43 Podcasters Speak Out: What’s One Thing You Wish You Knew Before Starting a Podcast

Rom Raviv
January 1, 2020
Starting A Podcast

Starting a Podcast The Right Way

What’s one thing you wish you knew before starting a podcast?

I can tell you that personally there are so many things I didn’t know when I started my show two years ago that would have made the process so much easier.

Things like: the importance of building a community around your show, how crucial it is to differentiate yourself from the nearly 1 million other podcasts out there, and even how to get my podcast on all of the podcast platforms to get as much reach as possible for your show.

Knowing these things from the get go would have made my life a whole lot easier.

But I didn’t. And if you’re just getting started with podcasting, odds are neither do you.

That’s why I decided to ask this question to 43 of the best podcasters out there. To give newer podcasters a better idea of what to expect on their horizon.

43 Expert Tips on How to Start a Successful Podcast

Make Your Podcast Guests Feel Comfortable

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Podcasting takes finesse. I wish I would have understood the art of making people feel comfortable before getting behind the microphone. Sometimes things like your opening remarks, offering a glass of water, or even just giving them the chance to ask you questions before the interview starts is a great way to build rapport before the show to help your guest relax and talk about things deeper in their heart.

Remember, your guest is the focus of the story. If you’re talking more than they are, you’re wrong. Listen twice as much as you talk, and your interview will be amazing.

Jan Almasy – The Apex Podcast

One of the main things I wish I had known before I started Podcast Junkies is just how important building lifelong friendships and connections would be. I had an instinct to start having conversations using video from Interview #1 and that still continues to this day (thanks SquadCast.fm!).

Now, 200+ episodes in, I’m grateful that I continued down that path, as it has been such an important part in connecting with my guests after our interview at conferences and meetups. 

Don’t forget, from Day 1, that you should never look at your interviews as a ‘transaction’. My mantra has always been, treat your guests like gold. Value their time and information they are sharing with your audience. Go out of your way to make them feel special. And continue to foster that relationship long after the recording is over, from a place of genuine interest in giving back.

Harry Duran Podcast Junkies

Launch Your Podcast With a Bang

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I wish I had taken the time to hype up the launch of podcast. That includes getting loads of people to leave a review and check out the podcast on day 1. By creating hype like a movie launch you’ll be able to build high anticipation and get looooads of people. Make sure you ask all your friends way in advance.

Ethically bribe people online with a valuable freebie in exchange for a review (give them the bribe first of course) The first time I launched a podcast, I pressed the button and nothing happened. 10 Downloads tops. The second I launched it and did it this this, I had over 350 downloads and 50 reviews on day 1.

Julian Danylak Storytelling Secrets

One thing I wish I would have known before starting my podcast has to do with the popular distribution platform, Anchor. When I uploaded my first episode to Anchor, I would get notifications when it was published to a new platform like Spotify or Castbox.

However, after over a month and a half of waiting, I still had not received any notification about my podcast being published to Apple Podcasts. On Anchor’s website it was not showing up in the distribution status section either.

I sent an email to Anchor to see what had happened and they said it had been published, but there was a glitch in the system that didn’t notify me or show on their website. Because of this, I missed weeks of my podcast’s launch on Apple Podcasts.

This is important because it’s easiest to rank your show with the algorithms during the first few weeks. I highly recommend checking the distribution status on the actual platform and not on Anchor when looking to see if your podcast has been distributed yet!

Gavin Lira Future Millionaires

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I am all for people giving their podcast idea a shot without thinking too much about it, but I really wish when I started that I had amassed a backlog before we launched. It would’ve given us more time to plan and strategize how to reach our listeners as well as get that sweet first-week iTunes “New and Noteworthy” bump.

If you’re going to start a show, I highly recommend recording multiple episodes before you release your pilot. Also, do some research into what day and time works best for your type of show, and be consistent with your episode releases.

When we first launched, we were releasing episodes on Friday nights, thinking listeners would want to listen on the weekend. We switched to early Monday mornings because our base wants to listen to us on their commute to their latest film gig. Due to this, we received a significant spike in downloads.

Charles Thomas – Atlanta Film Chat

I wish I had implemented a launch strategy for my podcast. My knowledge of podcasting came from reading articles, listening to podcasts and discovering techniques to market my podcast. I do think I missed an opportunity by not having a launch strategy to release my first 6 episodes and made a lot of noise on social media for the release of my podcast.

