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A Master Podcaster Shares His Advice

 

So you want to start your own audio podcast?

Perhaps you always dreamed of having your own radio show.

Or perhaps you just want to document your travels for your friends and family.

You can create your own internet radio show by creating a podcast.

A Plan

The first thing that a podcaster needs to do is determine if they have enough content ideas to create more than one episode. If you are on the road traveling this should be pretty simple. Create a list of 10 different ideas for different episodes.

Podcasting equipment does not have to break your budget. You don’t need to create a $40,000 dollar studio.

The Equipment for Audio

To create an audio podcast you need a microphone. Some podcasters record their show directly into their laptop using the built in microphone for the laptop which can work but you are going to pick up a lot of undesirable sound like fan noise. To figure out what microphone you will need you have to figure out what kind of show you will be doing.

Software

After you have recorded a podcast episode you will probably want to be able to do at least a minimal amount of audio editing. How much time you spend editing a show is very much a matter of personal taste. Some podcasters say that podcasts should never be edited and others (like me) spend an hour editing each 10 minutes of final audio to produce a cleaner sounding show. The most popular editors for podcasts are Audacity (Windows / Mac) and Garageband (Mac). Audacity [11] is free and Garageband [12] is part of iLife which comes with each new Mac.

RSS feed

The most frustrating technology for many new podcasters is the RSS feed. You can just create audio and attach it to your blog posts but if you want to get more traffic and truly have a podcast rather than just internet audio then you need to create a feed that people can subscribe to with programs like iTunes that will notify them of new episodes. The most common solution to this is to either host your audio files at a podcast hosting site like Libsyn.com [13] (inexpensive) or Mevio.com [14] (free but they will insert ads) which will create an RSS feed for the audio files or run your podcast from a WordPress blog and use a WordPress plugin like PowerPress [15] to create the appropriate podcast ready RSS feed.

Podcasting equipment does not have to break your budget. You don’t need to create a $40,000 dollar studio… Although I know a few podcasters who did. For as little as $100 dollars you can create an audio podcast that will capture the sounds or experiences of your travel.

~Chris

Are you a Podcaster? Share your advice!

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