Author: Colin Gray

Buzzsprout vs Libsyn vs BluBrry: a Podcast Hosting Showdown

Buzzsprout is one of the newer Podcast Hosting platforms on the market. In the past year, though, I’ve watch them find a really good 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 asked a lot after all – Why Libsyn? Why BluBrry?...

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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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The Best Podcast Microphones on the Market

Podcast Microphones are always a hotly debated topic in our world. Every podcaster has their own personal favourite, and there’s a lot of debate of what level of quality you actually need to run a decent Podcast. Article Index: Entry Level Microphones | High Level Podcasting Mics | Professional Podcast Microphones | Condenser Vs Dynamic | Conclusion Lots of Podcasts record with people in different locations, using tools like Skype and Google Hangouts, so connection quality can be more important than your microphone. Others record in-person, so environment and mic technique play a part. However you record, there’s no...

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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 MEE Podcasting Method™: Editing & Production for Real People Posted by Colin Gray | Feb 6, 2015 | How to Edit & Produce a Podcast | 3 Other Popular Articles The Best Digital Podcast Recorders on the Market Why Buy a Digital Recorder? | Budget Level Podcast Recorders | High Quality Digital Podcast... Read More 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 Fiction Podcasts | My Top 10 Audio Dramas 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 Using a Zoom H1 With 2 Lavalier Mics The Zoom H1 is still a great little recorder. It’s very affordable, portable, and still... Read More The Full Archive: All Fiction Podcasting Articles...

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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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