In hindsight I could have created more of a buzz by deploying this strategy.  I have since built my podcast audience by organically growing it but a buzz would have helped my greatly.”

Mark Hayward – Absolute Business Mindset

Focus On Marketing Your Podcast

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The one thing I wished I knew when beginning a podcast is, I do not need to advertise outside of social media to be successful.

I spent a lot of time trying to advertise on websites, blogs, and other media venues. This left me truly struggling for time to podcast in between all the marketing I was doing online. I was truly over-extending myself.

When I switched my strategy to just the top 4 social media platforms; Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube, I was able to dedicate more time to my podcast show. The extra time allowed me to concentrate on quality, content, and editing. It’s not how much you advertise, but where you advertise to maximize listenership.

Victor Kercado – All About Life

The One thing that I would have loved to know everything about before I started podcasting was the technology to use, especially the software available to edit and promote your show and more about monetizing you podcast. I learnt this through trial and error but eventually figured it out.

Also, show promotion in my mind is about 80 percent of the work with about 20 percent, actual creation. Unfortunately, we live in a world that demands this.

Build it and they shall come doesn’t hold good in the world of podcasting. Quality content, consistency in production if your content and promotion and finally, growing and nurturing your listeners to benefit them ensure the health of your podcast!

Rajeev Mudumba – Plan B Success

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For our podcast, the biggest thing we wish we would’ve known before starting is that less emphasis should have been placed on perfecting the episodes, and more should have been placed on the plan for distributing our content.

In our heads, we hyped up the launch as this big thing and its really something that has to grow organically over time, however there are lots of things that need to be done to speed up the growth. If we would have had a plan in place earlier for SEO, repurposing content, the path to revenue, etc, then it would have felt like less of a fire drill leading up to our launch.

Will Harvey – Wealth Junkies

Podcasting can be really fun, entertaining and a true learning experience. With the hundreds of thousands of podcasts out there anyone can listen to a particular subject matter that suits their passion, connect to (even through social media) podcast hosts – even internationally, and if intrigued enough can create their very own podcast! 

When beginning your podcast though, it doesn’t come with instructions. Sometimes it is very much hands-on, simple – other times trial and error.

For me, something I wish I knew before starting a podcast is the amount of legwork it can take for listener engagement and building that listener audience continuously. Finding out where and how often potential supports/listeners tune in aligns very much with engagement!

Na’ilah Dawkins – Greener Thoughts

Don’t Wait Too Long Before Starting Your Podcast

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One thing that I wish I would have known before I started my podcast was just how impactful it was going to be for my business and network… had I known, I wouldn’t have waited so long to start!

It took me about 4 years to finally pull the trigger after I first decided I wanted to start a podcast and I spent that time “learning and planning” on exactly how I would launch… DON’T DO THAT.

Since I started my podcast only 4 months ago, I’ve recorded over 85 episodes, built a thriving Facebook group, been invited to be a guest on countless other podcasts, grown my network of influential entrepreneurs tremendously, and picked up 3 new clients for my marketing services agency. I wish I would have known to “start before you’re ready!”

Corey Benschop – The Rising Entrepreneur

The one thing I wish I knew before I started my podcast is the confidence will come if you just jump. I spent tons of time trapped in the analysis paralysis of a lot of things: sound quality, equipment costs, production value, etc. All of those things had some validity and still do. However, I was using them as a shield, to be honest, to hide my insecurities.

I wasn’t confident in my knowledge and even the sound of my voice was off-putting to me. I allowed my lack of confidence to manifest in this way. 

So, I decided why not just jump into this thing and really give it a serious try. I am by no means “crushing it” but I am getting better and growing with each episode, and having The Unusual Buddha Podcast was a huge part of why I was offered a book deal this year too! Those results may be typical but if I had allowed myself to stay insecure there is zero chance, I would have had that opportunity.

Jim Martin – The Unusual Buddha Podcast

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What I wish I’d have known is how fulfilling podcasting truly is. I hesitated to start my podcast for over a year worrying about logistics like what equipment to use and how to get quality guests. If I’d have known how fulfilling it would be to talk to entrepreneurs and share their stories I’d have started sooner. The feeling of fulfillment comes from the responses I receive from listeners and guests.

So my advice is get started and you’ll figure out the rest. 

William Glass – Silicon Alley

People WANT to help you and be a part of what you do.

At first I suffered from crazy imposter syndrome and felt like everyone’s time was more important than mine, but eventually you start to see that people seriously appreciate your work and would kill to be a part of it. That was one of the biggest breakthroughs in life for me.

