How to Start a Podcast - Podcasting Made Easy
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How to Start a Podcast - Podcasting Made Easy

Make Your Podcast Today. Learn Podcasting Tips for Launching a Successful Online Show
4.1 (690 ratings)
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Last updated 6/2020
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This course includes
  • 9 hours on-demand video
  • 11 mins on-demand audio
  • 1 article
  • 10 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Learn How to Make a Podcast
  • Publish a new episode in less than 15 minutes (not including recording and editing time)
  • Set up your own popular Podcast show
  • The Secret to Ranking on iTunes, the 800 Pound Gorilla of Podcasting
  • Discover How iTunes and Apple can Send Millions of Podcast Listeners to Your Show
  • Discover How to Build a Fanatic Following of Fabulous Friends
  • How to Choose the Right Microphone For Your Show
  • How to Conduct Interviews Across the Globe
  • A strong desire to learn how to start a podcast
  • You should be familiar with your computer and where you store or organize your files, particularly your MP3 recordings for your podcast
  • You should have a basic understanding of the Internet, how to find web sites, send email, fill out forms
  • All instructions are done on a Macbook Pro. If you have a PC, most instructions for Podcasting are the same. Only instructions on editing audios may differ.
  • It is very helpful to know what topic you want to podcast on. This course does not get into how to pick a topic for your show.
  • It does go into how to find popular topics in your niche to discuss. You decide what your show is about. I show you how to never run out of things to talk about.

Learn to Podcast with a Podcasting Pioneer and Host/Executive Producer of over 40 different Podcasts! Everything you need to get started and a lot more...

  ****Course Up To Date As Of October 7th, 2019. New Lectures Added, #54 Submit to Spotify, #35 The Blue Yeti Microphone, #42 Add Your Podcast to Google Play and Android Phones, and Lecture #71: Bonus Lecture: Done For You Podcasting and Write a Bestseller at the Same Time)****

NEW SECTION: How to Start a Podcast with LibSyn!

Liberated Syndication (libsyn) pioneered the system to host and publish podcasts in 2004. And since then has grown to the largest leading  network with over 2.6 billion downloads in 2014. Libsyn hosts over 25,000 shows with 44 million monthly audience members.


Discover how to make a Podcast - Fast, Easy and FUN! Join over 17,000 students using Power Podcasting to position themselves as THE Expert, build relationships, grow their influence, increase sales, and change the world. 

What is a Podcast? It is audio or video shows, that when you subscribe to them, are automatically updated on your Computer, Smartphones, iPads, Tablets, and/or iPods. Think of them as free radio or TV shows which you deliver Spam-Free! directly to your audience every time you produce one.

Podcasting is bigger than you think. When we survey people who listen to free, commercial-free audio Podcasts at least once a month: we discover an interesting fact: Online Radio beats AM/FM Radio, streaming audio, CD's, TV Music channels, & Sirius

"Power Podcasting Rocks!" 

"Scott is friendly and easy to follow. He clearly knows his stuff. All the tools are here, and laid out in easy way. I think it is a great course! I was shocked at how popular this is. Great marketing tool that I overlooked. Great education." ~ Dan Kobelt 

If you look at the number of people listening to these free shows monthly, they are as popular as Twitter with 39 mIllion listeners, even if it doesn't get the same 'Love'. 

But instead of communicating in impersonal 150 character Tweets, with Power Podcasting, you get right into the head of your target market for as long as they let  you. 

They are portable — and because of this, they are more personal.   

Imagine whispering into the ears of your ideal customers every week... building strong relationships, trust and connections. But instead of One-to-One, Power Podcasting is One-to-Many! Our students know that Podcasting is relationship building in the sales process, and not the time to go for the hard close. 

These listeners are higher income earners. They listen daily to an hour and forty minutes more audio than the average American consumer. They are dedicated to continual learning, so just imagine what happens when your show is available on new cars all over the world... 

Power Podcasting "allows you to convey your personality in a much stronger way than is possible through the written word. That clarity in your message is seen and felt through your actions (on video) and the tone of your voice..." according to Chris Ducker, Author of #1 Bestseller 'Virtual Freedom'. 

When you claim your seat in this course, you'll have permanent online access to watch the course 24/7, and there's a Q&A discussion section in each lecture, where you can post questions - and I'll answer them personally! 

