What You Should Know About Launching Your Own Podcast
Podcasts are hugely popular these days and are a great way to earn an income from affiliate marketing. They are a great way to connect with your audience. Actually, more people prefer to listen to a podcast than read a blog post.
So, even if you’ve been blogging for years, it makes sense to add a podcast to the blog. This will help you get broadcast your message to a much larger audience on a far more personal level than what a typical blog post would allow. Podcasts are a great way to build trust with your followers and establish yourself as an authority within your niche.
So, how to launch your own podcast? This should be easy enough, just follow the tips given below.
#1: Plan everything about the podcast before getting started – The planning stage is the most important. This is when you will have to take a decision on how many episodes to publish each week, about the topics and the niche to be covered and what you’re going to talk about in general. Plan everything in the calendar, work on the content and do your research on everything you will need to get the podcast going, such as the recording equipment.
#2: Look for a dedicated podcasting web host – Hosting a podcast is not easy for a web host as audio files consume a lot of storage space and require much greater bandwidth than what you get with a typical website or blog. You should sign up with a dedicated podcasting host for this reason. Blubrry and LibSyn are two well known dedicated podcasting web hosts.
#3: Invest in top-rated recording equipment – The recording equipment you buy, such as the microphone, should be of a very high quality. There should be no compromise on that. You will find a lot of high quality recording equipment in the marketplace for an affordable price, so this should not be a concern. Also, buying top-rated equipment at the start will save you a lot of time and money in the long-term.
#4: Learn how editing works – You don’t have to be a sound engineer to starts a podcast, but should be familiar with the basics of editing your own audio files. There are many audio editing tools you can use for this purpose, such as Audacity, Acoustica or Sound Forge Pro which we recommend. You can use these tools to enhance, compress or perform other editing tasks on your audio files. Just make sure that the audio from the podcast is of a very high quality.
#5: You will need a cover image for the podcast – Every podcast needs an attractive cover image, just as every eBook needs a well designed book cover. You can hire a talented artist on any of the popular freelance platforms for this.
#6: Make the podcasts fun and interesting – Your podcasts should be fun and interesting to listen to and unique. It should have a certain style which your audience will identify you with. Each episode should have an introduction, body and a conclusion. You should be clear about the message that you try to convey, and not appear too self-conscious as you deliver the podcast.