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- Wirelessly stream your favorite tracks with Bluetooth
- Near Field Communication (NFC) technology makes complex set-up sequences a thing of the past
- Hear more of the detail in all your favorite songs thanks to 1.18″ dome drivers
Audio Recording Software
The software recommended in this section will allow you to record the audio from your microphone and save it as an MP3 file. The following software will also allow you to edit your recordings, which I’ll go over in more detail later in this guide.
- Adobe Audition (PC/Mac) $19.99 USD per month – If you want really powerful audio editing software with all the bells and whistles possible, Adobe has it with Audition. It might be a little more than what you’ll need to edit just a podcast, but if you’re using a mixer and high-end equipment, it might be a good idea to look at Adobe Audition as well.
- Audacity (PC/Mac) Free – Audacity is a great alternative to paid, premium audio editing software. It’s easy to use and there are a lot of tutorials available online to help you learn how to use it.
- GarageBand (Mac) Free – GarageBand comes packaged with all MacBooks and is good enough for most of your audio editing needs. GarageBand allows you to record the audio from your microphone and save it as an MP3.
- Zoom – Video conferencing software that is easy to invite guests on remotely to your podcast. Simply record the interview and download. Zoom also has screen recorder.
- Filmora – I use Filmora to edit my podcast clips (handy which you are slicing intros and content). I find it easier than a lot of the more advanced software listed above. Then, export the file as an MP3 and upload to Libysen to publish your podcast. Also, Filmora can be used for video or audio only – make two versions if you like. Often, podcasters love to repurpose their work so this makes doing so easier.
Outsourcing your Edits
I am not going to lie, this is not a fast process. However, in time you can become faster as you get into a rhythm with the process. If you are tech-adverse I would look at hiring a podcast editor or producer. Keep track of how long it takes you to produce so you know how much it is worth to outsource or ask someone who is already podcasting how much time it takes up. If you end up with a Podcast sponsor you might find outsourcing is well worth it.
Hosting Your Podcast
You’ll need a separate host just for your audio files. Even if you have a web host already and a website, you don’t want to host your MP3s on the same server. Those shared web hosts don’t have the bandwidth or speed for the demand that downloading and streaming MP3s creates. Fortunately, media hosts are affordable. Here are the ones I use and recommend:
- LibSyn – Podcast hosting starting at $5 a month for 50mb of space a month with unlimited bandwidth.
- Blubrry – Podcast hosting starting at $12 a month for 100mb of space a month with unlimited bandwidth.
Currently, I am paying $15 US per month for my Thriveinmylife podcast (Women in Biz Podcast).
Being a Canadian podcaster is more expensive as everything is in US dollars. CHECK IT OUT HERE. I have stopped uploading individual artwork to keep my files sizes down so that I won’t have to upgrade my package anytime soon.
Think about how many episodes you’ll be publishing per month. For example, let’s say you’re releasing a new episode every week. That’s roughly 4 episodes a month. If your episodes are an hour long each, every episode might be around 50mb. This means you’ll likely need over 200mb per month. This is just an example, you’ll need to figure out what plan is best for your needs and proceed from there. Generally, you’re better off paying for the option that allows for a little more space than you need, just in case.
This RSS feed is what you’ll be submitting to podcast directories such as iTunes. You only need to submit this feed once. Every time you upload a new episode to your media host, the feed is automatically updated on iTunes and other directories you’ve submitted the podcast to. I will go over this in more detail in the next section.
Submitting Your Podcast to the Right Channels
There are many different directories you can put your podcast in. I’m going to recommend the most popular but feel free to distribute your podcast across as many channels as you can. Now’s the time to have all that information ready that I said you would be required to have, at the beginning of this guide. You’re going to be asked for your podcast’s name, description, category, artwork, and a few other things.
Launching Your Podcast
- It is important to ask your network to leave reviews of your podcast – especially on Itunes if you hope to be featured on the “New and Noteworthy” Section of iTunes podcasts directory listing (see above for some suggestions)
- Embed your podcast from the software you have selected onto your website. Many podcasters setup a dedicated website just for their podcast
- Publish your podcast to various podcast directories
- Look at your downloads and study what is making certain podcast episodes more popular than others
- Look for influential guests to participate in your podcast (that way they will spread the word too)
- Share frequently on social media
- Be consistent when you release content – is it every Sunday? First day of the month?
Looking for Inspiration? Here are my Favourite Podcasts Currently:
I hope this guide will give you the basics to decide if podcasting is right for you.
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