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On Podcasting Q&A, you'll hear the best tips and strategies to launch, grow, and monetize your podcast. Whether it's getting more podcast listeners, promoting your podcast on social media, or how to produce high-quality episodes in your editing software, Podcasting Q&A has everything you need to succeed. New episodes come out every Monday.
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Andrea from the Italy: Inside Out podcast asks, "How do I get good audio from my guests when all they have is their laptop microphone?"TL;DRIt's very common to have podcast guests (especially long-distance podcast guests) that don't have any recording equipment or podcast experience. And while you don't expect their audio to sound like it was recorded in a sound studio, you don't want to it to sound like it was recorded in a cave either.In this episode, we'll share three tricks that you can use with your guests to get really good audio recordings.Our long distance software recommendations:SquadcastRiverside.fmRecord your podcasting question at Speakpipe.com/Buzzsprout to be featured on a future episode.Review Podcasting Q&A in Podchaser to let us know what you think of the show.
Alan from Discovering and Living the Best Version...of YOU! asks, "What's the best way to add intro and outro music to a podcast episode?"TL;DRCreating a high-quality podcast intro using some great music is an excellent way to introduce yourself and your podcast to new listeners and delight your loyal subscribers.In this episode, we’ll teach you how to add music to your podcast episodes and reveal some beginner mistakes you should avoid.Helpful blogs from BuzzsproutHow To Create a Podcast Intro Your Listeners Will Love7 Best Places to Get Free Music for Your PodcastRecord your podcasting question at Speakpipe.com/Buzzsprout to be featured on a future episode.Review Podcasting Q&A in Podchaser to let us know what you think of the show.
Jared from the All Things Connected podcast asks, "What are some classic beginner mistakes we should avoid?"TL;DRWhile every podcaster is bound to make mistakes from time to time, there are certainly some best practices and things to steer clear from for experience and beginner podcast hosts alike.In this episode, we'll share four things that every podcaster should do their best to avoid.Our long distance software recommendations:SquadcastRiverside.fmCheck out our "How to Start a Podcast" YouTube playlist to learn everything you need to know to launch and grow a successful podcast.Record your podcasting question at Speakpipe.com/Buzzsprout to be featured on a future episode.Review Podcasting Q&A in Podchaser to let us know what you think of the show.
Jacob from Saft Podcast asks, "How should I use Patreon for my podcast?"TL;DRPatreon is a platform that allows your dedicated listeners to financially support your show in exchange for perks, exclusive episodes, and behind-the-scenes content.In this episode, share some best practices for using Patreon to support your podcast and talk about how to leverage your Patreon private RSS feed to serve up bonus content to your listeners.Helpful articles for getting started on Patreon:Start my creator page on PatreonWhich podcast apps will my custom audio RSS link work with?Record your podcasting question at Speakpipe.com/Buzzsprout to be featured on a future episode.Review Podcasting Q&A in Podchaser to let us know what you think of the show.
In this episode, you'll hear how our newest host, Badr Milligan, started his first podcast in a barn and why he's excited about becoming a contributor to Podcasting Q&A.  Record your podcasting question at Speakpipe.com/Buzzsprout to be featured on a future episode. Review Podcasting Q&A in Podchaser to let us know what you think of the show.
Jordan from the Dreamful podcast asks, "How do you find companies that want to sponsor your podcast?"TL;DRPodcast sponsorships and host-read ads are the two of the more popular strategies for monetizing your podcast, but it can difficult to land sponsors for your podcast unless your podcast is incredible popular or you happen to be a part of a podcast network.In this episode, you'll learn how to find, pitch, and secure sponsorships as an independent podcaster, no matter how many downloads you have.Record your podcasting question at Speakpipe.com/Buzzsprout to be featured on a future episode.Review Podcasting Q&A in Podchaser to let us know what you think of the show.
