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Podcasting is a popular medium for all kinds of niches – gaming, politics, social issues, the works. If something interests you, then you would tune in for a podcast, right?
But what if… you were the podcaster? What if you can spend a half-hour, or more than an hour, talking about something that you like? Then you can be a podcaster!
In this quick guide, we’ll show you 7 tips on starting a podcast. In this way, you can not only talk about your favorite thing but also inspire others to talk about it. Let’s dive right in!
“Before creating a podcast, you should be able to define ‘podcast’ first,” says Frank Carter, a writer at Lia Help and Essayroo. “Whether you choose to podcast as a job, or just want to do it for fun, your podcast should be based on your definition of it. In other words, you’re asking yourself what success means to you.”
Know Why You’re Making A Podcast
As part of defining “podcast,” you should also know why you’re creating a podcast. In other words, have a theme. What is it that you like to talk about? What is your niche? What do you like doing for a living? As you can see, the possibilities are endless!
Find A Good Balance
Now that you have a theme and reason for being, your podcast should have a good balance. That means having a good dose of the following:
- The right audience
- The types of topics to talk about in your chosen niche
- A stable comment section
- A way to notify subscribers/listeners of new podcast episodes
- Perks for those who tune in to an episode, etc.
Having a good balance of these things can help you run your podcast well.
Have Great Guests
People love to hear the opinions of other people in your niche – and so do you. No matter what your niche is, you’ll need to bring in the right people on your podcast.
For example, if your podcast revolves around data science, you can bring in a fellow coder or a data analyst onto your show. Or, if your podcast revolves around health living, then invite a dietitian or a wellness expert onto your show.
Your audience wants to learn from additional experts in your niche.
Promote Your Podcast
Now that you’ve made a few episodes on your podcast, it’s time to promote!
How you promote your podcast is vital. Here are some effective ways to promote your podcast:
- Emailing lists
- Social media
- Ad space (online or in print, or both), and so on.
Promotion is extremely important if you want more listeners to tune in.
“Search engine optimization is vital in today’s online landscape,” says Darla Samuelson, a business writer at OXEssays and Eliteassignmenthelp. “That means that having the right keywords in the title and subtitle of your podcast is essential. You’ll also need to add the right keywords in the description and metadata of your podcast. In this way, your podcast will be found easier when listeners type in your podcast in the search engine bar.”
Finally, be consistent with your podcast. Like everything else in life, consistency is key. Since you plan on making your podcast work for you (even as a hobby), it’s important to plan episodes, make them, and then promote them.
One of the best ways to practice consistency is to create a schedule. A schedule allows you to plan your episodes, upload them, and how often to repeat the cycle.
As you can see, podcasting can be a great job or hobby to take up. No matter who you are, and what you do, creating a podcast can help you not only enjoy what you do, but to also connect with those who like the same niche as you. Plus, you’ll be inspired to share your wisdom with others who are just starting out in the niche or podcasting.
By following this quick guide, you can either make a living podcasting, or just do it for the fun of it. With more and more podcasting being accessible these days, it’s time to get your niche – your ideas and opinions – into the public sphere.
Remember: The magic starts with the niche – What do you like to talk about?
So, start your podcasting venture today!
Emily Henry is a writer and editor.