By following the short, simple, easy-to-follow lectures, you will be able to work through the process of setting up your show and publishing your first episode quickly. 

The course was designed to accomplish one goal: Start a  Podcast as fast as possible. I recommend watching the first 6 sections in their entirety. There are PDF workbooks included for you to use to clarify your topic, title, descriptions, intro and extros. 

For 'Type A' personalities, there is a "Fast Track" Lecture (Section One, Lecture #6), in which if you already have a finished MP3 or MP4 file, reveals which lectures to watch so that after following only 33 minutes of video, you will have your show live and into iTunes. In other words, you can be up and running in under an hour. 

The technical processes of  are only one aspect of successful Podcasting. Walk through real life examples of producing a live show, discover how to use your voice effectively to move your audience, uncover how to repurpose content for your podcast that you may already be doing, and how to do it FAST!   

Power Podcasting "will grow your email list, your audience, your influence and your bank account." Amy Porterfield of "Tweet This" and former Social Media Maven for social media for the likes of Harley Davidson & Tony Robbins. 

Podcasts are growing rapidly, and thanks to CarPlay, Google Play and Apps, continue strong growth for years to come. It is just past the 'Early Adopter' stage and has huge potential moving forward. Don't miss out on the low-competition, high-demand opportunities that your fellow Power Podcasters are enjoying. 

"Great content that kept my attention" 

"Scott is obviously very knowledgeable, experienced and shares great content. I am a beginner and he has inspired me to believe that even I can do this. Also, I find some of the other courses very boring and they lose me. This one doesn't. Scott makes it entertaining, easy and fun to learn." ~ Marion Baker 

Who this course is for:
  • No previous experience with Podcasting is required
  • If you have ever wondered how to create a Podcast, this course will show you fun, easy ways to Podcast
  • Future Podcast Hosts and Executive Producers
  • If you have a message you want to share with the world, this course is for you
  • Ideal for speakers, coaches, authors, NGO's/Non-Profits, Small Businesses, SOHO, Solopreneurs and local businesses
  • Especially good for Udemy instructors who want more students
  • If you want to create a new source of leads for your business
  • We start with the basics: How to set up your podcast, how to record your MP3, publish your first Podcast episode, etc. Then move into more advanced topics, such as: Growing your audience with YouTube, etc. How to be more effective with your voice.
Course content
Expand all 78 lectures 11:00:22
+ Learn To Podcast and Why Should You Start Podcasting?
10 lectures 58:12

Welcome to this course! From the heights of Machu Picchu in the towering Andes of Peru, Scott shares some of the feelings you may encounter as you learn to Podcast!

Preview 01:36

Watch this video to discover how to maximize the advantages you will receive from taking Power Podcasters. I want you to harness the power of Podcasting and ride it to the top of the charts!

Preview 12:30

Includes a tour of the 800 pound gorilla of Podcasting. The one place you absolutely must submit your podcast if you want any chance of building a successful podcast. People can argue over everything in the world, EXCEPT this!

What is Podcasting?

Scott shares some of his favorite reasons why podcasting is important to your business. Discover why Podcasting as an international medium is totally in its infancy.

Preview 16:32

Apple recently announced they had their One Billionth Podcast subscriber. Scott talks about what this means to your Podcast show and business.

One Billion Podcast Subscribers

Why Podcasts, and in particular yours, can be heard around the world and on more and more mobile devices.

A Podcast Icon on 650 Mobile Million Devices

What impact will Apple Carplay have on your potential listening audience? Think: "Stuck in traffic again..."

Preview 03:37

When you podcast, it is not like an promotional email that is read (maybe) and then deleted. Podcasts have a long life, and usually they end up with a life of their own!

Preview 02:44

Saw someone talking about 10,000 to master a skill. Discover why you don't need 10,000 hours to be a Power Podcaster.

The "10,000 hours" Lie

Some questions on Podcasting to see if you were paying attention.

