How To Podcast: The Beginner’s Guide to Podcasting
(This article will be updated as time goes on with VERY VALUABLE links at the bottom with detailed breakdowns of everything mentioned below. Last Update: June 13th 2017)
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In this instance, I’m bringing you EVERYTHING that a beginner needs to know to get started in the wonderful world of podcasting, and online audio. This guide is created for those at the beginner level, but there will be other guides that target more advanced podcasters, or multimedia professionals. (How To Podcast: The Advanced Guide to Podcasting)
Who am I, and what do I know?
My name is DeAngelo Scott, and I am the founder and host, of the Best Tech Network. The Best Tech Network is made up of the website, besttechsetup.com (where you are now), the online community, Best Tech Syndicate, the social media based inspirational gallery the Setup Series, and the podcast Best Tech Podcast, an audio show that interviews those in the technology space, to provide tips and resources for those interested in entrepreneurial and technology topics.
Podcasting is a great industry to get into at the moment. Things are starting to look up for audio based programming with things like Alexa voice, and other voice based software picking up momentum.
What is a Podcast?
A Podcast is an “on demand” audio file that can be streamed or downloaded from the internet. Although a Podcast is made up of singular audio files, they are typically arranged into a series with one being connected and following the one that came before it like a show.
The four major Podcasting directories, these are the places you would go to search for, find, and listen to podcasts are:
There are many other podcasting directories, and many more apps that people use to listen to podcasts, but these are the main 4 that will drive a bulk of your downloads, and listens.
A Quick Introduction to the History of Podcasting
As early as 2004, Podcasting began to take root into the digital landscape of the internet. The word “Podcast” was first used in an article in The Guardian on February 12, 2004. However, that word didn’t really gain traction for a long time.
However, over time, things began to pick up. People, especially entrepreneurs, business people, and media professionals, realized the potential that Podcasts had.
Keep in mind though, that even though it was an established thing, it was niche and was not at all mainstream.
The Smartphone Revolution
The smartphone, as it did will a lot of industries, completely changed everything in the media world, including the world of Podcasting.
The iPhone was the first major shift. After this phone exploded into the world, and the masses flocked to it, suddenly almost everyone had little multimedia streaming devices in their pockets at their disposal 24/7.
As phone companies and mobile carries began taking smartphones seriously, and introducing new measures to make using them easier, more and more people adopted them. Things like 3g, 4g, and wi-fi made streaming data, watching movies, listening to audio thru the internet and online game playing easy.
Soon, Apple designed their own music player/app iTunes, and the audio industry has never been the same. Now audio was not just accessible thru the phone in your pocket, it was integrated and pre-installed. No more fumbling with multiple devices just to listen to your favorite music, Podcasts. Now they were everywhere you were – on 1 device.
Apple continued on with their push for
world audio domination when they made their Podcast app a recommended app in the Apple App Store in 2012. Soon after they upped their push another level by making it a native app (pre-installed and non-removable) in late 2014.
Now not only did people have 1 device to do all of their audio and multimedia listening thru, they only had to push 1 button to get there. WOW!
Planes, Trains, Automobiles
In early 2014, Apple introduced Apple Car Play; Google came out with Android Auto; and Stitcher Radio introduced Stitcher Dash. This was clearly an attempt by the Podcasting giants to take over the freshly emerged vehicular streaming niche.
ALMOST EVERY CAR MADE AFTER 2015 HAS ACCESS TO AT LEAST ONE OF THESE PODCAST DIRECTORIES.
With people already spending loads of time in their cars, you as a Podcaster, have even more access to people who are on the go!
Is There Money In Podcasting?
Quite frankly, Podcasting is a multi-billion dollar industry. There are loads of successful people raking in the cash month after month, year after year, and that can be you.
While these are people who have been in the game for a long time, or have audiences built from other platforms that followed them into the Podcast space, its not hard (or too late) for a beginner to get into it. Otherwise, why would I write this guide?
YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE FAMOUS, RICH, OR GOOD LOOKING TO PODCAST. ALL YOU NEED IS YOUR VOICE, AN IDEA, A COMPUTER, AND A MICROPHONE.
The 7-Step Guide to Podcasting
Here are the 8 things you need to do in order to have a Podcast that is ready to be shared with the world.
Have a topic
Have an intended audience (aka an “avatar”, “target audience”, etc.)
Have the correct equipment
Microphone (Phones work too)
Recording Software (Phones work for this too)
Record the Podcast
Upload it to the web
Publish it on the major Podcast directories (see above)
Congratulations!! If you have done these things then you have a Podcast that is ready to be heard by millions!
I will dive more into the details on this 7-step process in another article. If you want to learn more about the different steps and more, check out these articles:
(NOTE: If there is no link, this means the article has not been created yet, allow notifications from this website to be notified when they are posted.)
Who Is My Podcast’s Audience: How To Choose an Audience/Avatar (June 25th, 2017)
What Hardware Do I Need To Podcast: How To Choose The Right Gear (July 2nd, 2017)
What Software Do I Need To Podcast: How To Choose The Right Programs/Apps (July 9th, 2017)
The 7-step Podcasting Process: Podcasting Made Easy (July 16th, 2017)
How To Find Guests For Your Podcast: Collaborating 101 (July 23rd, 2017)
What is a Media Host and Why Do I Need One To Podcast?
How Do I Make Money Podcasting: Making Money Online 101
How Do I Grow My Podcast: Podcast Growth Strategies 101
What Are Sponsorships, and How Do I Get One: Sponsorships 101 | Making Money Online 102
What Is Imposter Syndrome, and How To Deal With It
3 Common Podcasting Myths DEBUNKED! The Truth About Podcasting
3 More Common Podcasting Myths DEBUNKED! The Truth About Podcasting Pt. 2
Best Tech Podcast Equipment Setup: What Gear Do I Have?
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