Welcome to episode 285. In the past, I've talked about the 27 steps to get your podcast into iTunes. Today we are going to slightly resist that, as I have some people who have their equipment, they have their topic, but they are not sure how to start.
Holiday Greeting From Switzerland
Jon Buscall of Sweden sent a very nice audio comment wishing us all a Happy Holiday Season. He also mentions how his podcast is becoming THE lead generator for his business. COOL!
Take it Easy on Radio
I have a Podcast Idea Now What? – Where Do I Start?
[12:05] One way to figure out where to start is to simply follow the content in your podcast.
If your podcast starts off with music, you're going to need some music. I like the music at footage firm. Even though they have LOTS of video stuff, their royalty free music is “free” (after you pay $8 for shipping).
Then you might provide your contact information. So you will need an email address (typically provided by your hosting provider), and a voicemail. For these, I recommend podcastvoicemail.com (which provides a toll-free number for $2 a month) or Google Voice (it's not toll-free, but it is free).
Then you will need a place to host that media. I use Libsyn.com but you could also check out blubrry.com (I've compared these two in recent episodes). Use the coupon code sopfree to get a free month at either service.
Using these tools will get you started. If you need some podcast equipment, you can contact me and we can discuss what would work best for you in your budget. The last thing would be to get you into iTunes,
for that I use Feedburner. I use the Libsyn feed if you're using Libsyn, and use PowerPress if you are using Blubrry. Feedburner is old, outdated, and barely works
If you need help, I have step by step tutorials that will walk you through the entire process.
Don't Let Your Podcast Sit on a Shelf Due to Background Noise
In this episode, I also point out that I have moved into a much noisier environment. This is NOT stopping me from podcasting.