A Starter’s Guide to Setting up a Podcast Easily
A podcast was initially defined as an audio or video computed to be played on iPod available over the internet. Later it became a mainstream source that allow users to access and play podcasts on any device they want. Podcasts can either be free or paid depending on the podcaster who have arranged it and made it available to the audience.
Those days are long gone when setting up your own podcast was a difficult task to do. However, it is still a difficult call for those who have not given it a try before. Therefore, to help you out, I am sharing a starter’s guide to setting up your own podcast easily and let the world listen your distinct yet phenomenal collection.
1. Choose The Category
The very first and most important thing that you will have to look at carefully before starting your own podcast is to select its nature or category. Why? It is because most of the directories where you want to list it require a proper category at the time of submission.
Also, it will help you develop it accordingly. Keeping it uncategorized will not only distract your listeners but it will also distract you too. Therefore, it would be good to decide and choose the nature of your podcast before setting it up.
2. Buying The Equipments
Once you have decided and chosen category of your podcast, now is the time to buy the equipments for it. Usually, there is nothing much expensive in the equipments that you will need at the beginning. All you need is a microphone –either analog or USB. However, if you are taking an analog microphone, you will have to buy a mixer too.
In both cases, your budget will not exceed to more than $100. There are several packages for the beginner podcasters which you can buy at cheaper price. Do not buy the expensive equipment as a beginner. It is because you do not know whether you’ll get success in it or not.
3. Select The Appropriate Software
After categorizing your podcast and buying equipments for it, now is the time to select the appropriate software for podcasting through your computer or laptop. If you are using Mac, you can record by using Garageband which comes for free with iLife suite.
Similarly, there are other different tools that work on different operating systems. Therefore, you will have to select it according to the operating system you are using. In order to enhance the quality of your voice or audio, you can buy paid software such as Sony Acid which will cost you around $200.
4. Upload Your Podcast Accurately
Last but most important thing is to upload your podcast accurately. In order to upload it accurately, you will have to perform the following steps.
• Record Audio For It
The first thing is to record audio for your podcast. Make sure there are no glitches in the recorded audio track. Also, do not forget to mention thanks, at the end of recording, to the people who have heard it.
• Save It In MP3 Format
After recording your podcast, now is the time to save it. The best format for podcast preferred by professional podcasters is MP3. Another thing that you will have to select carefully is the tempo or bit rate of the audio file which should be 128 kbps.
• Tag It With Proper Information
Another thing that you will have to consider before uploading your podcast is tagging it with proper information. Two things that should be clearer is the date and episode number of your podcast. You may also make a cover of your podcast and can attach other details such as artist name, genre, etc with it.
• RSS Feed For Your Podcast
Last thing that you will have to do is to set up the RSS feed for your podcast. Make sure that it meets the standards of all industry i.e. 2.0 feed. You may also use solution services such as Podomatic, Libsyn, etc. These services are free for a defined time period. However, you will have to pay them a small amount if you wish to run your podcast for long time duration.