Are you interested in starting a podcast? Don’t let these 3 myths about starting a podcast hold you back!
Myth 1: You Need an Existing Audience in Order to Start a Podcast
Good news! The majority of podcasters don’t have big audiences when they start. In fact, many use podcasting as a tool to grow an audience. Starting a podcast is an excellent way to grow your business, establish yourself as an authority in your industry, and build a community.
Building an audience from scratch takes time, but it absolutely can be done.
Myth 2: Starting a Podcast is Expensive
The truth is, starting a podcast can be expensive if you start out buying the most expensive equipment. The good news is you can achieve high quality sound without a big upfront investment.
The basic setup we recommend is a USB microphone that connects directly to your computer. Sure, you can record on your phone or on your computer’s built-in microphone, however your quality will be much better with a simple USB mic.
StartAPod subscribers can access our exact equipment recommendations as well as guidance on how to set up your at-home studio. Sign up here and start learning!
Myth 3: You have to be Tech-Savvy to Start a Podcast
Let’s break down the basic technical elements of creating a podcast:
Recording Your Podcast
With a basic USB setup, all you have to do is plug your microphone into your computer and click the red recording button in your recording software. This process will vary depending on your equipment, however it can be quite simple. So don’t let this element deter you from starting your podcast!
Editing Your Podcast
Editing your podcast is often the most time consuming and requires the most technical skills. However, editing software such as Garageband and Audacity are beginner friendly and easy to use.
StartAPod offers in-depth tutorials for both Garageband and Audacity that walk you step-by-step through the editing process. Even non-tech-savvy people can learn!
If you find the editing process a source of frustration or too time consuming, you can easily outsource this step.
Distributing Your Podcast to Directories such as Apple & Spotify
You may have heard about your podcast RSS feed, and using it to distribute your podcast. If you don’t know what this is, don’t worry! Your hosting platform such as Simplecast, Buzzsprout, or Libysn will generate your RSS feed, and will guide you through the process of adding it to various directories. While you’ll have to take a few extra steps when uploading your first episode, your following episodes will be distributed automatically once you upload them onto your hosting platform. Some hosting platforms even make sharing as simple as one click.
Starting a podcast really is as simple as you make it, so if you’re considering starting a podcast, don’t let these myths hold you back!