• Joanna B.

How To Start Your Own Podcast

Updated: Apr 21

Who, what, when, where, and why are five different questions that podcasters have to answer when it comes to creating their own podcast. Podcasting in general takes a lot of planning and hard work just to come up with the basic podcast. It’s easy to get lost and just go with the flow with the podcast. However, this might not always be effective. Although for some, going with the flow works perfectly, for others, not having a plan can result in a messy podcast.


Planning out the podcast properly is easier than having to redo the whole podcast. The thing about podcasts is that they are generally longer than most contents which is why creating them takes a lot of thought and can be quite an extensive process. The good thing about podcasting is that it is a modern way to talk about things and share them with the world.


Podcasts have started to become more popular and although this has its benefits, it also has its own disadvantages. With the rising competition as more and more people start to become podcasters, creating an original podcast has just become a little bit harder.

Preparing for the podcast


There are a few things that need to be decided before coming up with the perfect podcast. These points can help direct the podcaster regarding how the podcast should come out.


Who?


Who is going to be included in the podcast? It is important to decide whether there will be a guest to exchange ideas with or if the podcast is going to be done entirely by one person. Getting an interesting guest and conversationalist could really make for a good podcast.


What?


What is the podcast going to be about? Although touching a number of topics would make for a really interesting podcast, this does not mean that the podcast should be completely random. If the podcast is overly random, it would then be hard for the ones watching the podcast to understand what the podcast is about.


When?


Or in this case, how long? The length of the podcast is also very important. When covering certain topics, a longer length is well accepted. However, for certain topics, having a shorter podcast might be better to make sure the audience stays invested. If a viewer can sit through the whole podcast, chances are they will be watching the next one. For those that don’t finish the podcast, watching another podcast by the same person might not be that appealing.


Where?


Or in this case, what is the setting of the podcast? This could refer to how the podcast would feel and how the podcast is set up. The background is very important for visual podcasts since it adds more to how the podcast feels in general.


Why?


Why is the podcast being done? If the podcast is done to have fun, how can the podcast become more fun? If the podcast is being done to make a profit, how will the podcaster generate profit out of the podcast? If the podcast is done to raise awareness, how will awareness be raised through the podcast?

Write a guideline


Although writing a script might not be recommended since it makes the content sound unnatural, writing a guideline could be beneficial. Making a guideline to follow would allow the podcaster to eliminate dead air whenever they forget certain parts or what to talk about. A guideline can also include certain things like what not to talk about or how long to talk about something. This can also include certain quotes or other sayings that should be mentioned or covered within the podcast.


Most professional podcasts have a very simple but also a very efficient guideline that helps the podcaster keep themselves on track in case they lose their focus for a while. Most audiences are impatient and when they see something they might not enjoy on the podcast, they might not want to continue watching or listening.


Recording the podcast


The podcaster has to record a high-quality podcast if they really want to be able to reach a wider audience. The podcaster has to be conditioned for the podcast and make sure that the podcast is done when the podcaster is ready. The hard part about making a podcast is that redos are extremely hard. A podcast is usually just recorded once which is why the podcaster has to be ready when recording it.


Redoing a complete podcast is extremely hard and is close to impossible. Instead of redoing the podcast if certain parts aren’t as good, editing the podcast can be done later on once the recording is completed in order to not only save time but also make sure that the final output is of good quality.


Using the right editing tools


There are a number of editing tools that could be beneficial to the podcaster and should be utilized in order to make the editing process not only efficient but also of high quality. Achieving certain things when it comes to the podcast like the good sound quality and SEO can only be done with the right tools.


Here are a few podcast editing tools to use:


1. Hindenburg Journalist


This particular tool is very good for both podcasters and journalists alike. It is a very beneficial tool to use especially if there are multiple clips that need to be compiled together.


2. Adobe Audition


This podcaster tool is an all-around tool that allows the podcaster to fully edit their podcast from adjusting the sound, stabilizing, and engineering the theme of the video.


3. Izitext


This particular transcription tool not only provides automated transcription but also a very easy-to-use editing platform to correct the transcription and even add in some emphasis on certain parts. This is extremely important for podcasters that want to rank since transcription improves SEO.


Uploading the podcast


When uploading the podcast, do so on several platforms and not only one specific platform. If the full podcast can’t be uploaded to other platforms, upload snippets that redirect viewers to the full podcast itself.


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