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Course Language: English
Colin Gray
Colin Gray
Colin has been teaching people how to podcast since 2007. He's worked with Universities, businesses and hobbyists alike. He started The Podcast Host to share his experience and to help as many people as possible get into Podcasting. He runs Podcraft, to spread the art of podcasting, and does the ...
Podcast Liberation: Set Your Podcast Free

About this course

For any aspiring podcaster, the hardest step is the first. This course is designed to help you release your show, guiding you from the very beginning, right through your first few months. The result isn’t any old podcast, rather a well planned, professionally recorded, high quality, properly edited show.

This course gives you everything you need to make your first few episodes public and start off in the best way possible: 

  • Why podcasting is so powerful in business, education & for fun
  • How to define and plan your podcast’s content
  • The equipment you need to record online or in person
  • How to plan each episode and use that to record great content
  • How to set up your recording space for optimum quality
  • The editing skills you require to produce great sounding audio
  • How to promote your show at launch and the first few months
  • How to publish your podcast and get it into the biggest directories

How Does This Course Work?

This course is self-study by nature, but I think you can benefit from setting a structure to how you approach it. 

The course includes a range of material and tasks which make up 15 topics in total. I recommend completing this course over three weeks, attempting a topic per day. Each topic should take under an hour, although you may find it taking longer if you explore other aspects on the way.

What Do We Cover?

Here are some of the questions we plan to answer:

  • What is a podcast? What can they be used for? How do I subscribe?
  • How can podcasts be used to promote and grow my business?
  • How do I go about scripting and planning my podcast?
  • What should I use to record my podcast?
  • How do I go about editing my podcast? How can I add music and sound effects?
  • How do I set up my Podcasting website? How do I let people subscribe?

