How To Start Your Own Podcast

TOM ROWLAND PODCAST

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“I learned how to start podcasts the hard way. I just really, really like podcasts. I like listening to them on long drives, listening to them running, or working in the yard…Podcasts have been a great way to listen and learn a few things here or there”

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I am not a podcast expert by any means, however I was able to get mine off the ground and have maintained it for 57 episodes so far. I learned how to do a podcast the hard way like most other things in my life. So, when I received multiple questions asking how I started or what equipment I use, I thought I would address this on the How2Tuesday episode.

The first thing I did was check out the podcasts that had the best sound and shows that had very detailed notes, but it was still difficult to track down all the equipment. I made a few mistakes and purchased equipment I didn’t need. My initial setup was cumbersome and caused me to lose a podcast. After that I decided to create the simplest podcast setup I could so I would never lose another interview.

Initially I used a laptop and headsets and would just sit down with one guest. It was very distracting for me to pay attention to the computer and audio levels. I did more research and came up with a much simpler setup.

Below are all the products I mention in the podcast and you can click on the button or the image to go straight to purchase your own equipment. As I mentioned right away, I am not a podcast expert, but if you are looking for a simple podcast setup, this one has worked for me.

AUDIO TECHNICA BP HS 1

Critically acclaimed sonic performance praised by top audio engineers and pro audio reviewers. Proprietary 45 mm large-aperture drivers with rare earth magnets and copper-clad aluminum wire voice coils. Exceptional clarity throughout an extended frequency range, with deep, accurate bass response

ZOOM H6

Cheaper versions available - this one will do with 4 inputs expandable to 6. Direct recording to SD cards up to 128GB.Display 2.0-inch full color LCD (320 x 240 pixels). Gain knobs, pads, and phantom power for each input. Maximum Sound Pressure Input: 122 dB SPL. Newly redesigned preamps with an ultra-low noise floor, up to 24-bit/96kHz audio in wav or MP3 format. Mountable directly to dslr or camcorder with optional hs-01 hot shoe mount adapter. Multichannel and stereo usb audio interface for pc/mac/ipad

SPLITTER

FUNCTION: Ugreen 3.5mm audio splitter Y extension cable 20cm connects most devices with 3.5mm auxiliary port (AUX), like MP3 player, smartphone, tablet, computer etc, to two headphones or speakers, which is a great solution to share cool music, movies and games with your families and friends.

SD CARDS

FUNCTION: Ugreen 3.5mm audio splitter Y extension cable 20cm connects most devices with 3.5mm auxiliary port (AUX), like MP3 player, smartphone, tablet, computer etc, to two headphones or speakers, which is a great solution to share cool music, movies and games with your families and friends.

You will need a Libsyn Account. Libsyn is a platform where you can upload your media, add descriptions, titles and artwork to your podcast and schedule it out. You can schedule it to iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud, wherever you need - additionally you can put your podcast up on Facebook and YouTube, all through the Libsyn player.

Then moving forward to marketing your podcast: creating a website will create more keywords and chances for people to discover your podcast. Launching from that, you will need social media to promote your website and podcast. Combined, this will work together to help attract more people listen to your podcast.

Hope this helps, be sure to scroll to the top and give me a voice message with any questions or comments!

Tom Rowland