Behind the Scenes: My Podcasting Equipment and Workflow
Starting a podcast is likely much easier than you think! If you have been waiting to start your podcast now is the time. It’s a great way to position yourself as an expert, connect with potential clients and provide valuable teaching and education.
Here’s a behind the scenes look at my office and my podcasting set up along with the links to exactly what I use so you can steal my set up and get started.
Let’s talk about the equipment. I have a pretty simple set up and I feel as though the audio quality is pretty darn good. Can you get fancier, more sophisticated equipment that will give you great audio? Of course! But if you’re just getting started this is an affordable option. If you start to monetize your podcast then you can reinvest that money in a more expensive setup.
What you need - 1. A Microphone (I use the Blue Yeti) 2. a pop filter (reduces any popping sounds or the sounds of air going through the microphone when it is repositioned) 3. Headphones
You can purchase all of the equipment you need from Amazon and also get the accessories in a package.
TIP: When it’s time to record, you want to choose a place with minimal background noise and a smaller space to reduce any echoing (I have heard of some podcasters recording in their closets). The Blue Yeti Microphone has a cardioid setting which means the microphone records sound sources that are directly in front of the microphone.
Once you have the equipment you need a way to record your podcast. If you use an Apple computer, you’re in luck. I use Garage Band which is software included with the computer. If you have a PC you could use Audacity, the most used amateur recording software for Windows, Mac, and Linux systems.
TIP: If you would like a professional podcast introduction or any type of promotional audio recordings created you should check out FIVVER. You can hire professional voiceover services for pretty reasonable prices.
When you record your podcast you will save it as an mp3 file to your computer.
Once you have your podcast recorded and mp3 saved, you will need a place to host the podcast and create your RSS feed. There are many podcast hosting sites out there. I currently use Libsyn (plans start at $5/month). Other options out there include Podbean (plans starting at $9/month).
When you create your show within a podcast host it’ll generate an “RSS feed.”
Ready to get started with your own podcast?! Steal my exact workflow steps that I use to prepare, create and publish my podcast!
Each podcast host will have their own version or structure for the URL but one thing they all have in common is they include the letters “rss.” This is an example: https://showname.podcasthostname.com/rss
Depending on what podcasting host you choose they may automatically push out your RSS feed to many podcasting applications. You will need to submit your podcast to iTunes for approval and to be added to their Podcast directory. Here are the links to submit your podcast to other popular directories:
If you haven’t already read my post on the Four Questions you Should Ask Before you start your Podcast take some time to check that out!
Ready to start your own podcast? Make sure you don’t miss a thing by using my Podcast Workflow Checklist!