How To Start A Podcast In Under 2 Hours – The Best FREE Podcast Tutorial Available

When I first decided to start my own podcast, the benefits were already clear in my head.

  • I already knew that having a podcast would expose me to an entirely new audience
  • I already knew what I wanted to say and how I was going to run it
  • I already knew that that I wanted to get started as quickly as possible

But here was the problem.

I had no idea about the mechanics of how to start a podcast.
I had no idea how to postprocess audio in order to make it sound great.
I had no idea what equipment to buy.

In addition, I did not want to pay someone $1000+ to teach me a bunch of extraneous info that I probably did not need.

For example, I already had a platform and a voice at I already knew what I wanted to do. The only thing that I needed to learn was how to create and launch a high quality podcast in the shortest amount of time possible.

That is why I created this how to start a podcast tutorial. This podcast course is aptly named “The Most Comprehensive Free Podcast Tutorial Ever” because it is 100% free and it will teach you how to launch your own podcast right away within the next 2 hours.

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Why Is It Free?

freeTo be honest, my original plan when I first created this course was to charge $99 for it. But as soon as I got back from the Financial Blogging Conference, I had a sudden change of heart.

I have been so blessed over the years for being a part of such an incredible blogging community that I decided to pay the community back and give it away for free.

The only thing that I ask in return is that you consider…

  • Listening to an episode of my podcast and leaving me an honest review on iTunes. Click here to leave me a review
  • Using the various affiliate links embedded in this tutorial to make any podcast related purchases
  • Sharing this podcast tutorial like crazy!

About This How To Start A Podcast Tutorial

MyWifeQuitHerJob PodcastUsing the techniques described in this course, I launched my podcast and hit the #1 podcast in all of iTunes in the Business and Marketing category within 4 hours.

Being perched on top of the iTunes charts immediately gave me a ton of exposure and as a result, my blog traffic spiked and my blog income and email subscribers have since increased over 25%.

iTUnes Rank 2

Launching a podcast is great way to reach a brand new audience and the best part is that you can keep your listeners engaged for up to an hour or more! Podcasting has had a profound effect on all of my online businesses and I’m happy to share the exact steps I took to achieve my success in this class.

Here’s what you’ll learn…

  • Where To Begin – Learn how podcasting works and the common misconceptions about podcasting
  • What Equipment To Use – Learn how to start a high quality podcast with a cheap mic and free software
  • How To Record Your Podcast – Tips and tricks on how to record your podcasts
  • How To Edit Your Audio For Quality – How to make your audio quality sound great even with a cheap mic
  • How To Tag Your Audio For Upload – How to prep your audio file for submission
  • How To Submit To iTunes – Learn everything you need to get your show on iTunes, Stitcher and other services
  • How To Launch – Learn how to launch your podcast to the #1 spot.

Scroll down to begin the tutorial!

Welcome To Podcasting

What You’ll Learn In This Video

  • How podcasting works at a high level
  • The 3 main components of a podcast
  • An overview of how to create your audio and what is required
  • An overview of hosting options for your podcast

Mentioned In This Video

How To Install WordPress To Host Your Podcast

The easiest way to host your podcast is to do so using WordPress. Not only can WordPress host your blog but it can also generate the RSS feed for iTunes and Stitcher radio. I’ve written up step by step instructions below on how to start a WordPress blog in the easiest way possible and for the lowest possible cost using a reputable webhost.

Step #1: Sign Up For A Great Webhost

The first step is to sign up for a webhost. After all, you need to have a computer server in order to run your site. Personally, I recommend Blue Host. Now it’s often difficult to tell whether a webhost is reliable or not at first glance, but I can vouch for Bluehost because I ran my online store on Blue Host for over 2 years and they were fantastic. And the best part is that they only cost $4.95 a month!

  • Go to Blue Host
  • Click on the “SIGN UP NOW” button.

    Blue Host
  • Choose a domain. What’s nice about Blue Host is that they will give you a domain for free.

    BlueHost Signup
  • Enter your account and billing information.
  • Choose your hosting package. You will be given a choice of 12 months, 24 months or 36 months. The longer the time frame, the cheaper it will be.

    Bluehost Package
  • Make sure you unclick all the stuff you don’t need. Trust me. You don’t need SiteLock Domain Security, Site Backup Pro or Search Engine Jumpstart
  • Click Next. You will receive a confirmation in your email.