Lucky Quinn – The Nouveau Riche

The one thing I wish I knew before starting a podcast was how amazing it would be to be able to have conversations with people I’ve never met before on topics I never thought were possible. I knew that social media was a great way to connect with others but hosting a podcast gives you a platform that gives people the chance to open up and tell their stories.

I’ve had people come on my podcast and share stories, events and things from their lives that they’ve never revealed to another soul. Something about having real authentic conversations without the pressure of a camera, makeup, lighting etc just brings the connection to a whole new level!

Daeyna Jackson – She is a Mess

Invest in Your Podcast

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Audio is important! No one wants to listen to a podcast that sounds like it was recorded in a tin can. Be sure to purchase a decent microphone and a headset. The headset will help prevent an echo when you are recording with guests online. I have owned a couple of great microphones. I currently use the Blu Snowball, but I also have a Samsung brand microphone I like as well.

Splurging a little on an audio editor is a great investment if you plan on having sponsors for your show. Most businesses agree that the audio content of a podcast is most important. No one wants to spend 20-30 minutes with static, echoes or lousy sound quality in their ears.

Patti Katter – Wake Up With Patti Katter

Learn More: Interested in splurging on an audio editor? Here are affordable podcast editing services for the everyday podcaster.

I wish I would have known the importance of spending a little bit more money on equipment at the beginning of my podcast.  This would have saved me a lot of money by not just buying cheap microphones and headsets just to get started.

I was so excited about starting a podcast that I didn’t realize that how you sound is just as important as having a podcast.   In hindsight, I should have done thorough research into what it would take to have a successful podcast that would make people want to listen and to maybe have radio stations want to broadcast it.

As in anything you do, you learn along the way and I am still learning this podcast business.  I currently use the RodeCaster Pro system and it is so convenient and sounds amazing. If I would have purchased this from the beginning, I would have saved myself a lot of money!

Don’t just go the cheap way in the beginning think about the quality of your podcast sound. I’m not saying go out and spend thousands of dollars on equipment but what I am saying is, think about how you want your podcast to be perceived by your potential audience.

Eric Stancil – This Is How We See It

Your Podcast Niche is Important

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I wish I had found a niche with an audience already hungry for something more. Who could have predicted this crazy “True Crime” phenomenon? Pretty much everyone if we were paying attention. This genre has been huge for such a long time, and as soon as “Serial” hit everyone smacked their foreheads and started making true crime podcasts.

Find the thing you love, make sure there is an audience for it, and make a show that is easily accessible and builds off of something else.

Also, no more 2-5 people sitting around the table “talking about pop culture and stuff.” The directories are riddled with shows no one listened to and abandoned after a couple of months. It hurts podcasting as a whole.

Stuart Rice – Sketch Comedy Podcast

The 1 thing I wish I would have known before starting a podcast was the genre of my podcast. The reason why I say this was because I started The Raygacy Show without knowing exactly which genre I wanted to exist in. I only knew I wanted to educate and inspire the masses.

After doing 20+ episodes of it then I realized that I want to inspire Millennial Entrepreneurs as I know that entrepreneurship can be a tough and lonely road.

Therefore, I believe if you wanna start your own podcast, you have to:

1) Know and understand who your target audience is.

2) Decide which genre your podcast is in

3) Go back to the fundamentals and ask yourself why do you want to do this podcast and what is it for.

Once you know what is it, why you want it, then the how will take its place and show up at your door in no time. 

Rayson Choo – The Raygacy Show

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When I was young I just knew I’d be the first girl to play in the NBA (the WNBA didn’t exist yet). Well of course no one told me that there would be hurdles so after years on my journey to the NBA, I started a podcast instead. 

And to say there was a significant learning curve wouldn’t be giving it it’s due justice. Most are so tied up with the equipment, trying to get on iTunes podcast, that they miss the most important things – saying valuable stuff. 

I’m someone who has the gift of gab, thanks mom! 

So talking was easy. The most difficult part was creating a theme and the subsequent consistent content that goes with it. Had I not fixed my focus on who I wanted to speak with and what problems I need to solve, it would’ve ended my podcast career. 

Juanita Brazziel – Road II Billionaire

Do Some Prep Before You Start Recording

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I wish someone had told me about how to write for podcasts. If you’re writing for yourself and have confidence issues, then a script helps: After all, you have all of your information right there in front of you and you just need to read it off. You’ll need to work on making it sound natural but that should be easy. 

