Do you want to start a podcast? Are you looking for detailed guidelines about how to start a podcast?
If any of those are true, you have come to the right place. In today’s post, I will show you how to start a brand new podcast from scratch. After reading this article, you will be able to create your own podcast and publish it on your website.
Without further ado, let’s get started with a list of the basic things needed to start podcasting.
Things You Need to Start Podcasting
There are some basic things you need to start a professional podcast. Let’s start the post with a list of the essential things for a podcast.
- Domain and WordPress: First things first, you need to create a website to publish your podcasts. If you already have WordPress installed on your website, you can skip this. Otherwise, choose a suitable domain name for your website. Get a good WP hosting – we suggest Siteground which host your website for as little as $3.95 to install WordPress on your domain.
- Media Hosting Service: If you are serious about podcasting, you should invest in a separate media hosting account for your podcast. Storing large podcasts files on your regular hosting could slow down your website. Choose a media hosting like Blubrry which is especially optimized for publishing podcasts. Along with the top-class CDN, Blubrry also has a helpful community, built-in ID3 tagging, and iTunes optimization.
- Podcasting Equipment: You need some specialized equipment for professional podcasting. Getting a high quality microphone should be your priority here. The built-in microphone of your computer or mobile phone will produce a poor sound quality. Instead, get a professional tool like the Rode Podcaster USB microphone.
PRO tip: You can get a WordPress podcast theme for an audio first website.
Now that you have everything you need to get started, let’s start the actual process.
Getting Used to Podcasting
Before you start publishing the podcasts on your website, you need to do some practice. Once you are confident about the whole process, only then you should start publishing the podcasts.
You need to use an audio recording software to record and audit the podcast files. Audacity is a popular choice for these purposes. This open-source, very powerful tool allows you to create studio quality podcasts without having a real-life studio.
Being a robust, feature-rich tool, it is out of the scope of this article to cover all the features of Audacity. Luckily, the Audacity team has published an in-depth tutorial about using the software for publishing podcasts. Follow the steps described in the tutorial, and you are all set.
You should save your podcasts as MP3 files. While saving the files, you need to follow a strict naming convention. Since podcasts are supposed to be continuous episodes, it would be wise to add a serial number to the file name.
Uploading the Podcast Files
At this point, you have recorded some dummy podcast sessions. Now you are confident about recording podcasts and performing the necessary edits. The next step is to publish the podcasts on your website. However, you need to upload the podcast files first.
Since you are using Blurbrry for storing your podcasts files, you should use the Blurbrry PowerPress Podcasting plugin on your website. You have to provide your Blurbrry account details to use the plugin. This plugin will help you add dedicated post type and taxonomies for your podcast, add HTML5 media players on your website, import podcasts, and to follow the podcast SEO best practices.
When uploading your podcast files to Blurbrry, make sure that you are adding them from the Podcaster dashboard. Doing this will make sure that you can access the podcasts files from your website through the plugin.
Publishing the Podcast
So far, you have recorded the podcasts sessions and uploaded these to your media hosting account. Now, it is time to publish the podcasts on your website.
While there are various plugins for showing podcasts on your website, we recommend Pat Flynn’s Smart Podcast Player. Unlike the boring, traditional podcast players, this modern podcast player provides an excellent user experience for the visitors.
This plugin comes with a beautiful podcast player which allows the visitors to play, pause, set play speed, share, and download podcasts from the same page. The player also shows your podcast library on the sidebar.
Smart Podcast Player allows you to add two types of players – the default player and a track player. You will find dedicated icons in the post editor to add both of these players. You need to use the track player for single episodes, and the default player for displaying the podcast player anywhere else you want.
When it comes to customizations, the plugin offers several choices to match the player with your existing design. You can choose the light or dark skin, choose custom colors, set the default sorting mode, provide social sharing buttons, and keep track of the downloads.
There is a built-in mobile player on Smart Podcast Player. That means your podcasts will be perfectly accessible on mobile and tablet devices as well.
Working with iTunes
If you have made it this far, you can congratulate yourself for publishing a brand new podcast. There is only one thing left for your podcast. And that is to submit the podcast to iTunes. iTunes is the biggest directory of podcasts, and you will have a better chance of getting noticed by listing yourself.
Before you submit your podcast to iTunes, you need to make sure that everything is in order. To do that, install iTunes on your computer, open the software, and log in to your iTunes account.
Next, go to File > Subscribe to Podcast, and provide the feed URL of your podcast. You need to make sure that the artwork, description, category, episode, etc. are properly displayed. If everything looks good, click the ‘Submit’ button. Check out this Blurbrry tutorial for a step-by-step guide of the process.
And that’s how you create a podcast, publish it to your website, and submit to iTunes.
Podcasting is a great way to build your brand and grow your audience. Now that you have detailed guidelines about how to get started with podcasting, it’s time to create your own podcast.
Let me know if you have any other question about publishing a podcast. I will be glad to help you with your problems.