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Cyber Monday ONLY Deals For Podcasters 🛍️

See all the Cyber Monday Deals here SPI-Ber Monday from Pat Flynn (click here to see all deals here) Remember to put in the coupon code Holiday2019 to get the discount and free limited-edition t-shirt. Here is the pricing: Smart from Scratch: $149 (regular price: $249)1·2·3 Affiliate Marketing: $399 (regular price: $699)Power-Up Podcasting: $599 (regular price: $799)Amp’d Up Podcasting: $699 (regular price: $999)Sign up for any of the above or the 4-course bundle here! Smart Podcast...


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Black Friday Deals Page (go here for more most up to date deals) Adobe CC Suite 40% Off (Ends Nov 29) B&H Photo Deals Amazon Deals Bluehost (26-70% off) WPEngine (5 months free!) SecondLine Themes 25% off (use code PODCASTINSIGHTS25) Resonate Recordings: Get free Amazon gift card and other bonuses with 10+ episode credits Interact quiz software 20% off (use code SOTHANKFUL) Teachable Black Friday (all-in-one course platform) OptinMonster 35% off (use code BF2019) WPForms 60% off...


Best Podcast Microphones For Great Audio (All Budgets) 🎤

2019 Black Friday / Cyber Monday Deals Live Now: 20% Off Interact Quiz SoftwareOptinMonster Free Macbook Pro GiveawayB&H Pro Audio DealsAmazon DealsAdobe Creative Cloud 40% Off Recommended Podcast Microphone: 🎤Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB Reviews: ATR2100 ReviewPodMic Review 🗒️Best Podcast Mics Blog Post 💛Leave A Rating & Review on Apple Podcasts


Best Podcasting Courses (Free & Paid) 📖

Podcasting isn’t too hard to learn, but there are quite a few steps you will need to follow in order to start a podcast. Following a proven podcasting course will teach you everything you need to know in a step-by-step fashion. Podcast Courses Mentioned: ✉️Free "How To Start A Podcast" Email CoursePower-Up Podcasting by Pat FlynnPodcasters’ Paradise by John Lee DumasPodcast Success Academy by Mark AsquithHow To Start A Podcast (Podcast) by BuzzsproutRelated Courses: 1•2•3 Affiliate...


Simplecast Review 🎣

We're taking a close look at the Simplecast 2.0 podcast hosting platform in this episode. ➡️Sign up for Simplecast here (use promo code INSIGHTS for 50% off for 2 months) 💛Leave A Rating & Review on Apple Podcasts


Buzzsprout Review 🌱

We're taking a look at Buzzsprout podcast hosting in this episode and review. ➡️Sign up and get a free $20 Amazon gift card here 🗒️Check out the written review here 💛Leave A Rating & Review on Apple Podcasts


13 Ways To Promote A Podcast 📈

There are tons of different ways to promote a podcast. Some are fairly easy and don’t require a lot of effort, while some might take a bit more time. I’ve tried to include a variety of different podcast marketing tactics so that you can pick and choose what makes sense for you. I recommend choosing one or two simple podcast promotion methods (the first 2 are great starting points if you don’t already do them) and then coming back to add methods to your marketing mix. ✉️Free "How To Start...


How To Create A Private Podcast 🤐

Private podcasts are a great way to share company-wide messages with your organization or give access to a special feed for memberships (an advertising-free feed for example) Top Private Podcast Hosting Options: TransistorPodbeanPatreonOther Private Podcast Options: uStudioStoryboardOther links mentioned: Start A Podcast GuideWSJ Article on private podcasts 🗒️Create A Private Podcast blog post 💛Leave A Rating & Review on Apple Podcasts


Podcasting Deals, Coupons & Promo Codes 🎉

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Equipment & Software I Use For The Set Sail Podcast

Software: BuzzsproutAuphonicGarageBandLogic ProEquipment: Blue YetiATR2100Samson Q2Uarticle specifically for dynamic micsStart using USB if you're solo. Then you can upgrade the audio quality simply by adding an audio interface and using the XLR connection. A further upgrade is to add a Cloudlifter CL-1 or Cloudlifter Z What I Use Now: Rode ProcasterCloudlifter ZRodecaster ProRode AI-1Audio Technica ATH-M50XHeil PL2T Boom Arm27" 5K iMac


