How To Begin Your Podcast Journey
Are you interested in starting your own podcast, but don’t know where to begin? If so, you landed at the right spot.
Here, you will find the complete guide to becoming the next big podcaster. This post is going to cover all lengths and breaths to cover up all areas such as gear, content and channels.
Step 1: Prepare To Record Your Podcast
The most important component is not a microphone, as you might think. It is your input device where you will record, edit, and publish your podcast- such as your smartphone or laptop. You can directly use your phone microphone and a pop filter to record your first podcast.
Things you need to start a podcast
A Small tripod so you don't have to hold a phone and your script at the same time.
A Pop filter, which helps in eliminating 'popping' noises when you speak into the microphone of your phone.
If you feel like your phone isn’t high quality, you can purchase a USB Microphone
Use Anchor to record your podcasts
Edit your podcast using a software such as reaper
Making social media posts using Canva
Here is the video about Podcasters Toolkit 2021 by Pod Sound School® explaining about the additional application useful for podcasters
Tips to Record A Podcast Using A Phone Microphone
Make sure that you are in a quiet space
Make sure the room is "echo proof". You can use reduce the echo in the room by hanging soft curtains, adding sound-absorbing plants, adding some cushions & blankets
Step 2: Making a podcast episode
Find your niche?
The first and foremost important is to find your area of expertise and the name of the podcast. Choosing a topic for your podcast comes down to asking yourself: Why do you want to start one?
Is it to help people with your expertise?
Is it to communicate with your community?
Is it to grow your business?
When coming up with an idea for your podcast, you should write down all of the topics that you are passionate about and the value you can bring to each. Your podcast can also be about any activities or hobbies that you find enjoyable. After deciding the topic, you have to come up with a name and content calendar. Find the time you are most free during the week to record the show and publish it. Also, external research will help you find your uniqueness by letting you know what other creators are doing currently. Additionally, you can use websites and apps that can offer you information about the most searched terms by users in your genre. Another tip is to make the content conversational instead of academic and to use strong words. If these methods to come up with a topic for your podcast is still not sufficient, look on Facebook & LinkedIn groups or Reddit and Quora sites to know your audience's interest.
For example, If you love watching Netflix and all your friends come to you to decide which show to watch next. You could host a show called Netflix fanatics, where you discuss what you are going to binge-watch this week. If you are usually free during the weekends, you can record the podcast in the morning and publish it in the evening. Remember, to deliver the content as if you are telling it to your friend.
Knowing The Show Theme
Decide what format you want your show to have before you begin production. Here are a few formats that you can choose from:
Interview Show - A type of show where you invite guests every week to chat about a topic.
Solo Show - A type of show where one host talks about content
Co-hosted Show - A type of show where one more host joins with you on your podcast and helps keep the show going
Know Your Bandwidth
After deciding the format, it comes to the feel of the show. How would you like your audience to feel when they hear your podcast - dramatic, funny, straightforward or motivational, etc.
Know Your Audience
Create content that a particular group of people will find interesting. There are 7.9 billion people on earth. You should tailor your content to the types of people who are likely to enjoy it most. You can start by describing your audience on a piece of paper and creating a persona.
Sample script for the podcast
Musical jingle/sound effects
A longer explanation of what’s in store
Call to action
Musical jingle/sound effects
Step 3: Publishing Your Podcast Episode
First and foremost is to set a timeline and pick a Launch Date.
Secondly, promote, promote, promote! It is a good idea to promote your podcast by creating a Podcast Trailer. Your trailer should include your launch date and theme of the show.
Up next is building 1 or 2 social media profiles where your listeners can learn more about you. Create shareable graphics and audiograms to post on your social media channels.
Most people make a mistake at the last step, which is the most crucial. The most important step in launching a podcast is to find a channel through which you can reach your niche audience. The Newsly app is a new way to reach your audience if you want to grow from linear to exponential. There are numerous podcast enthusiasts who like Newsly due to its excellent user experience.
Remember: You’re just getting started! And your podcast is going to take you places!!