Your First Podcast Made Easy

Last time we talked about why you should podcast. Today, I’m going to show you how to get started podcasting. There are several different ways to put together your podcast, but I am going to show you an easy and free way to do it. This way, you’ll have no valid objections to getting started. Step One: SoundCloud You’re going to use SoundCloud to record your voice. You won’t need an external microphone. Just “speak up” and your computer’s microphone will pick your voice up great. First ~ Sign Up For SoundCloud Start with a free account, it will do you just fine for now. You can record up to 2 hours with a free account. And don’t worry, it doesn’t go through the roof after that. You can get an additional two hours for about $35 a year, and 12 hours for about $95 a year. You can sign up by connecting through Facebook or simply entering your email and a password. Once you are signed up, take some time and fill out your personal profile. Add a bio, and links to your website and all of your social media accounts. The reasons for this are (1) so that people who find you on SoundCloud can connect with you other places, and (2) you can search for and follow people on SoundCloud, so having your profile filled out will help people find you and make them want to follow you. Also make sure you customize your SoundCloud url. You can easily change the numbers they give you to your name or business name. Second ~ Record Your Voice At the...

Why Podcast: Is Anyone Still Listening?

Remember podcasting? A few years ago it seemed poised to take over the world. These days, I admit to rarely hearing about it. I am, however, an avid podcast listener. Which recently turned me into a podcast broadcaster. Podcasting had been on my “to do” list for months if not years, but two things made me take the leap from “I should . . .” to “I am . . .” First, I learned that podcasting is still a great way to connect to my audience. Second, I figured out how easy podcasting is. Now I want to share the “how” and “why” with you. Today, we’ll do the “why,” and next time we’ll look at “how.” Intro to Podcasting First, let’s talk about what podcasting is. I don’t have a formal definition for you, but your podcast is merely an audio message to your audience. Another way to communicate with your market. Similar to your blog, your videos, and your social media sites. I’m going to refer to your audio as a “podcast” in this article, but don’t feel like you have to call it that. You can advertise your audio as a “weekly show,” or a “daily message.” Or even as just what it is ~ an audio. Whatever your audience bests responds to, run with it. Why You Should Have a Podcast Since I’ve already admitted to you that I rarely hear about podcasting any more, you may be wondering why I’m telling you to do it. The answer is, while the word “podcast” may not enjoy the same popularity it used to, the ease and popularity of listening...