However, if you’re writing for yourself then seriously debate bullet points: While you’ll need to improv a lot more, you won’t sound like you’re reading a report and can adjust as you go. If you’ve done it right then you should be organized and have all of the information you need, but you’ll need to connect all of the information on the fly and it’ll take a lot longer to record because of the mistakes. Both work; it’s just a matter of deciding which way works best for you.

Jamais Jochim – Webcomics Reviews And Interviews

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If I had to pick one thing that I wish I would’ve known before starting to podcast it would be to just be natural. When we started out at 4 Midwest Guys, we tried to do scripted shows. where we had all our thoughts out on paper and followed them like a report in school and it came across that way, very dry.

Now we just have our topic bullet points and talk freely and it’s much more enjoyable for us and the listeners and makes it feel like the listeners are actually in conversations with us.”

Brian Ankenbauer – 4 Midwest Guys

The one thing I wish I knew before I started an interview style podcast is the fact that guests don’t just fall onto your lap as you would expect (when starting out). The dynamic and culture also differs massively between countries and the people within those countries.

I wish I knew that because my communication style and approach would have been much more different and much less generalized.

Christopher Geel – Exploring Possibility Podcast

Be Mindful of Podcasting Technology

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As simple as this sounds, almost every Podcaster has had an instance where the interview has failed to record either due to technical issues, or human error.

I’ve personally had two instances in 2018 where this has happened. First time the microphone wasn’t turned out and the second time where I had accidentally turned the recording off and forgot to turn it back on.

So, it is a good idea to have a pre-recording checklist and to follow this every time no matter where the podcast is taking place. Testing a short segment before you hit record for real is also highly advised. Imagine getting to the end of your interview and not having your guest’s audio come through!

Aidan Vuocolo – Stories Behind The Grind

The one thing I wish I knew before entering into the world of podcasting, is all the areas where my podcast could be heard. It took some research after the show started to understand all of the outlets for podcasting. Places like Spreaker, Apple, Podbean, Sticher, and even I Heart Radio are all places to upload your podcast. All places that support podcasting. 

Now, some of these places are harder to enter into than others. That fact should also be known to those looking to become podcasters. If podcasters are informed on where their shows can be heard, they can reach a wider audience from the beginning. Creating a list and how to enter into these places would be great in aiding first time casters. 

Robert Solomon – This Uncanny Earth

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The one thing I wish I’d known before starting my podcast related to understanding the dynamic of setting up the podcast with third parties and different platforms like Google play iOS and others. Otherwise, I’ve really enjoyed my podcast and the direction it’s taking me with my career. 

I’ve enjoyed receiving unique perspectives from the special guests who appear on my show as well as the individuals that I’ve met in contacts I’ve made through the podcast which I believe will last me for years to come.

Jason Zuk – The Social Psychic Radio Show

I wish I had been mentally prepared for the editing. I’m a perfectionist, and so I started off editing out all filler words, shortening all long pauses, and quieting the intakes of breath. It never occurred to me that those didn’t really need to be so meticulously edited. My first podcast was anywhere from five- to 15-minutes long and it would take me hours to prepare.

I have since learned that the content is more important than the editing and am a bit laxer in my editing practices. This has decreased burn out and I’m much more able to keep up with my production schedule — even with 20- to 30-minute episodes.

Carma Spence – Weekday Wisdom

Create Systems To Grow Your Podcast

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When I first started podcasting, I did not have the time to individually post episodes on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc. I was too busy creating and publishing my episodes!

This past year, I started to use a social media posting program that formats and publishes my episodes to different platforms – automatically. It also continues to post past episodes on a consistent basis to keep my social media post current while providing additional exposure to past episodes!

Since I implemented this method of repurposing my content, I have increased my downloads by annual downloads by almost 50% over last year! And I’ve taken care of two major things:

  1. Posting on social media by only spending the time to place ONE post into the software. This saves me close to 2-3 hours per day!
  2. Creating real SEO results because all of these things show up as separate content! 

Simply by repurposing content on an almost “automatic” basis! I wish I would have realized the importance of doing this when I first started almost 10-years ago!  There is no telling where my podcast would be in the rankings right now!

Bob Thibodeau The Kingdom Cross Roads Podcast

One thing I wish I had known before starting a podcast was how much time and energy it would take to make a single episode. When I first started, I would record easily on a weekly basis with Anchor and just assumed I could keep up the pace. However, as things changed both personally and professionally in my life, I began to feel that I couldn’t keep up.

