You might think you are ready to start a podcast if you have your ideas and topics in mind, but it’s a more professional and complicated process that it first seems and will require more than a rough idea. To have your podcast start at a good pace and gain listeners, a little planning will need to be done ahead of time to build a fanbase who will stick with you. We have compiled all the necessary information, including ideas to get you started, key points, and how to generate success. Read on to find out more.
Write Down the Plan
That’s right, the first step in planning your podcast is to write down your ideas, spread out on a piece of paper so that you can clearly and accurately see what you are dealing with. What does your audience prefer to listen to? What is it that you offer them, or what is your niche? What topics do you want to start with? These are the kinds of questions that should come from your ideas. Put all these questions in writing and answer them in the same way, arrange them, and then prioritize the important ones and start to form ways to usher your plan to fruition.
Know-How to Podcast
Before recording, you need to have an idea of how podcasting works and how to create your episodes. You will need to host the audio that you record and make it available for your listeners. To do this, you can get help from podcast hosting platforms and find out how to post the episodes on a website. Share your own episodes on your own social media platforms, too, or maybe on your website to attract more listeners. Having an idea about how it works when it comes to broadcasting your episodes will help clear your mind to allow for better audio quality and you can focus on the other technicalities needed for recording an episode.
Find Your Niche
One of the questions you need to be asking yourself is what you can offer your listeners? You can offer a number of things that come from different places. However, to gain a solid fanbase and offer credible professional content, you will need to narrow down your options to the genre you excel the most in. Be very specific with your choice and put the biggest effort into presenting it to your listeners, as this is how you will show them that you are genuine about your craft’s quality.
You need to find your niche and then be able to generate enough quality content within that niche. Otherwise, people are going to turn off. You also don’t want to choose something you are really good at and find out there isn’t much content that can be presented. You need to find a niche area where you can record many episodes and write enough scripts to keep your listeners entertained. The more specific you are within your niche category, the more dedicated fans and listeners you will gain rather than just lowering the bar and being general in what you offer.
Now, it’s time to assemble the needed equipment for building your show and recording episodes. This equipment includes a computer, a pop filter, and, of course, the most important piece of equipment, a microphone. A computer can help you record episodes, but a professional microphone will be preferable to provide high-quality sound for your listeners. You will also need to have a mic stand and a good pair of headphones or earbuds. The last thing you will require, which is not a piece of equipment, but is still vital for the process, is recording and editing software.
Pick a Style for Your Episodes
The question you need to ask in this step is how you want your podcasts to sound? Do you want your episodes to be educational? Maybe you would like to keep it more conversational and interview a bunch of your friends instead. Another style that you can follow is storytelling within your episodes, and that can keep your listeners interested. The added bonus is that you don’t need guests; you can just record alone.
Keeping these tips in mind, you will help you get ready to record your first podcast. The only thing to do now, before you go live is to choose your name. After that, you can arrange your episodes, post your highlights online, add transcripts to your website, and iron out the finer details. Take your time with the process and know that nothing is easy when it comes to launching online content, and it is going to be demanding at first but, as soon as you get the hang of it, you will be sure to find success.