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.
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  • Lectures 46
  • Length 2 hours
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  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 3/2013 English

Course Description

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.

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What are the requirements?

  • A computer and desire to share your voice and passion through podcasting.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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.

What 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.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Why podcast
02:30
Mindmap overview of this course. See what is in on the slate for mastering podcasting quickly.
Article
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.
00:40
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.
Section 2: Garage Band vs. Audacity
Platform Options For Creating Your Podcast
01:51
02:18
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.
02:50

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

Section 3: Recording Basics
02:43
Brief discussion of setting up your preferred input source (Mic).
03:37
This lecture covers the basics of recording your first track in the Garage Band editor.  Ducking and monitoring / feedback control options are also explained.
02:06
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.
01:49
Use voice over talent to add spice to your podcast.  Fiverr.com is an excellent venue to find amazing voice talent artists.
02:58
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.
Section 4: Cover Art
Cover Creation Options
07:23
03:27

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

Cover Creation iWeb
02:07
Free Cover Creator
02:52
03:27
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.
Outsourcing Options
03:00
Section 5: Preparing Your MP3 For iTunes
01:08
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.
Tagging Your MP3 File
02:44
Section 6: Hosting Your Podcast
03:31
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.
02:20
Quick demo of Libsyn dashboard and a walk through of the upload process.  Also, get the proper link to a specific episode.
Section 7: Creating Your Feed
02:32
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.
03:00
There are several options for submitting a feed to iTunes.  This lecture covers:  Libsyn feed, your blog feed using Blubrry and Feedburner.
Section 8: iTunes Submission
01:16
Demo on submitting to iTunes.  You are in the drivers seat now!  Congratulations!
00:33
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.
Section 9: Embed Your Podcast On Your Blog
03:03
This is one option for embedding a podcast into a blog/website.
01:35
This lecture provides a demonstration of how the plug in works and you can see it in action here.
07:19
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.
01:28
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.
Section 10: Extras
02:50

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 :-))

01:02
Converting an existing video to an audio only file is a perfect way to repurpose or syndicate content across multiple platforms.
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This free service will bring up the sound quality of a recording to professional standards.  All for FREE!
01:31
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.
Section 11: Syndication & Promotion
01:57
Syndication Mindmap (brief).  Just a quick overview of several options to syndicate content.  I'll add more lectures as the course gets rolling.
01:33

Listen To All Your Favorite Talk Radio Shows and Podcasts in 1 Mobile App - On Demand

Get the freshest episodes of your favorite podcasts and radio shows streamed directly to your smartphone or iPad - no downloading or syncing. 

00:56

Soundcloud.com is another platform to broadcast your podcast & message. The free version is available, but limits the amount of content you can upload. A paid version exists as well. I use Sound Cloud to add some content and draw listeners to my blog or main site.

Simply create a free account and upload the same file you created for Libsyn, S3 or wherever you host your data files.

02:05
Press Releases are a powerful tool to rapidly syndicate your content, generate buzz about your new show and draw in listeners and subscribers.  See the attached example for a basic template outline.
Section 12: Conclusion
00:58
Podcasting is a powerful resource for sharing your passions, ideas and educating a worldwide audience.  Capture the energy behind this medium.  I want to hear about your first podcast, so please email me at the contact address and let me know about your new show!
Section 13: Optional Lectures / Trouble Shooting
03:04
One of my websites/blogs was hacked a while back.   I thought we fixed it, but the site is often down and thus iTunes cannot pull the podcast episodes embedded there into the iTunes podcast section.  I've been working with the tech crew at Hostgator to fix it, but it still is problematic.

This lecture shows a workaround and I will walk through changing the settings in Libsyn and submitting a new feed to iTunes.

01:20
Tracking comments across the entire iTunes galaxy is challenging and time consuming.  Comment Cast is a free program that does this all for you in one dashboard. Simple to setup and best of all ...another free resource to get you farther on your podcasting journey.  There is a paid version I am told, but you can also kick in $5 via paypal to say thanks to the developer.   Marti.ca is the site to download CommentCast.
04:58
There are many options for storing your MP3 files.  I use Amazon S3 for a variety of formats (mp3/ video/ pdf/ mindmaps, etc).  Amazon offers other storage options, but I have just stayed with S3 for the last 2 years and have been very happy with the performance and low cost.

Drop box, iCloud and other cloud based storage services all work well.  

http://aws.amazon.com

02:16

The drop down default in Garage band is often set to ACC compression. You can change it to MP3 and proceed to share podcast with iTunes.

Section 14: Putting It ALL Together
Podcast Demo Part 1 - Getting Ready
Preview
01:52
Conclusion
Preview
00:37
02:53

Opening Gargage Band template and recording an actual episode

04:28

Recording finished and editing podcast episode. Export to disk and now ready for final processing with Auphonic.

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Instructor Biography

Mitchel Schwindt, 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 continues to work as a consultant helping others implement technology into their businesses and removing headaches and hurdles along the way. He is board certified in Emergency Medicine and has a particular passion for the crossroads of medicine and technology. Dr. Schwindt is involved in a functional and sports medicine fellowship and shares his wisdom with patients and fellow athletes.

He easily reachable on twitter and enjoys interacting with his students.

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