Some people earn a living from their podcast. Others are happy enough just to bring in enough to cover their hosting costs, and perhaps pay for a takeaway every few weeks. Whatever your aims are when it comes to monetization, experienced podcaster, The Real Brian, explores all possible routes in his weekly show Profitcast.
On this episode, I have Brian's help in kicking off Series 5. This series aims to cover each method of monetisation, what context it's suited to and to outline some case studies around each method. By the end of the series we'll have a catalogue of methods anyone can try out.
This episode is an introduction to monetisation, looking at each of the most common methods in brief. It should give you an overview of the monetisation methods, and help you decide which one might suit you. Then you can dive into the detail when we get to the episode on that method later in the series.
Let's get to it!
Before you think about monetizing…
Brian explains that there are 3 main things you need to think about, and make sure you are hitting these goals.
- Presentation, Delivery, & Performance
- Building Relationships & Community
Are you being “the best you?” Is your content and your podcast sustainable?
Brian’s Profitcast tagline is “Where passion meets profit.” By passion, he means the topic that best resonates with you, and by profit, he means that this also resonates with your listeners. Get the first part right and you will have the opportunity to profit, not just financially, but from relationships and by making a difference in people’s lives.
2. Presentation, Delivery, & Performance
How do you come across when you are behind the microphone? You can have the best topic and message in the world, but if the listener is bored, they either won’t care, or won’t listen.
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This doesn’t mean you should act like someone else, but be aware that in audio, your body language is channeled through your voice and your vocal inflections. Audiences are drawn to passion and enthusiasm, so make sure that comes across in your presentation, and always strive to improve your performance.
3. Building Relationships & Community
Brian believes that “if you don’t have time to build a community, then you don’t have time to do a podcast.”
Audiences are galvanised by interactions and conversations, not only with you as the podcast host, but with other listeners who share a passion for your topic. If you have no community and no interactions then it isn’t a conversation, and you are just talking at your audience and not with them.
People want to feel involved, and if you give them that, they will like you all the more for it. They will trust you more, and they will strive to support you.
The Methods of Monetisation
I've written up the whole list in a separate blog post, which you can find here: How to make money from your podcast.
What's Next on the Series?
The rest of this series is dedicated to looking at each of these methods in detail. I'll be covering each one in the method we do best here on Podcraft: in depth, in bite sized chunks. After that, I hope to get a range of case studies together showing how real podcaters are using these methods to profit.
This series will be running weekly over the next few months, so keep your ears peeled!
Come on the Show and Share Your Story
I mentioned case studies above – if you're making money with your podcast, even just a small amount, then please do get in touch. I'd love to get you on the show. We'll get a great example of how money can be made, and promote your show to a new audience at the same time. Win-win!
I look forward to hearing from you!