What is a Podcast?
Podcasts are audio shows and stories that are available on the internet. Podcasts are series of recorded content pieces, usually based around a specific idea, topic, or theme – just like your favorite shows on TV.
They are typically audio recordings of narratives or conversations, either between a host and a guest speaker, or monologues by a single person.
What kind of podcast can I make?
One of the first steps before starting your podcast is to figure out the format which you want to create in. Most podcasts are typically in any of the following formats:
- The Solo Podcast – A solo podcast is often made by podcasters who have expertise they want to share with an audience.
- The Interview Show – An interview show is one of the easiest to do in some respects. As opposed to just you trying to come up with something to talk about, here you can use a different person’s content each week.
- The Panel Show – A host and a number of rotating guests – this brings new outlooks and perspectives to your podcast.
- Conversational/Co-hosted podcast – Essentially this format is a group of people sitting around and having a conversation. If you can find a co-host, or even multiple co-hosts who you can have great chemistry with, your conversational podcast will do wonders.
- Non-Fictional Storytelling – Some examples of this type of podcast include Serial and The Teacher’s Pet. A great Indian podcast of this format is Trial by Error | The Aarushi Files, based around investigating the Aarushi Talwar case.
- Fiction Storytelling -If you are a good writer, fiction storytelling is a great way to create captivating podcasts.
- Repurposed Content – You’ll notice that many video shows, bloggers, vloggers, and content creators will repurpose their shows or existing content into a podcast. This also helps audiences catch up on these shows on-demand whenever they want, or consume the content passively through audio.
- Hybrid – You can go ahead and mix and match the different formats described above. Maybe you want to have guests on a few episodes, while telling stories and doing a solo show for the rest of the show? Go wild!
What about the podcast cover art?
Your cover art is the first point of contact with your listeners. We recommend you keep it simple and keep the name of your podcast bold and clear. Focus on the font & size of the ‘podcast name’ and keep the background complimentary to the font style.
If you wish to start designing your cover art, then click here. Always remember to create your podcast cover art in a 1:1 ratio, a square.
How do I structure my podcast?
There are many different structures your podcast can take, but the most basic structure is: intro – body – outro.
- Intro – a short and simple description of you as the host, the podcast and/or episode, giving listeners an idea of who you are and what you’re going to be talking about.
- Body – the main portion of your podcast.
- Outro – a short summary of the episode, sometimes with a short preview of or promo of the next episode.
- Background music – many podcasters choose to have background music during at least the intro and outro sections; a great source for this music is YouTube’s Audio Library – they even have sound effects
- Duration – podcast episodes actually range from being 2-120 minutes long! As a starting point, aim for not more than 15 minutes and go from there. You may find that you have lots more to say, or not so much…
You can simply use your mobile phone to start recording your podcast. Inbuilt microphones in today’s smartphones are able to capture good audio quality. Just ensure you are in a quiet space, away from the noisy neighbors.
To know more about in details on ‘how to record your podcast’, check our other blog by clicking here.
You can use the free online audio editor that Hubhopper studio provides to edit your podcast. A simple, yet a useful tool in performing tasks like adding music to your podcast, adding fade in & outeffects and trimming out parts from your audio. Sign up on Hubhopper studio today to get started with your very own podcast.
There are audio editing software out there that aren’t that complicated as you think they are. In fact, the process of podcast editing is rather quite simple and fun! Once you get the hang of editing software, podcast creation will become easy. Here are some such interesting websites that can help you with your podcast editing with a click of a button.
- Removing background noise: auphonic, Twistedwave
- Trim audio and add intro & outro music:Sodaphonic, Online Audacity, Bearaudiotool
To know more about in details on ‘how to edit your podcast’, check our other blog by clicking here.
Getting your podcast live is the beginning of your podcasting journey. You wouldn’t want your podcast to sit ideally and not have people find it at all. For this to happen we have to first ensure your podcast is available across platforms where people are searching to listen to podcasts. This part is where you ‘distribute your podcast’.
The benefits of hosting your podcast on Hubhopper, allows you to expand your distribution network beyond podcasting platforms. By this we mean smart speakers to OEMs. Here is a list of where all your podcast can be available if you host your podcast with us:
- Ola Play
- Amazon Alexa
- Google home/Assistant/Podcast
- Samsung Bixby Home
- Indus OS devices ( Karbonn, Micromax,Intex…and many more)
- Pocketcasts and many more …
To know more about in details on ‘how to distribute your podcast’, check our other blog by clicking here.