Author: Matthew McLean

How to Do Sponsored Content in a Niche Market with Tom Evans from The Zone Show | Podcast Case Studies

Description: This week I’m talking to Tom Evans of The Zone Show. Tom is a prolific podcaster, having reached 232 episodes in just 3 years, and he has experimented with various ways to monetise the show through that time. On the episode, I talk to him about creating sponsored content within any industry, about the dangers of dynamic advertising and some examples of how he has earned a lot of benefit through the network his show has developed. http://media.blubrry.com/thepodcasthost/p/content.blubrry.com/thepodcasthost/PC801_How_To_Do_Sponsored_Content.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS The sponsored content examples are really interesting to me....

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5 of the Best Podcasting Courses on the Market

Perhaps the most common method of learning to podcast is the “self-taught” approach, where you learn by doing, through a process of trial and error. Fortunately, there’s a tonne of free resources out there that can help you start and run your own podcast. But if you’re coming in as an absolute beginner, that can be slightly overwhelming. Where do you start? And how do you know which advice is good or credible? This approach is a huge investment of time, and whilst that suits some people, there’s another group of absolute beginners who’d rather invest financially to learn...

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A USB Mixer for Podcasting | The Samson MXP124FX

The Samson MXP124FX (Or UK Link) is a USB or digital mixer, which is part of the company’s MXP range. It has an analogue alternative in the form of the MXP124 for those who don’t want to work directly into a computer. There are also bigger versions of both, with more inputs/channels – the MXP144 and the MXP144FX. Each model has more similarities than differences, but it’s the MXP124FX that we’ll be taking a look at in this review. Why Might I Need a Mixer? Firstly, you don’t need a mixer to podcast, but there are a few good...

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A Night of Horror | Fiction Podcast of the Week

“Make sure every character is necessary. It can be difficult to tell characters apart on the radio, and hard to get actors in, so make sure ‘Waitress 3’ really needs her story told.” We’re big fans of audio drama and fiction podcasts here at The Podcast Host. As listeners we’re always looking for new shows to subscribe to, and as podcasters we’re always looking to help fellow creators grow their audience. Because of this, we decided to compliment our Best Fiction Podcasts roundup article with a Fiction Podcast of the Week feature. Each week we’ll pick the brains of someone who runs an...

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Itunes Rankings: How Does It Work?

Virtually every podcaster goes through a stage of obsessing over iTunes rankings. iTunes (in both its desktop and iOS Podcasts app form) remains comfortable at the top of the podcast directories league table. According to Libsyn’s January 2017 data, the iOS to Android ratio for consumption of podcasts is 4.5 to 1 – and that’s with Android sitting in second place, ahead of all the others by some distance. Having the Podcasts app installed by default on every iPhone means that iTunes is the single most important directory for your podcast to appear in, because it’s so much busier than anywhere...

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Turn Your Favourite Headphones Into a Quality Headset Mic | The Antlion ModMic 5

Headset microphones are popular and useful devices. Like any other piece of audio equipment, the quality varies depending on how much you’re willing to pay. The most common complaints about headset mics are to do with sound quality and comfort. Again, this will depend on the make and model you’re using. But it may have been these two factors that initially led Antlion Audio to develop their ModMic range, and the latest model in that range is the Antlion ModMic 5. The ModMic gives you the ability to turn your favourite pair of over-ear headphones into a quality headset mic....

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Samson Meteorite USB Microphone | A Podcasting Review

The Samson Meteorite could be described as the little brother to the Samson Meteor. These two USB mics have a lot in common. With their retro chrome grille appearance, they are pretty unique – neither would look out of place in the Fallout video game universe. So, what’s the difference between the Meteor and the Meteorite? The most obvious factors are the build and appearance. The Meteorite is a little ball that sits snugly in a magnetic holder, whereas the Meteor is a one-piece device with legs fixed to its body. Essentially, the Meteorite is smaller and lighter microphone. So,...

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The Best Audio Drama on Audible

Have you burned through all your favourite audio drama and fiction podcasts faster than you would’ve liked? Maybe your playlist has grown increasingly sparse, and you’ve started to panic about what you’re going to listen to next. Making audio drama is a complicated and lengthy process, so once you reach this stage your favourite creators can struggle to keep up with your listening needs. Enter, Audible Audible might be best known for their audio book distribution, but they also have a fine selection of quality audio drama in their catalogue. The most common method of buying from Audible is...

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And the 2017 Scottish Podcast Scholarship Winner is…

The Scottish Podcast Scholarship invited students around Scotland to pitch their podcast ideas to us. The first prize includes £400 in cash, pro-level recording equipment, and a year’s free media hosting from scholarship sponsor Spreaker. There was a big response, with entries from eighteen different academic institutions around the country. The judges then had the difficult task of narrowing these entries down to a shortlist of six finalists. The finalists were then interviewed about their ideas, before an outright winner was eventually chosen. The 2017 Scottish Podcast Scholarship was awarded to Jennifer Scally, a Masters by Research student at Abertay...

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Recording Two Mics Independently With One 3.5mm Plug | HosaTech YMM-261 Stereo Splitter

Thanks to Peter B who, in the comments section of our article Recording Face to Face, In-Person Interviews for a Podcast, recommended we check out the Hosa Technology YMM-261 Stereo Breakout cable. We frequently recommend the use of splitters in various podcasting setups which involve two or more people. A traditional headphone splitter takes one signal and splits it into two. This means you can have two pairs of headphones connected and listening to the same source, or you can connect two mics (with 3.5mm plugs) and feed them into the same recording. The downside of recording with a standard splitter is that...

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