How to Start a Podcast: 7 Steps for Podcasting Beginners!
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How to Start a Podcast: 7 Steps for Podcasting Beginners!

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  • Roberto Blake

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  • Atheist Rant

    This was a very helpful video Roberto! I am in the process of purchasing my equipment and I have my rough draft format ready to go. But this made me think about a better strategy prior to release with several episodes ready to go before launching. Great advise, thank you and good luck with your endeavors.

  • Craig Seman

    Your videos are always very well detailed and really helpful. Just wanted to take a second to say I really appreciate what you do.

  • Black Dragon Biker TV

    This is absolutely a complete guide, thank you. I discovered your videos about one year after starting my YouTube channel. I cannot tell you how much it has all grown since I started following your advice. Let's just say that it took me 1 year to get 3,000 subscribers and after watching your videos it took only about six to seven months to get another 10,000 subscribers. For instance, I re-branded my videos, after learning from you that they needed pictures, etc., and one of my videos went from 2,000 views to almost 500K views! Just by changing the cover!!!! So, of course I went searching on your channel to figure out how to add a podcast to my portfolio and viola here it is! I've also purchased your YouTube Starter Kit before I realized it was free with my subscription to TubeBuddy that I followed your link to purchase. TubeBuddy has been an amazing edition to my growth and management process. I find your videos encouraging and competent and I've been able to experience growth as a pretty old person YouTube content creator. I've even had the benefit of one of your channel reviews. For some reason I cannot send you money through super chat and send a comment too. The program is broken for me. So I just sent you the money with no comment but you figured out that I wanted a channel review and you did it. Thanks much! You pretty much said what I thought you might as I've been watching your channel reviews for quite some time, so I'm making those improvements. Anyway, thanks again! I'll have my podcast up soon based on this video.

  • 2SweetKyle

    Awesome advice, I’ve had mine for a year now and will use some of what you said for mine! If you all want to check it out it’s a sports podcast with my cousin called a “Family Divided” podcast

  • Life Well Cruised

    This was really a great video! I'm in the process of starting a podcast and there were some super helpful tips. Thanks!!

  • Mary Cook Moore

    What a informative videos. My mother and I are in the process of planning to start podcast. We both already have some built social media followers. I had no idea how overwhelming having podcast can be in regards to equipment needed, sound and uploading. One big question I have not heard anyone address is rubbing podcast live on reddit, YouTube, and of course now twitch. Does it hurt to video the podcasts not sure if it may confuse followers if it is available in so many other social media outlets. For example I really enjoy h3h3 he livestreams and post video afterwards on YouTube. Anyway thank you for all the amazing advice I want to make sure when I start it is correct as possible.

  • Clint Edwards

    You said that a podcaster needs a website. Is a facebook page good enough? I think I've seen some podcasters use that. What's your opinion?

  • Lamont Tyson

    Bro, This was an outstanding video. I have been a silent follower for years now and my youtube has grown to 92k. I would love to interview you or chat with you as i am about to change direction with my channel. You have been a great inspiration.

  • Imiag McGhee

    I think you were Great! I plan on starting my Podcast in July, and I have no clue. Would like to talk to you or send emails back and forth on your cost to coach me on setting up. You can send an email to me; [email protected] Thanks.

  • K•axis Wrestling Podcast

    Things that I've learned as a new podcast host:

    1. BUDGET & HOSTING: SoundCloud gets expensive really fast but it is a good place to establish an RSS feed to plug into iTunes and other podcast-related platforms. If money isn't a problem for you, SoundCloud would be ideal. If you don't have money for SoundCloud ($15/month or $100+ per year) you'll only be able to upload 3 hours of podcast/audio material. My personal suggestion would be Anchor FM because it's very similar to SoundCloud in functionality and options and has no upload limits or associated costs that I'm aware of at this time. It also allows you to distribute your podcast to iTunes, Stitcher, Google and more. SoundCloud only allows sharing to Facebook and Twitter and their customer support is terrible. Good luck getting results from SoundCloud support. Anchor FM also allows you to establish a customizable link and an RSS feed. You also get an embed link. Youtube is a last resort if you know how to convert your audio to video and upload but I think Youtube still has a limit on the lenth of videos you can upload so if you're the type who does a one or two hour podcast, this may or may not work for you. Spreaker IS NOT FREE. It starts out free but then you have to pay once you exceed the free upload limit just like SoundCloud, Podbean, Libsyn, Stitcher and PodOmatic. At some point or another you're going to have to make monetary investments in your podcast if you're serious about it.

