How To Set Up A Podcast On Your First Try

How ToWith Talkshoe, it’s easy to create as many different podcasts as you want, discover your niche, or just have fun doing whatever you want. But if you’re the kind of person that would rather start things off the right way and learn as you go, this article is for you.

If you want to learn how to set up a podcast the right way, the first place you need to start with a pen and paper, away from your computer. It may seem strange, but starting at the absolute beginning will ensure that you aren’t backtracking a few weeks or months down the line. So take a moment to grab a notepad, clear some time during the day, and keep reading.

1) Think ahead about what topics your podcast will cover

This step is a simple but important one. What will your podcast be about? What topics will it cover? Will it have guests? Why will it be something worth listening to? This step is mostly just about thinking about the nitty-gritty things that you haven’t thought about yet. Why? Because that is what separates the good podcasts from the great ones.

2) Have A Plan For The Future Of The Podcast

Podcast PlanningHaving a rough plan is better than having no plan at all. Now that you have thought about what your podcast will be about, it’s time to create a rough roadmap for the future. Think about what you want your podcast to look like in a month, and 6 months, and a year. Will you host a special episode during Christmas, or talk about school in September? Famous podcasts often have a content calendar that spans several months into the future, and you should try to do the same.

As you continue with your podcasts you will learn new things, so don’t be afraid of changing your plan if you think of a better idea. Plans can always change depending on any new information you get, but the important thing is to always have a plan.

3) Take Baby Steps Towards Your Goal

StepsDon’t feel discouraged if, after everything you’ve done, your podcast is rejected from a top directory like iTunes. You’ve got a good idea and a roadmap for the future, so what you need to do now is fine tune. Get a couple of podcasts under your belt, ask a guest to join you from time to time, and learn the ins and outs of the actual craft of podcasting. Learning how to set up a podcast takes time.

4) Ask For Help When You Get Stuck

There will inevitably be times where you don’t know what to do, and that is okay! People don’t usually learn best inside a vacuum, so feel free to reach out to TalkShoe Support if you have any question or feedback about our service. You can also reach out to other, more experienced podcasters, such as the ones on TalkShoe’s directory. You’ll find that whether it is in person at a podcaster meetup, or just online, podcasters are a very helpful and supportive community.

5) And Finally… Keep Going!

Keep GoingThe life of a podcaster is a winding one. There is no one way to success, and no one can do the job for you. The best podcasters out there today have a production schedule that they swear by, no matter what their actual publishing frequency is. So whatever your schedule looks like, make sure you stick by it no matter what.

So go grab that notepad, and when you think you’re ready to make the most of the new features and benefits that TalkShoe has to offer, record an episode today and see what everyone’s talking about.

Let’s face it: there are a lot of online voice recorders out there. As an amateur podcast recorder, or someone who is looking to brush up on new technology, it can be difficult to find the right recorder for you. A quick Google search of the term “online voice recorder” receives about 85,000,000 hits, which isn’t exactly a helpful place to start. So instead, if you’re looking for a voice recorder to record podcasts so that you can upload them later, why not start here first?

5) Your Smartphone’s Voice Recorder

Why go far, right? I’m sure we’ve all used our voice recorder from time to time, and I’ll admit it’s great in a pinch, but stock smartphone microphones don’t exactly scream ‘quality’. The voice recorder on your phone can be great to leave yourself notes, or to hold a practice podcast with a guest that may be unsure about podcasting. It may also pay off to buy a decent voice recorder with a quarter inch jack that fits into your phone to take your phone recordings up a notch. But on the whole, smartphone voice recorders leave a lot to be desired, and I strongly discourage you from publishing any recordings you create on your phone.

Sneakpipe4) SpeakPipe has a quick and easy online voice recorder that you can access from any browser on any device, making it a great alternative if you can’t use your smartphone’s recorder for some reason. It works on all Android and iOS devices, and isn’t too heavy on data if you aren’t connected to WiFi.

It isn’t high definition by any means, so I don’t suggest uploading Speakpipe podcast recordings to your TalkShoe account, but it’s still a good backup online voice recorder if you don’t have a smartphone.

3) Vocaroo

VocarooIf you were born before the year 2000, you probably remember Vocaroo as the MP3 recording website that people used to share poems, stories, and other creative recordings before anyone knew what podcasting was. Since then, podcast hosting has far eclipsed the need for MP3 hosting, so Vocaroo doesn’t get the love it used to (it also hasn’t changed its look in over 10 years). Nevertheless, if you are looking for a trustworthy MP3 recording and hosting that your Dad might remember, Vocaroo is a perfect choice.

Again, offering people a Vocaroo link isn’t professional by any stretch of the imagination, so consider this an option for informal recordings, like show notes that you might send to someone before or after a podcast for quick online reference that doesn’t require an actual download.

2) Skype

SkypeThe free version of Skype will allow you to record voice between you and another participant with fair quality, but only after you have both downloaded and installed the software, created and logged into your account, and have navigated their tricky UI. I personally have a Skype account that I have been using about once every two years on average, and every time I log on I have to spend a few minutes getting my head around the changes to their interface, and how to actually make a call.

