, you’ll also need some voice filters. These are used to remove any static from the voice beforehand.
2. Setup Your Equipment
After you get all the necessary equipment, it is time to set them up. For this purpose, you’ll need an open room with sufficient space.
Make sure that the room doesn’t have a lot of objects in it. They can interfere with your recordings due to spatial vibrations.
Important Note: One way to avoid such interference is with the help of sound-absorbent pads. You can install multiple in your room.
How should I set up my audio equipment?
It depends on your personal preference. You can attach all the equipment with a laptop but it’s easier to manage it with a personal computer.
Mainly because a personal computer has multiple ports for you to connect various gadgets.
3. Select a Platform for Uploads
This is arguably the most important part of the process. You have to carefully select a platform or multiple platforms on which you’ll upload your recorded podcasts.
Some good examples of such platforms are SoundCloud, MixCloud, Spotify, and YouTube. You can select either of them based on their benefits.
Why is it important to select a particular platform?
To answer this simply, it’ll help your podcast to grow and reach a wider audience. Let’s say you narrow it down to SoundCloud and Spotify.
Now, SoundCloud is a free platform. Everybody can use it free of cost. Whereas, Spotify is a semi-paid service. People can still use it but they have to pay to remove ads.
Which platform should I go for?
In our opinion, Spotify is the safest bet. Mainly because Spotify is currently the biggest audio-media platform in the world. You can easily increase your podcast reach on it.
On the other hand, if your podcasts have a video format then you should go for YouTube.
4. Create a Script
Next up is the creation of a script. You can’t just start a podcast and talk about random topics. Even though it can be spontaneous but you’ll have to maintain some structure.
This is where the script will help you. You can write down questions, topics, news, or anything you wish to discuss in your podcast.
How will that impact my listeners?
If your podcast is organized and structured, it will easily grab the attention of your listeners right off the bat. That’s the only thing you need to focus on.
Without their attention, your podcasts won’t generate any views.
5. Record Your Podcast
Once all of the above steps are completed, you can proceed to record your podcast. Now, you can approach the recording in various ways.
But as they say, the first impression is the last impression.
You have to establish yourself as a content-rich podcast. One easy way to do so is by inviting a couple of guests to your first podcast.
Is it necessary to have guests on my podcast?
While you can record a podcast on your own, the addition of 2-3 individuals can change the outlook of your podcast.
It will transform your podcast into a conversation between individuals. Moreover, it will help your listeners to keep track of what is being discussed at the moment.
6. Create an Upload Plan
The next step is to create a viable plan for your uploads. One important thing to keep in mind is that you shouldn’t promise something you can’t deliver.
For this, you can choose a weekly or monthly upload plan. You have to determine what you are most comfortable with.
Why is it important to have an upload plan?
You need an upload plan because a podcast requires multiple edits before it is ready for upload. Naturally, it requires time and attention.
This will allow you to maintain a certain quality level for your listeners.
7. Upload Your Podcast
Finally, it is time for you to upload your podcast. But before you do that, create a backup on a separate device.
This will help you avoid any loss of data throughout the process. Since podcasts are usually longer than 10 minutes, the file size can get into gigabytes.
With file sizes that big, it is quite normal for files to get corrupted. So, as a safety measure, you should have a backup ready at all times.
This is all you need to know about starting a podcast. After you upload your podcast, all that’s left to do is sit back and relax as the views start to stack up.
Wrapping Things Up…
Podcasts are quite fun to create but in order to develop a podcast, you need the right steps. It includes the purchase of proper equipment and selection of a viable platform.
With this, we come to the finish line of our guide on how to start your own podcast. We hope you can use this information to your advantage and create a successful podcast.
Let us know if you have any questions in the comments below.