Imagine being able to share thoughts, ideas, and interests to the rest of the world. Today, with just a simple click and an internet access, you can share information through a podcast. Starting a podcast is not that complicated. The gist is, you'll need an a idea, a computer, something to record your podcast with, and a host where people can download your podcast from. Starts off pretty simple right? Well, this is where the real challenge starts.
Once you gather all the things you need to start a podcast, how are you going to make it successful? Truth be told there are a lot of things that you can do to make your podcast click, and different people will tell you different things. Below are five tips that most successful podcasters agree on about making a successful podcast.
First of all, you need an idea. Ideas can start small and turn into something colossal. What will your podcast be about? What do you like to talk about? What interests you and what are you passionate about? What makes you different than the rest? You need to work with your strengths and use it as leverage.
Also, you need to think about your format. Do you like doing Docu-mentaries? Monologues? Scripted material? Conversations? If you're not so sure about what's going to work, try a few different formats.
It's not going to be easy and you're not going to become successful overnight, but aim to be the best and always show your best.
You could record your podcast using a smartphone, a USB mic, or a recorder. If you have the money, record it in a studio. But the most important things is, it has to be clean. Your podcast sound needs to be as clear as possible.
Sound quality is a major factor, so you shouldn't sacrifice this. When you have the funds, invest on a mic. There's a mic for every budget. Even Logitech has noise cancellation microphones. You can also minimize pops by making your own pop filter. You'll only need some wire and a panty hose.
Yes. Editing your podcast before uploading it is a must. It gives your output a professional finish and it allows you to take out things that you might not want to add to the final product. Dead airs, "um" and "ahs", fillers, little things that just don't sound like they belong there.
Editing also lets you add your own little thing, such as stingers and jingles, to the recording. Pay close attention to your noise levels and try to make this as even as you can. There are audio editing software that you can download for free, but if you just can't deal with it and find it too tedious, find someone to edit it for you.
Once you finish making your podcast file, you need to find a way to distribute it to an audience. For those of you tech-savy enough, you can self-host and write your own XML to create an RSS feed. If not, then say hello to platforms like Soundcloud and Libsyn which can give you a good place to start (although we highly suggest to start professionally with Libsyn).
While you're still new to the podcasting thing, you can set up a site on WordPress.com, Blogtalk Radio and Co. , Blogger, and similar systems. But you have to consider owning the domain name, RSS feed, and copyright of your podcast as well as investing on the hosting. You're ensuring that your podcast and material stays yours so all your hard work won't go to someone else.
Once you get listeners who believe that you can make a good podcast, you'll definitely survive and become successful. Connect with your audience, be consistent with what you do, and always deliver your best. Build a name for your podcast and take good care of it. You might get sponsors and commissions for big companies since your podcast is doing great. You might even become the next big thing on the internet.
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