Step 2: Install WordPress

WordPress is by far the most popular blogging platform out there. And the best part is that you can install WordPress in a matter of just a few clicks on Blue Host

  • Log in to your Blue Host account. Note: You should have received an email with your user id/password information. If you can’t find the login link, Click Here
  • Click the icon that reads “Simple Scripts” under the “Site Builders” in your cPanel.

  • Select WordPress to be installed

  • Click on the “Install” button

  • Enter your domain and fill in your blog name under “Advanced Options”. Make sure you uncheck all of the extraneous items.

    Note: If you have Open Cart already installed in the root directory, you will want to place your blog in a subdirectory such as

    wordpress details
  • Agree to Blue Host Terms of Service.
  • Click “Complete”. Now WordPress has been uploaded to your domain!

Step 3: Login To Your Blog Backend

Once your blog is installed, you can login by typing in the following URL into your web browser.

Enter in your own username and password to begin the podcast RSS feed process!

Podcasting Equipment And Software

What You’ll Learn In This Video

  • The three crucial elements to an successful podcast
  • The software and equipment that you’ll need to begin
  • Why audio quality matters
  • Why you don’t need expensive equipment
  • A list of recommended microphones depending on your budget
  • How to record interview based podcasts
  • Free software tools that you’ll need to download

Recommended Microphones

Recommended Software

Required Software – FREE

How To Record Your Podcast

What You’ll Learn In This Video

  • How to setup the Pamela software to record an interview based podcast
  • How to prepare your environment for recording.

Recommended Software

How To PostProcess Your Audio To Make It Sound Great

What You’ll Learn In This Video

  • How to edit your audio
  • How to make your audio sound incredible even if you are using a crappy mic

Required Software – FREE

A Complete Example Of How I Edit A Typical Podcast Episode

What You’ll Learn In This Video

  • A complete example of how I edit a typical podcast episode

Required Software – FREE

How To Prepare And Tag Your Audio File

What You’ll Learn In This Video

  • How to tag your audio files properly for upload
  • What information you need to prepare ahead of time

Required Software

Preparing Your RSS Feed

What You’ll Learn In This Video

  • How to create your RSS feed and host it on your own WordPress Blog

Mentioned In This Video

How To Launch Your Podcast To The Top Of iTunes

What You’ll Learn In This Video

  • How to submit your podcast to iTunes
  • Everything you need to know to have a successful launch
  • How often you should post
  • How to get maximum exposure to your podcast
  • All the prep work required before you submit

A List Of All The Resources Mentioned In The Course

Recommended Microphones

Recommended Software

Required Software – FREE


  • – a great place to host your podcast audio files
  • – a great place to have professional intros and outros created for your podcast

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About Steve Chou

Steve Chou is a highly recognized influencer in the ecommerce space and has taught thousands of students how to effectively sell physical products online over at

His blog,, has been featured in Forbes, Inc, The New York Times,  Entrepreneur and MSNBC.  

He's also a contributing author for BigCommerce, Klaviyo, ManyChat, Printful, Privy, CXL, Ecommerce Fuel, GlockApps, Privy, Social Media Examiner, Web Designer Depot, Sumo and other leading business publications.

In addition, he runs a popular ecommerce podcast, My Wife Quit Her Job, which is a top 25 marketing show on all of Apple Podcasts

To stay up to date with all of the latest ecommerce trends, Steve runs a 7 figure ecommerce store,, with his wife and puts on an annual ecommerce conference called The Sellers Summit.  

Steve carries both a bachelors and a masters degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University. Despite majoring in electrical engineering, he spent a good portion of his graduate education studying entrepreneurship and the mechanics of running small businesses. 

19 thoughts on “How To Start A Podcast In Under 2 Hours – The Best FREE Podcast Tutorial Available”

  1. Ree Klein says:

    Wow, Steve, this is amazing! I’ve been considering whether to start a podcast; the main issue for me right now is the time to commit to producing episodes consistently. Although, I suppose that shouldn’t stop me since I don’t publish posts regularly, either!

    I love your heart. I’m a member of the personal finance blogging community and have met some amazing people who are genuinely trying to help others through their blogs. You embody that here by giving this information away for free. I can’t wait to dig in.

    You can be certain that I’ll purchase through your links and spread the word because that is an easy way to help support your efforts and show appreciation for what you do.

