Podcasting - From Zero To Hero
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Podcasting - From Zero To Hero

Learn how to create a podcast and see it live on iTunes quickly. The focus is on Garage Band and iTunes.
4.0 (28 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
1,680 students enrolled
Created by Mitchel Schwindt
Last updated 2/2015
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  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 2 Articles
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Rapidly create a podcast from scratch.
  • Learn the easy way to master the technical aspects of podcast setup and publication.
  • Create amazing quality podcasts by adding special effects and bumpers.
  • Discover how to quickly create eye grabbing cover art for a podcast show.
  • Capture the power of free extras to set a podcast apart and gain loyal listeners.
  • Learn how to syndicate podcasts to gain followers.
  • "Double dip" on your efforts by using simple free tools that maximize your efforts.
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  • A computer and desire to share your voice and passion through podcasting.

This podcasting tutorial is designed for anyone who wants to learn the essentials of how to make a podcast.  The lectures are created without the assumption of any advanced computer knowledge or skills.  While this podcasting tutorial focuses primarily on Garage Band, the information is applicable to Audacity and other recording software.

The lectures are almost exclusively live screen recordings of the entire creative process from A to Z.  Supporting documents include mindmaps, checklists, transcriptions and narratives to elaborate on the information contained in the video lectures.

This course is geared for the beginning podcaster, but the extra's section will contain some cool free tools and techniques to enhance any podcast and reach out to new audiences and markets.

The course will focus heavily on free tools widely available to create cover art, syndicate content and generate additional content from podcast episodes.  The purpose of syndication and creating additional resources will serve to reach a larger audience and promote your podcast to new heights of popularity.

I have been teaching this live for some time and am excited to share this “how to make a podcast” course with a broader audience.  My contact information will be available to enrolled students to help first time podcast creators get their show up on iTunes.

Who is the target audience?
  • Educators who want to reach a larger audience.
  • Business owners and entrepreneurs who want to promote and share their brand excellence.
  • Hobby lovers that want to share their passions with the world.
  • Musicians looking for a way to self-publish and share their talents.
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Curriculum For This Course
46 Lectures
Why podcast
3 Lectures 06:14
Mindmap overview of this course. See what is in on the slate for mastering podcasting quickly.
Preview 02:30

Podcasting is still a relatively untouched resource for personal and business use.  Learn why podcasting is powerful, fun and how easy it is to get started.
Why Podcast & Introduction

I am available for my students.  My goal with this course is to save you from the headaches and frustrations I had when first starting out creating podcasts.
Contact Me
Garage Band vs. Audacity
3 Lectures 06:59
Platform Options For Creating Your Podcast

Garage Band and Audacity are two popular platforms for creating audio content.  See a side by side brief comparison and I'll share my thoughts on which I prefer.
Garage Band vs. Audacity

Short introduction to the basic screen and flow of the new version of GarageBand.

Intro to GarageBand 10.0.2
Recording Basics
5 Lectures 13:13
Brief discussion of setting up your preferred input source (Mic).
Mic Setup

This lecture covers the basics of recording your first track in the Garage Band editor.  Ducking and monitoring / feedback control options are also explained.
Recording Your First Track

Quick video walking through how to add music, jingles and stingers to your podcast to create interest and transitions.  Consider royalty free music as an option.  Soundsnap.com, fin sounds.com, radiodaddy.com, voices.com are all sites that I have used in the past with good success.
Adding Music, Jingles & Stingers

Use voice over talent to add spice to your podcast.  Fiverr.com is an excellent venue to find amazing voice talent artists.
Adding Voice Overs

Creating a bumper or intro & an outro add an element of style to any podcast.  iTunes offers a variety of cool sounding options, but don't hesitate to create your own and use one of the royalty free options shared in the Extras Section of this course.
Creating Bumpers / Intro & Outro Tracks
Cover Art
6 Lectures 22:16
Cover Creation Options

Canva is a free tool to create podcast covers and artwork. Paid features for upgrade, but even the free version works well.