If I hadn’t scheduled it on my calendar in advance, it just wasn’t going to happen. I didn’t want my episode to come across as rushed or not well thought out, so now I plan a specific number of episodes per season, set the dates and take the pressure off to do more than I can.

Eva Fernandez Career Hacks: Tips, Tricks and Triumphs

Create Systems To Grow Your Podcast
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I launched my podcast on a whim, so there are many things that I wish I had known before starting. The thing that stands out most is how simple it is to automate everything. I spent months scheduling guests, emailing them for information, forgetting to get their headshot, piecing together episodes by myself.

Now I send them a Calendly link, record the show, and upload the video/audio files to my editor. I used to spend two or three hours prepping the show, for every one-hour recording. Now I spend less than thirty minutes prepping for every hour I record. Automation and systems have made podcasting so much more enjoyable for me!

David Joseph Pere The Military Millionaire

One thing that stands out is to have a calendar already set with how the year will look ahead with impromptu interviews. I did record about 10 interviews prior to launching because I didn’t want to be stressed out every week as I figured out the launch.

However I didn’t think that when I was traveling for speaking engagements I would end up doing so many interviews with people in person and recorded by video as well.  I ended recording so many that I felt overwhelmed having to think about edit, review, marketing etc.

I knew it was going to be a lot of work but didn’t really know how much until I really got into it and life changing things happened to me in the season of launching losing both my parents unexpectedly and my 1st TEDx talk going viral that I was being offered paid speaking engagements that took me away from the creative process of recording and producing.

Now I have learned and went from a team of 1 to 4 team members making it happen 2020 looks so much more organized and exciting for me.  Lesson learned prep but don’t sweat it as we learn from our mistakes.

Natalie Torres-Haddad – Financially Savvy in 20 Minutes

Starting a Podcast Requires Commitment

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I thought having my own podcast would be right for me, because I would be able to convert listeners from the podcast to my website to purchase my products. It’s a very long runway to actually earn money podcasting. The truth is that if you are interviewing “experts”, you’re giving them a platform and moving yourself to the back of the room.

After one year of episodes, I realized I had little ROI. Even with high download numbers, very few people clicked over to my website to see my offerings. They were more interested in the guest, not the host, which was me.

The bottom line is, if you want to make money podcasting, you are better off being a guest on other people’s shows, than having your own podcast. It puts you in the spotlight and you’ll have a better chance of getting people to check out what you do and the products you offer.

Julie Saillant – Motivation Addict

 I started my Podcast because I wanted to shed light on people’s achievements as well as roadblocks, be it in business, goals or life in general. One thing I wish I knew or took seriously was the importance of being relentless – sticking to a schedule.

Because a lot of my Podcast guests are entrepreneurs, athletes, actors & game changers of all sorts I had found it quite difficult managing calendars and time zones effectively to ensure a consistent interview release.

I had and have no issue in attracting quality podcast guests, however, if you want to gain traction you have to be relentless if you want to succeed. In hindsight, the better strategy would have been to pre-record 2-4 interviews prior to release, ensuring you have enough content to keep up with your demand & listener’s interests.

Engagement is everything. Without a hungry audience, the content can devalue and decrease in ratings as time goes on. Without maintaining consistency, you may lose momentum.

Flerida – An Uncommon Dialogue

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In the words of Franklin D Roosevelt “There is nothing to fear but fear itself.” The one thing I wish I had realized when I first started doing podcasts was that I was going to be turned down for an interview like 9.5 times out of 10 by the people I approached while being scared out of mind to even ask them.

As a result of this early rejection you learn to build a strong strategy for getting guests to come on; from asking that important question to going after that guest that you think you can’t have.

The one thing I wish that I knew before I started is that rejection is a part of the game and a fear of failure is not important; I’ll leave you with this quote from George Addair “Everything you’ve ever wanted is sitting on the other side of fear”.

Joshua Bennett – Gears & Grind Podcast

The biggest thing I wish I would’ve known before I began podcasting is the importance of a dedicated schedule. People want to be in tune so they can always experience something new.

When there’s no schedule, releasing episodes late or without announcements, it’s harder to build an audience. That definitely stumped me at first.

Mike Fox – Movement Is Life

Be consistent… but different. Since starting podcasting, we have learned that our listeners want a set of regular topics—or themes—that are relevant to them, but they want to hear it told differently or from various perspectives. Even the introductions to the episode need to have the same messaging but needs to be said differently each time. And the content of the episode is most important, so tell them what they’re going to hear, then let them hear it ASAP, but make it clear how the perspective is new or different.

