How to Start a Podcast
Here is my complete guide to starting a podcast in 2022. I’ve selected the 42 best of the best resources on starting a podcast. Using them will save you time whether you don’t know where to begin or you want to hone your podcasting craft.
Read on to learn:
• what to do before you even touch a microphone
• how to get guests and ways to get the most value from them
• professional recording tips and techniques
• podcast editing that will make your shows sound slick and professional
• scaling ideas to maximize your stats
• promotion tips to extend your reach and connect with more people
I’m keen for you to get started with these great resources so you can begin seeing positive results.
Let’s dive in.
Strong foundations are critical. Knowing why you podcast will help every aspect of what you do, including planning content, finding guests, and buying equipment.
I’m going to show you easy ways to to align your podcast with your values. More than 2 million podcasts compete for attention and you will see how to make your podcast shine by being clear about what you are doing, why, and for whom.
Check out these posts to get your podcast on point from the get-go.
There are an estimated 485 million podcast listeners worldwide. This site gives you history and background so you can put your podcast in context in today’s podcasting environment.
Starting a podcast and starting a podcast for your business are different. I’ve packed this post with concise information to help you align your podcast with your business.
Podcast insights will walk you through every step of podcast creation. Check it out in its entirety, but it’s particularly good on the planning stage.
I love this blog post on how to start a podcast. Arranged as FAQs, it is very easy to use. It speaks clearly and directly to the beginner podcaster.
(The Podcast Host)
This great walkthrough will take you from “why are you doing a podcast” to “next steps after you launch.” And it will do it in 20 paces, quicker than you can get from your chair to the refrigerator.
This post from RSS is one of the best resources on the web on every essential aspect of podcasting. Surprise surprise, it also explains RSS feeds and how they can boost your podcasting success.
Kevan Lee, Buffer’s VP of marketing, addresses common fears about podcasting. Check out this post for cast-iron advice from an industry pro backed by a team that loves data.
If you enjoy making decisions based on facts, you’ll love this step-by-step guide. It’s full of stats, useful images, and links to more resources that will help you go deeper.
With multiple voices, viewpoints, and tones, a podcast can be more dynamic, engaging, and fun. Having a new guest every episode is an excellent way to keep a show vibrant and the audience on its toes.
But how do you attract quality guests that are right for your podcast without exhausting the well? These resources on podcast guests will help you consider which guests align with your podcast, how to approach them, and how to make the experience meaningful and memorable for everyone involved, including your guest.
This post is a great icebreaker on the subject of podcast guests. Get straight in there with nine ways to find guests to appear on your show.
(The Podcast Host)
When you understand some techniques for approaching guests for your podcast episodes, check this out to focus on the guests that add the most value and align with your brand.
Potential guests who could delight your listeners are everywhere. Here are 21 places to look first.
This is an excellent post on an under-emphasized aspect of podcasting. Once you’ve got your guests lined up, what do you do with them?
Here, I tell you how to treat your podcast guests so they have an enjoyable, professional experience and so your brand gets the most value from their contribution.
“Oh friend, we’ve been there.”
Finding and working with a guest can be tricky. Be a podcast-guest boss with ConvertKit’s guide. Among other things, it will show you how to make your guest feel special. A brand that makes people feel special is a brand to remember.
Now you know how to get a guest, how do you get one that will blow your audience’s socks off? Rachel will help you develop the practice and mindset to book exceptional guests for your podcast.
In this post by me, you will see why it’s important to include an introduction when you record your podcast episodes.Then I’ll teach you how long your introductions should be, what they should contain for optimum results, and much more.
This addresses the little matter of what to use to record your podcast. It’s a gentle overview, so a good ice breaker before checking out some of the more in-depth resources below.
(The Podcast Host)
This post contains a good overview of how to record your podcast. Then it gets into helpful detail about software.
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This is an awesome 12-minute video with 30,000 likes at the time of writing, all deserved. It gets into the what and why of recording equipment. And you get to see the equipment in action, which will help those visual learners out there.
Now, how about a massive 21 tips to help you record like a pro? This post will have you adopting professional behaviors, which is so important for an organized, clean-sounding podcast. Learn to create an experience that represents you and your brand.
