How to get started with podcasting?

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Simply put, you need a device that allows you to record, and you need a place where you can distribute your podcast online. That’s all you need to know, right? Just kidding, you can read all our tips and tricks in this article.

You start by thinking of a subject, think of your product, service, or industry. You can probably tell a lot about it, right? Make sure it’s not a commercial but try to find something that will really help the listener!

Then you decide on the length of your episode. This depends on your topic but also on your target audience. How much time is enough for you to go into depth and keep the listener interested?

The recording location, you can be as crazy as you want but basically a quiet room will do. Don’t be afraid of background noise, there are many podcasts that are recorded in a car or in a bar. A bit of life in the background has its advantages.

Then, not unimportant, the recording equipment and the editing of the recording. The most common microphone for recording a podcast is a tie-clip microphone, which you clip onto your clothing, leaving your hands free. A tie-clip microphone has an auxiliary or USB connection, so you can record the episode, depending on your connection, via your smartphone or laptop/computer.

When you are satisfied with your recording, it is time to start editing. There are several free applications you can find online or in the app-/play store. In these programs you cut and paste the audio files, you can adjust the volume but also add a nice sound effect or intro music, this way you make the podcast even more fun. When you’re done editing, you just export the file. You can save the podcast in different audio file types. The type you need depends on which platform you’re going to distribute your podcast. One last pro tip is to add subtitles to your podcast with an automatic subtitle application. There are plenty online applications to choose from. You’ll have to upload your recording and the application converts your mp3 to text, online in a matter of minutes. Doing this will make your podcast more accessible to different audiences. Help people with hearing problems access your content. It’s a great way to get more subscribers and grow your following!

You’re almost there, just the last step! Distribution of your podcast. A podcast is usually distributed via a rss feed to Spotify or iTunes for example. Now you probably think a rss what? Forget this, there is a much easier way: anchor.fm. You can create a free account on this website and upload your podcast. All you must do is add a cover image and a nice text! Anchor will make sure that your podcast is distributed (with your permission) in all major podcast libraries (e.g., Spotify and iTunes).


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