    2. SOUND: A good microphone is key and you'll need money for this unless you don't really care how good your audio sounds. However, you should have consideration for your audience because good quality sound means a lot to a lot of people. The built in microphone on a smartphone usually doesn't produce high quality audio but if that's all you're working with, that's fine because you can always run your audio files through Audacity (which is totally free) and apply noise reduction and other digital remastering functions to improve the sound quality. At the same time, you'll probably want to download VoiceMeeter and Virtual Audio Cable if you can get it to work right for you and if you're running your podcast from your computer. Remember to talk about a foot away from your microphone, have all fans and noisy machines turned off and try to use a small area (closet or booth) that's treated with acoustic foam. Acoustic foam gets expensive really fast but make a pretty good difference in sound quality. It will keep your voice from bouncing all over the place and isolate your sound. I built a recording booth out of PVC pipe, corrugated plastic boards, cardboard, zip ties, acoustic foam, glue and carpet tiles for the floor and it works very well for vocal isolation. It wasn't cheap at all but I really wanted top notch sound. The most difficult part is getting your audio and recording settings right. I've been having issues with getting VoiceMeeter and Audacity to work cohesively but I'll eventually get it just right. Good thing is that I'm getting close after about 2 months of tweaking my sound and working on the right pitches, ranges audio settings and equipment adjustments. Recommended microphones: 1. AT2020 USB- This microphone is very good for the price and the price usually ranges between $130-$140. Hurry because this mic has been discontinued and many people are still buying it. If you get it on Amazon, you can purchase a 3 year protection plan with it for like $5 or so. 2. Samson GoMic- This is a small and inexpensive USB microphone that produces very good sound for the size and the price. Last time I checked, it costs between $30-$40 on Amazon. A lot of people say that the Blue Yeti and Blue Snowball (same price range as AT2020 USB) are great but comparison videos on here prove that the AT2020 USB produces better sound quality.

    3. PROMOTING & ADVERTISING: Your goal is to get as many listeners as possible and you cannot expect this to happen overnight. Most people have short attention spans due to modern technology and other reasons and you have to accept the fact that it's going to take a while to gain a lot of followers. A lot of people stress the importance of building an email list. I've done this already but it's not very effective even if you give them an incentive to sign up. Social media can be good for this if you pick a topic that's popular or controversial enough for people to pay attention to.

    4. COMPETITION: Something else to consider because you have to think about all of the other people who may be doing a podcast about the same thing(s) that you are. Many people will already be well established so you really have to try hard to stand out from the competition and make sure that people do not forget about you.

    5. LISTEN TO YOURSELF: This may sound silly but it's a key factor. Before going public with your podcast, you should do a couple of test episodes to see how you sound and which words you say too frequently or say with a strong accent. This will give you the opportunity to assess and improve or correct your communication skills, grammar, dialect, accent, speech impediments and tone. When listening to myself, I've noticed that there's certain words that I repeat far too often, varying tone and sometimes I'll get caught up on certain words when talking too fast.

    6. WEBSITE: Make sure that you build a website or have someone with the proper skills build one for you. If you have a big budget, this will not be an issue. If you don't have a lot of money, you can create a free website/blog on WordPress.com. You can also purchase a domain within WordPress to make it an official dot com site. Here's where we come back to SoundCloud: a key feature on SoundCloud (free and paid) is the embed in WordPress feature because you can do this on a free WordPress site. Other sites like Stitcher, PodoMatic and Spreaker only allow you to embed the audio player on WordPress.org (paid) sites. If you choose to build a free WordPress site, your URL will look like this: example.wordpress.com. Once more, you can eliminate the "wordpress" part of your URL link by purchasing your own domain name (dot com) for $18 per year. Keep in mind that you'll get a lot of spam emails after you buy your domain. Most people on Youtube who give tutorials on building a "free website" don't tell you that if you sign up with your real information you'll receive relentless calls from unknown phone numbers from all over the world and the site is not guaranteed to last. Some even show you how to crack the WordPress system to get a paid account for free but this is ineffective because WordPress will catch on and you have to run your domain and host name through a bunch of third party sites that will screw you over in the long run. WordPress is the best free option.

  • Barb Binns

    Great show! I’m thinking about doing an English language podcast for my adult students and I can use all of the advice you offer. Your voice is so clear and easy to follow. Thanks..Barb

  • People Power Farm Agriculture

    How much does it cost to start a Radio Podcast Company, for sales and Instructions, for a product line. Team Cost. Full Podcast Company. Cost $$. average cost. Marketing and Sales for customers support also. nice show.

  • ORALICIOUS

    ;o) Thanks Roberto, very informative and the timing could not have been perfect. I'm officially launching my Podcast on July 31st, National Orgasm Day. I have been approved in iTunes and Google Play (Oralicious – A Tale of Sex). Thks again Roberto.

  • King Jaffe

    I know I’m late to the party but this is great info and much appreciated , do you have any suggestions for live sound effects ?

  • Zachary Song

    Yo Thanks for the great video! Just have sth to ask, what is required to play copyrighted music in the podcast? It's very common to play nice songs in the podcast, yet it is scary because no one wants to violate the copyright.

