It’s great, podcasts are like reading articles but doing something else, and there are no annoying ads every 10 minutes like on the radio. Personally, if I’m not listening to music when I’m not working, I often start a podcast.
How cool is that?
In this article I wanted to explain why I recently decided to create a podcast and especially how I overcame all the technical barriers before starting.
As many of you have sent me an email to ask me how I did it, here is my little guide.
But be careful, I don’t give all the possibilities, there are surely many ways to do it and I don’t pretend to know everything about the subject. But as it’s still fresh in my mind, I thought it might interest those who want to start without it being too complicated. Because it is simpler than it seems in reality.
So I’m going to talk about the why and how of podcasting, how to find a good topic, write your first podcast, record it with the right equipment, edit it, post it on the internet and especially on itunes and finally how to promote it.
Why did I create my podcast?
I started listening to them one or two years ago (before I didn’t understand the interest nor the difference with the radio), the first one I listened to was studio 404 and I got a taste for it. Over the years, I’ve seen a lot of friends around me creating and hosting podcasts, and I ended up getting into it too!
Here’s the thing:
Since this summer, with 4 friends of mine, I’m a columnist for the game Of thrones podcast Whisperos. I’m really passionate about G.R.R.Martin’s universe, and it’s really cool to do my little nerd thing every month, looking for information in the books and the series to talk about it in front of a microphone, around a table with the other reviewers.
I really enjoyed it, and 6 months later I decided to create my own, all by myself, on women entrepreneurship. I really wanted to start talking about this topic because I’m starting to see a bit of it and I wanted to test this topic that I had only touched on on the blog in a new format.
It has absolutely nothing to do with Whisperos (very weird to talk alone in front of a microphone) but it amuses me in a different way.
too much is that at the beginning I was a bit reluctant because I don’t like my voice too much, and many of you told me that you found it nice, I was all embarrassed ^^So
what’s the point?
Good question! Let’s just say that it’s a growing thing and I wanted to get into it because I was curious. There are more and more podcasts being created, it’s a kind of new world to conquer and I have the soul of a conqueror
. More and more people listen to podcasts at home, in their car, in the transport.
But I’m telling you my life here, how to create a podcast ?
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Choose your topicWhat
I like most about podcasts today is that it deals with a lot of “niche” topics or if the topic is vast the angle is very very precise. In any case, personally, what interests me the most when I subscribe to a podcast is that it makes me discover or deepen a very targeted subject.
There are some people who deal with broader subjects with talent but I must admit that I listen to them less.
I would advise you to choose a topic of your own: either with a strong concept if it’s on a broad topic, or on a very niche topic.
To find a topic that suits you, here’s the good old method:
How to write your first podcastFor
the topic, you have to find an idea that fits well with your theme and that answers questions that many people ask: you can look on google, on forums, on facebook groups that deal with the subject. You’ll see if a point comes up often and it will give you ideas.
If you’re doing a podcast on your own, I really recommend that you write down the storyline and some bullet points if you want to improvise on the rest.
For my independent podcast I follow my plan and improvise a lot. It’s really not easy to speak alone, you have to have a structure, without deviating a little when necessary and not losing the thread.
When there are several of us, it’s different: often one of the participants acts as a “moderator” who refocuses the subjects and the debates, which helps a lot.
For the Whisperos podcast I write all my columns from A to Z and once it’s done I read them out loud adding words and punctuation that correspond more to a spoken language. Then I read them to the point (a bit like in theater) when we record.
Both methods are possible ^^Recording
your podcast: audio
record my podcast I use the Samson Meteor microphone. I love its look, I feel like a 30’s singing star
It’s quite important to have a good microphone, there’s nothing more unpleasant than listening to a podcast that has a rotten sound, it’s prohibitive, a bit like a blog written in comic without ms
There are surely many other good microphones, but this one works well with my Mac so it suits me fine.
With this, I use a simple headset, it’s important to hear each other while recording (in my case it allows me not to speak too loudly and the sound gets too saturated).
Software to edit your podcastI
imagine that a lot of people use different software, expensive or free, with few or many options. Everyone does as he wants. But here are the softwares I use to manage it quite easily on my mac:
To hear my microphone in my headset while I speak I use SoundSource (I bought the license because it’s really too practical). Because on mac it’s really hard to manage.
To record I use a little free software called “easy recorder”.
And to do some editing I use Adobe Audi
I’m not going to explain how I do it because I’m a beginner so what I do is pretty basic: I cut, paste, add music quickly, etc. I won’t explain you how I do it because I’m a beginner so what I do is pretty basic: I cut, I paste, I add music quickly. And I export the whole thing in mp3 format,
otherwise there’s AudacityJingles
When I recorded my first podcast by myself and listened to it, it hurt. It lacked a lot of skin. Fortunately a friend of mine gave me some of his music and that’s how I got the nice intro My Home (Mhars) by Apolline Dash in my podcast as intro and outro.
Here are two websites with sounds: audionetwork and audioblocksThe
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The communication elementsAvatarTo
post your podcast on Itunes (yes you will want to post it on itunes because it is the basis but I will come back to this) you will need an avatar in square format 1400x1400px
You can create one on sites like picnik, or with mobile apps that mix image + typography.
I advise you to put just the name of the podcast and possibly the “baseline” so that people can easily understand what it is about knowing that it will always be a visual seen in small enough on the screen.
Title, subtitle and descriptionTo
post your podcast on itunes/soundcloud or other, you will also need a subtitle, your author’s name, and a description that is a kind of summary of what people will find on your podcast channel
The ideal is that it is clear and concise (I would say maximum fifty words).
Putting your podcast onlineThis
is the part that took me the most time and that I found a bit complicated because there are several parts, some of which are quite technical (creating a feed on your server). So I opted for a simpler solution with wordpress
installed the seriously simple podcasting plugin on my blog which allows me to put my episodes online and especially to schedule them in advance if I want
It’s quite easy to use, you just have to follow the settings step by step to create your podcast “channel”.
Then as soon as I want to publish an episode I do a bit like when I want to create a post on wordpress it’s simple.
On the other hand, with this solution I strongly recommend you to pay for a separate hosting (if your podcast is very listened to, it may bring down your server and your blog with it). Personally I took the solution of Castos (the company that makes the plugin I use) and it costs me 15$ per month.
Each of my podcasts are then available on my blog via a dedicated page with a player and the file to download. There is also a page with the “rss feed” which will be useful later.
I can also post them in any of my articles with a player like this:
My podcast about working at home
Freelancing: tips for online
00:00 / 00:29:12
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How to create a podcast on itunesMany
people listen to their podcasts on itunes and a lot of podcast libraries (overcast and pocket casts for example) just get the podcasts on itunes. So the basis to reach a maximum of people who listen to podcasts is to be on itunes.
To publish your podcast on itunes you have to go on this page, connect with your apple account and there is only one thing to do: fill in the rss feed address of your podcast.
With my wordpress plugin it’s in settings > editing > full feed.
If you use soundcloud you have to get the address of your feed. There is a very well done soundcloud tutorial to configure all this and get the address of your feed.
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Where to publish your podcast?
If you have published your podcast on itunes you don’t have to do much to be on other libraries because they reuse most of the podcast streams posted on itunes.
Except spotify which has a special platform (a bit like itunes) where you can register your stream: it’s here and it’s very simple.
And being present on spotify is very important because…
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