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Creating Your First Podcast In 5 Easy Steps

March 17, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 141

If your new to podcasting, this article will explain the basics. In simple terms podcasting comes from two words, pod for iPod, and broadcasting. It's amazing what an everyday individual with a computer can do. Just like blogging, you can create a podcast about your favorite hobby, or interest.

1. There are 4 tools that you will need. A computer, a microphone, headset (optional), and recording software. You will need to record in mp3 format. A free recording software program that I would recommend is Audacity. If you have never used recording software before, there are tutorials on the Audacity website. You can also find tutorials at YouTube.

2. There is a learning curve, so experiment with a few trial runs. Record for a minute or two, and play it back. How does it sound? You don't need an expensive microphone to get a decent recording. What you don't want to hear is low volume, distortion, or background noises coming through. If there is a problem, make the necessary adjustments to your recording software. How comfortable were you behind the microphone? Did you freeze up? Listen to how many times you cough, or say "uh".

3. When recording your podcast, should you use a script? There are several schools of thought concerning a script. If your reading from a script it might sound boring. You need to be able to improvise. Instead of a script you might be more comfortable using an outline. Make a list of talking points, this will help keep your thoughts organized. But you don't want a bunch of "um" and "uhs" throughout your recording.

4. When recording your podcast, you will need to include a few elements. First, your podcast will need a nice introduction message. Briefly introduce yourself, or your company, and explain what the program will be about. Now your ready to record the body of your message. Finally, you will want to add a closing statement at the end of the program. You can inform your listeners when your going to release your next podcast, and what it will be about. If nothing else, you can just say a simple goodbye and thank them for listening.

5. You will also need some means of distributing your podcast. Now that you have saved your podcast to an mp3 file, simply upload it to your website. If you do not have a website, then you may want to consider starting one. The other alternative would be to submit your program to a free podcast hosting website. Just use your favorite search engine to find a "free podcast hosting" website.

If you have something to say, I encourage you to try podcasting Whether for fun or to make money, podcasting allows you to easily reach a focused and loyal audience. There is a learning curve, but you can find most answers just using your favorite search engine. Just have fun, and let yourself be heard.

My name is Michael Curley. I hope you found this article informative. And I wish the best for you in your podcasting endeavors.

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