Kathryn from There She Goes: Solo Travel podcast asks, "How often should you publish new podcast episodes?"TL;DRThere are a few well-worn publishing frequencies that tend to work for podcasts. Some of the more popular ones are weekly, bi-weekly, daily, and seasonal release schedules.In this episode, we'll help you decide which publishing frequency is best for you and your podcast.Record your podcasting question at Speakpipe.com/Buzzsprout to be featured on a future episode.Review Podcasting Q&A in Podchaser to let us know what you think of the show.
Kerry-Ann from the Carry On Friends podcast asks, "How do you leverage your skills to get a full-time job in podcasting?"TL;DRThere are a number of ways that you can break into the podcasting industry. Some jobs require you to leverage one skill really well (like podcast editing for instance), while others give you an opportunity to produce a podcast from start to finish.In this episode, we'll break down the top seven ways to break into the podcasting industry on a part-time or full-time basis.Best Jobs in Podcasting:Podcast EditingGraphic DesignConsultingMarketing ServicesContent CreatorDone-For-You ServicesMedia CompaniesRecord your podcasting question at Speakpipe.com/Buzzsprout to be featured on a future episode.Review Podcasting Q&A in Podchaser to let us know what you think of the show.
Harsha from the Two Cents on Thursday podcast asks, "How do you decide which niche to focus on for your podcast?"TL;DRRecording a podcast with multiple hosts is a lot of fun. You're able to lean on one another to create the content, and the fun banter and chemistry you get with close friends definitely increases the entertainment value.But there are some technical hurdles you have to deal with in a multi-person podcast recording that you don't if you were doing a solo podcast. So in this episode, we'll explain the best practices for recording multiple people.What can you talk about?One of the keys to podcast longevity is choosing a topic you both love to talk about and won't run of ideas for. If you're really into video games and can talk about that non-stop, make that the focus of your podcast.Once you've identified a topic you want to focus on, try to find an angle or sub-topic that isn't being served in the podcast community. If you're talking about video games, for example, perhaps you focus solely on Nintendo games or first-person shooter games.Do some researchThere are three ways to get ideas about what niche you should focus on. First is simply to look at your own download statistics. If one or two episodes are outperforming the rest, that's your audience's way of saying, "Make more episodes like this!"The second place to look is with your followers on social media. Ask them what they'd like you to talk about in the future and look for trends in their answers.Third, you can research your competition. Look at other podcasts similar to yours and see what topics they like to cover. If they're taking their podcast seriously, then you can look for trends in the kinds of things they like to talk about and then make your version of those episodes.Record your podcasting question at Speakpipe.com/Buzzsprout to be featured on a future episode.Review Podcasting Q&A in Podchaser to let us know what you think of the show.
Jamie from the The Smash Quiz podcast asks, "What are the best practices for recording multiple hosts for a podcast?"TL;DRRecording a podcast with multiple hosts is a lot of fun. You're able to lean on one another to create the content, and the fun banter and chemistry you get with close friends definitely increases the entertainment value.But there are some technical hurdles you have to deal with in a multi-person podcast recording that you don't if you were doing a solo podcast. So in this episode, we'll explain the best practices for recording multiple people.Recording Tips2-Person RuleUse Non-Verbal CuesPodcast GearEvery person should have their own Dynamic XLR microphoneChoose an audio interface that supports multitrack recordingEditing TipsPut each person's recording on its own trackRemove silent portions to reduce microphone bleed/spillGear We RecommendSamson Q2UScarlett 2i2Scarlett 18i20Rodecaster ProZoom H6Record your podcasting question at Speakpipe.com/Buzzsprout to be featured on a future episode.Review Podcasting Q&A in Podchaser to let us know what you think of the show.Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, Buzzsprout may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.
