First PodcastIf you’ve gotten this far, then congratulations! You have taken the first step towards starting a podcast! Whether you have a lot to say, or think podcasting is cool, we’re glad that you’ve decided to put yourself out on the airwaves.

You might be wondering whether starting a podcast is really as easy as everyone says. Well you can take it from us! TalkShoe hosts over 5,000 podcasts on our free platform, and sees a new podcast created virtually every day -- the next one could be yours!

Since we’re the podcasting pros, we thought we would take it upon ourselves to give you the six keys to making your first podcast the best it can be.

Here’s a breakdown of the main considerations when starting your own podcast:

1) The idea: A good podcast starts with a solid idea.
2) The brand: Your brand is the voice of your podcast.
3) The content: Good podcasts still need compelling content.
4) Recording: Record your podcast quickly and easily with TalkShoe
5) Sharing: Share with the world through social media.
6) Have fun: Remember, podcasting is fun!

A good podcast starts with a solid idea

Is your podcast going to be about the rising price of gas? The real housewives of LA? The perfect way to cook a turnip? In podcasting, anything is fair game! What’s important is that you are passionate about your topic, and you feel that you have a lot to say about it.

For instance, the idea of creating a podcast about “design and architecture that hides in plain sight” might sound like a strange and difficult idea for a podcast, but the podcast 99% Invisible was named one of the best new podcasts in 2017.

So don’t be afraid to chase strange ideas, because you might land on something that is uniquely your own!

Your brand is the voice of your podcast

Voice speakerYour podcast’s brand is basically its identity. A podcast’s brand is how your podcast is seen and described by others; or the sum of its values and beliefs. For simplicity’s sake, let’s say it is your podcast’s voice.

How would you like the voice of your podcast to be described? Is it sombre, serious, and unflinching in the face of difficult questions? Does it take a lighthearted, whimsical approach to everything? It’s a good idea to pick out at least three adjectives that you could use to describe your podcast. For instance, the Mysteries Abound podcast hosted on TalkShoe would probably describe themselves as mysterious, serious, and truthful.

Every podcast has a brand, whether they have thought about it or not. Take some time to think about three adjectives that could describe your voice, and keep referring back to them as you go through the next steps.

Good podcasts need compelling content

Podcast writingGreat, now you’ve got an idea, and a voice.

What else matters, right? Well, in the words of Bill Gates, “Content is king”. Take some time to create a content calendar and plan out some of the content in your first few podcast, and your future self will thank you.

Will the episode have a theme? Will you be talking about current events? Will you be interview guests? Will there be pre-recorded sections? The more you can plan out and prepare, the better. Even if your podcast is mostly unscripted, like The Todd Shapiro Show hosted on TalkShoe, it helps to have some talking points prepared to there isn’t any dead air when you’re recording.

You can record your podcast quickly and easily with TalkShoe

Now it’s time to get to the fun part! Don’t sweat it though, because TalkShoe makes it all incredibly easy. After signing up for a free account, click on New Show near the top of your dashboard. From there, fill out your show’s information, such as its name and description.

Now, click on New Episode to upload a pre-recorded podcast file, or schedule a podcast to be recorded through TalkShoe. The intuitive virtual studio allows you to add video to your recording, or mute and manage your guests as necessary. Why not take a moment right now to get familiar with it?

Share with the world through social media

Now that you know how to start your own podcast, you need to learn to share it with the world! Relying on word of mouth can be an effective way of gaining followers, but having a good online social media presence will ensure that your podcast has the highest amount of reach possible.

Social Media AppsTake a few moments to create a Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram account, and make sure to stay within the brand voice that you’ve previously outlined. Inconsistency here will make you look like an amateur!

When creating a Facebook account, remember that authenticity is paramount, and you should never try to be too “salesy”. Your Twitter account is the best place to show off interesting things or pieces of information about your podcast, such as behind-the-scenes info or important articles, because it’s more of a “look at this” platform. Your Instagram account will be perfect for highly personal pictures of or about yourself, because it is more of a “look at me” platform.

And lastly, remember that podcasting is fun!

Although there are many people who consider podcasting their full-time job, they still don’t forget that it’s about the love and enjoyment of the medium. So now that you know everything you need to know about starting a podcast, the only thing left to do is create your first podcast! Good luck!

About Talkshoe

TalkShoe is an innovative community-building podcast platform. We offer storage, streaming and new global call-in capabilities! Our state-of-the-art tools will help take your podcast to the next level and get you noticed online in no time.

So if you’re ready to get started podcasting and make the most of the new features and benefits that TalkShoe has to offer, why not record an episode today, and see what everyone’s talking about!

For the full list of what’s changed in the new and improved TalkShoe, see this support article.

Podcast microphoneAre you one of TalkShoe’s long-time users? If so, first I’d like to thank you for your continued support. Thanks to fans like you, TalkShoe has grown into what it is today: a place with more than just free podcast hosting and recording.