Course Structure

  • Course Introduction
    • Welcome & an Overview
      • Video: Welcome to the Course
      • Welcome to Podcast Liberation!
  • PART 1: Planning
  • 1. What is a Podcast and how does it work
    • What is a Podcast?
      • Video: What is a Podcast?
      • What is a Podcast?
    • Tasks For Today
      • Video: Your Tasks
      • Preliminary Task
      • What is your idea for a Podcast Topic?
      • Main task
      • Name One Podcast You Subscribed To:
  • 2. Why Choose Podcasting? What's it Good For?
    • Untitled Page 1
      • Defining your Podcast Purpose
      • Video: The Power of Podcasting as a Medium
      • Introducing Podcraft
      • Audio: How to Promote Your Business or Make Money with Your Podcast
      • Audio: The Benefits of Podcasting in Education
    • Today's Tasks
      • Video: Today's Task
      • Today's Task
      • What Unique Benefits of Podcasting are Most Attractive to Me?
  • 3. Defining Your Podcast Strategy
    • Lesson Resources
      • Introduction
    • Podcast Strategy
      • Video: Why You Need a Podcast Strategy
      • Today's Podcast Episode
    • Setting Your Aims
      • Video Tutorial: Your Podcast Aims
      • 1. What's the Primary Aim of your Podcast?
      • 2. How Will You Measure This Aim?
      • 3. What's the Secondary Aim of your Podcast?
      • 4. How Will You Measure This Aim?
      • Test Input Field
    • Defining Your Audience
      • Video Tutorial: Avatars
      • What is your avatar's name?
      • What age is your avatar?
      • What do they look like?
      • How do they dress?
      • What's their job?
      • What do they love to do in their time off?
      • What's their history, eg. hometown, education, how they got to where they are now:
    • How Will You Help?
      • What Are You Solving?
      • What's the big pain your avatar is experiencing, that you can help with?
      • What's a second pain your avatar experiences that you can help with?
      • Write your podcast description:
    • Conclusion
  • 4. Planning Your Format
    • Choosing an Episode Format
      • Video: Podcast Formats
    • Interview
      • 2. The Interview
    • Co-Hosted
      • 3. The Co-Hosted Show
    • Roundtable
      • 4. The Roundtable
    • Documentary
      • 5. The Documentary
    • Mixed
      • 6. Mixed Format
    • Today's Tasks
      • Video: Your Tasks
      • Your Tasks for this Lesson
      • Choose Your Format
      • Why that Format?
      • Choose Your Duration
  • 5. Scripting Your Podcast
    • Introduction
      • Scripting Your Podcast
    • Scripting Options
      • Video: Podcast Scripting
      • What are the Options?
      • Podcast Episode
    • Tasks
      • Your Task
      • The Task for this Lesson
      • What Method Did You Use?
  • PART 2: Recording
    • Recording Your Show
      • Part 2 Introduction
      • Recording Your Show
  • 6. How to Record Your First Audio Clip
    • Introduction
      • Video: Introduction
      • Introduction
    • Recording Environment
      • Thinking about your Recording Environment
      • Podcast Episode
    • Microphones
      • Entry Level Microphones
      • Setting Up Your Microphone
    • Recording
      • Recording Your First Clip - Video
      • Recording Your First Clip - Written Instructions
    • Creating an MP3
      • Creating an MP3 - Video
      • Creating an MP3 - Written Instructions
      • Microphone and Recording FAQs
    • Tasks
      • Tasks for Today
      • It's time to GET IT DONE!
      • Did you GET IT DONE?
      • Tell me one thing you learned during this recording that you'll improve upon?
  • 7. Podcasting with a Remote Guest or Co-Host
    • Remote Recording
      • Video: Introduction
      • Introduction
    • Recording Software
      • Recording Skype Calls
    • Pamela
      • Installing and Setting up Pamela
      • Making a Recording with Pamela
    • Ecamm Call Recorder
      • Using Ecamm Recorder to Record a Skype Call
      • Tasks for Today
      • Lesson Tasks: Record a Test Call
      • Which Recording Software Did You Choose?
  • 8. Podcasting with A Local Co-Host
    • Intro
      • Video: Recording Locally
      • Introduction
    • Recorder
      • Video: The Digital Recorder
      • The Digital Recorder
    • Microphones
      • Video: Microphones
      • The Budget Microphone Setup
      • The Gold Standard Microphone Setup
    • Extras
      • Video: The Extras
      • The Extras: Cables, Stands and Pop Filters
    • Tasks
      • Video: Your Tasks
      • Unit Tasks
      • Where will you be recording your co-host or interviewees?
      • What Equipment Setup have you chosen, and why?
  • 9. Upgrading Your Podcasting Equipment
    • Day 9
      • Introduction
    • Microphones
      • Video: Upgrading Your Microphone
      • Upgrading Your Podcasting Microphone
    • Mixers
      • Video: Upgrading to a Mixer
      • Upgrading to a Mixer
    • Tasks
      • Unit Tasks
      • What equipment will you be using to record your regular episodes?
    • BONUS: My Setup
      • BONUS Video: My Setup
  • PART 3: Publishing
    • Publishing
      • Part 3 Introduction
      • Publishing Your Podcast
  • 10. Podcast Music
    • Introduction
      • Investigating Podcast Music
      • Music: Your Choices
    • No Music
      • Going Naked: No Music!
    • Free Music
      • Finding Free Music
    • Stock Music
      • Using Stock Music
    • Custom Audio
      • Custom Audio Branding
    • Unit Task
      • Your Task
      • What Music Option Have You Chosen?
  • 11. Podcast Artwork
    • Artwork
      • Creating Your Podcast Artwork
    • Artwork Specs
      • Video: Podcast Artwork Specifications
      • Podcast Artwork Specifications
    • Creating Artwork
      • Video: Creating Your Podcast Artwork
      • Creating Your Podcast Artwork
      • Your Task
      • Your Podcast Artwork Method
  • 12. Editing Your Podcast
    • Editing
      • Editing Your Podcast
    • How Much Editing?
      • Video: How Much Editing Should I Do?
      • How Much Editing Should I Do?
      • Podcast Episode: How Much Editing is Right?
    • Meet Audacity
      • The Audacity Audio Editor: An Introduction
      • Installing Audacity and LAME
    • Audacity Tour
      • The Audacity Interface
    • Basic Editing
      • Removing Silences and Mistakes
      • Video Tutorial
    • Multitrack
      • Timeshift and Multitrack
      • Video Tutorial
    • Amplify
      • The Amplify Tool
      • Video Tutorial
    • Volume Control
      • The Envelope Tool
      • Video Tutorial
    • Creating an MP3
      • Exporting Your Audio in the Correct Format
    • Tasks
      • Video: Your Tasks
      • Your Tasks
      • Log What Editing You Did on Your First Episode
  • 13. Publishing Your Podcast
    • Podcast Hosting
      • Introduction
    • Free Hosting
      • Video: Why Free Podcast Hosting isn't Worth it
      • Free Podcast Hosting
    • Paid Hosting
      • Video: Paid Podcast Hosting Options
      • Paid Podcast Hosting: DIY or Outsourced?
    • Media Hosting
      • What's Media Hosting?
    • Hosting Providers
      • Hosting Providers
    • Tasks
      • Your Tasks
      • Your Hosting Choice
      • Did you choose something I didn't cover?
  • 14. An Effective Launch Plan
    • Intro
      • Video: Introduction
      • Introduction
    • iTunes Search
      • Getting Found in iTunes
    • iTunes Rankings
      • Video: How iTunes Rankings Work
      • Rankings in iTunes
    • New & Noteworthy
      • Video: New & Noteworthy
      • What is New & Noteworthy?
    • The Myth
      • The Myth of New & Noteworthy
    • First 3
      • Your First 3 Episodes
    • Your Network
      • Using Your Network
    • External Networks
      • Using Other People's Networks
    • Competitions
      • Running a Competition
    • Your Tasks
      • Video: Your Tasks
      • Your Tasks
      • What Methods Will You Use at Launch
  • 15. Submitting Your Podcast to Directories
    • Intro
      • Video: Introduction
      • Introduction
    • iTunes
      • iTunes
      • How to Submit to iTunes
    • Stitcher
      • Stitcher
      • How to Submit to Stitcher
    • TuneIn
      • TuneIn Radio
    • Directories
      • Podcast Directories
    • Tasks
      • Video: Your Tasks
      • Your Tasks