So, here we will talk about the Essential Equipment for creating top quality podcasts.
You want to make your podcast recordings the best that they can be.
These days listeners to podcasts expect very high quality audio and it is easy to provide this to them if you have the right equipment.
A Good Quality Microphone
If you publish poor audio quality podcasts then your listeners will go elsewhere.
Not only that but some of them will leave very negative reviews that will ruin your reputation in no time.
Nobody wants to listen to a crackly voice where it is hard to make out what the podcaster is saying.
Never use the microphone in your laptop for making a podcast.
The same applies to a microphone attached to cheap headphones and the microphone in your smartphone.
They are just not up to the standards that you need to create high audio quality podcasts.
If you are using your computer to record your podcasts then invest in a USB microphone like the Blue Yetti.
There are others available and you can spend upwards of $75 to get a good quality microphone.
It is one of the best investments you will ever make if you want your podcasts to be a success.
Get a Pop Filter and Microphone Stand
A pop filter is an inexpensive accessory that we strongly recommend that you purchase.
It will help to minimize unwanted noises when you are speaking.
The difference in quality of a recording made using a microphone pop filter and one that didn’t use one is usually significant.
You do not want to be holding the microphone when you are recording your podcasts.
If you do this it will be easy for you to move the microphone away from your mouth by accident which will show up on your recording.
Get a microphone stand for your desk or a boom arm so that you can fix your microphone in the best position.
Use good quality headphones
When you are recording your podcasts it is really important that you monitor the sound quality.
With a decent pair of headphones you can easily do this.
There are good quality “in ear” or “earbuds” around as well if you prefer this.
When you monitor your recordings using headphones you can easily tell if your voice is clear and whether it is too soft or too loud.
You will also be able to pick up on any background noises which you probably wouldn’t notice if you were not wearing headphones.
Use Good Audio Editing Applications
When you record your podcasts it is very likely that you will make a few mistakes especially when you are just starting out.
You need a way to cut these out of your podcasts and the best thing to use is an audio editing suite.
With a good audio editing suite you can cut out coughs and sneezes and any mistakes that you make.
You can also minimize background noise and also add additional tracks to your podcast such as intros and outros.
There are lots of expensive audio editing suites out there but you can do everything that you need using free applications.
If you are a Windows user then download Audacity.
For Mac computers you need Garageband.
These free apps will provide you with all of the editing tools that you need.
How To Grow Your Podcasting Audience
You can create the greatest, most informative and value packed podcasts in the world but if nobody is listening you are wasting your time.
It is essential that you focus on growing your podcast listener base and we have some great ways that you can do that in this article.
Identify your Strengths and Weaknesses
If you have a small audience that are not always sticking with you and certainly not spreading the word about your podcasts then you need to make an honest assessment of your strengths and weaknesses.
Ask yourself the following questions:
- What do I do really well?
- What assets do I have?
- What are my weak areas and how can I address these?
If you have a lot of competition in your podcasting niche then you need to think about how you can really stand out from the rest.
- Are you really connecting with your listeners? Are your podcasts boring and uninspiring?
Are you Targeting a Specific Niche?
It is far better for you to have a smaller listener base that really engage with your podcasts than a larger audience who do not really engage that much.
The engaged listeners are far more likely to spread the word about your great podcast and leave you positive reviews.
Choosing the right niche is essential to podcasting success and audience growth.
If you go too broad then you will not engage as well as if you go narrower.
Do your homework here and find out the demand for your niche by using the Google Keyword Planner to identify search volumes for related keywords on Google.
Get to know other Podcasters
Don’t see your competitors as the enemy. Look at them as an opportunity to network and grow your listener base.
Be prepared to network with these people to your mutual benefit.
See these people as your mentors and learn from them.
Treat them with respect.
When you connect with other podcasters take the opportunity to share tips on what has worked well when growing their listener base.
Listen to their podcasts and if it is relevant and high quality then agree to promote each other’s podcasts.
Even if you are just starting out, this can work really well.
Invite Guests to your Podcasts
Interviewing niche experts is a great way to grow your podcasting audience.
It is likely that these people will already have a good following and you can ask them to promote your podcast with them to their followers.
You always need to be professional when inviting guests for interviews.
Agree the questions that you are going to ask them prior to the interview taking place.
Spend time thinking about the right questions to ask that will satisfy your existing listeners.
Agree to be a Guest on other Podcasts
This starts with networking with other podcasters.
Once you have developed a relationship then you can raise the subject of you being a guest on their show.
Sometimes they will just ask you to do this themselves.
Podcasters are always looking for new guests and fresh content.
So make the most of your networking and get invited to as many podcasting shows as you can as a guest.
Ask them to mention your show when you are a guest.