How to Create a Podcast

Making a podcast is easier than you think

Podcasts are easy to create whether you DIY with an audio editor and your own website or use a third-party to create it and host it. An original podcast allows you to create audio which can be accessed on-demand. There are dozens of podcast platforms out there, but you can also place audio files right on your website.

Podcast Software and Hardware

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First, decide what level of complexity you wish to deal with: your own website and domain with files you create, tweak, and upload, or a podcast hosting site.

Using a service is convenient, but you will be subject to their user agreement, plus you may have ads inserted into your podcast or your podcast page may be surrounded by ads and other content you don't like.

On the other hand, creating your own domain and hosting your your podcast means you can call the shots. Thus you can host ads and earn money directly from your podcast.

Once you've decided where to host your podcast, you'll need to select podcast recording software.

Finally, some equipment is needed for podcasting, but you should be able to stay within a budget.

Why Should You Create a Podcast?

So, why should you start your own podcast? Here are some scenarios to think about:

  • You 're in a band and you want to reach people with your music. Start by streaming your first album and lace in announcements of upcoming shows and releases.
  • You collect a particular type of audio, music, or another type of recording and want to share them with the world.
  • You're an expert in a particular topic and want to showcase your knowledge in an entertaining fashion.
  • You want to promote your small business. For instance: if you sell motorcycle parts, you might consider a podcast about motorcycle repair and restoration.

Copyright Concerns and Intellectual Property

If you’re going to offer a podcast that features music created by someone else, you might be responsible for paying royalties for the right to webcast that music. It's a good idea to use podcast-safe music that is designated by the creators as available for use in podcasts either for free or for a small fee.

If someone agrees to be your guest, they have granted you a license to use their voice and distribute the content they speak within your podcast.

Finally, if you're using original material, be sure to signify that the material is copyrighted.