What Do You Need To Start A Podcast?
Hi! I’m Lij Shaw with PodcastProfessors.com. Welcome to our free series, where we answer the most frequently asked questions about podcasting. We often hear the questions, “What do I need to podcast? How much does it cost? And where do I get it?”
Did you know that you can start a podcast with not much more than a laptop computer or a smart phone, and that starting a podcast doesn’t have to be expensive? In fact,
I’ve recorded many interviews in the field with nothing more than the built-in microphone on my iPhone, and it sounds great.
Many people have the impression that expensive audio equipment, or a fancy radio studio, is necessary to record a podcast.
Rest assured, nothing could be further from the truth. Some very successful podcasters, like Pat Flynn and Cliff Ravenscraft, started with just a headset microphone and a laptop computer. You can always expand the production capability of your show as your audience grows.
To begin, you will need to be able to record your podcast. A computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone are all capable of doing this. You will also need to be able to edit your podcast. You can start with free software such as Audacity or Garageband, and later move to the premier recording software like Adobe Audition.
You will also need a website for your podcast. Free options like Google Sites or WordPress are a good place to start. Paid sites like GoDaddy, Bluehost, and Squarespace are good options as well, and allow you to upgrade to larger plans as the needs of your show grow.
If your website is the designer faucet on your kitchen sink, then the podcast feed is the water source that delivers water pressure when you need it, through the pipes of the internet.
To host your podcast feed, you can choose from podcast hosts like:
With plans as low as $5 per month, you will find that podcasting is very affordable.
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