I recently hosted a free webinar, “Ask Me Anything About Launching A Podcast.” The purpose was to give people a taste of what my weekly group coaching calls are like during my, four week, Podcasting A to Z online coaching program.
The video below is an edited replay of the webinar featuring the most relevant questions for those who are seeking to launch their podcast.
There was no “hard sell” during the webinar. The goal was simply to showcase the level of information and value that I bring to the who might be be thinking about signing up for Podcasting A to Z.
Time Stamps For Topics Covered In This Video:
I have taken the time to break down the content covered in this webinar replay. If you click on the “time stamps” listed for each question, you will be taken directly to the starting point of that question in the YouTube video playback. (Doing this will take you to the YouTube website)
00:01:44 – How often should I publish a new episode?
00:03:25 – What is the perfect length of a podcast episode?
00:06:52 – How do I go about collecting email addresses on a WordPress based podcasting website?
00:10:41 – How many platforms are out there for me to list my podcast?
00:13:20 – I'm trying to get the company I work for, that sells business software, to create a podcast. The marketing department wants to have a buckshot approach when it comes to the target audience. Also, are CEO's of multi-million dollar businesses listening to podcasts?
00:16:26 – My download numbers have stagnated a bit. How long should I stay the course before changing things up regarding how I promote my podcast?
00:19:16 – How do you recommend recording a Skype or telephone call conversation.
00:23:31 – What's the best thing to do to launch a podcast so that it gets great traction?
00:31:37 – Which app do you use on your iPad to play audio clips?
00:32:33 – Please share three tips for creating a successful podcast.
00:34:56 – How did you become such a hunk? You look awesome.
00:36:01 – If you could only promote your show one way, which way would you choose and why?
00:38:07 – What type of revenue streams can be generated from my podcasting efforts?
00:41:22 – Any suggestions on production workflow to help reduce the amount of time it takes to create each new episode?
00:43:18 – What are you favorite sources for royalty free music?
00:44:50 – If you are talking over a music bed, what percentage of ducking do you recommend?
00:46:23 – How do you do prepare for the podcast episodes that you produce?
00:49:39 – What do I do if my guest does not have Skype and wants to me to call them on the telephone?
This week's podcast episode is unique in several ways. First, I made the intentional decision to not use any audio clips within the podcast from beginning to end. I did this as a means of motivation for brand new podcasters who may be struggling to find the right music or audio branding for their podcast. My thought is that if you have content that is worth creating, you should not let something as little as not having any music keep you from sharing that content with the world.
Also, I've never produced an episode of Podcast Answer Man that has gone this far over an hour in length. This episode is actually 1 hour and 52 minutes. However, I can't see a way that I would have been able to share what was on my mind without spending this amount of time on the topic.
On Tuesday, April 29th, 2014, I was notified that my name had been mentioned in a blog post titled “Why You Should NOT Start a Podcast,” written by Spencer Haws. In his blog post, Spencer shared his “very real and raw thoughts” about his own podcast and why he thinks many people shouldn’t start a podcast.
A majority of this extremely lengthy episode is my full reaction to what Spencer shared in that blog post.
Three Ideas For Finding Your Voice
In this episode, I invite Joel Boggess and Dr. Pei Kang back to Podcast Answer Man. Joel and Pei were featured as guests back on episode 226 where we discussed how you can make yourself newsworthy.
Joel is coming out with a new book titled “Finding Your voice – sort through the clutter and discover clarity, confidence and direction” that is being published by SoundWisdom. The book is scheduled for release on November 5th. However, you can pre-order the book by clicking here. If you do end up pre-ordering the book, you can get your book bonuses by clicking here.
In my conversation with Joel and Pei, we discussed three ideas to help you discover the message that you have to share with the world.
1. Finding your voice in the “past” – your past leaves clues.
2. Finding your voice in the “questions” others have for you.
3. Finding your voice in the “struggles”
YouTube Audio Library
YouTube recently launched their Free Audio Library with 150 Royalty-Free audio tracks that you can download and use in any of your creative productions.
YouTube already offered more than 150,000 audio tracks on its site previously. However, those tracks were not able to be downloaded or edited in any way. Also, those tracks were only licensed for use in YouTube videos.
These new tracks are available as 320 Kbps MP3 files and YouTube says that they can be used for “any creative purpose” even outside of YouTube. In this social media segment, Erik Fisher and I discuss when you may or may not want to use these audio tracks.
Many of you know that I teach a four week Podcasting A to Z course where I have helped hundreds of folks launch extremely successful podcasts.
I wanted to share a quick video tutorial that I created for my Podcasting A to Z students. In this video, I show you my step-by-step podcasting workflow.
When you see me demonstrate my process for step 2 (Record Audio), you will see how I eliminate most of the post production work of including the audio for my intro and outro by simply recording those elements directly into my audio file.
Please know that it took me a lot of practice to get it down just right. If I made it look easy here, understand that I've literally done this THOUSANDS of times. Don't give up if it takes you some time to get it down just right.
Here's the video showing my Podcast Production Workflow.
Many people have asked about the application I use, on my iPad, to queue up my audio clips. I use the iOS application called Sound Byte. There are many different versions of Sound Byte applications out there. If you want this specific application, I recommend that you click here. (Not an affiliate link)
Here's are the steps I shared in the video
1. Show Prep
2. Record Audio
3. Post Production / Editing
4. Save As An MP3
5. Tag Your MP3
6. Upload To Libsyn & Get Direct Download Link
7. Log Into WordPress & Add New Post
8. Add Title
9. Add Show Notes In The Post Area
10. Choose Podcast Category
11. Paste Libsyn Download Link & Click Verify
12. Click Publish
Note: A lot of people who see this video ask me about the software used on my iPad.
For playing audio clips from my iPad, I use a program called SoundByte. You can purchase this application by going to http://gspn.tv/soundbyte. There are several applications that go by the same name, so it is important that you get the one that I've linked to here.
Now using this application is not exactly what I would call intuitive. Also, the company that created it must win the Ugliest Website On The Internet Award every single year. With that said, they do have a FAQ that teaches how to use the iOS app at http://gspn.tv/soundbytefaq.
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