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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

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

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 MyWifeQuitHerJob.com. 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.

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.

    simplescripts
  • Select WordPress to be installed

    wordpress
  • Click on the “Install” button

    simpleinstall
  • 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 http://yourdomain.com/blog

    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.

http://yourdomain.com/wp-admin

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

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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

Services

  • Outsource2Africa.com – The cheapest place to have transcriptions created for your podcasts. This service is both reliable, high quality and inexpensive.
  • LibSyn.com – a great place to host your podcast audio files
  • Fiverr.com – a great place to have professional intros and outros created for your podcast

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How To Get A Podcast On iTunes And Rank #1 Without A Huge Following

This post will teach you how to get a podcast on iTunes and how to rank #1 for your category without an audience or a huge following based on personal experience. Enjoy!

There I stood, hovering behind my computer monitor and nervous as hell as I prepared to hit the “publish” button on my brand new podcast.

Here’s the thing. I had already told all my friends that I was starting a podcast. I had already told the readers of my blog that I had something in the works. And I even had a special “podcast” tab in my menu bar which said “coming soon”.

How To Get A Podcast On iTunes And Rank #1 Without A Huge Following

There was no going back. And in the back of my mind, I was thinking to myself….

“What if I launch and no one is listening?”

“What if the podcast is a huge flop and I wasted all of this effort?”

But here’s what did happen. I hit the “submit” button and my podcast took on a life of its own. Within 1 hour, I had hit the #4 podcast in the entire business segment of iTunes.

Within 3 hours, I vaulted all the way to the #1 podcast in the Business And Marketing category, the #2 overall podcast in the Business category and the #46 most popular podcast in all of iTunes.

And I was ecstatic! Below is a picture of my podcast just behind Dave Ramsey and ahead of industry heavyweights like Pat Flynn and Suze Orman in the Overall Business category.

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In fact, I spent a portion of the morning at my day job just staring at the rankings and I couldn’t believe my eyes. Honestly, it was the most exhilarating feeling that I’ve experienced since opening my online store and I felt like I was on top of the world. Life was good:)

While I didn’t think the launch would go as well as it did, in the back of my mind I knew that my podcast was going to be a success because I was prepared. And even though I didn’t have a huge following like a Tim Ferriss, I still managed a pretty powerful launch.

So if any of you want to launch a top ranked podcast of your own, feel free to follow these exact steps that I took with mine.

The Preparation

There are many factors involved in ranking a podcast in iTunes and no one truly knows the exact algorithm that Apple uses.

But here’s what I do know. When you launch your podcast in iTunes, it is absolutely essential that you hit the “New And Noteworthy” section because that will expose your brand to a large number of people window shopping on the front page.

noteworthy

The other thing that I also know is that the number of subscribers and the number of reviews plays a huge part in the overall ranking of your podcast. Therefore, if you can amass a large number of subscribers and a large number of reviews in a short amount of time, you can vault your podcast to the top of the charts.

But here’s the problem. It is a major pain in the butt to get people to leave a review. Not only do you have to get someone to hit the subscribe button but you also have to have them type in a review. And to make matters even worse, they also have to have iTunes installed on their device.

Because there is pretty much ZERO incentive for someone to leave a review and because not everyone even has an iTunes account, you have to create some sort of draw in order to get people to take action.

Provide An Incentive

Profitable Online StoreSo I sat down with my wife to think of cool related giveaways that I could offer on my site.

And ultimately I decided to give away a free lifetime membership to my Create A Profitable Online Store Course and free 1 on 1 consulting.

Because my course is mostly digital, giving away a free membership carried a very low incremental cost. But at $699 a pop, it was an extremely valuable prize for an aspiring entrepreneur. And while offering free consulting requires my own time, I’m always more than happy to speak with and help out other entrepreneurs . Bottom line, it was a win win situation.

Anyways, I decided to launch a contest where people who subscribed and reviewed my podcast would receive a free entry into my podcast giveaway. Now I wasn’t forcing anyone to leave a review and they didn’t even have to leave a good review. But providing a small amount of incentive was good enough to push people into walking that extra mile to rate my podcast.

I even had several readers signup for brand new iTunes accounts so they could enter. In reality, I don’t think that I would have been able to attract as many reviews as I did if I didn’t provide an incentive for people to subscribe. (Special thanks to Billy Murphy for giving me the idea)

Incidentally, the contest is still going on for the remainder of this week.

