Checklist: The Tools and Steps of Building a Podcast

Setting up a podcast was simpler than I anticipated.  You can use the same software for face to face meeting with clients with the option to record the meetings as well.  The below is a list of hardware, software, and programs needed to get the job done and viewed on iTunes, Youtube, SoundCloud, and others.

1 – You need a computer with a camera.  You can do this with an iPhone or wireless device too but if the wireless internet connection at your location is busy, you could have issues with quality of video and audio capture.  My desk top computer did not have a camera so I purchased an HD camera from Logitech from Office Depot for $39.95.

2 – www.Zoom.us – In my opinion, this is the easiest platform to use for podcasts, screen capture, and even live webinars and more.  If you are ready to roll with podcasts for your business, go ahead and upgrade to the Zoom PRO for $15/month.  It allows for computer and cloud storage of both your video and audio files.  If you want to test it out, there is also a free option with fewer feature, but enough to do your first few podcasts.

After you record your first meeting or webinar, you will have access to both the audio and the video files.  You have a few options from here:  Youtube, iTunes, or SoundCloud and GooglePlay…

3 – Youtube.com – Post your video podcast on youtube.com and you can edit in the video text pop ups using the Youtube.com video manager / editor.  You can make your videos public or private and share with the world or specific people you prefer.  You can also attach your Google Ads account to your Youtube.com account and monetize your videos with banner ads or video ads if you prefer.

4 – Podomatic.com – Join for free this podcast platform that allows you to create an RSS feed of your audio file.

5 – Open iTunes Account – Once you have created your RSS feed, you can take it to iTunes and link your podomatic account to iTunes, your future podcasts will automatically upload to iTunes.  See https://itunesconnect.apple.com and you can upload your podcast RSS feed to iTunes.

6 – Soundcloud.com – You can easily upload the audio track of your podcast to SoundCloud.com an open a free account.  Then you can share the audio link to your social media sites or email list.

7 – Upload to Google Play  – Similar to iTunes but easier, you can add it to Google Play for all the Android devices in the world.  https://play.google.com/music/podcasts/publish?u=0#.  I just added my podcast to Google Play while I wrote this new step.  Took 5 minutes.

Obviously, there are a few steps with each of these platforms but they can be easily found in greater detail on youtube.com.  Here are the videos I used to save time and frustration:

Youtube Video – Podomatic for RSS Feed uploads and iTunes upload

We will do a podcast walk-thru screen capture video as there is truth in the saying, “A picture is worth 1000 words.”  Well a moving picture (video) is worth 10,000 words!

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