Author: Colin Gray

Best Podcast Directories: Where to List Your Podcast

You’ve navigated the murky waters of podcasting equipment, traversed the scorpion infested wastes of Podcast hosting and once arriving at full Podcast-hood, you’ve even withstood the storms that weaken your resolve in the early days. You now have a podcast, live, a few episodes under your belt and you’re raring to create more content. What next? Promotion, that’s what. It’s time to grow those listeners, and for that, we’re looking at the best podcast directories out there! One of the simplest ways to get your Podcast out to more people’s ears is to take advantage of the many Podcast...

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I Speak Too Fast! How Can I Slow Down My Podcast Delivery?

One of my biggest podcasting weaknesses, and around presenting in general, is that I speak too fast. Or, at least, if I’m prone to. It’s something I’m aware of and have worked a lot over the years to avoid. Going by today’s question, it looks like I’m not alone! Here’s something that came in from one of our most excellent readers, who I’ll name Maureen: Re: amateurish? Maybe it’s just my voice! Hehe I’m trying to work on pitch and cadence. I’m a fast talker by nature, with a casual chatty vibe, so I need to practice learning how...

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Podcasting Gear Stats in 2018: The Most Popular Equipment, Software & Tools via 200 Podcasters

Podcast Equipment is easily the ‘most visited’ category here on thePodcastHost.com. It seems that podcasters, at least a particularly geeky group of us, are suckers for a piece of shiny gear. And yes, we all know that a $500 microphone doesn’t mean better content, but damn, it doesn’t half look good on our desks, right?! So, with that in mind, I wanted to find out, what shiny gear are podcasters using in 2018? Not only that, but what tools, what software, what gadgets? And that’s what led to the Grand Gear Survey of 2018! Or rather, the Grand Gear Survey...

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The Podcast Interview Booking Tool You Need: Book Like a Boss Review

In this article I want to show you how to use a booking and calendar tool to make podcast interviews far easier and quicker to manage. If you want to save time, to automate your interview prep and generally take the hassle out of an interview show, then this is for you. Why Interview Shows are Hard (& How to Make Them Easier!) You see, there are a lot of things that people underestimate about doing an interview show. The biggest one, for me, is the amount of pain involved in arranging WHEN to do it. You know what...

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Buzzsprout vs Libsyn vs BluBrry: a Podcast Hosting Showdown

Buzzsprout is one of the older Podcast Hosting platforms on the market, entering the arena back in 2008. In the past year, though, I’ve watch them really find their feet and find a great niche for themselves inside what’s a pretty crowded space. The only thing is, I’m not sure that niche is perfectly obvious to the average Podcaster, who wonders: “What’s the heck’s the difference between all these guys?!” Alban, one of their team, got in touch with me recently to ask if I would put a comparison together for them, for exactly that reason. It’s something we’re...

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Making Your Podcast more Accessible (& Growing Your Audience as a Result!)

On this episode of Podcraft, I’m talking to Nicolas Steenhout from the A11Y Rules Podcast. Nicolas is an accessiblity evangelist, helping anyone he can to improve their online content’s accesibility. I loved his top-line advice around the all-round benefits of being familiar with accessibility: A little time spent learning the basics of accessibility can help not only impaired users, but every consumer of your content. Once you know, it becomes a habit, and you can save days and ££s by building accessiblity principles in from the start of any project. First, we cover how to use transcripts to improve...

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How to Podcast from an Event: Live Broadcasting or Offline Recording

Events are brilliant places to capture audio for your show. Where else can you find a huge crowd of people, all in your niche, just waiting to be ambushed with a mic? Good event audio is tricky, though. You need quality kit that stays mobile. Then, add in factors like software, live broadcasting, music and FX… The options are many, but we’ll narrow them down, right here. Let’s go! The Run and Gun: Grabbing Quick Chats First, we have a super-mobile setup: your smartphone in one hand and a USB mic in the other. This allows simple recording of...

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How to do Email Marketing For Podcasters, Bloggers & YouTubers

In this guide, I want to show you how to start growing your audience through email marketing. Here at The Podcast Host our subject is… you guessed it…. Podcasting! But, we build our audience around every kind of content. Both Matthew and I are writers and video creators, as well as podcasters. Email is one of the main tools we’ve used to grow and nurture our audience around ALL of the content we do. It works brilliantly at all levels, from first visitor to loyal fan. How Does Email Marketing Work for Podcasters & Other Content Creators? For example,...

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The Best Kid’s Podcasts: Our Top List

Attention is the trickiest part of podcasting. Forget equipment, technology, software…. Grabbing attention, and keeping it, is the hardest, most important, thing we’ll do. Now, if you think that’s hard in the world of grow-up podcasting, imagine talking to kids! Ever tried to hold the attention of a 5-year old? I have, every day, with my own curly haired menace. It’s like juggling sand. Sand that’s on fire. And invisible. So, it takes a special approach to make a podcast for kids, and whole lot of work, and practice, to create one of the best kid’s podcasts around. That’s why...

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You’re Terrible at Being your own Boss! Here’s how to Build a Better One

I was recently asked along to the Youpreneur Summit to talk about achieving your goals. To me, that means getting things done. Making progress. Being productive. It feels a bit weird to me, because there are plenty of days when I don’t feel very productive. I’m definitely no stranger to the resistance. We’re all Creators in the War of Art If you haven’t read the War of Art, by Steven Pressfield, then get it bought. Seriously, it’s a top read for anyone who ‘creates’ – whether that’s designing a course, producing a podcast or otherwise. If you have to...

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