Using Canva to Make Podcast Covers

Cover Creation iWeb

Free Cover Creator

This lecture covers some of the most popular stock photo sites.  An excellent resource for finding unique artwork and images for your podcast cover and many other uses as well.
Images For Cover Art

Outsourcing Options
Preparing Your MP3 For iTunes
2 Lectures 03:52
You are ready to share your podcast with iTunes on your DESKTOP.  This is the final stage and all sound edits are complete.  After sharing your podcast episode with iTunes, you can add tags, transcripts and any other information you would like to share with your listeners.  See the screen shot for an example.
Sharing / Exporting Your Podcast To iTunes

Tagging Your MP3 File
Hosting Your Podcast
2 Lectures 05:51
Hosting has a big impact on managing your podcast.  Set it up properly and choose a platform you can grow with now and save time and hassle later.  This lecture covers: Libsyn, Podbean and Amazon S3.  BuzzSprout is also another older platform.
Preview 03:31

Quick demo of Libsyn dashboard and a walk through of the upload process.  Also, get the proper link to a specific episode.
Libsyn Demo
Creating Your Feed
2 Lectures 05:32
Creating a feed to submit to iTunes will provide an entirely different level of control.  This lecture explains why this is a better way to publish on iTunes than simply submitting the URL from your podcast host directly.
Creating A Feedburner Feed

There are several options for submitting a feed to iTunes.  This lecture covers:  Libsyn feed, your blog feed using Blubrry and Feedburner.
Preview 03:00
iTunes Submission
2 Lectures 01:49
Demo on submitting to iTunes.  You are in the drivers seat now!  Congratulations!
Submitting To iTunes

Very short.  Just wanted to show you what the submission page looks like.  I received message back from iTunes after a few seconds that the submission successful and the new show is under review.
iTunes Submission - Just a quick FYI look at the page.
Embed Your Podcast On Your Blog
4 Lectures 13:25
This is one option for embedding a podcast into a blog/website.
Blubrry Plugin For WordPress

This lecture provides a demonstration of how the plug in works and you can see it in action here.
Embed Your Podcast On Your Blog

This lecture expands on the Blubrry plug-in for wordpress.  I will walk you through setting up the important features on each tab and explain the plug-in with greater detail.
Blubrry WordPress Plug-in Explained In Detail

By default, the podcast title will be the same as the blog title.  If the feed from the blog is submitted to iTunes, then your podcast will show up on iTunes with the same title.  To change your podcast title within Blubrry is very simple.  This lecture shows you how.
Changing The Podcast Title In Blubrry Plug-in Settings
4 Lectures 05:38

There are a variety of stock audio options available. Don't spend a fortune on one track. I really like AudioJungle. I have found some amazing tracks for only a few dollars. (the link is my affil, so if you join I get a few pennies :-))

Preview 02:50

Converting an existing video to an audio only file is a perfect way to repurpose or syndicate content across multiple platforms.
Preview 01:02

This free service will bring up the sound quality of a recording to professional standards.  All for FREE!
Auphonic Free Tool

VoiceBase.com provides free transcription services.   Another way to provide value to your listeners.  You can use transcript as the "lyrics" section of your podcast and there are many other ways to syndicate your content that will be covered in later lectures.
VoiceBase Free Transcription
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About the Instructor
Mitchel Schwindt
3.6 Average rating
34 Reviews
2,344 Students
3 Courses
Physician, author, consultant and triathlete.

Dr. Schwindt has been teaching live courses on a variety of topics and is passionate about life-long learning. His focus is on simplifying the entire process of learning and his conversational style of presentation helps students rapidly master the topics presented.

He is a published author and several of his books have reached the top spots in their respective categories. He also hosts two podcasts sharing his unique perspective on health, wellness and endurance sports.

Dr. Schwindt is board certified in Emergency Medicine and has a particular passion for the crossroads of medicine and technology. Dr. Schwindt has completed the fellowship curriculum for functional and sports medicine fellowship and finds joy in helping fellow athletes reach their potential and optimize their health. 

Contact him through the student question section or twitter (DrMitchelMD) he enjoys interacting with his students and helping students meet their goals.