If you own an Apple iPhone, it might not surprise you that you can use it to create and share your podcast. Here’s a rundown of the best podcast iPhone recording apps to save you time and money.
This is Android Central’s comprehensive and useful list of podcast apps for Android. It starts with the top 3 and then explores other options that might also suit your podcasting needs and style.
Recording a podcast isn’t all about knobs, mics, and apps. It’s about you and your voice.
Whereas many people assume that their voice is fixed, this post encourages you to experiment. Use your voice as the tool it is by applying these simple techniques.
This is a great lesson in improving audio quality. Read this post for a great explanation of what can disrupt your audio recording and how to avoid it.
Wondering how other professional podcasts sound so slick?
Proper preparation, practice, and plenty of time editing in post-production.
Editing won’t only change the length of your podcast. It can have a significant impact on its tone, flow, authenticity, and ultimate success.
Eliminate unwanted noise, pauses, hesitations, mistakes, and other nasties without losing the heart of your episodes with these great posts on how to edit a podcast.
Before you get into the technical side of how to edit, check out this excellent post. Here, Rachel focuses on making your podcasting life easier. Learn to record your podcast with editing in mind.
Cut through the noise. This is a selection of top editing software to polish your podcast.
I love this post because it’s so comprehensive. They dig deep, so you’ll come out with everything you need to know to edit your podcast professionally. However, if you are thinking about outsourcing the post-production of your podcast. Check our post about podcast agency..
(Pod Sound School)
Quick and easy are two words that don’t always go together with podcast editing. Watch this excellent video to learn skills and ideas that take pain out of podcasting.
It’s great to get tips from podcasters, but how about some killer tips from recording engineers? Look out for awesome screenshots and commentary based on real-life, professional experience.
Garageband is an awesome app for Mac OS. Typically used for making professional quality music – for free – did you know that you can use it to record your podcast – for free? Check out this video to find out much more. (And if you encounter any recording issues, check our guide on what to do when Garageband stops recording).
Scaling your podcast will enable you to make high-quality episodes fast and get the maximum result for your time and energy. Once you’ve made a podcast episode, that’s a long-term asset.
Learning how to share, leverage, and polish your episodes can help you scale to a million downloads. Check out these resources for skills, techniques, and attitudes to get more for your effort.
Not many people talk about this aspect of podcasting, so I did.
It’s wise to make a contract so that you and your guests know where you stand regarding ownership and use of the content. Check out this post and scale your podcast in confidence.
Income school has created this post full of real examples that give you an idea of what is possible for your podcast, how you compare to others, and how high you can aim.
To scale sensibly, keep it simple. This post on scaling your podcast will keep you on the straight and narrow so that you scale successfully, focusing your time and energy.
Eric Siu, collaborator of Neil Patel and podcasting expert in his own right, will tell you how to scale your podcast to a million listens. To paraphrase: Don’t cry about it; just do the work and set yourself apart.
I personally selected 104 tips to help you promote your podcast. This post will make promotion exciting and effective.
The people at Buffer are masters of using social media. Turn to them for great advice on how to promote and grow your podcast.
Check this out for strategies that are more “out-of-the-box” than other podcast guides. These words will help you do more with what you’ve got.
Another post from Castos. This one is remarkably comprehensive and sure to help you. It starts by explaining the two pillars of growing a podcast: quality content and time.
Bigger isn’t always better. Sometimes it’s just bigger. This two-part podcast guide won’t disappoint though. The first part is particularly good on the importance of maintaining a podcast website alongside the podcast itself.
Part 2 of this great-looking, easy-to-use guide will help you create a complete, actionable marketing strategy for your podcast.
I believe in learning from those who do as well as teach. BuzzSprout shares tips from 50 experienced, successful, working podcasters to help you grow your podcast. There is a section on marketing, but the entire post is podcast-growth gold.
So, we’ve reached the end.
Now you should have everything you need to go from an idea (or even no idea) to attracting top-tier guests and achieving impressive downloads per episode per day.
I hope you have a successful, creative, enlightening journey making, perfecting, and growing your podcast.
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Now It’s Your Turn
That’s quite a list, right?
Now it’s your turn. I’d love to hear from you.
What’s the best podcast promotion tip on this list?
Have I missed one of your favorite tips?
Let me know by leaving a comment below.