350 Ten Common Mistakes That New Podcasters Make And What To Do If You’ve Made Them – & Much Much More

by Cliff Ravenscraft on March 20, 2014

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snqualitycontrolTen Common Mistakes That New Podcasters Make
In this episode, of Podcast Answer Man, I share ten of the most common mistakes that I have seen thousands of brand new podcasters make.

I not only share my thoughts on why these are mistakes, I also give suggestions of what you can do if you have made any of these mistakes yourself.

  • A lot of knowledge but little passion for the topic
  • No clear purpose/reason for doing the show / No Specific Goals
  • Having the “Show Me The Money” attitude
  • Expecting massive success at the launch of the podcast
  • Focusing on stats instead of existing audience
  • Not having a mailing list from the beginning
  • Wanting to launch several shows at once
  • Really bad audio quality
  • Waiting to launch until everything is perfect!
  • Not releasing your podcast as a .mp3 file.
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    25 comments
    MarkDeJesus
    MarkDeJesus

    Cliff, thanks for being real and laying out many things that are so helpful! If we will all be willing to hear and learn, there is so much to gain with what you are sharing. There were some words that I felt you were literally saying to me, so thanks for speaking from your heart. I believe that many people need realistic expectations when going into these areas of platform and communicating the message. 


    I will be starting my podcast in May. I loved that you shared the 7 episode burnout. That's good to keep in mind as I go. Thanks for being an amazing resource!  

    Jackie Ulmer
    Jackie Ulmer

    I seriously had to look around the room and make sure you weren't standing there talking to ME about that dreaded stat checking! Yikes. It can be addicting! Especially when it is growing, hee hee!


    And, thanks for the reminder that it does take work to get comments, feedback, reviews and such. I don't do a great jog with this myself, with others, so I am headed to iTunes RIGHT now to give YOU a much deserved awesome review!


    Great stuff today! Thanks!


    EXPECT Success!


    Jackie Ulmer


    PS - ok, ok, I'll close out the stat window, too! See you in Dallas in August!

    TonyGIG
    TonyGIG

    Cliff, thanks for such a great episode!  Letting us know that there will be "bumps and bruises" is valuable, as is letting us know to not expect too much too fast.  I plan to keep this episode where I can listen to it again soon.

    Chris S.
    Chris S.

    I gotta admit Cliff, I was very eager to listen to this episode, but at the same time I was worried how many would apply to me, having recently launched my own Podcast.  Much to my surprise I came out with very few bumps and bruises.  That helped validate things a bit for me as well.  It was a really great episode.  

    I certainly need to improve on my delivery and avoiding the umms and things like that.  By the way, do you have any prior episodes with tips on ways to improve your delivery and tips on how to do proper editing? 

    superbrewers
    superbrewers

    Hey, Cliff, I appreciate you mentioning people using older players. While I'm not using specific PDAs you mentioned, I do use a Creative Zen mp3 player. One frustration I have run into with newer podcasts is that some are not providing an rss feed, they only rely on their iTunes link.

    I have helped a few podcasts figure out what their usable rss feed is for non-Apple listeners.

    sukofamily
    sukofamily

    I really hate to admit this Cliff but I actually had my iphone in hand and was checking my blog stats when you mentioned the problem of focusing on stats instead of your existing audience! 


    Thanks for the kick in the pants!

    Btw, do you have any good suggestions for breaking a stat addiction?


    HotBlogTips
    HotBlogTips

    Talking about timing... Thank you Cliff, I was set to make two huge mistakes. I was going to launch two podcasts and I was going to bank 20 or 30 episodes before I launched.

    Josh Elledge
    Josh Elledge

    LOVED this episode, Cliff. Thank you for putting these all together. I'm grateful to have been listening to you (AND ACTING UPON YOUR COUNSEL) for a while. :) 


    Josh Elledge
    Chief Executive Angel, SavingsAngel.com

    reganstarr
    reganstarr

    Cliff - I'm so glad you like the free web apps that I've created for podcasters. Thanks for mentioning them. If there's anything I can do to make these tools more useful, please let me know.


    Regan Starr

    Cliff Ravenscraft
    Cliff Ravenscraft moderator

    @MarkDeJesus  I'm so glad that you enjoyed the episode Mark.  I'm honored that you continue to find value in the content that I share.  I hope that you are having an amazing week.

    Cliff Ravenscraft
    Cliff Ravenscraft moderator

    @Chris S.  Chris, thanks for the feedback.  Glad you liked the episode and happy to hear that you haven't made all these mistakes.


    As for improving delivery, it would be a very short episode.  I'd simply say LOTS OF PRACTICE.  I've personally produced more than 3,200 of my own podcast episodes.  The more you do it, the better your delivery will be.


    Also, go back and listen to yourself often.  Then listen for things that you want to improve.


    As for editing, I recommend doing as little of that as possible.  Be authentic and transparent and put it out there and then commit to always taking it to the next level with each new episode.

    Cliff Ravenscraft
    Cliff Ravenscraft moderator

    @sukofamily  Thanks for letting me know that this one spoke to you.    How do you break stat addiction?  I have two answers for you.   One is serious and one is funny.


    The serious answer is commit to yourself that you will only check your stats once a week or once a month.  (Note: I check mine about once every three to six months).  Then, once you have made that decision, from that point one,  every time you feel like going and checking your stats, commit that you will instead do something that will take your relationship with your existing community to the next level.   


    Idea's to consider: Write a personal email to someone in your audience, click on the Twitter profile of someone who follows you and send send them an encouraging message.  Look for a comment in your site's archives and reach out to them for an update on how things are going for them.  (STUFF LIKE THAT).


    The funny answer I like to give when someone asks me how to break the stats addiction.  I like to simply respond with STOP IT!   And then I give them the link to the following video:  http://gspn.tv/stopit 

    Cliff Ravenscraft
    Cliff Ravenscraft moderator

    @HotBlogTips  I am thrilled that this week's episode may have helped you avoid these two very common mistakes.  More than that, I'm thrilled that I was able to help you see why these would be mistakes.


    I think creating a second show is awesome.  Just put it off for at least six months so you can really get some momentum behind your first show. ;)


    Wishing you great success.

    Cliff Ravenscraft
    Cliff Ravenscraft moderator

    @Josh Elledge  Thank you so much Josh.  I really value and appreciate the fact that you took the time to leave me a comment.   I hope you have an amazing weekend!

    Chris S.
    Chris S.

    @Cliff Ravenscraft @Chris S. Sounds good Cliff, thanks for the quick response.  I kinda figured nothing beats the experience of continued practice and focusing on improvement.  

    sukofamily
    sukofamily

    @Cliff Ravenscraft Lol! I love that video! Thanks for the great advice. That's pretty amazing that you only check your stats every 3 to 6 months! I guess another good place to start would be deleting the app off my phone.  

    Cliff Ravenscraft
    Cliff Ravenscraft moderator

    @Jackie Ulmer Thanks Jackie. I do look forward to seeing you.  And when we do see each other please feel free to say.. "I'm Jackie, the one you forgot you met last year but have been actively engaged with you and your content to the point of leaving comments on your site." :)

    Cliff Ravenscraft
    Cliff Ravenscraft moderator

    @Jackie Ulmer You know, Jackie, I'm always incredibly embarrassed when this happens.  I am so sorry about that.  


    Part of me wants to blame the fact that I met hundreds of new people last year.  However, that always seems like such a cop out.



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