1) TalkShoe

If you are going to upload your podcasts on the simplest and easiest high quality podcast hosting service out there, why not just record them there as well? TalkShoe’s online podcast recorder is similar to Skype’s, except that it is so simple and easy to understand that your podcast guests will never have trouble joining your virtual studio, turning on their video, using the integrated text chat, or sharing online documents to help your discussion.
TalkShoe also has loads of other features that help create the best podcasting environment possible, and their team has gone to great lengths to make both the uploading and recording process streamlined for podcasts.

If you haven’t already, 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.

Ah, I remember it like it was yesterday.

It’s the early 2000s and people are all still getting over the fact that the Y2K bug didn’t reset all of the world’s computers (yes, people did actually believe this). A quick Google search will yield a few hits on the term ‘podcasting’, but it hasn’t really caught on yet. Walkman’s are going the way of the dinosaur and the first wave of trendy iPod commercials have just hit the airwaves in style.

podcast studioPodcasting exists, but it isn’t as big as radio. In 2005, iTunes introduced native support for podcasts, but no one was really thinking about them, especially since the smartphone explosion hadn’t happened yet. The Oxford American dictionary also made ‘podcast’ a word that same year.

In 2010, there were a few big podcasting directories on the scene, and smartphones allowed people to access podcasts on their phones. Podcast recording began to hit the scene! This was a great time to get into podcasting, but it was still considered a “niche” audience by most.

The “Now”: Podcasting Made Simple & Easy With TalkShoe

listening to a podcastIt hasn’t been long since the birth of podcasting, but it has come a long, long way. Now there are many podcasting directories out there that allow podcast recording for the masses. iTunes has grown to become the king of podcast directories, and podcasting has become a household term.

Being a professional podcaster is still difficult, but it is more possible now than ever before. Plus, you don’t have to turn to a dictionary to tell people what podcasting is anymore. There are currently so many different podcasts on so many different topics that saying that you “like podcasting” is as vague as saying that you “enjoy television”.

Why You Should Create A Podcast With TalkShoe

I’m sure that a lot of podcasters entertain the notion that they should have started earlier, when podcasting wasn’t as well-known. Well, TalkShoe has been around since 2004, so trust us when we say that now is the perfect time to get podcasting.

As you’ve just learned, there are fewer technological barriers than ever to starting your own podcast, and podcasting itself has been social normalized enough that people see it as a legitimate profession.

If any part of you has entertained the idea of starting a podcast of your own, I really think that you should give it a try today. TalkShoe is free for all users and has a thriving community of like-minded people. TalkShoe empowers anyone with a desire to be heard to create their very own podcast, and be listed on TalkShoe’s public directory for the world to hear.

“The best time to start was yesterday. The second-best time to start is today”, right?

Dealing with echo on a live podcast interview can be incredibly annoying. What’s worse, sometimes you may not have the time to troubleshoot the echo because you are busy with your podcast guest. Luckily for you, although echo can be an extremely annoying phenomenon, it is almost always an easy fix.

Moderating podcastAfter reading this quick article, you will have everything you need to know to ensure that your podcast interview is never brought to a halt by echo ever again.

Callers On Speakerphone Are The Primary Cause Of Echo

Voice speakerThe first thing that you need to understand about echo is how it is caused. What we call “echo” on audio technology occurs when someone’s speakers are too close to their microphone. Sound from their speakers is picked up by their microphone, which is then played through the speakers again, creating an infinite feedback loop of sound.

Echo on podcast interviews is usually caused by someone not using headphones to prevent sound leaking, which is usually the case if they are joining your podcast over a speakerphone like it was a conference call.

Aside from creating echo, a podcast interview on speakerphone also sounds washed-out and unprofessional, which is another reason why you should avoid it.

If Someone Can’t Hear The Echo, They Are Probably Causing It

The next thing you should know about echo is that it is usually caused by the person who can’t hear it. If you are on a large podcast interview with several guests, try asking who CAN’T hear the echo, and you’ve more than likely found the source of it.

This can sometimes be hard to do if your guest doesn’t believe you, and is unfamiliar with technology. I’ve had people become legitimately offended when they were told that they are causing problems with the recording. If this happens to you, remember to be polite and proceed with care. And if they ask for proof? Well, just keep reading.

As The Host, You Can Mute Online Guests To Find The Source Of The Echo

Woman headphones podcast startTalkShoe gives you a simple and easy way to prove just who is causing the echo on your podcast interview. The next time you are conducting a live recording with more than one guest, simply use your host controls to mute your entire room, which can be easily done from your virtual studio. Then, unmute your guests one by one, waiting to see at which point the echo returns.

Doing this will easily prove to you and everyone else in your podcast interview precisely who is generating the echo. You can then instruct the person in question to use headphones, move their mic away from the speakers, or turn down their speaker volume.

Hold The Easiest And Most Productive Podcast Interviews With TalkShoe

Part of the reason why podcast interview echo is so easy to troubleshoot on TalkShoe is because the makers of TalkShoe really tried to create a platform that has everything a podcaster would need, all in one place.

If you haven’t already, why not make the most of the new features and benefits that TalkShoe has to offer? Record an episode today, and see what everyone’s talking about!