Hosting the File
Creating an RSS Feed
Submitting the Show to iTunes
The first step- so basic it doesn't even get its own page is making sure you have a microphone. You'll need to have one that sounds decent, but don't go overkill on a top-of-the-line set just yet. Personally, the microphone built in to my Dell laptop works great, but that doesn't mean all laptop mics do. Test yours out, and make sure it sounds good enough to use- the last thing you want is a weird sounding you- right?
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Step 1: Recording Audio
Step 2: Editing the Audio
Step 3: Hosting the File
Step 4: Creating an RSS Feed
Step 1: Set up a blog for the show on Blogger.com. While my primary blog features the show, it was more convenient for me to set up a show-specific blog. The most important thing to do is create a direct download link in each entry to the podcast file. Basically- just a plain link that when clicked downloads the Mp3. Without this, the RSS feed will see no media items, and be worthless.
Step 2: Use Google's Feedburner service to set up a podcast feed. Follow the instructions carefully, and use the Podmedic tool to check for media file enclosures.
Step 3: Thats it. Simple. You now have completed the step that essentially takes you from Mp3 file uploader to podcaster.
Step 5: Submitting the Show to ITunes
Step 6: Helpful Tips
1. Spend time conference calling with your prospective co-hosts *before* the show. The difference between people who know how to have a conference call and the people who don't is night and day, and its tough to listen to the latter.
2. Design some *awesome* cover art to use in the RSS feed. Cover art is the difference between people skimming past your show, and people downloading it.
3. Be unique.
4. Write decent show notes and distribute them to everyone recording prior to the show. This adds structure, and tells people whats coming.
5. Have fun!