Some say that there are around two million podcasts out there. Others say that at least one-quarter of those are one-episode podcasts so there are far fewer. Whatever the real number, it’s a lot.
So, if you’re thinking about starting a podcast, you have a lot of competition. But, if you have a great idea and know exactly how to start a podcast, it could become very lucrative for you and your business. If you get sponsors, it could even be your business!
Not sure what you need to consider before starting a podcast? This is a step-by-step guide that will lead your podcast straight to success.
Step 1: Decide Your Theme and Format
Before you start booking interviews and telling your Mom that you are a podcaster, you need to get clear on your theme.
What are you going to podcast about?
If you are podcasting for business purposes, you likely already have a topic in mind. Here are the most popular types of podcasts out there now for inspiration:
- True crime
- Personal development
Whatever you decide, it needs to have an audience. You also need a good name, episode schedule, and format. Will you be the only person on the podcast, will you have a co-host, or will you interview people?
These are all the things you need to consider when starting a podcast.
Step 2: Get the Right Podcast Tools
You cannot learn how to start a podcast without podcast technology. There is no podcast without it. Here are some essential podcast tools and podcast software to get before you begin:
- Microphones, shields, and stands
- Recording software
- Audio editing software
If you are recording at home or outside a studio, you might want to invest in blankets to muffle the sound.
To edit your podcast, you could choose a free program like Audacity or a professional program like Adobe Audition. Watch tutorial videos to learn how to use whichever program you choose.
Step 3: Choose a Hosting Platform
Next, you will need hosting platforms for both your podcast episodes and your show notes.
Buzzsprout, Podbean, and Resonate are all great hosting options. You might want to have a proper website to market and host your podcast and your show notes, too.
If you have the budget, upload your podcast to as many podcast providers as possible. Many people only use one streaming service and they stick to their favorite. These include Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Audible, Stitcher, and TuneInRadio.
How to Start a Podcast in Three Simple Steps
Figuring out how to start a podcast is easy, but if you want it to be successful then you need to prepare and put thought into it. By using this guide, you will have a plan and all the tools and skills you need to make your podcast the best it can be.
Want to learn more about sound and recording equipment so you can be more tech-savvy before you start your podcast? Check out our website for tons of helpful guides and tips!