How to Start a Podcast

One of my favorite parts of my business is hosting a podcast and in a little over 2 months, I’ll be officially launching what will become my 2nd podcast called the I AM CEO Podcast with the thesis of redefining what it means to be a CEO. Because of this, I’ve gotten a few questions about how to start a podcast and what equipment I use, etc. so I decided to put together this post to explain my tips and tricks to help you launch your podcast.

First, keep in mind that I evolved with my podcast. I’m not a former radio producer or anything special. I’m simply a curious person who is comfortable speaking to people, interviewing them and learning how I can be a better business owner. The CEO Chat podcast I’ve been doing for about 2-3 years. The podcast launched because I would record interviews with the entrepreneurs and business owners to write an article. I didn’t do anything with the recordings but one day, I thought I could easily take those recordings and create a low budget podcast. So, that’s what I did and it became another medium that people could use to digest the content.

I started without an editor and without any major equipment. I used Freeconferencecall.com with iPhone Headphones and just recorded the interviews and would add an intro and outro that was created on Fiverr.com.

What is a podcast?

First, I think it’s important to understand what a podcast is before you start one. It is a digital audio file made available on the Internet for downloading to a computer or mobile device, typically available as a series, new installments of which can be received by subscribers automatically.

Please note, the word video podcast is also being used. This is essentially a video interview or video recording. A lot of content producers are using video interviews and repurposing the content into audio, blog posts and more aka waterfall strategy.

Here’s 6 Steps to Starting the Podcast

  1. First, have a purpose: There should be a reason to start your podcast. As you will see below, the new podcast–I AM CEO Podcast has the primary focus of being a networking and prospecting tool. There are other goals that I have but I’m launching it primarily as a way to prospect and reach my target market and build a deeper relationship with my referral partners.
  2. A theme, artwork, etc: There’s a lot of ways you can create artwork or a website for your podcast. You can higher a web developer and graphic designer (like us at Blue 16 Media 🙂 ) or you can go the Fiverr route. You might want to also have a professionally recorded intro and outro as well.
  3. Get some equipment: See below for specifics but understand you don’t have to use the latest and greatest equipment, you can grow into it. You basically only need a computer or a phone with internet connection and you can go from there.
  4. Check out the software and hosting: See below but there are various way to host your podcast and even record your podcast.
  5. Find an editor: You might edit yourself using Audacity (below) or some other software or you may find an editor on Upwork or I even tried Podcasting Press for a little while.
  6. Publish the podcast to different channels: Depending on how you start your podcast, you might have to manually submit your feed to sites so that it publishes it. Most get the feed (e.g. Overcast) from Apple so once you show up there, you will show up on other feeds. Keep in mind, you will need your RSS feed first or in other words, you must have podcast hosting.

Equipment

Here’s what I use for my podcast:

  • Blue Yeti – I purchased this on Prime day I believe so it was around 30-40% of the regular cost. I picked the Blue one simply because is my favorite color but I’ve only heard good things about this microphone and it has been very good for me.
  • Pop Filter
  • Mic Arm
  • Sound Proofing: I haven’t implemented this yet but because I do my recording in my home office, I will implement it soon though.
  • Sound Shield: While, I don’t have this, it’s something that you can get as well.

Software

  • Audacity: This is free software that I use to edit audio
  • Zencaster: This uses the freemium model. I’ve had some issues with it but lately, it has been better. I use this for the CEO Chat podcast primarily.
  • Zoom: I use this for the new podcast and video podcast interviews that I do. Also, if interviewees want to see me during the interview, this is my go to.
  • Skype: I personally don’t use Skype but I know a good amount of podcasters that use this and use a recorder like Ecamm.

Hosting

  • Podbean: They are not the number one way to host your podcast but it ended up being my choice after I decided to move away from SoundCloud for the CEO Chat Podcast. I generally don’t like to use the most popular platforms so that’s one of the reasons I chose this. I felt it was an up and coming platform.
  • Anchor.fm: The new podcast that I’m launching is using Anchor and I believe there are a lot of really good opportunities for Anchor because it ties in the podcast community like a social network and makes it very simple to create a podcast and publish it to the most popular platforms like Apple Podcast, Google Play, Stitcher, etc.
  • Libsyn: This is the most popular way to host your podcast. I looked into it but the draw of the unlimited pricing with Podbean made me decide against it. Many of the most popular podcasters use this.
  • Blubrry: I was very close to using Blubrry because of it’s WordPress plugin that integrated with the hosting. It would basically publish a post for you automatically when the podcast went live. Because it’s their WordPress plugin it integrates better than with other hosting options. I decided against this too because I wanted something that was unlimited for a reasonable cost.
  • Soundcloud: I initially started with SoundCloud because it was new and at that time just throwing its ring into the podcast game but I moved away because I wasn’t sure if they were still going to be in business. The company is having financial issues but it does have a freemium model that you can take advantage of. Keep in mind: I had to manually change all my feeds when I moved away from SoundCloud. It wasn’t an impossible process but wasn’t fun.

CEO Chat Podcast

The CEO Chat Podcast is the podcast that I’ve been running for a few years. Starting in 2018, it became a weekly podcast. I alternate between a solo podcast about a marketing topic which leads to a course that I’m planning on launching (You Are a Media Company) and an interview with an entrepreneur or business owner. As the new podcast grows and potentially becomes a daily podcast, I will have deeper content and longer content 30 mins to an hour or longer regularly on this channel. It’s more of a conversation. It could become primarily a video podcast.

My New Podcast – I AM CEO Podcast

The I AM CEO Podcast is to some degree an experiment. Unlike the CEO Chat podcast, it has a very specific focus and goal. It’s a laser-focused podcast of around 16 minutes with a set template of questions. While doing the CEO Chat podcast, I learned how much I truly enjoyed doing the interviews. I also felt as if it was one of my strengths and talents that I wanted to leverage. I also have been able to get the process down to a very efficient process which I might cover in a future blog.

I’m using the podcast to achieve multiple goals. Primarily it is a lead generation opportunity for me for Blue 16 Media. It’s an opportunity for me to connect with my target market and also promote a shop that I’m launchingCEOGear.co. Lastly, it’s a way for me to network in a unique way, connect more with the CBNation.co community and create more content for CBNation.co.

This is one of the reasons I have an intro/brainstorming call prior to the actual interview. It is a way to connect a little prior to the interview, answer any questions and make sure the person is actually interested in being on the show. It happens but you at least decrease the likelihood of someone flaking on the actual interview.

Here’s the biggest difference with this podcast. I’m using a platform called Anchor.fm. It’s a free way to create a podcast and while the costs are fairly low, I think it’s a way to keep the costs even lower.

That’s basically it. Now the best way to get started is just to get started and start recording. Don’t overthink it! 


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If this helped you, I would love it if you would let me know in the comments below and please if you started a podcast, put your info in the comments below so I can listen and follow. Also, subscribe to CEO Chat and the I AM CEO Podcast.

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