  • Mickey Mouse

    Help. When you conduct an interview portably..do BOTH the interviewer and guest require headphones in order for the guest to hear the questions being asked and to cancel out the ambient noise as well as avoid having to do a lot of post production work?

  • Analise Nichole

    I have a question about multiple speakers on a podcast, if my two friends and I want to have a radio show type format, would each of us need a microphone? In that case would we need to plug each microphone into the computer?

  • C Weber

    I can't tell you how ignorant I feel. This man is Brilliant and Knowledgeable. This is like 2 lives beyond me. Don't know if I have enough time in my life, but will try

  • SARATHRP

    I have to say @robertoblake is the most awesome guy to look for if your starting in media, I'm starting my youtube /podcast / Blog and he has taken me the entire way through. Thanks!

  • william morgan

    I have some questions…what's the best PC for podcasting….right now you can hear some slight interference on my show. Using goldwave for recording software with a headset and mic. Really need to fix my audio issues as I am a live show.

  • Josue Rivera

    If it’s too much, where can I get 1 on 1 help to create my own podcast? I also don’t know how to create the artwork

  • Valarie Niessner

    Thank you
    I am still trying to figure this podcast thing out…I’ve been told by many, this is where I should start my talk show, “TalkinTRUTH with Miss VAL” so much to learn and do, I know I can talk and kind words, positivity can go a long way, it changes lives. Thank you again.

  • heal YOUnaturally

    I almost never comment. Excellent quality concise and to the point content. Loved it!You are great. Thank you!

  • VINZ BROWN

    that was GREAT, brotha! Ive been seeing u around (social, etc) for yearrrrs. Didnt know u had a podcast. This advice is awsesome. THANKS!!

  • okay abby

    i watched this video a couple times before and I finally took your advice and started my own podcast!! (its called "Living and Coping" if anyone is interested) the only advice i didnt take was pre filming episodes sksk, but thank you for inspiring me to follow my dream

  • The Shani Project

    Sooooo I found you when I started YouTube 3 years ago, and now I’m dabbling in podcasting and I searched your archive. You never fail me! You have continuously helped me grow my brand

  • BlogwithJesus.com

    How does having my YouTube RSS feed help me? Will YouTube hit me for duplicate content if I load the audio from my podcast to YouTube which is exactly the same is my video? Will I get him for duplicate content if I use the audio from my video for my podcast?

  • DJ Takin' It Back

    Love the vid. The only thing I would caution you on is the info you mentioned about iTunes N&N. Putting episodes in iTunes all at one time and getting reviews doesnt put one's podcast in N&N. Apple has stated that it is a combination of things not just episodes and high reviews. I had a few of my fellow podcasters get into N&N after a 3 year time period. I have seen other fellow podcaster get into N&N after 4 years. None of their podcast made it to N&N when they first started and they did exactly what you stated. They put 5 episode in iTunes all at once and had a few left to upload. They got almost 3000 five star reviews and still did not make it to N&N. It wasn't until three years later. Every podcaster needs to know that putting 5+ episodes in iTunes and great reviews is not the deciding factor to getting into iTunes. iTunes has its own combination of things that they do to make a podcast N&N.

  • Skiroy

    So do you get paid if anybody clicks on any of the Amazon links in your description? Or do you only get paid if they actually purchase something directed from one of your links?

  • Dana Woodard

    "Hi, I was wondering what if your not very computer savvy?" two of my friends and I are going to start a Podcast interviewing up and coming Musicians. My friend wants me to help him work stuff on the computer with recording and I'm guessing mixing?" you mention someone needs to approve of the Podcast. What does that cost?" and how do you get paid?" meaning who comes up with the money for doing the show?" meaning who pays us for interviewing these Bands?" I have to get this down. I will be doing things as my friend is interviewing Bands and I will be interviewing the Bands too. I already have some Bands to interview. I'm guessing you use the program and hit record and it records the Bands you are interviewing with the equipment we have?" I have to get familiar with this whole thing first. I just wonder your thoughts. It seems like so much to remember. What do you suggest I do?" I look forward to your message sincerely Dana!

  • BLU IGUANA CINEMA

    I wanted to mention to you about Anchor Podcast. They pay you and it's really an awesome platform. What are your thoughts on Anchor Podcast?

  • Wynter Heat

    I definitely watched a cool 5 videos before subbing. You are so awesome and simple. Thank you for your assistance, I'll check back in when I hit my 1,000!

  • Brian Michael

    Im def gonna get the audio Technica ATR2100 mic.. Id buy 3 of them before Id buy the Yeti.. the yeti is beautiful.. I like that the AT2100 just works

  • Tito Guerrero

    Great stuff, I am trying to get started myself, Have the equipment just need to get the hosting and website up. Love the Star Wars stuff too!

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