Are you thinking about how you can reach a larger audience than you do with just your blog? Last year, there were 116 million monthly podcast listeners. With so many people listening to content, you should seriously consider starting a podcast.
Podcasting will give you a connection to your audience and keep them coming back for more. If you aren’t sure where to begin, keep reading to find out how to start a podcast.
Pick Your Content
Before you start anything, you need to know what you plan on giving to your audience. You need to find your niche and then identify the people that fit the same category. This is how to advertise your podcast in a simple but important way.
Start a content calendar so that you can stay organized with what you deliver and when you do it. People want there to be plenty of episodes at their disposal.
This is another tool to help structure your episodes to be high quality and consistent. Here are some common formats that people use on their episodes:
- Monologue: This is usually solo and about personal experience
- Co-hosting: Two hosts talk about the topics or their experiences
- Paneling: This usually takes place with multiple people about one topic
- Interviewing: This is with a host who guides the conversation, typically about the guest or a related topic
- Storytelling: This happens with a host who recounts a story, most likely with added guests or audio
You can definitely switch between a few of these, but try to stick to one style for the majority of episodes. This is also a preference, so feel free to play with the styles.
Finding great guests who can be on the interview or panel podcasts is what makes a good podcast. This can truly make a difference in your show because it adds diversity and insight to the audience.
Don’t be shy to reach out and let people know about your podcast. Start to build your network by finding similar podcasts and other supporters.
Invest in Your Podcast
If you want to produce good quality episodes, you need to invest in the right equipment. Having a great microphone with the proper sound quality, your audience will know. The same can be said without a pair of headphones.
Headphones will give you more control over the sounds, so you can adjust the volume during the episodes and make note of changes throughout. You can also get other things like pop filters or foam balls to help the sound quality.
Something people also invest in is podcast companies. They can help execute the production of high-quality episodes. This can really be helpful when the editing comes around.
Consider Starting a Podcast Today
Once you start with these basics, starting a podcast should be pretty easy. If you make sure to put in the work, your end result will be exciting and rewarding.
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