Thinking of starting a podcast?

Do you love podcasts? Do you find yourself talking back to podcasts you listen to, thinking, "I wish I could get what I want to say out there"? Do you feel you have a new perspective to share on a topic others would be interested in? Here are a few tips to help you get started.

  • Listen to podcasts about podcasting.

  • Get the equipment. You don't need to break the bank to get started in podcasting.

    • Get a good mic.
      • Our recommendation: The Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone, which is on sale on Amazon for $40 right now
  • Get the recording/editing software.
  • Get your media hosted.
    • Yes, you can host your podcast free on your website or through other services, but paying for the minimum hosting fee on sites like Libsyn or Blubrry keeps you from the headaches associated with dealing with RSS feed problems.
      • Hint: If you listen to the podcasts about podcasting, they usually have promo codes to get you a free month of hosting.
  • Optional: Start a website for your podcast. So, if nothing else, you can point listeners to a location they can easily access your podcast, listen to it through a web browser, and look at show notes, if you have any. Some hosting sites, like Libsyn, provide a website with your podcast feed.

And that's it! (Well, that's definitely not all there is to it, but it's a really good starting point.)

One more note: If you've already launched episode 1, consider joining Daniel J. Lewis' Podcasters' Society to up your podcasting game! Live chats, webinars, video tutorials (I asked for help setting something up, and within minutes, I got a reply from Daniel saying he was setting up to make a video tutorial for me and the other members!), Q&As, exclusive discounts, and a real sense of community so you don't feel it's just you alone with your microphone. Sign up for Daniel's mailing list to find out when registration opens up!