How to Start Podcasting
According to Wikipedia the free encyclopedia, a podcast is an episodic series of digital audio or video files which a user can download and listen to. It is often available for subscription so that new episodes are automatically downloaded via web syndication to the user’s own local computer, mobile application, or portable media player. It is distinct from Internet radio, which involves streaming rather than downloading.
Podcast is in a way similar to a regular radio show, it’s a digital audio recording that is available for download from the internet. Podcast messages are more personal and tangible to the audience. Online business owner who create their own podcast can use it as an extension of the content on their website. A podcast provides on-demand and targeted content that your audience is looking for. Your audience can listen to it on the go, and this allows you to connect with your audience much better than text-based media. Below are tips to help you start podcasting.
- Practice Often
To become perfect in what we do, we have to practice often until we are good, the same applies to podcasting. When you first start podcasting it will require some practice. Take time to record a few sessions before going live on your show so that you can be relaxed about how you sound and communicate with your audience.
- Invest in a Good Software
One of the key points for starting a podcast is to be aware of sound quality. A good software will give quality to your podcast and there is a specialist software made for podcasting that makes a podcast sound more professional. Alternatively, you can record a podcast using an application installed on your smartphone and then upload it to the internet.
- Keep the Room Quiet
You may choose to record your podcast in your bedroom or home office, but you don’t want it to sound horrible. By all means, do your best to ensure the room where you are recording your podcast stays quiet while you record your show and avoid interruptions from distractors.
- Use the Right Microphone
For good quality, use a microphone that has noise cancelling features, connects via USB and not cordless. This is because the USB version provides better quality and catches sound in front of it and not around it.
- Stay on Niche
When recording a podcast, you may have to continuously come up with topics to keep your shows interesting. But to ensure anyone who listens to you understands who you and not end up uninterested due to aiming for the wrong audience, you should stay on niche and not veer off too far.
- Invite Special Guests
Always invite guests who are experts of their niche and their businesses for interviews, this will rub off on-to you by association and also improve the content of your show. When you interview any guest, they’ll get publicity for their business also – so it’s a win/win situation for all involved.
- Be Consistent
It sometimes takes a while for a good audience to catch on with a new show. When recording your own podcast on a regular basis, it’s important that your audience become reliant on hearing your podcast on a specific date and time and if you aren’t podcasting on a regular basis you’ll never catch on with audience demand.
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