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 the ropes. There’s no right or wrong way here – it all comes down to individual circumstances.
If you feel you’re in the latter camp and would prefer to invest money, not time, then taking a podcasting course or two might be the answer.
So how do you find the right podcasting course for you? That’s where our Best Podcasting Courses Guide comes in.
They’re all created and maintained by some of the most experienced and credible professionals in the medium. There’s something here for everyone, dealing with all aspects of podcasting, and with varying length and price ranges.
Price – $99
These are all the questions you should ask yourself before you press record.
Dave Jackson is the man behind the 500+ episode School of Podcasting podcast – a stalwart in the ‘podcasts about podcasting’ world.
Dave’s Planning Your Podcast course is all about getting off on the right foot. Many new podcasters mistakenly enter podcasting thinking about what mic or mixer they should buy – but there are a lot of important things you need to nail down before worrying about buying equipment.
You can access this course, and others, by joining the School of Podcasting membership site too. A monthly membership costs $49, whilst an annual membership costs $499, which equates to two months free.
Price – $1875
In 7 weeks you’ll be in the top 1 percent of podcast engineers/producers in the entire world!
A course that is certainly at the premium end of the price range, it’s fair to say the Podcast Engineering School certainly isn’t for everyone.
You don’t need to become an audio engineer to podcast, in fact the majority of podcasters use a single USB mic to record their show.
However, this course is targeted mainly at those who want to start their own podcast production businesses. It takes you from the fundamentals of audio theory, to setting up a studio and getting the absolute best results out of any audio equipment.
Chris Curran, a vastly experienced audio specialist with an impressive list of credits, leaves no stone unturned when it comes to learning the ins and outs of podcast engineering, mastering digital audio, and planning your business.
Price – $297
Rank better in iTunes, be more findable through Google, and help people engage more with your content!
It’s a noisy world out there, and as competition increases and intensifies it’s getting harder to be found by people searching for your particular topic.
Google still hasn’t reached the stage where it can search your audio content for information, so even having the best episodes in the world won’t necessarily help you here.
There are many ways you can set up your podcast to be found by your target audience though, and that’s the core of the SEO for Podcasters course by Daniel J Lewis of the Audacity to Podcast. Daniel is one of the top authorities in the medium today and has put out a plethora of great free ‘how to’ content over the years.
And, unsurprisingly, there’s a wealth of actionable information in this course. This includes setting up your WordPress website for the best SEO performance, analysing and understanding your traffic data, and optimising your show to be discovered in places like iTunes and Google.
You can also access this course, and others, by joining the Podcasters’ Society at a cost of $50 per month, or $399 per year ($33.25 per month).
Price – £200
Discover hidden secrets and tips and tricks of the audio production trade with master radio producer Mike Russell.
If you use (or plan to use) Adobe Audition to record and edit your show, then Mike Russell of Music Radio Creative is the guru for helping you create professional sounding audio.
If you’ve searched for any kind of info or tutorial on Adobe Audition then the chances are you’d have found Mike before. He has a lot of free stuff out there, but has also consolidated his knowledge and guidance into the Adobe Audition CC, Basics to Expert course.
Here, he’ll walk you through the very basics of recording and editing, before moving on to repairing and enhancing audio, mixing together multiple files, and much more.
Price – $1999
If you were to look at the top 100 podcasts in the business category of iTunes, more than 50 of these shows were created by clients that I have worked with.
Cliff’s been known as “The Podcast Answer Man” since podcasting began, and has taught some of the biggest names in the medium their craft.
His Podcasting A to Z course is another in the premium-priced bracket, but you only need to glance over the testimonials on his site to see that he delivers a World Class service.
Podcasting A to Z combines video tutorials, group coaching calls and direct access to Cliff over the course’s four-week duration.
The aim is to nail down your ideas and goals, before planning and launching your show within that period.
Naturally, any podcasting course you decide to invest in will depend on exactly what you’re looking to learn and achieve, as well as your time and budget constraints.
If you’re in the market for a podcasting course, then hopefully there’s at least one that catches your eye in this list.
At The Podcast Host, we have a few courses of our own available in The Podcast Host Academy too.
These include tutorials on planning and launching your show, recording and editing with Audacity, and honing your skills as a podcast interviewer.
There will undoubtedly be some other great podcasting courses out there too. If you’ve taken one and found it useful, let us know about it in the comments section below.