Are you wondering how to start a podcast?
Making a podcast happens to implicate multiple factors working in harmony.
In this article, we will offer you guidelines and tips to highlight each factor, why it is essential in setting up your very first podcast and why it is helpful for you to make decisions with confidence.
Here are our effective and productive ideas that will turn your podcast from a brilliant idea to a successful reality.
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- Be expert with your niche audience
To launch your idea in the right direction on starting your own podcast, we must first know the foundational pieces to every podcast.
Why am I making a podcast? Who will listen to my podcast?
We all know that podcasts allow people to connect over a niche idea and find the right audience with the same interest and enthusiasm. Finding the drive to start a podcast is one of the foundational pieces.
The second one is figuring who is your future audience. To increase your listeners and followers, you need to establish who should be part of it. You have to define your listener’s background, problem, and how your podcast will interest their lives at any point.
Only by pointing out exactly what your niche audience looks like will you start growing your audience. As you gain expertise in understanding your niche audience persona, the easier it gets you to develop ideas for new episodes. Note that connecting with your niche audience is the most crucial experience to make your podcast a success.
- Checking your competition
Before fully committing to start your own podcast, you might want to try first to become a guest on few podcasts. By experiencing this, you can learn how podcasters run their shows to gain essential tips and knowledge for your own podcast. More importantly, being a guest on other podcasts is a great way to create a fanbase before recording your first episode.
- Plan your podcast content (including guests)
There are many types of podcast formats:
- Solo shows entail the podcaster to be speaking directly to the audience.
- The co-hosted show entails you sharing the mic with another presenter.
- The interview show entails speaking with guests, which you can do with a co-host or your own.
- An educational show can be a solo podcast if you are considered the expert on the subject matter. In some cases, you can present guests and do question and answer or discussion structure format on the topic.
Some podcasters said that having two hosts in an interview show format can be awkward and might hinder you from getting interesting information from your guest because both hosts may want to state commentary more often. However, the co-hosted show can be compelling if each presenter plays a specific role on the show.
We strongly suggest looking for an arrangement or format to provide you more room to explore your subject matter. You must select the proper structure for your podcast based on your needs.
- Buy and set your equipment
We guarantee that you do not have to acquire a professional studio with fancy equipment to record a podcast. Once you establish your podcast channel theme, you need to gather the right equipment and software to start your own podcast.
Based on many podcaster’s experiences, all you need at first to have is a laptop, audio recording and editing software, a high-quality microphone for audio recording and durable headphones.
The critical equipment for podcasting is the microphone, as sound is an essential factor in podcasting. Using a poor-quality mic will brand your podcast as amateurish. You must look for a USB microphone that will be compatible with your computer and refrain from using built-in microphones on your laptop or computer.
Consider purchasing a pop filter to reduce the clicking or smacking sounds we hear from people speaking into a microphone.
- Audio recording and editing software
Generally, you will need audio software to create a podcast. Some podcasters make use of Audacity, a free program to upload and edit podcast audio. In contrast, some use Adobe Audition to easily mix multiple tracks into one file, making the editing process more manageable.
Keep in mind that the audio performance may not be the best, but the sound quality these programs produce makes your podcast sound professionally, even if it is recorded remotely.
Actually, you can take some ideas from Joe Rogan’s podcast setup and use his equipment for your own podcast.
- Do not force – quality over quantity
Determining the length and frequency of your podcast can have a significant effect on your podcast’s overall success or failure. This is true for specific topics and niches where the number of podcasts can become a problem. A podcast is popularly listened to while commuting or driving to or back home. Hence, a 15 to 30-minute show is ideal for a solid podcast show.
The podcast is not something you have to listen to throughout the day, so it is better to divide your podcast into three different sections: beginning, middle, and end. The beginning section is an excellent introduction to your podcast that will give the first impression to your listeners to make a decision whether to continue listening or not. Once you impressed your listeners in your intro, the middle section should live up to its expectations by having enough material to carry out the connection with your audience.
The success of your podcast is based on how well you have done this part. The ending section generally states the show’s summary and builds rapport with your audience by providing what to expect for the next scheduled podcast show.
Now, you realized that it will not be easy to start a podcast, and the odds of having thousands of listeners right away are pretty slim. But if you have thought of a topic that can generate more conversation to start with, then there might be plenty of people who might find it interesting, intriguing, and important to talk about. The audience growth for podcasts is usually slower than expected, and acquiring a sizable number of audiences call for a long time of considerable patience and perseverance.
Keep on improving your format and promoting your podcast, as you will always be your show’s most remarkable campaigner and advocate. The entire process of starting a podcast is filled with hard work and fun! Happy podcasting!