Podcast Planning

6 Most Common Beginner Podcasting Questions (and the Answers)

6 Most Common Beginner Podcasting Questions (and the Answers)

I’ve started creating an Instagram Stories Highlight on my Instagram page for Frequently Asked Podcasting Questions, and as much as I love helping people when these questions are asked, I realized it would be a great resource to put the 5 most common questions in a blog post. So, enjoy!

Where should I host my podcast?

The four places I tell soon-to-be podcasters to look at for hosting are:

Depending on your podcasting needs, one of these may be better than the others.

My favorite, though, is Libsyn. It’s where I host my podcast and I use their free Podcast Page as the website for my show. (Want to see how I set up my Libsyn website? Click here to watch the video.)

Want to try Libsyn free? Use the code EMILY when you sign up!

How to Create a Media Kit for Your Podcast

How to Create a Media Kit for Your Podcast

If you follow me on Instagram, I posted an Instagram Story one night this week that showed a glimpse of my Media Kit and how I updated mine. The next thing I knew, I was getting DMs from podcasters wondering why I had a Media Kit, how to create one, and what goes into one.

Here’s why I wanted a Media Kit (or Press Kit, as it’s also known) for my podcast.

I worked in newspapers and magazines for years and I can’t tell you how often the only reason events were covered was because a press release that was sent to the publication. Without that press release, we may never have known the event was going on.

FREEBIE: Turn Your Podcast Into a Book Brainstorming Workbook

FREEBIE: Turn Your Podcast Into a Book Brainstorming Workbook

I’m finally making my Podcast-to-Book Brainstorming Workbook available for you to download, print, and fill out!

I’ve given talks about doing just that with my own podcast, The Story Behind, at DC Podfest and will be talking about it this coming Friday (eek!) at Podfest Multimedia Expo! I’ve also talked about it on the amazing podcast Content10x recently.

When I was writing my book, I wished I had a workbook to keep my thoughts in order, but one thing that helped me a lot was being asked by my publisher to come up with a formal proposal that included the topics I wanted to write about, my audience and their demographics, formatting details I wanted in the book, etc.

I used some of those elements of my proposal when coming up with this short workbook and I hope you find it helpful!

5 Things To Include in Your Podcast Intro & Outro (and 1 Thing You SHOULDN'T)

5 Things To Include in Your Podcast Intro & Outro (and 1 Thing You SHOULDN'T)

So you’re ready to start your podcast but … oh, what do you say?! Well, you know generally what you’re going to say. You have ideas for your episodes, but what do you say to get started? And how should you end the podcast?

Listen to a handful of podcasts, especially from different genres, and you’ll find a multitude of different ways to start a show. None of the suggestions below are set in stone, and people are coming in all the time to change how “things have always been done,” and that’s awesome. But for those just starting out and need just a little bit of guidance, here are what I look for in a podcast intro and outro.

Podcasters’ Gift Guide 2018

Podcasters’ Gift Guide 2018

In case you didn’t know, podcasters can be a tad obsessed with gear sometimes. Even if we have everything we could possibly need, Shiny Object Syndrome is no stranger to us when it comes to new tools in podcasting.

Those who love us may ask what we want for the holidays and sometimes it’s just easier to say “socks,” rather than explain what the difference is between a Zoom H5, a Zoom H6, and Zoom.us. But now you can just share this post with them, instead!

How RSS Feeds Work and Why Podcast Hosting Companies Are Important

How RSS Feeds Work and Why Podcast Hosting Companies Are Important

Confused about how an RSS feed works? Wondering why you need a hosting company for your podcast? Confused about submitting to Apple Podcasts?

I have a video of a water experiment that will hopefully clear things up. (Plus, I've always wanted to be a Zoom kid, but this is probably the closest I'll get.)

FREEBIE: Start Setting Your Podcast Goals for 2018

FREEBIE: Start Setting Your Podcast Goals for 2018

As this year winds down, you're probably thinking of ways you can either improve your podcast in the new year or even start one. And as any productivity expert will tell you, setting goals is an excellent way to make sure you stay on track and keep up the momentum. And having goals put in place for your podcast is no different. Here are some quick tips to help you plan your podcasting year in 2018 and some suggestions to help you get started.