Podcast Quiz
5 questions

Thanks to the following people without whom, I would never have Podcasted, learned how to use Podcasts, or been inspired to be more than I was in 2005, when I started teaching Podcasting to people around the world:

Tony Puerzer, Daniel Deyette, Stacey Becker, Jason Bax, CJ, Corey Rudl (RIP), and the rest of the old gang from The Internet Marketing Center; Umeeda Switlo, Martin Pytela, Dov Baron, Shane Jeremy James, Matt Furey, Sam Crowley, Sabrina Domenosky, Ken McArthur, Frank Sousa, Joel Comm, Mike Filsaime, Steve G. Jones, Dan Waltz, Stephan Stavrakis, Richard & Tricia Scott, Stephanie Hartman, Colin James, Art Berube, Nancy Arroyo Perez, plus everyone I forgot....

Especially for my family: My Mom, Arlene, Carl, Jason, John, and Danny!

Preview 1 page
+ NEW SECTION! Free Mobile Podcasting With Anchor
2 lectures 11:30

Scott create a new Podcast faster than you can watch this video on his iPad.

Free Mobile Podcasting With Anchor
A Quick Walk Through Anchor.FM
+ The World's Largest Podcast Hosting: libsyn
10 lectures 25:17

Liberation Syndication is the largest Podcast hosting company in the world. Learn more about how they can help your Podcast succeed.

Preview 02:23

Scott goes over the Podcast costs at libsyn.

Preview 01:31

libsyn functionality for large operataions.

libsyn Pro

One of the biggest questions I get asked is: How can I make money with my podcast. This is one way. Charge people to listen.

Preview 02:58

Scott walks you through libsyn's simple to follow sign up process.

libsyn Sign Up Process

Learn how to create up your Podcast show.

Setting Up Your Show

Preparing your RSS Feed for iTunes is very important if you want to be found easily in iTunes. We go through the steps in this lecture.

Formatting Your RSS Feed and iTunes Submission

Discover how easy it is to post your Podcast episodes.

Posting Your First Episode

Checking out your live show.

3 questions

The key steps we will be covering in this iBook are the following

Chapter 1: Creating and Editing an Audio Recording
Chapter 2: Recording an Interview by phone
Chapter 3: Setting up Listener feedback
Chapter 4: Levelating the Podcast
Chapter 5: Encoding to MP3 format
Chapter 6: Adding ID3 Tags
Chapter 7: Setting up the hosting service
Chapter 8: Controlling Your Feed
Chapter 9: Validating the feed
Chapter 10: Submitting the feed to iTunes, Zune, Blackberry & Stitcher
Chapter 11: Submitting

libsyn PDF Podcast 101 Workbook
89 pages
+ Setting up Your Podcast Show
10 lectures 36:16

Putting together your podcast can be a crazy, wild ride, but we promise not as crazy as the one we went on in the Andes Mountains near Machu Picchu...

Preview 03:47

Most of podcast hosting services cost money every month. Many have a free level until you hit a specified level of either Gigabytes of storage or Gigabytes of bandwidth. Scott shares an established Podcast host with only $15 a month or $99 a year. Hint: He built it, keeps it up-to-date, and it has all the bells and whistles he wished other podcast hosting companies had. Only $99 annually for students of this course.

Preview 01:57

You have the ability to set up multiple Podcasts with multiple co-hosts or show topics. In this lecture, Scott shows you how to set up your first host profile.

Set Up Your Podcast Host/Producer Information

Finally! By the end of this lecture, you will have your first Power Podcast show set up. In Section 4, you will learn how to upload your first episode. The good news is you can edit all your settings. In the upcoming lectures, we delve into Titles, Descriptions, Categories and Album Art in more detail. It is possible after those lectures, you may want to review this one and make changes to your Power Podcast.

Set up Your Podcast Show

The biggest mistakes made by Podcasters who wonder why no one is listening are discussed here since they usually have to do with your choice of Title, Description and Tags.

Title, Description and Popular Keywords for Your Show

Make your album art 1400 x 1400 pixels and in PNG format (JPG is acceptable). In this lecture, Scott shares his opinion on what makes great album art for your podcast and what doesn't.

Podcast Album Art

Unique to this Podcast platform is a quick system (Snippets) for adding text and images to your podcast episodes.

Save Time Making Episodes - Use Snippets!

Gavin asked "Enjoying your course, how do I edit an existing SNIPPET? how do I edit the title or add content to my existing snippet?" This video answers that question.

Editing Snippet Title, Show Title and Episode Titles

In this short lecture, Scott shares what to do if you have a technical issue using MyPodcastWorld.

