fbpx
Skip links

How To Start A Podcast in 2021

We no longer have to rely on radio stations for recording and broadcasting, thanks to the prevalence of Podcasts. What started out as an independent way for individuals to express their messages to the world is now able to empower the community building of people with similar interests. 

As the popularity of podcasts grows day by day, it actually may turn out to be an interesting career choice. Being quite easy and cheap to produce your own show and an interested audience, may just get you to a new level. One can talk about anything they want and direct their show on their own will, making it a great creative and engaging platform.

The process of Podcasting is quite similar to filmmaking.

Source: Unsplash

Here is How To Start A Podcast in 2021:

Pre-Production:

Topic Selection

The primary step of starting a podcast is its inception. You must be clear in your aim behind doing this and be able to answer questions like ‘What is my podcast about? Who is it for? Why should people listen to it?’ You must be ready to commit to the topic of the podcast, hence be very thoughtful when you select it. 

Give an attractive title and description

A good podcast title should be able to catch the reader’s attention. People need to be able to find it when they’re searching for information about your topic. Avoid too long and wordy titles as they might not be memorable. 

Make sure the description of the podcast is to the point and clearly states the concept note of the content. Include keywords that people can connect with their search queries.

Structure the format of your podcast

The planning stage of your podcast is very imperative as a solid plan goes a long way and can help save resources. This includes making decisions regarding the episodes in terms of its length, frequency of release, titles, and concept notes. Further, you’ll have to decide on a format for each; whether it’s a solo show, collaboration, interview, etc. 

As a beginner, it might be challenging to keep track of all the points you might want to cover in the podcast. To maintain continuity and flow, try scripting everything you want to say. With an organized view of all your thoughts, your podcast will become clean and wholesome.  

Source: Unsplash

Production:

Visuals, Art, and Music

You should have attractive cover art that stands out is vital when your show lines up against thousands of others on the music/podcast streaming platforms. 

You may choose to add some music at the beginning and end to give an extra oomph to the podcast. It looks professional and brings the whole thing together.

Get Recording Equipment and Software

Audio quality is important but it can be surprisingly cheap to get a good quality microphone for podcasting.

All you need to start is a computer with a USB microphone and access to the internet. Further, you can invest and expand as you grow your podcast. 

For recording software, you can use GarageBand if you have a Mac or Audacity (for Mac & PC). They’re both free recording and editing software. If you have an Adobe Creative Cloud subscription, you can use Adobe Audition, but there’s no need to pay extra for it to start.

Record Your Podcast

Go ahead and start talking into the microphone and set up your chosen software to start recording. It will take different steps depending on whether you are recording solo, or with multiple hosts or a remote interview.

In a COVID era, remote interviews are all you can do for your podcast. The most common way is using Skype and recording calls with call recording software. 

 

Source: Unsplash

Post Production:

Edit, Export & Publish

Now that you have the audio footage, you can edit out mistakes, stitch together different audio clips, add in music or FX and make sure it’s all sounding great with EQ, leveling, compression, and more.

Compile the whole thing and export: the final product of your efforts. Remember the visual/cover art you designed before? Now is the time to bring it into the picture.

Submit Your Podcast

To publish, you’ll need a podcast hosting account, sometimes called a media host. Media or Podcast hosts are services that store your audio and allow your listeners to listen, download, and subscribe to your podcast such as Buzzsprout, Captivate, Transistor, etc. 

Once you’ve created your show inside your media host of choice, you can then submit it to various directories such as Apple Tunes, Spotify, Google Music, SoundCloud, etc, where audiences can discover, subscribe to, and download it.

Source: Unsplash

Promote Your Podcast

How to make people aware of your podcast? With effective promotion skills, of course. Create a website or podcast page, social media page, get transcriptions, create show notes or blog posts, and embed your episodes. Make use of online platforms to reach out to specific audiences that might be interested to listen. 

Podcasts are becoming really popular and now is an excellent time to engage in them. Considering how 2020 has been, there are a lot of interesting topics to talk about and a lot of interested people waiting to listen. 

Leave a comment

6 + ten =