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How To Launch a Podcast in 11 Steps (For Beginners)

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Today I walk through how to launch your podcast in 11 simple steps, from coming up with the topic to launching your podcast.

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00:14 – Determine podcast topic
00:43 – Come up with podcast format
01:01 – Name your Podcast
01:47 – Draw up contract with cohost
01:58 – Buy your gear
02:19 – Record a couple episodes / Determine release schedule
02:58 – Get your podcast art
03:24 – Set up social media accounts
03:51 – Set up URL / Hosting / RSS Feed & Submit your podcast
05:00 – Launch your podcast
05:12 – Promote your podcast
05:45 – Listen to every episode
06:02 – Listen to podcasts about podcasting
06:16 – Outro

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greetings earthlings today we're gonna go through the process of setting up a podcast in 11 steps step 1 determine what you want your podcast to be about now you need to make sure what you're talking about is something you enjoy and make sure not to pander so do you really enjoy pizza do you really like coffee do you really like root beer do you really like punk music do you really like metal music just find something that you're actually passionate about and you would be willing to talk about if nobody was listening because when you start out nobody is gonna be listening and it can be disheartening the second step come up with a format for your podcast so you could just go out and listen to a bunch of other podcasts and copy their format or you could listen to competing podcasts and determine what you don't like about their podcast or ways that you would improve the structure of what they're talking about step 3 is one of the most difficult for me and it is coming up with a name for your podcast now the name should have something to do with what you're talking about in the podcast and it should also be a searchable term in pod capture so when I launched my first podcast it was titled podcast egde and that is a terrible name for a podcast because when you search that in iTunes guess what shows up everybody's podcast because podcast is in everybody's name so think about that when you're coming up with the name for your podcast and before you settle on your name make sure your domain is available make sure the social media accounts are available but mainly search the pod catchers to make sure no other podcasts exist with the name that you came up with number four if you're gonna have a co-host on your podcast make sure you draw up some kind of contract to lay out and determine how you're gonna handle any potential income from the podcast number five it's time to pick out your gear now and I personally would recommend a dynamic cardioid microphone for podcasters some relatively cheap and great options would be something like the Sampson Q to you the audio-technica ATR 2100 USB the eight she 2005 USB or anything along those lines step number six now at this point I think it would be very beneficial for you to record a couple of episodes not only is this gonna help you by giving you an initial backlog of episodes in case you get bogged down and busy and can't record but it's also gonna help you determine how long it takes to edit process and get the final episode ready which will ultimately help you determine what your release schedule should be and on the note of release schedules just try something reasonable at the start maybe do one per week or one every couple of weeks then once you get better and quicker at editing and getting the final product ready at that point you can consider upping the release schedule and getting more frequent number seven and I think this is insanely important because this is going to be the first impression that people have of your podcast get your graphic design done now if you have a working knowledge of Photoshop and you feel comfortable with it go ahead and make your own design I personally know I am god-awful at graphic design so I just hire people so don't be afraid to pay for this because it is a really important aspect of your podcast step number eight go ahead and set up your social media accounts your Twitter's your Facebook's your snapchats your instagrams your whatever the Dan kids are using these days but I would only suggest setting up the social media accounts that you can keep up with because in my experience there's nothing worse than tracking down your favorite podcast and the only thing in the feed are Auto posts from libsyn or blueberry step number nine go ahead and set up your URL buy your hosting set up your RSS feed do all of that stuff and then it's time to submit your podcast to iTunes and any other podcast directories that you want for your hosting and RSS feeds you can actually do one-stop shopping with some place like libsyn or pop bean they have planned starting as low as five dollars a month they'll host your mp3 your RSS feed and with Lipson you can even get a custom URL through them so in order to submit your RSS feed you have to open up iTunes then you go to the store you enter the podcast section and in the right hand menu you select to submit a podcast this then takes you to the Apple podcast connect page you set up an Apple ID here and then you're gonna go ahead and sign in then in the upper left hand corner you click the plus button to add your podcast you input your RSS feed URL and select validate and if everything is good your podcast will be submitted and available in the iTunes Store within about 48 hours and if there's something wrong just fix whatever the error message is say an attempt to revalidate it step number 10 it is time to launch your podcast that is right you are there your podcast is now out there for the world to listen to in the world the judge and stay on schedule and step number 11 is to go and promote your podcast now I don't mean go out and spam a bunch of communities saying hey I just launched my podcast listen to me what I mean is to become an active and valuable community member in whatever niche you're in do you do a guitar podcast go ahead and join a guitar community and interact with people and if they ever ask you what you do that's when you say hey I do a podcast this is what it is just don't spam that will get you hated by everybody and in case that wasn't enough for you I got a couple of bonus steps for you so bonus step number one listen to every single episode that you record and release and find at least one thing that you want to improve on the next iteration of your podcast that ensures that your podcast never gets stale for you and that you're always getting better with every single episode and bonus step number 2 listen to podcasts about podcasting because there is so much useful information there I personally subscribe to better podcasting podcasters Roundtable and the audacity of podcast and I highly recommend all of those alright guys I guess that's gonna do it for today if you found this video fun interesting or helpful go ahead and give me a thumbs up if you thought it sucked thumbs down if you want to influence the gear that I review next head over to geeks rising comm slash podcasters and cast your votes there if you want more videos there's a logo beneath me check out the discord server link in the description and I will see you all later thanks for watching bye