Ethan from the The Young Perspective podcast asks, "What are the benefits of podcast seasons?"TL;DRPodcasting in seasons can make things a lot more manageable. It can relieve the pressure of constantly having to release new episodes and give you some breathing room to focus on make the best podcast possible.But with every strategy, there are some drawbacks. So in this episode, we'll lay out the pros and cons of organizing your podcast into seasons.Benefits to Seasons:Easier to produceYou get to take breaksTackle meatier subjectsDrawbacks to Seasons:More work up frontHarder to grow an audienceAt the end of the day, you should make the choice that works best for you and the kind of content you want to create.Record your podcasting question at Speakpipe.com/Buzzsprout to be featured on a future episode.Review Podcasting Q&A in Podchaser to let us know what you think of the show.
Dan from the SkyPilot: Faith Quest podcast asks, "How are the Apple Podcasts analytics helpful?"TL;DRThrough Podcasts Connect, podcasters are able to access additional stats and data points that Apple doesn’t share with podcast hosts like Buzzsprout. And while more information is usually a good thing, it can take a keen eye to know what to look for.In this episode, we’ll explain why your Apple Podcasts stats look different in Podcasts Connect than they do in Buzzsprout and talk about three data points within Podcasts Connect that can help you get to know your audience on a deeper level.Why are my stats different in Apple than in Buzzsprout?In Podcasts Connect, Apple only shows you a portion of your podcast's stats from the Apple Podcasts app. For a download to appear in your analytics, it must meet two criteria:They listened on the current version of Apple PodcastsThey've given permission for Apple to receive their usage dataBeyond that, there's a 72 hour delay from when someone plays your podcast episode and when it shows up in Podcasts Connect. Plus, if fewer than 5 people meet the above criteria, Apple won't show you anything at all.So what is Apple good for? Three things in particular.Average consumptionEpisode listen durationDevices subscribedEach of these stats give you insight into how your listeners are engaging with your episodes and whether new listeners are choosing to subscribe after they land on your podcast.Record your podcasting question at Speakpipe.com/Buzzsprout to be featured on a future episode.Review Podcasting Q&A in Podchaser to let us know what you think of the show.
2020 has been a crazy year all around, but there's still time to take your podcast to the next level and make this your best year yet!The best thing you can do to accelerate your podcast's growth is sign up for the Podcast Movement Virtual Conference which is taking place at the end of October.Leave a comment under the YouTube version of Podcasting Q&A letting us know why you want to go to Podcast Movement Virtual for a chance to win a free ticket!It's 10 days of keynotes, breakout sessions, and networking to help take your podcast to the next level. And 9 separate tracks to help you focus on your podcast's biggest need at the moment.Podcast Movement Virtual Tracks:Creation TrackIndustry TrackMarketing TrackMonetization TrackSociety, Culture, and AdvocacyTechnical TrackAudio Fiction TrackBrand and Content MarketingInternal PodcastingRecord your podcasting question at Speakpipe.com/Buzzsprout to be featured on a future episode.Review Podcasting Q&A in Podchaser to let us know what you think of the show.
Gillian from the Breaking Through Careers podcast asks, "Do you need a podcast trailer? And if so, what should you put in one?"TL;DRA podcast trailer helps you build anticipation for your new show or new season, while also allowing you to submit your podcast to all the major directories before you release episode one.This is important, because some directories (like Apple Podcasts) can take up to 2 weeks to approve new shows, and you want your podcast to be available everywhere when it's time to launch.So in this episode, you'll learn how to make a great podcast trailer that builds anticipation for your show's release.#1. Make it shortYour podcast trailer should be shorter than a full episode. And, honestly, it doesn't have to be much longer than 60 seconds. The idea is to tell your listeners what they need to know and give them a reason to subscribe to your podcast.#2. Things to includeName of your podcastWhat your show is aboutWho your podcast is for (and not for)A call-to-actionA call-to-action is the thing you want your listeners to do immediately after listening to the episode. In this case, your call to action will be asking your new listeners to subscribe to your show in their favorite app so that they can get episode one downloaded to their phone as soon as it's released.#3. Have fun with it!You want your podcast trailer to reflect the mood and tone of your show. If you have a fun and upbeat podcast, your trailer should feel fun and up beat.Include clips from future episodes, add music and sound effects, and get creative!Examples of good podcast trailersBuzzcastDreamfulLiterally! With Robe LoweRecord your podcasting question at Speakpipe.com/Buzzsprout to be featured on a future episode.Review Podcasting Q&A in Podchaser to let us know what you think of the show.
