TPS Ep. 050 – Back to Podcasting Basics (Part 1 of 2)

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Learn the basics of podcasting from how to decide on a topic to choosing gear, software and hosting for your website and media.

You’ve decided you want to start your own podcast and now you need to know how to proceed. In this episode we go back to the beginning and walk you through the basic elements needed to create a podcast.Shure SM58 microphone

Your first step is to decide on a topic. Pick something you know well and love to talk about to no end. This will help to keep you motivated over the period of many episodes.

Are you going to produce an audio only show or a video podcast? In both cases you’ll need gear that allows you to capture, edit and compress your digital media into a podcast friendly format. The basic gear for an audio podcast is a microphone (I recommend a dynamic mic), a mixer and some headphones. I’ve made the basic assumption that you already have a computer.

For video, at a minimum, you’ll need a video camera and some editing software. However I highly recommend including an external microphone that plugs into your camera. Good audio, even in video podcasting, is as or more important than the image you are capturing.

Finally you’ll want to purchase some basic hosting for a website and your media files.

Make sure to listen to part two of the basics of podcasting (episode 52) where you’ll learn about creating a graphic identity that represent your show, creating a future proofed RSS feed for submitting across the web, and how to get your podcast listed in podcast directories such as iTunes.

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TPS Ep. 043 – Royalty Free Music and Using Your Basic Web Hosting Plan to Deliver Your Podcast

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On this episode I debut my new show intro and talk about how my new podcast music can affect your show’s production value.

I also introduce a few new elements to the show’s introduction including an episode number and a tag-line. Learn how you can improve on your show intro and opening from a great post by Daniel over at The Audacity to Podcast.

I was recently interviewed on Ryan’s Top Shelf about my podcasting story and experience. You can listen to the his new show where he interviews other podcasters and asks them ten core questions related to their own podcasting experience. Check out episode 004 to listen to the questions that Ryan asked during my interview.

In an ever increasing attempt to keep your show evolving and improving, I introduce you to the idea of purchasing your own show music. There are many ways to get music for your podcast including Creative Commons, Garageband, having original music produced for you, etc. I talk about how purchasing affordable Royalty Free music can take your show to the next level.

Finally I talk about whether or not it’s a good idea to use your basic web hosting (typically what you use to host your website) service to host and deliver your podcast. I wrote up an entire blog post including conversations I had with two separate hosts in an attempt answer this question once and for all.

Links mentioned in this episode:
TAP30 – Show Introductions and Openings
Ryan’s Top Shelf Interview with Ray
Shockwave-sound.com (Royalty Free Music)
Neosounds.com (Royalty Free Music)
Bluehost Web Hosting
Lunarpages Web Hosting
Ray’s Blog Post Regarding Podcast Hosting on Basic Web Hosting Plans
Libsyn (Podcast hosting) Get your first month free using promo code: PodcastHelper

Additional resources
Danosongs.com (Royalty free music)

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