Are you a musician, an author, an actor or even an aspiring radio show host? Have you always wanted to get your voice out into the world? Podcasting is the way to go. Whatever you want to say, you can say it to your fans through a podcast. Creating a podcast will also give your brand a personality, allowing people to feel as if they know you. This will also build people’s trust in you as a person or as a brand.
So how do you create your own podcast? The following steps will help you in creating an effective podcast:
Lay Out The Podcast’s Framework
Take time to decide on the general idea that will run during each episode or throughout the podcasting period. Organizing your mind and your activities will bring a smooth flow that will be pleasant for your fans to listen to. If you intend to incorporate adverts in the podcast, this is the time to decide where the adverts can be incorporated during the recording. Your podcast’s framework will determine the equipment you will need. The framework will also give you insight into the required bandwidth.
Choose The Location For Recording The Podcast
You should find a serene environment with very low background noise. An otherwise great podcast can be ruined because the listener is finding it hard to hear the message being put across through a podcast. Unless the noise in the environment is a significant part of a podcast, look for a closed environment with manageable background noise. It is a good idea to also choose an environment without too much echo. For music recording, you may want to find a room that resembles a studio sound booth. Other noises that can be a distraction in a podcast include the squeaking of a chair, sound from running computers and other machines as well as sound of turning fans. If you want to record in public, ensure you have the relevant permissions.
Record & Edit
A good program that you can use to record and edit your podcasts is Audacity. It is common with podcasters because it is easy to use and is free. The type of microphone you choose is determined by the quality of recording that you want as well as the equipment available in your price range. It is a good idea to include an intro and an outro for your podcasts. Do not over-edit the podcast; a podcast need not sound like a song mastered in a very expensive music studio. Export your music file with the mp3 extension.
Publish Your Podcast
In publishing, consider where you want your podcasts to be hosted and where your readers will access them from. It is smart to ensure your podcast’s RSS feed is iTunes compliant because a good number of listeners access podcasts through iTunes. Make sure you listen to your podcast after you publish it to ensure that it will reach your listeners the way you intended it.
All in all, podcasting should be interesting and fun. Do podcasts on things that interest you so that even when you don’t make money with it, the satisfaction it will bring you will be enough to make you want to make the next podcast.