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There are two big questions you need to ask yourself here:
If you already have an audience built around something other than your podcast, then it's a good opportunity for laying the foundations of the show's fanbase.
Most podcasters kick things off by talking “into the void”.
Here's some good news: surveys show that potential new listeners don't care if they've never heard of you. In fact, it's the least important factor they'll consider when weighing up whether or not to hit play.
Whether you're providing information that will help someone to lose weight, or doing a really entertaining interview with one of your favorite authors you're providing value for your listener.
Not only have you given them a reason to listen, but you've also given them a reason to come back for more. It's important to think about this in the planning stages. Can you write down 10-15 potential episodes that you think your target audience would love to listen to?
Ultimately your episode lengths should be decided by two things.
How long does it need to be to get the message out? If you asked most podcast listeners, a “short” episode would probably be anything under 15 minutes. And a “long” episode would probably be anything over an hour.
Many will reference the time of the average commute (said to be around 20 minutes) as a good length to shoot for. But anything from 20 up to 45 minutes seems to be within the “sweet spot” for an episode length.
The best schedule is normally the most frequent one that you can stick to, on a regular basis. So, if you can only manage once a month, that’s fine. If you can manage every 2 weeks, even better. If you can manage weekly, then that’s great.
You can still have a big impact with a fortnightly, or monthly show, but people plan their lives around what day of the week it is. It’s the routine at the forefront of our lives, and tapping into it can be powerful.
Just like choosing a name for your podcast, choosing good, searchable, descriptive titles for your episodes is important.
The extra benefit of this is that Apple/iTunes allows searching by episode name.
The common types of podcast show formats:
There are a bunch of other formats that aren't so commonly used but might well suit you.
The bare minimum you need to record a podcast is a computer with a USB microphone and access to the internet. As a general rule, though, the more limited and lower cost of your setup and equipment, the more limited the sound quality of your show will be.
Simple USB microphone setups can give good results if you choose the right mic. Plus, you are much better to get started and see whether you enjoy it before forking out big sums of money on audio equipment.
When you plug your USB microphone into your computer, you will need some software to actually record and edit the audio. There are a few options for this:
The intimate nature of podcasting is far more suited to being a conversation, as opposed to a sermon. So try to wean yourself off a fully scripted show with bullet points of everything you want to cover. This will become easier over time with practice until eventually writing a full script will seem unnecessary.
The way you open and close your episodes is really important too.
Cover Art. Having attractive cover art that stands out is vital when your show lines up against thousands of others in the Apple Podcasts or Spotify directories.
Choosing Your Podcast Hosting. 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.
These are the places where listeners can discover, subscribe to, and download it.
Any good host will have a decent set of auto-submit or guided-submission tools. So, they make it easy to get your show into Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and other popular spots.
One common misconception when learning how to start a podcast is that you upload your podcast to places like iTunes. This actually isn’t the case. You need to sign up with a media hosting service to host your audio files, and you can either have a website set up on their site to deliver them, or place them on your own website.
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