If you’ve been using the original TalkShoe for a while, you may be confused or unsure about some of our recent changes. It’s okay! While change can sometimes be scary, all of us here at TalkShoe assure you that these changes are for the better, and will let you do more and create more with your TalkShoe account.

Video Streaming Through The Web & Youtube

TalkShoe’s video capabilities have come a long way since its original iteration. Now you can use your existing web browser to also stream live video to the other guests in your virtual studio, giving you an extra layer of engagement with the people you are talking to. You’ll find that maintaining a conversation with someone is a lot easier with free streaming because they can see and read your facial expressions and movements.

Additionally, all TalkShoe users can now simply and easily live stream their podcast episodes through Youtube, allowing anyone with your Youtube link to view their episode no matter how many people are viewing. Youtube may seem like a “young person’s crowd” to some, but I encourage even old TalkShoe users to consider using it at least once to see how their listeners respond.

Desktop & Document Sharing

Laptop Document SharingThe sharing doesn’t just stop with video. TalkShoe knows that the more you are able to seamlessly share with your guests, the fewer distractions you will have. How often have you had to break your rhythm during a podcast to show your guests something on your screen? How many pictures and documents have you had to print out before your podcast, just so you could show them to your guests?

Every podcasting account now lets you share your desktop remotely, allowing your guests to see exactly what is one your screen. This is a great tool for showing remote guests exactly what you are talking about without interrupting the flow of your podcast. TalkShoe even takes this a step further, allowing you to upload an online document to the virtual studio. This way, your guests can view and download it at their leisure.

Audio Transcripts & Text Chat Records

There’s no worry if there are chat messages in your virtual studio that you forgot to note down before you ended your episode. TalkShoe now automatically records these chat messages to be reread and searched at any time from your Shows page.

Plus, if you’ve ever had to re-listen to a podcast to find something that you or one of your guests mentioned, you’ll be glad to know that TalkShoe also offers free and searchable audio transcripts for all of your episodes, which will save you loads of time that you can put towards creating.

Knowing that none of your content is ever lost or forgotten will give you the peace of mind to not just take advantage of our free podcast hosting, but be the best podcaster you can be!

Secondary Moderators & Video Recording, and More!

Microphone Recording PodcastTalkShoe knows that you can’t be everywhere at same time. That’s why the new TalkShoe allows you to appoint a secondary moderator for your virtual studio, who can then perform moderator-only actions in your absence. This feature is perfect for podcasts that need to be recorded remotely, or for when you’re just busy with other things.

For those of you thinking of taking your podcasting to the next level, TalkShoe now offers not only free streaming, but video recording as well! Now you can record video along with your audio like the pros, and really kick off your podcasting efforts.

Are you ready to supercharge your podcasts, and make the most of our new features and benefits that TalkShoe has to offer? Why not record an episode today, and see what everyone’s talking about!

Wondering how to start a podcast? You’re probably not alone. Each year, more and more people become interested in podcasts and podcasting, and that trend is not likely to change.

Woman headphones podcast startBut what about if you don’t have any experience? Creating a podcast from scratch can seem like a daunting task. What equipment do you need? How much should you plan? Should you read a book about it? What about a YouTube video? In the age of information, sometimes it can be confusing to know where to go to find the right information.

At TalkShoe, we’ve seen and heard enough podcasts to know exactly how to start. We’ve also tailored our service around giving people the power to create their dream podcasts the easy way -- without too much hassle or cost. We’ve ironed the only steps you need to create your own podcast, and they are:

1. Think of a subject for your podcast: What will it be about? You could choose just about anything!

2. Prepare some topic material: Is there something specific that you will be covering? Maybe you need to prepare questions in advance as well.

3. Get a guest or co-host to record with you: Will this be a one-time guest, or a co-host? It’s all up to you!

4. Create your TalkShoe account and record your first podcast: TalkShoe makes this step easier and more fun than ever.

5. Make corrections and keep moving: No one gets everything right the first time. The important thing is to keep going!

So, let’s get started, shall we?

Think of a subject for your podcast

Do you already have an idea about what your podcast will cover? If so, you can skip this section. If not, that’s okay! You’ll have one in no time.

When coming up with a subject for your podcast, don’t be afraid to pick something that you’re interested in, even if it’s a little strange. For instance, let’s say you want to make a podcast about brooms. You might think to yourself, “that topic is too wierd. No one will listen to that!” Well, you might be surprised. What about maid services? Broom manufacturers? People in the hospitality industry? Any of these groups would love an in-depth discussion on brooms. They might even want to sponsor your podcast!

So when thinking of your podcast subject, just be creative, no matter where it takes you!

