How to Start a Podcast and Share Your Ideas

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In this day and age, anyone can start a podcast following a couple of basic steps. There’s a podcast out there about almost anything you can imagine, which means your ideas can also be expressed in the form of a podcast. You can start a podcast as an individual who simply wants to share his or her ideas with the world, or you can start one using your brand. This will help you get more visibility and establish yourself as an authority in your respective field. If you don’t know the first thing about podcasting, we’re here to help you out. Today, we’re going to tell you all about how to start a podcast and talk about your ideas.

How to Start a Podcast in 5 Steps

Step 1: Buy the Necessary Starting a Podcast Equipment

The first thing that you’re going to need when starting a podcast is the equipment. This might be a bit of an investment. So it’s better to be absolutely sure that you’re going to commit to podcasting before you start purchasing it. The main things that you should buy are a microphone, a portable XLR recorder (optional), an audio interface (optional), a computer, an audio editing software, and some pop filters (optional).

Step 2: Think of a Topic

It can be discouraging to have certain ideas in mind and then find out that someone is already doing a podcast about them. Even so, keep in mind that no one’s idea is going to be exactly the same as yours. Try putting a different spin on it or coming up with something that only focuses on one particular aspect of that topic. Before starting to record your podcast, it’s important to find your niche and stick to it no matter what.

Step 3: Record and Edit the Podcast

When it comes to actually recording and later editing your podcast, one of the best tools that you can use is Audacity. This DAW is perfect for people who don’t have any podcasting experience, it’s free, and easy to use as well. You can record your podcast, edit it, cut out parts that you don’t like, and so on. It might take a while to get used to it. However, once you do, it’s going to become your most reliable companion when recording your podcasts. In the video below, you’ll find out the basics of recording and editing with Audacity.

Step 4: Include Some Finishing Touches

What we mean by finishing touches is adding a theme music (if you want to), choosing a podcast name, and making a great cover art image. These details are all important for the success of your podcast.

Step 5: Host Your Podcast

If you want to be able to distribute your podcast, you’re going to have to find a place that can host it. Some of the best options out there are SoundCloud, Podomatic, Podbean, Amazon S3, or Libsyn.

Congratulations, you’ve learned how to start a podcast! All you have to do now is start recording and eventually get your podcast on iTunes.

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Author: Amanda Knowles

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