Kwame from the Negotiate Anything Podcast asks, "What is the value of show notes?"TL;DRGood show notes allow you to highlight important information for your podcast listeners, link to relevant information, and help your audience take action on the things you discuss.So in this episode, we'll discuss how to write good show notes for your podcast episodes.#1. Make them easy to readPeople tend to skim through podcast show notes, so make them easy to scan. Include bullet points and write in short paragraphs so that it's easier for your listeners to find what they're looking for.You can also organize your show notes into different sections. An example would be splitting them up into a summary of the episode, links to resources mentioned in the episode, and specific calls to action you want your listeners to take.#2. Don't write a bookWhen it comes to show notes, less is more. Include the main points, quick links to additional resources, and your calls to action, but don't write any more than you need to.#3. Create an episode webpageThis is where you put EVERYTHING. Including (but not limited to) an embed player for people to listen, show notes, full word-for-word transcript, and a picture of your guest.Creating an episode webpage (whether it's on your own custom website or on Buzzsprout's podcast websites) will help search engines like Google quickly find your podcast, categorize it, and start showing it to new listeners.This will help search engines like Google quickly find your podcast episode, categorize it, and start showing it to new listenersRecord your podcasting question at Speakpipe.com/Buzzsprout to be featured on a future episode.Review Podcasting Q&A in Podchaser to let us know what you think of the show.
Krystal from The Proffitt Podcast asks, "To incorporate video, should I livestream my podcast recordings or use pre-recorded video instead?"TL;DRAdding a video strategy to your podcast is a great way to potentially double the amount of content you produce every week with just a little bit of planning and a couple of pieces of software.So in this episode, we'll cover the difference between live streaming and pre-recorded video and talk about several software options for live streaming to social media platforms like Facebook, YouTube, and LinkedIn.Live stream if...You don't want to edit the videoYou're okay with a less-polished episodeYou want the flexibility of incorporating listener comments and questionsPre-record if...You want a more polished videoYou want to edit the video before you release itThe two live-streaming software solutions we recommend:Zoom.usStreamyardSpecial thanks to the podcasts that shared their video recordings for the YouTube version of this show!The Bearded CactusLead From The Inside OutBack Row: Movie NewsRecord your podcasting question at Speakpipe.com/Buzzsprout to be featured on a future episode.Review Podcasting Q&A in Podchaser to let us know what you think of the show.
Enjoy this bonus podcast episode where we went back through the Podcasting Q&A and 5 Minute Mondays archives to find the top 10 things we wish we knew before starting a podcast.10 Tips (Check the Chapter Markers for time stamps)Focus on audio qualityPodcast introsIdeal podcast lengthGo on other podcastsGuest promotion tipsUse templatesFormat your show notesDo you need a website?Promoting on social mediaBatch your episodes
Sharon from the All God's Women podcast asks, "How can use social media to introduce audiences to your podcast and encourage them to subscribe, download, and listen to it?"TL;DRSocial media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn can help you find new podcast listeners and provide ways for your existing listeners to share new episodes with their friends.In this episode, we'll breakdown which podcast marketing strategies work best for social media and tell you what to include in your posts.#1. Start with one platformIt's tempting to try and promote your podcast everywhere, but doing that will only stress you out and make you feel overwhelmed. Instead, choose the platform that's the most popular with your current listeners and focus on that one.#2. Create teaser contentRather than uploading your entire podcast episode to social media, focus on creating teaser content that whets their appetite and encourages them to listen to the full episode in a podcast listening app.A good teaser post contains a visual element like graphic or audiogram, a hook like a question or statement to get them interested, and a direct link to go listen to the episode.Check out Buzzsprout's Visual Soundbites to easily make short animated videos using your podcast audio.#3. Which link should you use?When promoting your podcast on social media, use a link to that particular episode on your podcast website. That way anyone can listen to it, no matter device their using, and they can look for the episode in their podcast app if they want to listen to it there instead.Record your podcasting question at Speakpipe.com/Buzzsprout to be featured on a future episode.Review Podcasting Q&A in Podchaser to let us know what you think of the show.
