How to Make a Podcast
Updated: Aug 12, 2018
Now you can create a professional podcast in minutes. Learn how to make a podcast with expert tips from the host of Babe Talk Podcast, Rachel Justis. From the gear you need, what software to use, to recording and uploading your first episode onto Soundcloud.
BEGINNERS GUIDE TO RECORDING
I've had a few girlfriends ask me how to start a podcast. My first reaction was, "Just google it". Then I tried to remember how I learned to create a podcast. It's honestly crazy to think that I recorded the first Babe Talk episode, "He's Just not that Into You" over two years ago with Alexa Anderson in the White Girl Sunscreen office.
Before you submit your podcast to Apple Podcasts make sure you meet the following minimum requirements.
Your artwork is a square jpg or png formatted image at least 1400 x 1400 and at most 3000 x 3000 in size in RGB color space (1400 x 1400 jpg image recommended).
A unique podcast program title (check iTunes to make sure your program title is unique).
At least one iTunes category selected.
Valid email address in the iTunes email field (notifications from Apple will be sent to this address)
Have created at least one blog post with media (a podcast episode) in either mp3, m4a, mp4, m4v, pdf, or epub form
Submit a Podcast Username on iTunes
After you create a podcast; including recording the podcast, writing the XML, creating artwork, and posting the RSS feed online, you can use Podcasts Connect to validate, submit, and manage your podcast.
You must have an active Apple ID to submit podcasts to the iTunes Store Apple Podcasts directory. You may create a new Apple ID if you do not already have one.
Click theat the top left of the iTunes Connect dashboard.
Enter your RSS feed into the provided text box and then click the “Validate” button.
A Feed Preview will load if you do not have any validation errors. Please take a moment and review your podcast artwork, description, general information (e.g. description, categories, etc), and episodes. Please see the Validation Errors section if you have any problems validating your podcast feed.
If everything within the Feed Preview is correct, click the “Submit” button.
Please note: You will need to create an episode before you login into Podcast connect. I just wanted to go ahead and get this out of the way.
Where to Host your Podcast
Just like a website needs a host to be "live" on the internet so does your Podcast. You have a few options to choose from below- I personally use Soundcloud.
Soundcloud -- offers an embeddable player, which allows users to comment on specific parts of the podcast. Users can also "follow", "like" or "download" episodes. The stats and analytics allow you to check out what type of device your fans have been listening on (type of mobile device, desktop, third party apps, etc.) and the analytics are easy to understand.
Libsyn-- Automatically creates a blog for each podcast episode, which is pretty sick. That's honestly really the only difference between the two. I personally host Babe Talk on Soundcloud since I get unlimited storage for $15.
Moving forward, I will tell you the steps of uploading your podcast onto Soundcloud.
1. Creating a Souncloud Account: If you haven’t created a SoundCloud account yet, go to SoundCloud and complete your profile information. Upload a Profile image that is at least 1400 x 1400 (direct message or email me for easy-to-use graphic design tools to create a profile photo) and the iTunes Imagery Requirements are below.
2. RSS Feed in a Nutshell: You're in the Content Settings section of your Soundcloud account. Fill out the Bio for your Podcast, Custom Author Name ("Babe Talk podcast by Rachel Justis"), add an email address where listeners can contact you, AND DON'T FORGET to click the Permissions Tab and check the box next to where it says, "Include in RSS feed".
RSS feed confuses people when trying to start a podcast. Your RSS feed is the exact information that goes on Podcast Profile via iTunes. Your podcast RSS feed powers what your subscribers and potential subscribers see. Your feed usually affects podcast directory listings, too. Every time you update your RSS feed / anything on your profile you automatically must connect to iTunes and "refresh" aka upload the new content from Soundcloud onto iTunes. *video below
We will get into Uploading your first track on Soundcloud and connecting it to iTunes after I explain how to record a podcast episode.
Before you Record a Podcast Episode Checklist
1. Complete Souncloud Bio. This will be your Bio on iTunes once you connect.
2. You will need intro music- Mp4 file. I personally purchased my intro music from musicbakery.com *you must purchase the intro music ... I think mine was around $30
3. You will need a script. Example of a Podcast Script here
4. You will need a microphone.