What to do if you have a problem with MPW

Print out your Show Workbook and use it to make sure you have everything you need to smooothly set up your Power Podcast.

Power Podcast Worksheet: Your Checklist Before Starting Your Podcast
5 pages

Make sure you have everything you need to set up your show.

Podcast Show Set up
5 questions
+ Creating Your MP3 Audio for Your Podcast
7 lectures 39:09

Scott introduces you to this section on creating your MP3 audios (and, yes, you can use these same lectures to produce video MP4 files for your video Podcasts).

Preview 01:29

Audio is paramount to a good audio recording. Which microphone fits your needs. Scott shares his favorite microphones as he records the audio from 4 difference microphones so you can hear the difference.

Preview 08:50

Everyone asks me: Which microphone should you get? For under $200, you can easily get an excellent microphone for Podcasting. As your 'ear' becomes more sensitive and 'trained', you will upgrade your microphones. It also depends on the situation: Recording at home on your laptop or recording outside with your iPhone. Today, I got a Blue Yeti. I show you the difference between it and hde Blue Snowball.

My Newest Microphone: The Blue Yeti

Intros and Extros are short clips of music or vocals which you place at the beginning or end of your Podcast episode. Scott shares an inexpensive and easy way to make yours.

Intros and Extros

Using Skype, you can digitally interview anyone in the world and if they have Skype, the call is free.

Using Skype to Conduct Interviews Around the World

Discover how you can record audio or video calls on Skype with Call Recorder. With Call Recorder you get stunning, high-quality, HD recordings. You can record your Skype video sessions, podcasts and interviews as you see them, or in our unique side-by-side and split-screen modes.

Feel like sharing? Easily convert your calls into MP3 files for podcasting or internet-ready movies for YouTube and Vimeo.

Doing some editing? Call Recorder's multi-track recording feature lets you split tracks after a call.

Free trial software:

Using Call Recorder to Record Audio On Skype (Mac Only)

The latest update to Garageband removed the support for Podcasts that was in all previous versions. If you have an older version, keep it! If not use the Garageband Template from the next lecture.

Using Garageband to Edit your Podcast Audios
Audio Recording
3 questions
+ Setting Up Your First Podcast Episode
3 lectures 23:58

Get ready to go "Live"! Everything so far has set you up for some Power Podcaster success, starting with making your first episode.

Preview 01:16

How do you find topics for your podcast episodes? Scott shares his system for finding hot topics to talk about. Plus: How to find popular guests for your show.

Decide on Your Episode Topic(s)

Scott walks you through making your first Podcast. Assumes you have your Podcast Title, Description, Tags, and MP3 all done. Great for an overview of the process. Section 4 showed you how to make your MP3 and the following three lectures covers Title, Description and Tags.

Post Your First Power Podcast episode
+ Creating Podcast Content
5 lectures 45:44

Scott recently hosted a Google Hangout with fellow Udemy Instructor, Mark Timberlake. Watch as Scott takes the YouTube video automatically created by Google Hangouts and turn it into an audio Podcast.

Repurpose Google Hangouts into a Podcast Episode

Watch the original, unedited Hangout. This is the first half.

Original Raw, Unedited Hangout With Mark Timberlake (Part One of Two)

Watch the original, unedited Hangout. This is the second half.

Original Raw, Unedited Hangout With Mark Timberlake (Part Two of Two)

Listen to the finished published Power Podcast with Scott and Mark by clicking the link below or in the PDF.

Finished Audio Podcast of Mark and Scott's Hangout

Print out your Episode Workbook and use it to make sure you have everything you need to publish your episode.

Power Podcast Episode Worksheet
3 pages
+ Submitting Your Power Podcast to iTunes and Google Play Podcast Directories
8 lectures 45:56

Now that you have created your Podcast, the fun begins! Discover how to drive traffic to your podcast show via iTunes, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other social networks. The secret starts with your RSS Feed. What's that? All is explained in the next video.

Preview 01:17

Why is your RRS Feed important to the success of Podcasting?

What's an RSS Feed?

Discover a quick and easy way to let iTunes know whenever you post a new Podcast episode. This 'secret' will save your hours of painstaking work and you can do it in literally seconds when you follow my power process.


Scott takes you on a tour of iTunes and shares some insights while uncovering a stealth Podcast ranking 'trick' used by some top Podcasters to 'hijack' traffic from 'complimentary Podcasts. Did you spot it? 

