Beginners Guide to Podcasting (How to Podcast in 2019)


– What is goin’ on, YouTube? Today I’m making a video all about what I wish I knew
before starting a podcast. So if you’ve ever thought
about starting a podcast, this video is gonna have
a ton of value for you. So I’m gonna give you
tons of tips and tricks, but before I do that,
I gotta get to school, so let’s go do that. (electronic music) Thank you. All right, I’m back. Let’s get inside, let’s
talk about all the things I wish I knew before I started a podcast, so that you guys don’t have to
make the same mistakes I did. Let’s go. All right. Let’s teach you about podcasting. So like anything, when
I started podcasting I was super excited to
go, was ready to do it, I was ready to kill it. I thought I knew everything, I’d watched a ton of YouTube videos, but yet I still made a ton of mistakes. So that’s what I’m gonna
kinda gear this video around is trying to help you avoid
the mistakes that I made so that you don’t have the
same negative repercussions that I did, because they were plentiful, and they were a royal pain in the ass. So let’s get into them. First mistake I made was my mic choice. The mic I’m about to show
you is a mic that almost, I see almost every podcaster buy, and now that I know that it’s
not the best fit, it irks me. And that is this right here. The Blue Yeti microphone. It’s serviceable if
it’s just gonna be you. It’s OK, but it does pick up
a lot of reverb from the room, so if you have a room that’s heavy hardwood or heavy
concrete, things like that, it picks up so much
reverb, so you hear echo. And if you have to use the setting, or if you have to situate
yourself with a guest in the same room, it sounds pretty bad. My first few episodes when
I had a guest in studio, we were recording just using
that mic, the Blue Yeti, and the sound quality was not great. There was so much echo, and
I didn’t have anything else to compare it to, but you could
tell it wasn’t that great. So then I went ahead and I
purchased two of these bad boys right here, they are the
Audio-Technica ATR 2100 I believe is the model
number, the model number. It’ll all be linked down below, so anything I mention, all
the links are down below, so go check that out if you decide that you want that for you. But I think that’s a way better fit. The sound quality is far more crisp, and you’re better off
getting two of those, it’ll be almost the exact
same price as the Blue Yeti. So even if you have somebody in studio and you need two mics,
you still have that option if you buy two, and it still
has that USB option as well. Which is the main reason
why a lot of people go for the Blue Yeti, is because
the convenience of the USB. But the ATR also has that as well. So I would recommend, go for two of these, almost the same price, far
better value, far better quality. The next mistake I made is if
you’re not gonna have guests in studio all the time, which chances are with the technology at your disposal, the ease of getting guests that are abroad and things of that nature, you wanna do it, a lot of it remotely, so you’re gonna have to
record the audio some way. And I watched some videos
and I saw somewhere where it said that the IBDTL,
I believe it was called, a service for recording your
calls, was the top quality. So I bought it, they make
the pricing structure so that it makes a lot of
sense to buy the whole year. It was like 400 bucks, I
bought it, and it was crap. My internet quality, or I
don’t know what the issue was, but it wasn’t strong enough
for me to even make a call. And so I used it for a few,
with a few potential guests, and the calls didn’t end
up even going through. So that ultimately led to
the guest getting frustrated, myself getting frustrated,
so then when we finally just resorted to Skype, I was on edge, the quality of the
conversation wasn’t as good, the flow wasn’t as smooth, because of the frustration
experienced by IBDTL, I believe that’s what
it’s called, I’ll find it and I’ll put the picture of it right here. And then when I called to cancel it, and I said that of all the
issues I was experiencing I wanted to opt out of my year, they basically told me to, sucks, suck it, it sucks to be you, they didn’t offer me any sort of refund, nothing whatsoever, they said sucks. I think the exact quote they said was, “We’re not in the business
of issuing refunds.” And I was just like, bruh.
