If you’ve witnessed the growing popularity of podcasts in recent years, first let me just say… what? They’re everywhere, and they’re wonderful. Get onboard! The next logical question is of course how to start your own podcast. Podcasts are a great way to share your knowledge of pretty much any topic with the rest of the world, and if you are good at it, you can even make money.

If you want to start a podcast, read this guide on everything you need to do to get started.

Podcasts: A Definition

Podcasts date back to the days of iPods and are audio programs that can cover a range of fictional and nonfictional topics. Podcasts are recorded and uploaded to a server. The podcast is then shared through various RSS channels, such as Apple or Spotify so that users can easily discover new audio. Podcasts are similar to radio shows but are on-demand so that people can listen whenever they like.

How to Plan Your Podcast

The first thing you need to start your podcast is a topic. You need some sort of focus so that you can center your episodes around that topic. It is better to start with a narrow focus and get broader as you grow in popularity. You also need to think about the format. Will you talk on your own? Will you interview others?

Naming Your Podcast

Try to think of a name that is short, catchy and easy to say and spell. You want something that has some relationship to your topic, but not so much so that you pigeonhole yourself into a particular topic. You want a name that can grow with your podcast. Once you have a few ideas, make sure that isn’t another podcast with the same name or something similar.

Cover Art

Your cover art should connect with your theme and branding. It should also be simple because it can be tiny on certain devices. Keep in mind that the average podcast cover art should be between 1400×1400 pixels and 3000×3000 pixels.

Recording a Podcast

In order to record your podcast, you will need some equipment. Sound quality is everything, so do not skimp here. You will need a microphone, a mixer and recording software.

Learn to use your equipment and find a quiet place to record. You may want to have a script or at least an online for your episode.

Producing a Podcast

Once you’ve recorded, it’s time to edit. Go through the audio and cut out mistakes and ums. Use a recording of room noise to cover up any loud noises.

Publishing a Podcast

You are now ready to publish your podcast to your host. Once it’s uploaded, you can choose where people can find it.

Growing Your Listener Base

Now that you know how to start your own podcast, it’s time to grow it. Find places to connect with fans like on social media or through a website. Find other podcasters and go on each other’s shows to grow both of your audiences. Keep publishing, and your popularity will grow over time.