Podcasting is a great opportunity to reach a new audience, but the process for starting a podcast can be complicated. In this article I will walk you through the process of starting a podcast and I will provide you with resources to get started.
Create an email account for your podcast
Download the Anchor app or use voice memos and start talking about anything. Then, listen to what you recorded. When listening you are looking for several different things:
The volume of your voice: are you speaking too softly or too loud?
The speed of your voice: are you speaking too quickly?
Clarity: were there any glitches or sound problems?
Background noise: is there anything in the background distracting from your audio?
Pick a style
Once you have practiced enough, the next step is to pick a style. There many different styles of podcasts. Monologue, interview, round-table discussion to name a few. If you decide to interview people it is best to start reaching out to people as soon as possible.
To record your podcast you need a microphone, headphones, and recording software. A microphone what has been recommended to me is the Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB. The microphone will need a pop filter as well. Any pop filter that fits the microphone will be fine.
The headphones are used during recording to hear how your podcast will sound while recording. You can use any pair of headphones.
Pick a name and cover art
Next, you should pick a name. The name of your podcast should give people who find it a basic idea of what your podcast is about. There is no need to have the word “podcast” in your title as it would be redundant. To give you an example, my podcast is called Building an Indie Business. Anyone who stumbles into my podcast knows right away that my podcast is a business podcast.
Record a podcast trailer
In order for your podcast to be accepted into iTunes, Google, and Spotify your RSS Feed can’t be empty. By recording a podcast trailer you avoid problems when it comes time to launch your show. A trailer is an opportunity to give your listeners a more detailed explanation of your podcast.
Upload your audio to Anchor
Add your podcast to iTunes
Once you have created an Anchor account you should have your RSS Feed. Here you have two options you can allow Anchor to upload your podcast to every podcast app or you can do it yourself. The difference is control.
After submitting your podcast to iTunes you will need to wait at least 3 or 4 days before being added to iTunes. Then, another 3 or 4 days before your podcast is added to other podcast apps such as Overcast or Castro.