If you’re thinking of starting a podcast you will need hosting. This is the centralized location for all of your audio files to be used on the podcast. A great host will store your files, keep them in order and provide details for your subscribers about future episodes of your podcast.
It used to be that podcasting could only be done through your own domain (Looking for a cheap domain name?) and hosting, which meant paying yearly for the domain and monthly for hosting packages. Once you set up your domain and hosting, you can store your own audio files on a website, to generate your podcast.
Whether you own a website domain or not, the best free podcast hosting option that I’ve found for hosting a podcast (that takes care of the domain too) is SoundCloud.com- SoundCloud allows the user to store their podcast remotely, best of all the podcaster is able to embed every individual episode on their self-hosted website.
Sharing and promoting are vital for a podcast’s growth. When self-hosting a podcast on your own, if you’ve not had a ton of web traffic on your website finding new listeners is tough. The share buttons, hashtags and streams of SoundCloud are wildly easy to navigate and find the genre you’re looking to listen to. This goes along way in finding those listeners for your podcast.
Without top promotion efforts from myself, Soundcloud has added a few listeners to my channel, through searching.
Hosting your own podcast on your website has it’s huge advantages in that everything can be customized to your liking, there are a ton of plugins that work well with websites, especially WordPress, that aid in building a quality podcast. Do a search for podcast plugins and you’ll most likely find PowerPress near the top, because of it’s simplicity. PowerPress allows podcasters to upload the audio directly to their posts, this allows for instant RSS updates, which are huge in keeping listeners informed.
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Audacity is your best deal for recording software. The cross platform editor has plenty of features to get you to your podcast dream. Download the free software, set it up and record.
As with anything new, Audacity does take time to get the hang of it; I am not a master yet, myself.
Once Audacity has finished downloading, open the app and finish the setup process, it’s simple; I like to add a shortcut icon to my task bar for easy access. (Find the logo on your desktop, right click and ping to your task bar). You’re ready to record.
You can find royalty free music at bensound.com, find a fun, upbeat and classy opener for your podcast. You can even have music play softly in the background. Upload your music before you hit record for your episode. I ran into some awful editing issues trying to add the music afterwards.
What I’m getting at is, Audacity is used to record your voice and save it in mp3 (audio files) format which you will then upload to your podcast host, ie, Soundcloud.com or Podbean.com
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Podcast software is easy to come by, a simple search will unload impressive ways to podcast from the free user to the premium. Because of the decentralized, geek adopted nature of podcasting, a wide variety from large programs with a big footprint with endless bandwidth, to tiny software packages that do the bare minimum. Packages are available for podcast subscribers of every type, and more are being created everyday.
While some podcast software is designed for home user computers, much of it is designed to be used online. These software packages contain both the feed reader like the home user software does, but incorporates a way to view or listen to the podcasts online from within the browser.
Lastly, feed creators is a .php scripting program used to create the RSS file that tells the feed readers where to download the podcasts from. The scripting can either create a hard copy of the RSS file and write it to the server disk when the feed is updated, or it can make it virtually. When the RSS file is generated virtually, it doesn’t actually exist on the host’s server. Instead, the address of the PHP script is distributed as the address of
the feed. When the script is accessed, it generates the file by looking at the recent posts at the site and sends the results to the feed subscriber.