How to start a podcast

How to start your own podcast!

Torrell and I started podcasting a few months ago. Prior to deciding to start, we had listened to podcasts and thought it would be another great avenue to share opinions and reach another audience; especially for people who don’t like to read blogs. Podcasting has allowed us to share more in-depth discussions then what social media allows and is just a really fun and creative hobby. You can find us at the “Torrell and Ellie Elaborate” podcast on Apple podcasts and Spotify.

While researching “how to start a podcast” there was definitely a lot of information available on the internet, but we found that we had to piece together the information from multiple sources and some of it was incorrect which made it hard for us to get started.

So, based on our experience and how we managed to get up and running I’m going to streamline the information we used and what we found out and put it all here in an easy step by step tutorial blog.

  1. The Fun Part

So, you might as well start by choosing your name! We chose the “Torrell and Ellie Elaborate” podcast.

Then you’ll want to create a logo. This is necessary for iTunes/Apple Podcasts but can be anything as long as the dimensions are,

1400×1400 minimum or 3000×3000 maximum

In order to create a professional piece of cover art you might consider using

https://www.fiverr.com

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This is your one stop shop to having access to all types of freelancers! This is where you can find someone to create your logo and also where you can source an audio expert to master your podcasts (if you want). Torrell edits our podcasts and he also created our podcast art on photoshop!

You’ve got your name, and you’ve got your logo; you’re now ready for step two.

  1. Host Website

A host website is a website you will sign up to and use as a space to upload your podcasts to. This is a must as you cannot upload directly to iTunes/Apple Podcasts or Spotify. There are so many hosting sites, but the top ones arebuzzsprout-logo-794-398

https://www.libsyn.com

https://www.podbean.com

https://www.blubrry.com

https://www.buzzsprout.com

We use Buzzsprout because they offered a good free entry level package to podcasting. However, there is an expiration date to this and you will have to eventually pay to keep your podcasts available on this website. I will have to upgrade and pay like most of the podcasting sites listed.

Go through the process of creating an account with whichever site you choose. Buzzsprout is very user-friendly and easy to navigate so this shouldn’t be a problem.

How to get started on Buzzsprout

  1. Signup with just your name and email.
  2. You’ll be presented with your own site and you’ll click on iTunes & Directories
  3. Follow the steps on this page to create and RSS feed (explained on the website but basically acts as a link between the host site and Apple Podcasts and Spotify) and link your podcast to iTunes
  4. iTunes will have to approve your podcast, this took us 5 days
  5. Also take the time to link up with Spotify this is a lot easier and can be done under the Spotify tab

You’ll be notified once everything is approved via email. Once this has taken place everything you upload to your host website will appear on Spotify and iTunes for everyone to listen to.

Remember it could take a few hours, it could take a few weeks. It took us 5 days exactly to be approved.

  1. Recording Equipment

In order to start recording you’ll need to know what soft wear and what recording gear to use. It would be nice if we all had access to the resources we need, but sometimes we have to work towards better equipment and you might just have access to a phone to start with, this will work. What we purchased was,

Microphones: X2 NT-USB Rode Microphones = $270NZD

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Software: Adobe Audition / alternatively many people will use a free app called Audacity

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And this all takes place on an Apple MacBook Pro.

Initially we would send our raw audio to a freelancer found on Fiverr.com; we’d pay a freelancer $40 to improve the quality. Now Torrell uses Adobe Audition to edit this himself.

Microphone Information:

If you plan on podcasting solo, I suggest a USB mic plugged into the side of your laptop or computer. Having multiple hosts gets slightly more complicated but nothing that can’t be resolved.

A lot of the tutorials and information we found online said that we couldn’t use two USB microphones in the same device as it would recognise the two microphones as one. However, Adobe audition allows us to use both mics and differentiates the two tracks.

Alternatively, you could buy a mixer and two XLR microphones and plug the mixer into your computer or laptop.

  1. Recording

So you’ve,

Got your name,

Created a logo,

Signed up with a host site,

Bought your recording gear,

Now you need to record. The best place to do this is in a room with minimal echo, this could be a studio, a small office or bedroom; somewhere where your words wont echo across the room. Try and record at times of the day when external noises won’t disrupt your podcasting e.g. don’t record when the kids have finished school and are walking past your house. It is also important to ensure you talk close to your microphone 1-3 inches away from it, as this will produce clear audio. People will not listen if the quality of your audio is lacking and hard to hear.

You might also want to plan ahead. Have notes to guide your discussion, without reading word for word or being too rehearsed.

  1. Post Production

This will all depend on your skill level and how much you’re willing to invest.

You can edit the audio yourself like Torrell does using software like Adobe Audition, but that takes time (it takes a while to go through the audio adjusting, cutting, and editing), skill (you’ll have to learn how to use the editing software, your best bet would be youtube tutorials) and money (some software costs money!). Audacity is a potential free alternative.

You could send your audio to a freelancer using fiverr.com. This will cost you money! This could cost as low as $5 upwards. This was costing us $40.

Or if you have a good microphone and you’re happy with what you’ve produced untouched then the next step will be to…

  1. Upload

On buzzsprout all you have to do is drag and drop! I suspect on other sites it will be just as easy. Once uploading has completed fill out your podcast title and description.

  1. Find your Podcast on Apple Podcasts and Spotify
  2. Remember to advertise on social media to generate traffic to your podcast!

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