How to start a podcast?

Podcasts are a type of audio content that first emerged in the early 2000s, becoming increasingly popular especially in recent years.
Podcasts, which are generally produced in the form of a series, are uploaded to the Internet by the individual or organization producing them and then accessed by listeners via podcast applications. The most important factor that makes podcasts such a popular digital media product is that anyone can produce podcasts for free. Of course, there are also some paid services and applications available in the podcasting process. There are some critical points that anyone who wants to start a podcast should be aware of. We can list them here as follows:

Identify a topic for your podcast episodes

Content consumption trends on digital media platforms are changing rapidly both in Turkey and in the world. Although podcasts are currently one of the most popular types of content, it would be a stretch to suggest that any individual podcast series will appeal to a very large audience. Therefore, if you want your podcasts to be interesting, you should start by creating both short-term and long-term podcasting plans.

Pick an effective name for your podcast series

There are many people today producing podcasts with the same topics or themes. One way to stand out in the crowd is to give your podcast an interesting, sincere, and catchy name. If you are a well-known person or you already own a brand, you could also use your own name or the brand name as the name for your podcast series.

Choose an ideal length for your podcast episodes

Ideally, a podcast episode should generally be between 20 and 40 minutes in length. If you are going to produce a podcast episode on a current event outside of your usual podcast topics, its length may vary depending on the type or importance of the event. However, if your podcasting would last for 1 hour or more, you should consider dividing that content into two or three individual episodes.

When should you release your podcast episodes?

Among the most important issues for those who want to start a podcast are the time and the frequency of broadcasting. It is recommended that you release episodes on the same day at the same time every week. Although audiences generally prefer series that are broadcast once a week, you could also broadcast more than once a week according to your pre-planned podcasting schedule. You can also prepare podcast “seasons” on specific topics with 5 to 10 episodes each.

Find the right format for your podcast

You should create a generic podcast format based on the topic, content schedule, release time, and frequency of your episodes. In doing so, you will need to decide whether you will produce your episodes alone or with two or more participants. Both situations have certain advantages and certain difficulties. Bringing guests from time to time onto a podcast that you regularly produce alone will increase the interest in your series.

Establish a good technical infrastructure for podcasting

The range of technical equipment required for a podcast series can span from a simple microphone and computer to a studio. Of course, it is also important to consider the available budget for your podcast. Special equipment is now available for podcasting. If your budget is limited, you can start with a minimal configuration and build up your technical infrastructure over time. Another important issue when producing podcasts is the use of sound recording programs. There are many free and paid programs that you can use to start a podcast. You should choose the best one for your own situation in terms of price versus performance.

Create scripts for your podcast episodes

If you trust your writing skills, you can prepare the necessary texts for your episodes yourself. If necessary, you can get help from outside. However, as is the case for your entire podcast series, the contents of each episode should have their own consistent flow.

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