    Thanks so much!

    1. Steve C says:

      Wow Ree. Thank you so much for the kind words. Hope you find the tutorial useful and please feel free to ask me any questions you might have.

  2. Dennis says:

    Hi Steve!

    This is my first time here. I found your post on Buffer’s recommendation list so expect huge traffic boosts!

    I love your tutorial. Ive been meaning to start a podcast for a while but got busy with work. Thanks for the recommendations for the mics as well!

    1. Steve C says:

      Thanks Dennis! Really appreciate the kind words

  3. Talaat @ HisandHerMoney says:

    Hi Steve,

    Thanks so much for taking the time to create this tutorial. It was absolutely fantastic and truly educational. My question is this, my wife and I want to start a podcast together. So when it comes to wearing headphones, how can two people be using headphones when there is only one headphone jack on the computer?

    1. Steve C says:

      Thanks Talaat. You can buy a splitter on amazon which should allow you to plug 2 headphones into one jack.

      1. Talaat @ HisandHerMoney says:

        Thanks Steve got it!

      2. Talaat @ HisandHerMoney says:

        One more question. I am having a tough time trying to figure how to get the Chris’s Dynamic Plugin into Audacity. After I download the plugin on to my computer I have no clue how to get it into Audacity from there.

  4. Kate @ Money Propeller says:

    This is really great Steve! It’s very helpful especially those who are planning to start their podcast and I love listening podcast too!

  5. Jamie says:

    Thanks so much for this, I’m blown away by the great content.

    I’ve just recorded my first episode and published it but waiting to do a few more before I submit the feed to itunes this weekend. I’m planning to only do a once a week show, hoping that is still effective!

    Thanks again for this incredible guide

  6. Paul Kirtley says:

    Hi Steve,

    Really, really nice tutorial. Well, actually really nice set of tutorials.

    I recently launched a podcast. I already owned a Samson C01U USB mic, which I’ve used for a year or so of doing webcasts and video voiceovers. But it does sound a bit flat.

    I was impressed by Pat Flynn’s rich podcast vocal sound and discovered he was using a Heil PR40. I looked into this mic and a lot of people rave about it. I was tempted by the Rode as well (I use Rod Lavs and shotgun mics now for videos) but the Heil sound captivated me.

    BUT I was put off by this whole mixer thing. Pat had a little mixer. Cliff Ravenscraft had this massive mixer. As you say in your video above, this just over complicates things unless you want to tweak things live.

    So I looked into other options of how to take an XLR mic and plug it into your computer (I use an iMac, Call Recorder and Adobe Audition by the way). What I discovered was a lovely little pre-amp by Focusrite. It’s called the Scarlett Solo. It’s not expensive and doesn’t take up very much room (sits on the plinth) under my Thunderbolt display. It has a USB output as well as RCA connectors. It has a gain control with a nice visual peaking check and also provides phantom power if you need it.

    I really don’t understand all this mixer nonsense! Just get a this little pre-amp and you can use all the XLR mics in the world 🙂 Combined with the Heil PR40, it’s a very nice sound indeed.



  7. Jonathan Craig says:

    This truly is an amazing resource. Bookmarked!

  8. Todd Cochrane says:

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    Use the PowerPress plugin as described and just connect the hosting account. It will save you tons of time and is a fully integrated solution.

  9. Hugh Smith says:

    Steve, you’re the man, thank so much. You just made a new fan. I’ll be listening to your podcast for sure from now on.
    All the best!

  10. Alex Forrest says:

    Thanks, Steve. For the last week or two I have not been able to stop thinking about podcasting – so maybe your stuff will remove any remaining hindrances to actually doing something!

  11. Nate Alger says:

    Hi Steve,

    Where did you buy the holder for your microphone? I have been using a similar mic for awhile and it doesn’t have a the long adjustable stand/holder.

  12. Arelthia Phillips says:

    Thanks for such a detailed post. I wonder what made you choose to do your transcription?

  13. Paris Forlidas says:

    I was looking for months to find a good guide to make a podcast. I finally found it and also pinned it. Thanks Steve.

  14. Erica | Autoimmune Rebel says:

    Totally amazing. This is exactly what I’ve been looking for. You’re awesome and the blog and biz y’all have created is major inspiration! Thanks for sharing!

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