The Software & Tools I Use To Run

Web Hosting: Kinsta (see our review of Kinsta) Email Marketing: ConvertKit (see more of the best email marketing services) WordPress / Website: Genesis ThemesOptinMonsterPretty LinksSmart Podcast PlayerBuzzsprout'sOneSignalAlgolia SearchShortPixelSocial WarfareTablePressGeniusLinkSee our post for the best WordPress plugins Others: GustoQuickbooks OnlineAsanaBufferCanvaAnalytics & Research AhrefsHotjar


How To Create Video Teasers, A Fun Podcast Growth Tip

In case you didn't know, video is one of the best ways to get seen on social media... A couple reasons are that: But you don't want to share your entire podcast episode on social media - people are in a different mindset. What you want to do is create a teaser that gets people interested enough to check out your show (and hopefully subscribe). If you signed up with Buzzsprout, they have an awesome little tool to do just that! Just click into one of your episodes - and on the right side...


A Simple Podcast Growth Tip

You want to grow your podcast audience and get your listeners to engage with you, right? One of my favorite ways is to include a listener Q&A segment in your show. You could also make it a listener comment segment or a segment where you read reviews. Sounds simple, but this tactic can be powerful. I'll explain:


How To "Launch" Your Podcast [Day 10]

I put "launch" in quotes because this step is really all about submitting your podcast to iTunes (Apple Podcasts). That means that when Apple accepts it, your show will be live and officially launched, even if no one knows about it. As a bonus, we'll talk about growing your show in a couple days. It's possible you already figured this step out by clicking the iTunes & Directories tab in your Buzzsprout dashboard, but if you haven't yet, it's easy! You will need to create an Apple ID if...


Where To Put Your First Podcast Episode [Day 9]

You will need to upload your episodes to a podcast hosting platform. This is also the place where you will enter your podcast details and cover art we talked about a few days ago. Action Step: Sign up for Buzzsprout, enter your podcast settings, and upload your first episode. Use that link above for a free $20 Amazon gift card! :) Alternative option: Transistor


It's Time To Record Your First Episode [Day 8]

Start by downloading Audacity (it's free and works with Mac or Windows). Then I recommend following this excellent Audacity tutorial. Other Links Mentioned: Ecamm Call Recorder For Skype Software To Record Remotely Resonate Recordings


Podcast cover art (and other required podcast details) [Day 7]

Your main goals with your podcast cover art should be to: You'll want to figure out these details: here's a list to reviewArticles On Designing Cover Art: How to design a podcast cover: the ultimate guide by 99designsHow to Design Stunning Podcast Cover Art That Stands Out in iTunes by BuzzsproutCanva 99designs Grab the free How To Start A Podcast 10-day email course here


Podcast Equipment You'll Need [Day 6]

It's time to invest in some equipment. Audio quality is more important than most people realize - poor audio quality will quickly turn people off, even if they can't specifically name why. And you don't have to spend a ton to get amazing audio quality! Podcast Starter Kit Equipment Guide Grab the free How To Start A Podcast 10-day email course here


Podcast Format & Segments [Day 5]

Today we're going to talk about Show Format. There are many different styles and formats you can choose - and many people will combine formats (i.e. a solo episode one day, an interview episode another day). There isn't a right or wrong way to go here - and many shows evolve and change over time to include other formats or segments. Action Step: Decide on an initial podcast format and outline the segments you will include. Grab the free How To Start A Podcast 10-day email course here


Let's Choose A Podcast Name [Day 4]

Quick Recap - At this point we’ve: Before you continue, ask yourself: “Does this interest me? Is this something I could see myself talking about or teaching for several years? Will this cost a lot of money? Is the interest in this growing or underserved?” If Yes, let’s move on! Action Step: Register a domain name (the .com) for your podcast. You can register with Namecheap. Tips on choosing a domain name Grab the free How To Start A Podcast 10-day email course here