Prepare some topic material

Preparing podcast materialEven if you are so well-versed in your topic that you could talk about it for hours, it is still a good idea to at least prepare a few questions or talking points. The fact that you won’t be the only person speaking means that there will always be an element of randomness. Having prepared material just ensures that there won’t be ay dead air on your podcast.

Even though podcasts are meant to be mostly unprepared and unfiltered, it’s always a good idea to have a backup --especially if you are still learning how to start a podcast!

Get a guest or co-host to record with you

Dogs CohostLet’s face it: a one-person podcast is just a monologue. You need at least one other person to speak on your podcast in most cases, whether they are a co-host or just a guest. Since this is your first podcast, it is probably easier to simply get a guest, since it can take some time and effort to be a good co-host.

If you are struggling to find anyone, why not just get a friend? They don’t even have to know anything about the subject, as long as they are willing to listen and ask questions.

Create your TalkShoe account and record your first podcast

Now here’s the easy part of learning how to start a podcast! Creating a TalkShoe account is perhaps the easiest step on the list. Simply navigate to TalkShoe’s website, and click on Sign Up. After creating an account with your email address, simply click Create at the top of the screen, then click + New Show. Now you can fill in the information about your podcast.

Are you a little gunshy about hosting a live podcast? Don’t worry, we’ve thought about that too. With TalkShoe, you can also upload a pre-recorded audio episode to your podcast instead of doing a live recording. This way, there’s no worry if you make a mistake, or need to re-record for one reason or another.

Make corrections and keep moving

As you start your podcast journey, remember that you are allowed to make mistakes. When you allow yourself to make mistakes, you allow yourself to grow.

Don’t get in the habit of making sure that everything is perfect, because then you won’t create anything at all. Remember: done is always better than perfect. So keep chipping away, keep working, and eventually you’ll not only learn how to start a podcast, you’ll be a podcast expert!

Start Podcast success


Are you ready to supercharge your podcasts, and make the most of our new features and benefits that TalkShoe has to offer? Why not record an episode today, and see what everyone’s talking about!

Whether you are a longtime TalkShoe user looking to brush up on the basics, or are new to the platform, you are probably here for one reason -- to learn how to better your podcast skills and become a better podcast recorder.

That’s great! TalkShoe is such a fun, easy, and intuitive platform that you’ll be an expert podcast recorder in no time. Ready to get started? Here’s a step-by-step breakdown of what we’ll be covering in this blog article:

Step 1: Create a new show with TalkShoe
Step 2: Fill out your show’s details, like its name and description
Step 3: Click to create a new episode
Step 4: Schedule your podcast episode for right now or later
Step 5: Invite any guests you need
Step 6: Join the virtual studio
Step 7: Start podcasting with TalkShoe!

Create a New Podcast Show with TalkShoe

Creating podcast TalkshoeAfter logging into a TalkShoe account, Click Create on upper right corner of the page. This will take you to a list of the shows under your account. If this page is empty, don’t worry! We’re soon going to change that.

Click on +New Show, and fill out all the relevant information about your show, like the Title and Description. If you don’t know what to write, just use a placeholder. You can always go back to edit and change any of this information.

After clicking Save, you will be taken to your new show’s page. It’s strongly recommended that you click on the speech bubble image and replace it with an image that represents your podcast, because it will make people that much more likely to click on your show.

Feel like a pro podcast recorder yet? Don’t worry, we’re not done yet!

Schedule Podcast Episodes for Later

While on your show’s page, Click on the New Episode button. From there, click Schedule. On the next page, you will be prompted to enter some information about that episode, such as its title, description, and time. The length of your podcast in this section is just an estimation. You won’t actually be cut off if you go over the time that you’ve specified.Timezones podcast

You can also click on the Timezones button to open up the timezone tool, which is perfect for scheduling episodes with callers from different timezones and countries. Add the city of your caller to this tool, and you will easily be able to see the time difference between where you are and where they are, making becoming an expert podcast recorder a breeze.

After choosing and inviting any guests to your podcast episode, just click Schedule to finish setting up your podcast episode! Make sure to change the time and date of your podcast so that it’s in the future, or your episode will start right away.

Start a Live Podcast Episode Right Now

Schedule Podcast TalkShoeEven the best of podcast recorders have times where they need to host an episode right now, instead of planning one in advance -- this is okay! TalkShoe knows that you can’t plan for everything.

If you need to start a podcast episode right away --you guessed it-- just do the same thing you would do to schedule a podcast episode for later, but leave the time as it is. The podcast will start right away. Click on Join Studio from your show’s page, and choose how you whether you would like to join the studio by phone or by web.

Feel like a master podcast recorder yet? If not, maybe it’s because you already are one, thanks to TalkShoe.

Happy Podcasting!


Are you ready to supercharge your podcasts, and make the most of our new features and benefits that TalkShoe has to offer? Why not record an episode today, and see what everyone’s talking about!