Updated: Apr 21, 2021
Spending hours and hours watching podcasts usually begs at least one person in the audience to wonder, why not start their own podcast? Starting a podcast is very much feasible in this day and age due to the advancement of technology that helps beginner podcaster be able to start with what little they have.
The beginning is almost always the hardest place to be in due to not knowing anything about what the person is getting into. Podcasting, in general, has very basic fundamentals but in order to succeed, the podcaster will have to invest a great deal into perfecting their content. There are a number of things that the podcaster must watch out for and a number of things that they can add in order to improve the whole quality of their podcast.
Practice makes perfect and a comparison between the quality of the past and the present is good to see the different milestones accomplished and the difference in quality. Of course, giving the test podcast a go still involves proper planning and the right tools needed. There is a particular sequence that can be followed in order to come up with a high-quality podcast.
Preparing for the podcast starts off with proper planning. Although there are podcasts that go with the flow, it is very important to plan out the podcasts especially if the podcaster plans to do podcasting long term. Failing to plan means planning to fail.
While winging out the podcast or making the podcast seem more natural is something that really resonates with viewers, one particularly deadly thing that could happen in a podcast is if the podcaster would run out of topics. The hard part about beginning podcasters is if new viewers find any point of the podcast dull, this might not guarantee that they would return later on.
While dull moments of the podcast can be edited out later on (for those podcasts that aren’t life), the quality of the content won’t flow naturally unless the podcaster has a fluid plan on how the podcast would roll out. Podcast preparation starts out with making a guideline to follow just in case the podcaster runs out of topics.
When planning out the podcast, here are a few things to consider:
1. Goal of the podcast
What is the main goal of the podcast? While some podcasters would record a podcast just for fun, others would decide to make a podcast for professional reasons. Generally, a podcaster needs to decide what they wish to achieve from the podcast in order to know what topics to cover, what themes to follow, and how they should be uploaded.
2. Topic of the podcast
List down a few possible topics that the podcast should cover. These topics should be something that really promotes the main goal. If it is for fun, the podcaster can talk about what they want to talk about. If the podcast is for professional reasons, the podcaster would have to look for topics that resonate more with the audience instead of just the podcaster.
3. Theme of the podcast
This includes both the physical background, the tone, and also how the language is spoken. Should the podcast be family-friendly or a bit more appealing to adults? Should the lighting be centered on the podcaster’s face or should the background be equally lit?
4. Exposure of the podcast
Where should the podcast be uploaded and how many platforms should the podcast be uploaded to? One particularly good technique is to get snippets of the whole podcast and upload them across multiple platforms. The snippets on different platforms should redirect the viewers to the original podcast.
Search Engine Optimization is how search engines like Google rank the content that is uploaded. Since these search engines won’t be able to view the podcast and understand what is being said, they rely on words that are attached to the podcast in order for them to spot keywords and direct the viewers towards the content that they are looking for. Having a transcription of the podcast uploaded with the podcast itself provides possible keywords that search engines can look up directing the right audience to the podcast.
Recording the podcast
With better podcast equipment comes better quality. For the starting podcaster that might not have access to the professional equipment, spending more time post-recording through editing is a good way to guarantee the quality of the podcast.
When the podcast is done recording, using specific podcast tools can help the podcaster make up for the lack of the perfect equipment and also help the final podcast look better and also more appealing to the viewers. It is important that the podcast would match in tone, topic, and theme before it is uploaded. When uploading a podcast, making sure that it is done to target the specific audience is very important.
There are three podcast tools that are very important for the podcaster in order to come up with a high-quality podcast.
This free and very easy-to-use software would allow podcasters to adjust the volumes of the podcast. Sometimes the vocals are imbalanced meaning they can be either too low or too high. Audacity would let the podcaster adjust the volumes when they are too soft or too loud in order to make sure that viewers will be able to hear clearly.
2. Adobe Audition
This particular software is complicated for a reason and this is because there are enormous options for editing that would make the podcast look much better. This is where podcasters can play around with the tone and theme of the podcast making it much more attractive for the viewers.
This audio-to-text tool provides not only an automated transcription but also a very efficient way to edit them. Since transcription takes up an enormous amount of time, using the right software to not only get a transcription but also edit over it is very important to not just save time but also come up with high-quality transcription.
Podcasting, in general, could be quite a process but once the podcaster uses the right tools, making the perfect podcast becomes easier to do.