Al Pete from the Flowers For The Culture Podcast asks, "Are there any tricks or integrations I should use to decrease the amount of time it takes to edit my podcast?"TL;DRIt’s easy to spend hours upon hours refining and critiquing your podcast to make sure you deliver consistent, high-quality episodes to your audience. But if you’re looking to optimize your workflow and produce the same high-quality episodes in less time, there are some proven strategies you can implement.In this episode, we’ll cover the top 3 ways that you can streamline your podcast editing workflow#1. Use TemplatesTemplates allow you to reuse work you've done in the past so you don't have to keep repeating your work for every podcast episode. Some low-hanging fruit would be creating email templates for prepping your guests for interviews, starting with the previous episode project in your editing software and keeping your intro and outro segments saved, and copying your show notes from the last episode to get a head start.#2. Batch ProductionAnother way to speed up your workflow is to work on multiple episodes at the same time. Schedule all of your interviews for the month during the same week. Edit 3-4 episodes in one sitting. Create show notes and upload 3-4 episodes at the same time.You'll find that batch production unlocks another level of efficiency and can easily reduce the amount of time you spend on each episode by 50%.#3. Software IntegrationsFind software solutions that work well together. This will streamline your workflow beyond what you could do on your own.For example, you can edit your podcast in Alitu, Hindenburg Journalist Pro, or Descript and publish it directly to Buzzsprout. This saves you the hassle of exporting the episode to your computer, opening your web browser, and manually uploading that episode to your podcast host. Add up those little time savings over the course of a year and you'll see some big-time savings!Software that integrates with BuzzsproutAlituDescriptHindenburg Journalist ProOtter.aiPodcornBonus - Magic MasteringMagic Mastering is a new feature available to Buzzsprout podcasters that automatically mixes and masters your podcast episodes. Once you assembled all the pieces of your podcast episode, simply upload to Buzzsprout using your normal workflow and we'll take care of the rest.Check out all of the things Magic Mastering does for your podcast.Record your podcasting question at Speakpipe.com/Buzzsprout to be featured on a future episode.Review Podcasting Q&A in Podchaser to let us know what you think of the show.
Megan from the Wild Healers podcast asks, "Is it possible for an independent podcast to make it into the Apple New and Noteworthy section?"Special thanks to Kris Emerson, host of the Excel Still More podcast, for sharing his experience getting into the New and Noteworthy section.TL;DRThe Apple Podcasts New and Noteworthy section is a common goal for new podcasters. The appeal is that if you can get your podcast listed there, you'll be able to grow your audience faster, build momentum, and ride that wave off into the sunset of your podcasting dreams.So... how exactly do you get in? In this episode, we'll share what we know and ask Kris, a fellow Buzzsprout podcaster, what he did to land in the New and Noteworthy section.What's the best strategy?The best way to get into the Apple New and Noteworthy section is to focus on getting a lot of listeners to subscribe to your show in Apple Podcasts in a short period of time. As a new podcast, your window to make this happen is typically 90 days from when you launch your first episode.At one point, many podcasters believed that it was the number of downloads or reviews you received that got you in the N&N section. But over time, as we've seen podcasters try and game the system, we've found that those aren't big indicators.Apply isn't spilling the beans on their process any time soon, but we DO know that an algorithm based on how many subscribers you get feeds possible selections to an Apple employee who ultimately determines how makes it in and who doesn't.Record your podcasting question at Speakpipe.com/Buzzsprout to be featured on a future episode.Review Podcasting Q&A in Podchaser to let us know what you think of the show.
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Rodilson Silva

The audio is wrong, is the same as the previous episode

Oct 8th
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