Frequently Asked Questions
Who is StartAPod right for?
StartAPod is ideal for podcasters just starting out, podcasters looking to grow their podcast, and everyone in between! We offer courses for every stage of the process, plus valuable connections and resources that you can’t find anywhere else. No matter where you are on your podcasting journey, we have something that can help!
Why should I choose StartAPod?
Do you want to create a successful podcast? Then StartAPod is right for you. Our courses are comprehensive and easy to follow. We offer valuable connections to deals on gear, discounted hosting, and discovery platforms such as PodSearch. Finally, StartAPod’s sister company, PodSearchAD, is a full-service podcast advertising agency with a team that has been in the podcast industry for over 10 years. PodSearchAD has a long, successful track record of placing millions of dollars’ worth of ads on thousands of podcasts. When you sign up for StartAPod, you can choose to share your information with the PodSearchAD team, who will reach out to you if your podcast is a good match for any of their clients. This opportunity is exclusive to StartAPod users and can’t be found anywhere else.
Why not just find free articles and videos online?
StartAPod offers so much more than teaching you how to podcast. We can connect you to resources (including connections to potential sponsorship opportunities, gear packages, discounted hosting services, and more) that simply cannot be found in free articles and videos.
How soon after I pay will I gain access to my account/the courses?
Once you’ve signed up for StartAPod, access to your account is immediate.
Do you sell podcast equipment?
StartAPod users have access to hand picked podcasting gear for purchase from the leading audio provider Sweetwater.
What is a hosting service?
A hosting service is where your audio files are stored on the internet. Your hosting service creates and distributes your RSS feed to podcast directories, ensuring your episodes are available to as many people as possible with minimal work on your part. You can learn more about hosting in our Production course!
What is PodSearch?
PodSearch is a podcast discovery platform designed to make it easy for listeners to find new podcasts on their favorite topics, and is StartAPod’s sister company. Find out more at PodSearch.com.
How much is a StartAPod subscription?
$5.99/month or $59.90/annually (2 months free!)
What is included in my subscription?
Your StartAPod subscription includes unlimited access to:
- Comprehensive courses
- Worksheets, guides, and templates for each course
- Direct connection to PodSearchAD for sponsorship opportunities
- Discounts to hosting services and email marketing software
- Listing on PodSearch, a podcast discovery platform that makes it easy for listeners to find your show
- Handpicked gear package deals that take the guesswork out of selecting equipment
- Kickoff call with a member of our team to set you up for success
What sponsorship opportunities are available with my subscription?
StartAPod’s sister company, PodSearchAD, is a full-service podcast advertising agency with a team that has been in the podcast industry for over 10 years. PodSearchAD has a long, successful track record of placing millions of dollars’ worth of ads on thousands of podcasts. When you sign up for StartAPod, you can fill out a form to share your information with the PodSearchAD team, which will be stored in our database and made available to potential advertisers. If your podcast is a good fit for any of PodSearchAD’s clients, a member of the team will reach out to you with next steps.
When does billing occur?
For monthly subscriptions, you are billed once a month from the day you sign up. For annual subscriptions, you are billed once a year on your sign up date.
Can I cancel my subscription?
Sure- you can cancel your subscription at any time by heading over to your account page and clicking “cancel.” After cancelling, you will have continued access to StartAPod until your next billing date.
Do I need to give notice cancelling my subscription?
No, you can cancel at any time before your next billing cycle. After cancelling, you will have continued access to StartAPod until your next billing date.
What happens to my hosting account if I cancel my StartAPod subscription?
Your hosting account will remain active even if you cancel your SAP subscription and there are no additional steps that you need to take. If you’d like to also cancel your subscription, please visit their website for instructions on the process.
What happens to my PodSearch listing if I cancel my StartAPod subscription?
Your PodSearch listing will remain active and free of charge if you cancel your StartAPod subscription.
Will my podcast still be considered for sponsorship opportunities if I cancel my subscription?
Our PodSearchAD buying team will have access to podcasters who are subscribed to StartAPod. If you cancel your StartAPod subscription, they will no longer have access to contacting you for sponsorship opportunities.
Do I have to complete the courses in order?
Nope! You are welcome to take the courses in whichever order works best for you.
I already have a podcast, do I have to complete all of the courses?
Nope! Feel free to skip courses depending on your needs.
How often are courses added?
We are constantly striving to give you all the information you need and will be updating courses as needed. If you’d like to see a course on something specific, feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Course Resources aren’t downloading properly. What should I do?
Visit our contact page to connect with a member of our team or email us at email@example.com.
How do I automatically enable the audio for the website?
How to using Chrome:
- While in Google Chrome, open the tab you want to allow or block.
- Click/tap on the View site information button just to the left of the site’s URL in the address bar.
- Click/tap on Allow (unmute), Block (mute), or (default) action from the Sound drop menu for what you want for this site.
- When finished, you can close the site information box.
How to using Safari:
- While in Safari, open the StartAPod website.
- On your computer, select Safari… Settings for This Website…
- Next to Auto-Play, select Allow All Auto-Play from the options
How to using Firefox
When Firefox is actively blocking media on a website, you’ll see a special icon in the address bar. Click that icon to open the Site Information drop-down panel, where you can change the Autoplay setting for that website.