– Bruh. – I’m out 400 bucks, ’cause
I’m trying to deliver the top quality, and I can’t
delivery quality at all because your service didn’t work for me. So I would avoid them like
the plague, because, one, it may not work if you don’t
have a strong enough internet, and two, their customer service is brutal. And I don’t mean to bash them, like I don’t like to
bash someone’s company, but I’m just saying, from personal experience,
mine was terrible. I was out 400 bucks for a
product that I couldn’t even use, and when I expressed that to them, just looking for a refund
or even a partial refund for the time which that I
hadn’t used in that year, they said they couldn’t
do anything for me, they basically told me to go away. – Go away. (laughs) Go away. (laughs) Go away! – So how I record my remote
calls is through Skype. So I downloaded a software, I think it was a $40 lifetime fee for
it, and it allows me to record any calls that
I make through Skype, which is super awesome because
what this allows me to do is to export them into
different audio files, so one for myself and one for the guest. And the benefit to that is when editing, if you guys aren’t using
the same mic, and there’s, it’s likely you’re not going
to be the same frequency and pitch and whatnot, you
can adjust that in post to try to make it more in
unison with each other, make it sound smoother
and easier on the ear, where that’s not possible if
there’s just one audio file. ‘Cause I know you can do it for free through Google Hangouts, I believe, but I, I’m not, don’t quote me on this, watch more videos for yourself, but I believe it comes
out in one audio file, which is nice because you
don’t have to do as much work in post, but you also
don’t have that flexibility of trying to fix up the errors that come with using different mics
and using this technology. So I would just say Skype for ease of use and practicality purposes, and
you can get that Skype call recorded for 40 bucks for
a lifetime access to it, and there’s tons of others
on the market as well. So that’s my two cents is to use Skype. Another thing that you
have to keep in mind when you’re having a podcast
is hosting it somewhere. There are tons of
different options for this, so do your research, but let
me tell you what not to do. I have a WordPress
website for my business, so I did some Googling and I saw that you can host it on
there with a free plugin. So I was like, oh, awesome,
signed, sealed, delivered, sign me up, let’s go. I put it on there, and
little did I know that after, it has a certain threshold
that it can withstand for that free, and it’s
10 episodes it seems, because I was uploading new episodes and my previous ones were getting deleted, and they were just gone, ’cause the server couldn’t support it. So that was a royal pain in
the ass, then, switching over. So I would just say do your research, invest in a quality hosting service, because the headaches that
result from it afterwards, you don’t want ’em, it was
a royal pain in the ass, I was on the phone after phone after phone figuring this thing out, so avoid those. There’s some paid ones that are awesome that provide you some sort of analytics, but there’s also a free
one, which I highly, highly recommend, and that’s Anchor. I use them now, it’s awesome,
it’s super, super simple, super user-friendly and easy,
and a huge bonus to that is it also provides analytics,
so, no-brainer there. It’s free, it’s awesome,
and it also helps, it’s a huge, huge asset
is it gets it to so many different platforms right through Anchor. So it makes your job so much easier, you just put it in there, and release it to all the different platforms. So it makes your job easy,
one less thing to worry about. So that would be my advice
would be to go through Anchor, it’s free, there are some
other paid options too, which, feel free to explore. But don’t use your WordPress
site, the free option, ’cause that screwed me. What other advice did I have for you guys? Lemme see here, what if, oh yes, another thing to consider. When you start a podcast,
there’s a lot of things you need to think of conceptually. For the content that you are delivering you need to think long-term,
and also think give and take, think selfishly, because you
have to be wanting to speak to these people, you have
to be wanting to have the conversations around these topics, and if you don’t have that
genuine connection to it, the audience is going to see that, the quality is going to
suffer because of that, and it’s just not gonna be a good product that you’re gonna be putting
out there, and in turn, you’re not going to gain that traction and success that you want. So make sure you’re thoroughly
interested in the topics and the people, and also think about, think about it from a
marketing point of view. Is the content that you’re
discussing in demand? Does it provide value for people? Is there a reason for them
to continue to come back and listen to your next guest,
listen to your next podcast? Are they taking something from it, and are there enough people that will benefit from that content? The benefit of the internet
is that you have access to billions of people now, so
you can still get pretty niche and find success, but you
have to then determine how do you market to those people? Because if people who are taking value or could take value from your content can’t find it, then it’s essentially useless. Or limiting yourself greatly by not being in front of these people,
so think about that. You gotta love it, you
have to provide value, recurring value, and you have to make sure that it’s accessible to the
people who would listen to it, enjoy it, and take something from it. So think about that. Really take some time and thought into what you want to take
it, where you want to take it, but also, be adaptable. I initially started off my
podcast where I was gonna be super, super niche, just
focusing on young people, millennials, and just
focusing all around that. But pretty quickly, after
having a few of these episodes, I decided that I didn’t want
to limit myself to that, and I wanted to broaden it. So let it, let yourself be malleable, let yourself be shaped by your content, your passions, and your conversations. That’s the beauty of it
is that you’re learning through the process, so shift it up. Have fun with it, learn
from it, grow from it, that’s the big beauty
of it, we’re all growin’ through these conversations, and that’s the awesome part of it, is it’s evergreen content. That’s the beauty of podcasting
is it’s here forever. So you can go back, check
it, see how you did, and then compare it to
your future episodes. So that’s my tips,
that’s what I wish I knew before I started a podcast,
because that would have saved me so much time, money, and effort. So listen to my advice, good
luck on starting your podcast, if you have any questions,
please let me know in the comment section down
below, I will reply right away, or as soon as I can to answer any of them with as much advice as I possibly can. Check out my podcast, I drop
steady episodes every week to inspire you, empower
you, and motivate you to live life your way and do dope shit. And that’s what it’s at,
that’s what it’s all about. Ladies and gentlemen, thank
you guys so much for watching. I hope you have a great, great day, keep killin’ it out
there, keep crushin’ it, and you’ll hear from me soon. Peace. I dunno what that was, but bye. (electronic music)

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