Today I take a quick second to look back at 700 episodes of the School of Podcasting. I break format on these landmark episodes and have a little fun. Today I decided to do something I've never done before – a lightning round.

A Quick Look Back

00:50 Episode 70

01:53 Dave Gets the Vapers

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4:38 Podcast Lightning Round

04:55 Best Microphone Samson Q2u or ATR2100

05:09 Best Podcast Media Hosting ( use the coupon code sopfree to get a free month)

05:20 How many episodes should I launch with?

05:27 How do you record a phone call?

Skype Out or a Rodecaster Pro

05:47 Best way to record skype?

free mp3 skype recorder (PC) Call Recorder (Mac)

[06:01 ]Getting comfortable recording solo?

[06:13 ]Can you make money with a podcast?

[06:51] How do I get booked as a guest on other shows? (Interview Guide)

07:05 A Top mistake podcasters make?

07:15 Best use of a Zoom H1 portable Recorder

07:25 Zoom H4, H5, H6, which one? ( see Gear Guide)

07:50 Who is the Rodecaster Pro best suited for?

08:01 Best affordable software to record your podcast?

Audacity (learn Audacity)

08:18 What audio plugins do you use?

Waves Scheps Omni Channel

08:28 Should I use Facebook ads to promote my podcast?

08:44 What do you think about

See this post with video

09:31 Do I need to edit my podcast?

09:39 Should I use my transcripts for my “Show notes/Blog Post?”

See for free transcriptions

10:05 How do you avoid burnout?

Make it easy to capture and manage ideas like Evernote.

10:29 Should I use a stage name?

10:37 What link should I use when I promote my podcast?

see this post

10:49 Getting over first episode jitters

11:16 Should I do an episode zero/trailer?

11:39 Should I upgrade my equipment?  ( see Gear Guide)

11:54 What do you use for Live Streaming?


12:22 Takin Live Phone Calls with a Que?

Call in Studio

12:45 How do I get sponsors?

12:56 Should I share one microphone with my co-host?

13:25 What should I expect to pay when hiring a podcast editor?

see Steve Stewart. The cheapest I know is Podcast Press

13:53 Should I syndicate my audio podcast to YouTube?

14:07 Should I launch a crowdfunding campaign?

14:46 Playing music in my show, is it legal?

15:14 Uploading my episodes to Apple?

See Video

15:27 Start over or rebrand my podcast?

15:54 Should I join a podcast network?

16:10 I need a web designer

Kapa99 if you're on a budget can do Artwork

16:30 Who do I hire for voice over?

Music Radio Creative or Media Voice Overs

16:40 Is starting a podcast hard?

16:47 How do I get my podcast to rank higher in Apple Podcasts?

16:59 Who do you use for your web host?

Cooler Websites or Siteground

17:08 Does my podcast need a website?

17:22 Should I use Audiograms? ( see the episode and audiogram tools)

17:53 What Marketing Tools do you use?

Social Bee for Posting, Sendfox for Email

18:24 What SEO Tools do you use?

Yoast SEO Plugin, and Ubersuggest

18:33 What is your favorite app to listen to podcasts? on the iPhone, and Pocketcasts sounds great on Android

18:43 What makes a podcast good?

18:58 Should my podcast use Seasons?

19:20 Should I start a second podcast?

19:51 How do I quit a podcast?

20:10 How do I take a hiatus?

20:46 How do I un-podfade?

21:13 Should I do a solo show or do interviews?

21:35 How do I get more downloads?

22:23 How do I start a podcast and quit my job in six weeks?

Questions of the Month

I do this every year. Please record your response and include the following:

Your name and the name of your podcast
Your website where we can find your podcast
A brief synopsis of what your podcast is about (who its for, and what to expect)
What is your favorite podcast from 2019?
Why is it your favorite?
What is the website of this podcast?
I need the answers in by December 27th, 2019 so it can be heard on December 30th.

Go to to participate.

Thanks to All My Loyal Listeners

These episodes always make me uncomfortable as it has a focus on me, and I always like to focus on you. Thanks to everyone who has been with me over the years.

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About the Author
Owner of the School of Podcasting. Also produces the "Ask the Podcast Coach." He is also the author of the book "More Podcast Money" and is a regular speaker at podcasting and media conventions.
4 comments on “Fifty Four Podcast Questions in Twenty Six Minutes – Episode 700
  1. Jayson Sacco says:

    Great Episode!

  2. Congratulations on 700 podcasts Dave! Not only that, but 700 really great, helpful podcasts!

  3. Kim says:

    Congratulations on 700!

  4. Congratulations on Episode 700!

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