Category: Podcast Hacks

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Indirectly Promote Your Podcast via Forums

Take it to the forums to promote your podcast! Next on Podcast Hacks. Podcasters have always said that if you want your show to get more successful, then you have to promote. What better way than to be part of a group or forum in your podcast genre. Now keep in mind – you are there to promote, but don’t over do it. If you find a forum you like, simply start replying to questions and being a part of the community. Let them get comfortable with you before you start blasting your show. Make sure you have your show’s...

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Segment Your Podcast to Streamline

You might have a couple thousand people checking out your podcast, but if they only stick around for a minute or two, they might not become long time listeners. Sometimes that is just organization – talking too long about one topic. To fix that, try segmenting your show. Set it up like a news cast would – news segment, weather, sports, and special interest or world news. Create a segment and gague how many people stick around for it. Give the segment a title, and maybe even some music to it. For example: let’s look at this next segment:(Cute Kittens)...

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Hang a Picture for Sound Control in #Podcasting

Most rooms in our houses consist of drywall or paneling. Some floors are even wood and that can cause some very interesting audio bounces when you are podcasting. If you don’t want to put up sound foam or egg cartons, Try a canvas frame! You can get these at the craft store for only a few dollars and they will stop the bounce just as easy as the expensive foam. Canvas paintings can also be found at places like Goodwill or your local Re-Store. That is, if you don’t want to paint anything. If you have windows, put curtains around...

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Reduce the Plosives in Podcasting

Do you hear some weird popping coming from your audio? B’s and P’s sound like someone has lobbed a baseball into the microphone and S sounds make you look for snakes in the room. These are called “Plosives”. They make the microphone embouchure push together so hard it technically “Clips” the sound. Here are two ways you can solve that. First, get further away from the microphone. A windscreen or microphone foam helps slow down the wind of your breath so it doesn’t plosive into the capsule. I made a windscreen using a crochet hoop and this screen material. Some...

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OneTab: Browser Extension to Hold Show Note Tabs

When I do my show, I pull all the web pages up in advance so they are in order. That can cause major slowdown of not only your internet connection but also the computer. With a little chrome extention called “One Tab”, I can press a button and have all tabs taken off and put in a list to be opened when I want. I can even pre-set a list a couple days in advance, then just pull it up when I’m ready to podcast. I have my email, Facebook, Google+, Hootsuite and YouTube tabs set in a locked group...

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Using a Metronome to Pace Your Speaking in Your Podcast

If you feel you talk too fast when you are podcasting, here is a great way to slow your speaking down. Get a metronome – one that either has a headphone jack or can pulse a LED light. There are even iPhone and Android Metronome apps out there you can install and use. A normal talking pace is 110-115 words a minute. However, some speakers tend to rush, so instead think about 120-130 wpm. That is not beats per minute, which the metronome will be pulsing at. Nonetheless, if you start at 110 bpm on the metronome, then let it...

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Setup an Audio Podcast Template

When I record the Day in Tech History, I use a podcast template in Sony Music Studio that I created years ago. This template has my intro, any ads I need to place and the outtro music. When I go to record this podcast, I simply open up my first template where I record and edit content to be saved as a 24-bit 96,000 wav file. When I am done recording, I open up the main template where I place the wav file into. The best part about this is I can splice the audio, then move my ads to where they need...

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Why Your Podcast Needs a Desk Lamp

A desktop lamp adds a lot to anyone’s show. Of course it can add a more direct light so you can see things better. If you are reading off a sheet, or just need to see the keyboard a little better. But the light also helps if you are ever doing video podcasts or are asked to be a guest on a video show. I recommend a light that can adjust easily. This lamp has a gooseneck so I can turn it however I want. Have two types of CFL lightbulbs at hand. A “Soft white” bulb and a “daylight”...

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Create a Set of Podcast Cheat Sheets

Podcast Hack: Cheat Sheets Keep Your Show Running Smooth Most podcasters set up a structure to the show and follow that from week to week. Here is an idea to help remember your structure and even help keep you from rambling. Create a simple podcast notes cheat sheet. In it, you have all your intro and outtro scripts, along with any sections you want to add and talk about. I use it for Wearable Today podcast. I created the cheat sheet on Google docs and add a lot of content that myself and other hosts can look at or even read...

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How Your ATR2100 Microphone Can Do More for Your Podcast – Podcast Hacks

Podcast Hacks: Use both the XLR and USB when recording Its not my favorite microphone, but its a great go-to mic if needed. The ATR2100 from Audio Technica has a unique identity because it is a hybrid microphone – use it as a USB mic or an XLR. But the best part is how you can tap the potenial in this device. The hybrid microphone can connect up via USB or XLR at the same time. Therefore, you can connect via USB and record your voice on one machine, and also connect to a mixer to record everyone. If you are...