Author: Matthew McLean

Why It Might Be Time to Quit Your Podcast

Unsurprisingly, most of the folks who land on The Podcast Host website are looking for advice on starting and/or growing a podcast, as opposed to stopping one. However, situations do arise that merit quitting a podcast, or even quitting podcasting altogether! So, Why Quit Your Podcast? Here are some popular reasons why you might be struggling with your show. And an indication that it could be time to stop. You’re Not Enjoying It Podcasting isn’t the sort of medium you can “fake” – at least, not for very long. Audio is intimate, and listeners can quickly pick up on...

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The Best Podcast Hosting Services: Where to Host your Podcast

Article Index: Blubrry | Buzzsprout | Libsyn | Podbean | Podcast Websites | Spreaker Where should I host my podcast?  What’s the best podcast hosting site? There’s some one of the most frequently asked questions in this medium, alongside “what shiny mic should I get?” and “why does the sound of my own voice make me want to die?”. Different podcasters have different wants and needs, so there’s no one-size-fits-all answer here. There are a lot of fantastic services out there. Before we dive into the meat of this content though, I just want to make sure I’m not jumping ahead. There...

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How to Get an Amazon Alexa Skill for Your Podcast

Is it worth setting up an Amazon Alexa Skill for your podcast? You might not think so, especially if you don’t use any sort of smart speaker yourself, or remain pretty nonplussed about the whole thing. But why deny listeners the opportunity to listen to your show where and when they like? Believe it or not, there are podcast listeners out there now who use Alexa as one of their main methods of consuming podcasts. And many more who use it as one of their most regular methods. So if you really want to grow your audience, why not...

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How to Upload a Podcast (OR Where Does a Podcast Live?!)

In this article I’m going to explain how to upload a podcast to the internet, and make it available to your listening public. When you make a podcast, you want people to hear it, right? But uploading and publishing is a step that foxes nearly every new podcaster. So how and where can you do this? Where do podcasts live?! From Consumer To Creator Most people are usually podcast listeners before they are podcasters. A few years ago, before I had ever published a single podcast episode, I would either find and download shows on iTunes, or on the individual websites...

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Best Space Podcasts | Our Favourite Shows for Exploring the Cosmos

In a weird roundabout way, it took making a “space podcast” of our own before we actually went down the rabbit hole of listening to most of these shows ourselves here at The Podcast Host. It’s been such an enjoyable listening experience so far that we figured our own audience might be interested in hearing our current recs. So here’s a Best Space Podcasts roundup for you! Interplanetary Podcast A weekly series from England. Co-hosts Jamie and Matthew discuss the latest news news on all things space exploration in a fun and enjoyable way. They have regular interviews too with...

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How to Get Your Podcast on Spotify

If your podcast isn’t available on Spotify yet then you’re missing out on a huge amount of potential new listeners. Despite being relatively new to the podcasting arena, Spotify swiftly rose to second place behind iTunes/Apple Podcasts as the most popular place podcasts are consumed. According to Libsyn’s official podcast ‘The Feed’, they’re currently accounting for around a 5% slice of the ‘total podcast downloads everywhere’ pie. With around 140 million active subscribers using the app on a daily basis, it’s no real surprise that the music streaming giant has made so much gain in so little time. That...

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Studio Cable Management for Podcasters: Keeping Things Tidy

Podcast studio cable management. A truly riveting subject! It is actually one of these weird subcultures in the tech world though. I hadn’t realised this until I was recently handed the task of tidying up our own studio. There are folks out there who are obsessed with keeping cables tidy. And there’s lots of products out there which help them to do so. The Podcast Host Studio Our own studio was getting embarrassing. It was one of those situations where the basic kit was set up, and then additional things have been added and moved around as and when...

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How Do You Edit and Produce an Audio Drama Podcast?

Audio Drama is one of the most complex types of podcast you can create. From planning to publishing, the entire process dwarfs that of a conversational podcast. For this reason, serialised Audio Dramas are a lot less sustainable than other types of podcast. Few (if any) Audio Dramas run on an ongoing weekly episode schedule. Batch-creating seasons, or putting episodes out as and when they’re ready are more common approaches in this medium. At The Podcast Host, we run a series called Hostile Worlds. This is an Audio Drama combined with space/science documentary elements. It’s a really heavily produced...

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Tools & Tactics for Making a Highly-Produced Podcast | Podcraft 908

In the final episode of our season on creating Highly-Produced Podcasts, we look at some of the tools and tactics to make your workflow as smooth as possible. Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSS Tools for Planning Evernote Trello Notion Tools for Scripting Scrivener Celtx Trint – Automated transcriptions (cheaper) Rev – Human transcriptions (more accurate) Tools for Production Adobe Audition Audacity Production Tips Have standard operating procedures for mixing in shared sessions. Have a good file naming system. Back up files on a network drive, or in the cloud. Work With Us We can...

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Should I Start Multiple Podcasts?

Most aspiring podcasters don’t just come up with one single idea for a podcast series. It’s a creative medium after all. Audio has limitless possibilities, and here’s also no gatekeepers to tell you what you can and can’t put out there. So, instead of just running one podcast, why not two or three? Many podcasters run multiple shows (successfully), so this absolutely can be done. But is it the right move for you? Not If You’re Just Starting Out If you’ve never run a single podcast series before, then there’s your starting point – run a single podcast series....

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