Basic Tools to Create a Podcast [Podcast #004]

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Basic Tools Needed to Create a PodcastThe days are long gone where you need some $500 jacked up microphone to create an awesome sounding podcast. As my good buddy from HB Audio would say, “Decent sounding audio isn’t as much about the equipment as it is about the knowledge.”

Once you know how to tweak the settings on the recording software, your less expensive microphone will get the job done! So let’s talk about what type of equipment and software you’re going to need when you’re ready to produce your very first podcast show.

What Tools Do You Need?

I am going to assume you already have the computer; however, you will need other tools too, such as:

A domain name – this domain is for branding purposes; I suggest you choose a domain that combines your first and last name or register the name of your podcast show.

A self-hosted WordPress blog – this is the place to direct your podcast listeners to so they can share comments about your show, ask questions, and/or otherwise engage with you.

A podcast hosting account – this service is separate from your blog and hosts your podcasts. This account will store your podcast episodes and give you access to statistics about audience usage.

An iTunes account – you need the iTunes desktop software to create an iTunes account to get your podcasts listed in the iTunes store.

Recording software – there is free recording software available for the MAC or PC and I can show you were to download a copy to install on your computer.

Recording equipment – you will need a microphone to record your voice.

Gimp graphics software – you will create a graphic for your podcast show since iTunes requires you to have covert art.

If you’re worried this is way too much information to handle, don’t. If my 7-year old grandson can do this, you can too! I will help you every step of the way inside of Podcast KickStart.

Once you have all the technical jargon out of the way, you will focus on content, which shouldn’t be too difficult to uncover if you’re already blogging.

I don’t want a podcast show to add extra work to your schedule. I want to show you how to replace a blog post with a podcast show so you’re doing the same amount of work, but now you’re extending the reach of your business through the iTunes community!

If you would like easy instructions on how to produce your very own popular podcast, I’m currently creating the “how to” guide and podcast training course. The subscribers on my mailing list get first crack at my help, so .

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If you would prefer not being on a mailing list, and you will receive news about the training as soon as I announce it there.

Are you still convinced that podcasting isn’t for you? Leave a comment below and let me know!

Thanks for reading,
– Bonnie

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About Bonnie Gean

Bonnie is a full-time writer and marketer with over 20-years of experience as an entrepreneur. She loves helping people overcome the technical challenges associated with an online business. Need a step-by-step tutorial? Simply ASK her and she'll help you too.

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  1. Bonnie, I’m really enjoying your latest podcast articles and I am definitely going to implement one this year. Thank you for all your informational help!
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  2. I’m about as non-tech as anyone can go, so I’m a bit nervous about that part of it. Hope you walk us nervous-nellies through the process. Other than that, I’m looking forward to the experience.
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  3. Before I took over our show which is hosted at blogtalkradio, and later lost the original account there, we were hooked up to an itunes account.

    That’s what I need to know now – How do I go about promoting the show to an itunes account?
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  4. I’m not convinced with your argument about the 7 year old either!! But I’m willing to give it a go :)
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  5. With every post, you have me convinced about podcasting!

    Seems like you might need to become an affiliate for the media hosting for all of us you convince?!
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  6. Bonnie,

    The more I listen to your podcasts and read your article posts regarding it, I can’t help but want my own show.

    You’re presenting some very convincing and informative material! Love this series!
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  7. It may be too much for others, but I love the Yeti microphone. It has been great for the cds I created and is easy to use. It is large though and not one you would carry around.
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    • Yeti microphones have a nice quality sound to them, but I prefer the Rode Podcaster USB microphone as of late. Unlike the Yeti, the Rode is easy to take with you because it’s a USB microphone so they work perfect with a laptop while traveling!

      What kind of CDs did you create, Candess?

  8. Hi Bonnie

    Gosh – it sounds complicated. I know how clever 7 year olds are with technology, so you haven’t convinced me with that argument LOL.

    Anyway, a few questions, please….

    Do you mean an empty blog, or can it be tacked onto an existing one that has content in. I’m thinking that I already have the domain of my name with a blog on, and for my hair analysis site (which is the one I’m more interested in for this) I have a blog too.

    Is that sounding like two podcast hosting accounts, to keep them separate? I made a real mess of Youtube by mixing my marketplaces LOL!

    I never cracked Gimp, but presume something like LogoCreator would be fine?

    I’ve seen you say that reading your blog post to become a podcast could be as quick as 5-10 minutes a day, which is manageable – how long do you think the set-up phase would be?

    Sorry if I’m jumping the gun here and all will be revealed later, or has already been revealed and I’ve missed it:-)

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    • No Joy, you don’t need an empty blog. As you can see, my blog isn’t empty and I am adding the new podcasts to it all the time.

      You don’t need to keep your podcast separate from your namesake blog or your hair analysis. If you do a podcast on hair, a podcast about hair would naturally fit on that blog.

      You need a hosting account for your blog and a media hosting account ($7 a month) for your podcast shows. The media hosting keeps your podcasts all in one convenient place and offers you statistics about each show.

      LogoCreator would work fine for the 300 x 300 size cover art and the 1400 x 1400 cover art; although, I think Gimp would make it easier to see the larger size to work on than the LogoCreator, but you can try it!

      The setup phase would take a bit longer because you need to install some software, apply for an iTunes and Libsyn account and install a plugin to WordPress to work with your podcast files. However, once the technical setup is done, it’s all set to go!

  9. Thanks for sharing this wonderful post, Bonnie. This makes it look so simple on how to create your own podcast. I am definitely going to give this a shot :)
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  10. Thanks so much for this post, Bonnie! I’ve been thinking about a podcast for … ahem … years. You simplified all the steps perfectly. I’m bookmarking this and will share it on my FB page!
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