As a business owner, learning to start a podcast is something you should consider to help you reach this growing audience and expand your business through content marketing.
You don’t need to be a very technical person, nor does it require a lot of money to learn how to make a podcast. This guide will be your A-Z step-by-step walkthrough on how to get started with audio podcasting and why you should create a podcast.

How To Start a Podcast.

To start a podcast, at a bare minimum, you need to:
  1. Come up with a concept (a topic, name, format, and target length for each episode).
  2. Design artwork and write a description to “brand” your podcast.
  3. Record and edit your audio files (such as MP3s). A microphone is recommended (more on podcast equipment later).
  4. Find a place to host your files (such as a file host that specializes in podcasts, like Libsyn or Podbean.
  5. Syndicate these audio files into an RSS feed so they can be distributed through Apple Podcasts and downloaded or streamed on any device on-demand.
  • What Do You Need To Start A Podcast?
  1. A good idea.
  2. A sound proof recording space.
  3. A laptop .
  4. A reliable microphone.
  5. A mixer.
  6. A recording software.
  7. Noise canceling earphones.( A pair)
  • How to record a Podcast
  1. 1. Connect your microphone and make a quick recording the same way as before to check your audio levels.
  2. 2. You can adjust your recording volume with the slider right above the drop-down menu where you selected your recording device.
  3. 3. When you’ve found a good level, go ahead and remove your recording test by clicking the small X at the top left of the track. You don’t need it anymore.
  4. 4. Make sure your recording space is silent and record around 5 seconds of “silence.” This is called room tone, and you can use this to cover up background noise while you’re recording the real deal. You can mute this track for now by clicking the mute toggle button on the left side of the track. You can also minimize it by clicking the arrow at the bottom-left of the track.
  5. 5. Go to File > Save Project > Save Project As, and choose a name for your project. Keep in mind that this doesn’t export any audio, just saves your progress.
Now you’re ready to actually record the main part of your podcast. Hit the record button, and Audacity will start capturing your audio in a new track. When you’re done recording, hit the stop button. It’s as simple as that. Before you continue, be sure to save your work.
  • How to add intro and outro music
Writing and recording your own theme music is incredibly difficult if you don’t know what you’re doing (and it probably won’t sound very good). Leave it up to the pros and find free tunes at any site that offers music.
  1. 1. Browse the music by genre or via search.
  2. 2. Find a track that you like and click the down arrow to download it.
It might take a while to find exactly what you want, but when you do, all you have to do is credit the creator in your podcast description.
Now it’s time to add music and make any necessary edits:
  1. 1. Go to File > Import > Audio. Locate any music you want to use within your podcast, and click Open. The music will get dropped into Audacity as its own separate track.
  2. 2. Find the Selection Tool in the Audacity toolbar. (It looks like a typing cursor.)
  3. 3. Drag the Selection Tool over the section of music you’d like to use for your intro and outro music.
  4. 4. With that section of music currently selected, find the Trim Audio button on the Audacity toolbar and click it. You should be left with only the section of music you chose.
  5. 5. While that section of music is still selected, find the Copy button on the toolbar and click it (you can also use CTRL+C or Command+C).
  6. 6. On the same music track, click anywhere to the right of that music section. Then find the Paste button on the toolbar and click it (or CTRL+V or Command+V). You now have your intro and outro music, but it’s still not quite ready.
  7. 7. With the Selection Tool, select one of the music copies. Then go to Effect at the top and choose Fade Out. Do the same for the other music copy, but choose Fade In instead. Your intro and outro music is now ready to go.
With all of these you’re good to go.
It is normal for your voice to be a little bit shaky while recording your first podcast especially if you’re not used to speaking into a microphone for 20-30 minutes.
But I assure you…..with time, you’d get used to it.
Good luck.
Happy podcasting 😁

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