Things you needHere's what you'll need to get started with your own podcast
- Microphone - The first and foremost thing to ensure for a podcast is good audio quality, which is where a good microphone comes into play. Get a bidirectional mic in case you decide to have guests on your show later.
- Editing software - Choose a traditional audio editor or a web-based podcast editor like Anchor. This is where you'll be adding an intro, polishing the sound and getting your podcast ready for publishing.
How to get startedOnce you have an idea and topic in mind, here are the steps you need to take to create and launch your own podcast.
Step 1: Create a setupJust placing the mic in a room isn't enough. The ideal situation would be to sound-proof your room. Even without full fledged sound proofing you can ensure minimal audio disturbances. Fix the position of your mic as well.
Step 2: Create an introSince podcasts are mostly episodic, it's a good idea to have a standardised intro. You can record one yourself or make it entirely musical.
Step 3: Choose a cover artThis is how your podcast will be recognised on the platforms it is visible on. Create an illustration, use tools like Canva or even edit a photo to create just the first impression you want.
Step 4: Choose a guest (optional)One of the most popular podcast formats is the interview. You can send your guest predetermined questions and they can send you recorded answers. Keep in mind that the audio quality may not be at par with yours.
Step 5: Bring it all togetherUsing hardcore editing software like Audacity, or easier web-based tools like Anchor, you can upload the sound files and create your podcast. This is the stage to edit the audio for echo, distortion, noise and more, before you make it ready to publish.
Step 6: Publish your podcastOnce you have everything together, it is time to put it out there. Some free hosting providers like Anchor also allow you to publish directly on to major platforms. Even without that, there are specific processes each provider follows and you should go through each of them before choosing one. Once you're done, hit publish and it's out there.
Step 7: Promote itIf you want your podcast to have more listeners, promote it among friends, family and more. In addition to that, with a bigger audience you can even start earning from your podcast through listener ads.
Step 8: Be regularWhether it be weekly, monthly or bi-monthly, pick a schedule for your podcast and stick to it. This will help your audience to anticipate when your next episode hits and listen to it immediately.
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