Tour of iTunes

How do you 'protect' and maintain control of your Podcast and its feed, if for whatever reasons, you decide to change Podcast hosting companies? In this optional, advanced lecture, Scott shared a FREE service by Google which solves a potential problem down the road.

Advanced Bonus Lecture: Feedburner for Power Podcasters

You only have to submit your Podcast show RSS Feed to iTunes once. After that every time you publish a new episode if you followed the instructions in the 'PingOmatic' lecture, iTunes will update automatically. You can submit the feed made by the Podcast host or you can make your own feed as seen in the previous lecture.

Submit Your RSS Feed to iTunes

Google has now decided to add a Podcast App to ALL Android phones. This potentially quadruples the reach of your podcast. Scott shows you how to add your Podcast.

Submit to Google's Podcast Directory

Spotify has over 100 million listeners and has expanded with a Podcast directory. Scott shows you how to submit to Spotify.

Submit to Spotify (NEW!)

What do you once your Podcast is live.

3 questions
+ Creating Content for Your Podcast
9 lectures 01:54:08

Received from my co-host of our Podcast on eBay:

Tim Knox: "I bet. Totally off topic -- I got another email last week about our #1 eBay podcast. Apparently we still rule! :o)"

Last episode published? October, 2007! Podcasts are Permanent!

Podcasts are Permanent

Once your Power Podcast is live and Popular on iTunes, what can you do to make it even more of a Hit? Scott shares three important strategies for putting your Podcast at the top of the charts.

Publicize Your Power Podcast on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter

Scott talks with a special guest Power Podcaster, Sabrina Domenosky, founder of Get Fit to Get Laid, who despite no new episodes in two years still has 40 downloads of her podcasts daily. Discover how a penny-less gym owner used her Podcast to achieve time & financial freedom, give her two gyms to her partner, move to Australia from Wisconsin and get a show on Playboy radio!

Preview 16:13
Social Media and Google Plus: A Conversation with Mark Timberlake Part 1
Social Media and Google Plus: A Conversation with Mark Timberlake Part 2

in Part One, Ely Delaney of the hit Podcast, "Driving Your Marketing", shares with Scott his Power Podcast system which lands his profitable clients, grows his audience and expands his business network.

Podcasting: The Power Networking Tool 1

Ely Delaney, of Driving Your Marketing, shares his biggest surprise interviewing top experts and authors. What is the key to creating a fantastic episode? How do you use the interview format effectively. How much time should you spend editing your audio interviews. Scott shares his secret for fixing SNAFUs caused during the recording process.

Podcasting: The Power Networking Tool 2

Scott walks you through how to create a Q&A show with BeLive.TV, a new, free service (as of the making of this lecture).

[New!] Use Belive.TV to create Q&A sessions and Monologues
[New!] Use Belive.TV to Create Interviews for Your Podcast
+ Power Voice Coaching
5 lectures 57:57

The non-technical skills you bring to your Podcast are as important as your technical skills. How you use your voice is crucial to your success as a Podcaster.

Preview 01:45

Learn how to use your voice more effectively to connect, influence and move your audience. Discover how to use your voice as a powerful tool to communicate your message. Scott Paton talks with Jesai Jaymes, actor, director, live theatre producer about how you can improve the Power of Your Voice.

The Power of Your Voice

Learn how to use your voice more effectively to connect, influence and move your audience. Discover how to use your voice as a powerful tool to communicate your message. Part One of Three. Includes downloadable MP3 version - listen in your car, while exercising or anytime you feel like it.

Put Your Best Voice Forward 1 (Plus Audio Download)

Learn how to use your voice more effectively to connect, influence and move your audience. Discover how to use your voice as a powerful tool to communicate your message. Part Two of Three. Includes downloadable MP3 version - listen in your car, while exercising or anytime you feel like it.

Put Your Best Voice Forward 2 (Plus Audio Download)

Learn how to use your voice more effectively to connect, influence and move your audience. Discover how to use your voice as a powerful tool to communicate your message. Part Three of Three. Includes downloadable MP3 version - listen in your car, while exercising or anytime you feel like it.

Put Your Best Voice Forward 3 (Plus Audio Download)

What were the main takeaways from your Power Voice Coaching?

Your Power Voice
3 questions