Author: Colin Gray

How to do Premium Podcast Content: Creating, Managing & Selling

This post is sponsored by Podbean, a long-time Podcast hosting company. But, as with all our sponsored content, we don’t do adverts. This is an honest account of the main ways to run premium content, and the methods that we’ve found to be the best. All recommendations would be the same, whether this was sponsored or not. I hope it helps you out, and thanks again to Podbean for sponsoring! When it comes to making money through your podcast, as with a lot of things in life, the simpler the better. Both for you and your audience. After all,...

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Main Fiction Podcasting Page

Start Here: Our First Stop Articles for Fiction Podcasts Introducing Series 3: 20 Steps to a Peerless Podcasting Website | PodCraft S3E00 Posted by Colin Gray | Oct 31, 2014 | Series 3: Building a Peerless Podcasting Website, The Podcraft Podcast | 0 The Best Digital Podcast Recorders on the Market Posted by Colin Gray | Dec 15, 2014 | Podcast Equipment | 29 Other Popular Articles The Podcast Headset Microphone Shoot-Out: Quick, Easy Podcasting Quality When it comes to starting out in Podcasting, I’m a big fan of the ‘start small’... Read More Best Audio Fiction Podcasts Podcasting is the perfect partner for storytelling, and people have been using this platform to... Read More Recording Skype into a Digital Recorder Recording an interviewee or co-host remotely is one of the most common practices in podcasting.... Read More Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 Second Generation – A Podcasting Review I’m a long time admirer of Focusrite gear. The English audio equipment manufacturer has an... Read More How Long Does it Take to Create a Heavily Produced Show like the Serial Podcast? In the past month I’ve been producing a series of Podcasts for one of my regular University... Read More Scotland’s Next Generation of Podcasters: 2017 Scottish Podcast Scholarship Finalists The Scottish Podcast Scholarship is a competition aimed at finding and supporting the... Read More The Full Archive: All Fiction Podcasting...

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How to Find a Fault in your Podcast Setup or Equipment | Podcraft 811

It’s episode 11 of season 8, and we’re looking at those most annoying of creatures – faults in our setup! It happens, every now and again: you make a recording and there’s some kind of buzz or whine in the background. Or, perhaps there’s no sound at all – it’s just not recording. How do you figure out what’s gone wrong? In this episode, Matthew and I go through how we troubleshoot faults. How do we think about diagnosing them, and what process do we follow to find them? We’ll cover faulty or broken equipment, background noise and problems...

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When & How to Change Your Podcast Name or Branding | Podcraft 810

This week, I’m (Colin) doing solo show answering a question that came up in The Podcast Host Academy community forum. One of our members is finding his original podcast brand and concept a little limiting. It’s a common thing – we start out in quite a niche subject, and end up wanting to branch out a little. Or perhaps we just discover that there’s something slightly different worth talking about. Either way, when and how would we go about changing the podcast brand to accomodate this, from the general idea to the name of the show itself. Find out...

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Blue Yeti Microphone Accessory Guide: How to Upgrade Your Yeti

The Blue Yeti Microphone remains one of the most popular mics out there, and for good reason. Sure, there are better quality microphones out there (check out our best microphones roundup which features the Yeti). They might tote better sound and higher tech specs. But, the thing is, the Blue Yeti wins hands down on ease of use and versatility. The simple plug-and-play USB interface combined with a great in-built stand mean you can be up and running in minutes. Not the hours it takes to hone your usual Condenser mic setup. And the Yeti is no slouch on...

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The Best Podcast Mixers: Pros, Cons & the Ones to Buy

Article Index: Why Get a Mixer? | What to Look For | Budget Mixers | Mid-Level Mixers | Pro Mixers | Recommendations Ok, I’ll get the question out of the way right now: Do you NEED a mixer for podcasting? No, definitely not. Do you WANT a Podcast mixer? Yes, almost certainly. Confused? Well, read on. The Desire to Upgrade It never takes long. It can be mere months into your broadcasting journey before the thought of a mixer starts to play on your mind. You might not even have a reliable audience yet, but you’re getting some great feedback, you’re enjoying the recording, the equipment, the...

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Recording Skype Calls for a Podcast: The Definitive Guide

The world is flat, so we’re told. Flat? I thought we’d figured out it was round quite a few decades ago… Well, I’m assured that this is just a slightly cryptic way of saying, it’s not that big after all. Now, that I can agree with. One of the many reasons that our world is shrinking in relative terms is the proliferation of free, high quality communication systems. There’s no excuse not to stay in touch now! But, not only can we stay in touch, we can collaborate, we can create, we can Podcast! Skype is one such tool,...

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Free-Form Audio Drama with The Family Tree | Podcaster Showcase

In our Podcaster Showcase series, we interview a podcaster who’s finding success with their show. We delve into how they started, how they’ve grown an audience and what they do to get a return on their efforts. The aim is to share experience and learn from anyone that’s making it work! This week, we’re talking to J Adamthwaite and Dave Pickering from The Family Tree. Give us a written trailer for your show. Why should we listen? The Family Tree is a magical realist drama about family, belonging, change and identity. When podcast producer Dave Pickering is approached by...

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Podcasting to Learn More About Yourself: Dave Pickering from Getting Better Acquainted

In our Podcaster Showcase series, we interview a podcaster who’s finding success with their show. We delve into how they started, how they’ve grown an audience and what they do to get a return on their efforts. The aim is to share experience and learn from anyone that’s making it work! This week, we’re talking to Dave Pickering from Getting Better Acquainted. Give us a written trailer for your show. Why should we listen? Join Dave Pickering on his journey to get better acquainted with the people he knows. Part interview show, part oral history project and part autobiography...

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Popup Optin Results & Content Calendar Tools | #009

Welcome back to another episode of The Numbers Game! Last week, our discussions focused around the income here at The Podcast Host, with our story, data and lessons sections. Now, for the second part, it’s the turn of our experiment section and, of course, your homework! In our experiment, we’re continuing to look at popups! We’re looking at the optin rates from having a generic popup on the site Vs. not having one at all…and the figures are pretty interesting! Then, your task. You’ve created a content calendar, but now we want you to do it with a tool...

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