Mitch Roshong – Count Me In

Build a Community For Your Podcast

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I wish I had realized how important it was to begin building a community. When starting a podcast, it’s incredibly difficult to get your show heard through all of the noise already out there. Still, no matter how small the count may seem, every show will have early listeners and those listeners will be the first members of your tribe. You should be engaging them; mention them in episodes, tag them on Instagram, ask them how you can improve, etc.

The same principle applies to guests if you’re hosting an interview-style show. Make sure to add as much value as possible to every single person who takes the time to share their story. Although your audience is small, make their experience feel world-class. These early listeners and guests will become the foundation of your podcast and your biggest evangelists as long as you take the time to build that community.

Ben Burman Starting It Up

I wish I’d known what a community we would build. We were prepared for the technical and logistical side of starting and growing a podcast but no one told us about the relationships and connections we’d create. We’ve created a culture, we connect like minded individuals. We add value to their lives by the content we put out and give them something to engage with and look forward to.

That isn’t something to be taken lightly and it’s something that needs to be cultivated and cherished. The connections we’ve created with our audience, the loyal fans that come from our conversations with them and the referrals they send has grown our podcast bigger than any amount of ad dollars could have.

Kelli Maxwell Campfire Hour

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If there is one thing that I wish I would have known before starting the podcast is that this podcast has nothing to do with me yes I am the host but it has nothing to do with me and has everything to do with the listener and the community that I am trying to serve.

As a podcast host sometimes we can get caught up in things in our ego such as downloads how many people share it if people talk about your podcast but really the whole purpose of starting a podcast is to build an intimate relationship with an audience and to serve no matter if you monetize or how many downloads you get because a podcast is the most intimate way to connect and build an audience.

You are trying to make an impact and serve serve your community and listener that needs to hear what you have to say.

Emily Walsh In Search Of Her

Don’t underestimate the reach of your audience and how to engage with their needs. When we first started our podcast we assumed we would reach only Technology related people. When we started our audience slack channel we met listeners from all over the world, students, engineers and hedge fund managers!

We are still surprised when they reach out to us after listening to our show and ask impressive questions about a vendor or technology we talked about on the show. Focus on making great content, and your audience reach might be more significant than you expected.

Justin Brodley – The Cloud Pod

One of the great things about starting a podcast is the amazing community you become a part of. Podcasters are passionate action oriented people, and they are more than willing to help support new podcasters.

There are many online communities and in-person meetups you can be come a part of. There are people that are more than willing to help you with pretty much any question or problem you have on your podcasting journey.

Jacob Harmon – SuccessQuest

Ninja Tips For Starting a Podcast

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The one thing I wish someone would have told me about when I got started is the concept of podcasting testimonials. Going into podcasting, I had no idea that testimonials were used outside business services.

Because of that, I missed out on a lot of opportunities to get 15-second videos of world-class entrepreneurs saying how great of a host I was and that they highly recommend other top entrepreneurs hop on the show as well.

At least I started early enough because I know so many podcasters that still don’t take advantage of this easy yet effective way to get content as well as grow your credibility in the space.

Rom Raviv – Spreading Success Podcast

Just because someone says no now doesn’t mean they’ll say no later. I’ve had a couple guests come on my show that initially told me no when I asked them to be on the show.

After I built up my audience a bit and had some more noteworthy guests on, those no’s quickly turned into yes’s. Don’t ever give up on a guest that you want on the show.

Everyone and their mother wants to be on a podcast, sometimes the conditions for them have to be just right in order for that to happen.

Chase Henderson – Young, Healthy, and Wealthy

Starting a Podcast of Your Own

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After reading over 6,000+ words from 43 successful podcasters, you should have everything you need to hit the ground running. But what is step 1? If you’re starting a podcast from scratch, your first move is to get your show live. How do you do that? You’ll need an audio host. An audio host is where your podcast lives online. Once you’ve got your audio host in place, then real people can actually start listening to your show! But there are a whole lot of options when it comes to choosing an audio host.

Recently I wrote a review on my personal podcast host (that just happens to be free) which is where I would recommend you go if you are just in the beginning stages of your podcast. If you are still sitting on the sidelines and you haven’t started your podcast yet, spend a few minutes to read through my Anchor Podcast Hosting Review and you will have your podcast up and running in no time.

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