What is a Podcast?
A Podcast is a set of digital audio files that can be downloaded or streamed over the Internet. A podcast episode is a grouping of audio files. One or more people usually host a podcast, leading a discussion, sharing stories, or reporting on current events. A podcaster is someone who produces one.
How Do Podcasts Work?
Both listeners and creators will find podcasting to be a user-friendly medium. Those interested in starting their own podcast can do so on a variety of platforms. Unlike traditional radio and television stations, which are often subject to regulations and approvals, several podcasting platforms allow users to self-publish. Podcasts can be found on streaming apps like Spotify, Stitcher, iTunes, Google Podcasts, and Apple Podcasts (the podcast app that comes with iOS).
How to Listen to a Podcast
For listeners, a podcast is similar to an on-demand Internet radio show. Using a podcast app or an RSS feed, you can listen to podcast episodes or subscribe to podcasts online (Rich Site Summary or Really Simple Syndication). Subscribers to the podcast are notified whenever a new episode is released. Most smartphones, including iPhones and Android phones, come with a media player that lets you subscribe to podcasts and listen to or download episodes.
How to Create a Podcast
A high-quality podcast takes time to create, record, edit, and distribute. Consider the following general guidelines when putting together your podcast.
Identify your Topic and Goals
Choose a podcast topic that relates to your skills and interests. Make a list of your podcasting objectives. Podcasters create content for a variety of reasons, including brand awareness, audience engagement, and information dissemination on topics that are important to them.
Listen to Other Podcasts on your Topic
Investigate the best podcasts on your chosen topic. Listen to episodes, read reviews, look at average episode lengths, and learn more about the type of content that resonates with the subscriber base.
Develop your Format
Interview talk shows, monologues, fiction, and nonfiction narratives are all examples of podcast formats. Determine the number of podcast episodes you’ll make in your first season, as well as the length of each one. Decide whether you’ll be the sole podcast host or will collaborate with a co-host.
Choose a Title
Come up with a name for your podcast after you’ve decided on a format. Keep it simple and direct. Include important keywords that will help new listeners find your show based on the podcast’s name and improve search engine optimization (SEO).