Getting Help

bloggers
While my blog is reasonably popular, by no means do I have a gigantic following. So instead of just launching my podcast completely on my own, I decided to work with fellow bloggers to help me promote my podcast launch.

And in return, I gave individual “shout outs” to every blogger involved to help push some of my listener traffic back to their websites. Now if you go back and listen to my first 7 or 8 episodes, you’ll notice that I gave a wholehearted thank you to every single blogger that helped me with the launch. It was a win win situation.

If there’s a lesson to be learned here, it’s that you don’t necessarily need a huge following to launch a successful podcast. You can leverage your friends and your family in a mutually beneficial fashion to help increase your exposure.

Standing Out

MyWifeQuitHerJob PodcastOnce you’ve launched your podcast, it’s all up to the listeners out there to determine whether you’ll stay at the top of the charts.

If you’ve managed to make the “New And Noteworthy” section, then it’s important to make your podcast stand out.

First off, it’s very important to launch with more than one episode. When you first start out, you want as many podcast downloads as possible in a short period of time and naturally, the more episodes you have, the more downloads you will have.

I would also recommend publishing your episodes as frequently as possible in the beginning. While it’s best to post everyday, most of us mere mortals do not have the time or bandwidth to do so and it’s important to strike a balance. Right now, I’m posting new episodes twice a week.

In addition, your logo design is very important. When designing your podcast image, it’s essential to have any text on your pictures stand out as much as possible. If you look closely at my logo, you’ll notice that I use a gigantic font for my podcast name as well as a bright red color to attract attention.

In fact, I knew that I had made the font large enough when my mom could still read the text without her reading glasses on:)

The other thing that I did to make my podcast stand out was that I created individual graphics for each podcast episode. By creating attractive images of my podcast guests, it encouraged people to like and share each individual episode.

For example, the podcast image I made for Neville’s episode got a lot of likes on Facebook because it was an attractive photo. Often times, it’s the little things that matter when it comes to making a something shareable.

Anyway, it’s been a couple of weeks now and my podcast has been consistently in the top 10 of the overall business rankings. Also in just 2 short weeks, I’ve amassed well over 16K downloads with just 7 or 8 episodes!

Overall I’ve been really happy with how things have turned out.

The Intangibles

Me And Noah
Besides the number of downloads and the relative popularity of the podcast, I’ve also made many new priceless friends in the process. Because I run an interview based show, I’ve been lucky enough to meet many new incredible entrepreneurs who are far more successful than myself.

In fact, just the networking opportunities alone have made this podcast a far more valuable experience than anything else.

In any case, I just thought that I’d give a quick shout out to Noah Kagan, who invited me up to his Napa mansion that he was renting for the week in order to hang out. If I never interviewed Noah, I never would have had to opportunity to get to know him better in such a private setting.

I also got to hang out with my buddy Neville Medhora there as well. In fact, we put together a quick video which I’ll be posting in a subsequent blog post.

Overall, launching my podcast has been an incredible experience for me. If you want to meet more people and put yourself out there, then I highly recommend it. And remember, the podcast space is not that saturated yet. If a small blog like my own can rank #1 in business and marketing, then yours can too.

Ready To Get Serious About Starting An Online Business?


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In this 6 day mini course, I reveal the steps that my wife and I took to earn 100 thousand dollars in the span of just a year. Best of all, it's free and you'll receive weekly ecommerce tips and strategies!

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001: How We Started A 6 Figure Business Selling Hankies So My Wife Could Stay At Home With The Kids

Steve Chou Episode 1

Because this is the very first episode of the My Wife Quit Her Job podcast, I thought that it was only fitting that I would be the first guest.

In this episode, I take you back to the very beginning when my wife and I first started our online store selling wedding handkerchiefs. You’ll learn how we got started, how we stumbled upon our niche and how our business gave birth to a popular blog and an online course on how to start an ecommerce store.

Finally, you’ll learn about my motivations for the podcast and what’s in store for future episodes. Enjoy!

What You Will Learn

  • What this podcast is going to be all about
  • The type of entrepreneurs that I’ll be bringing on the show
  • Our motivations for starting our online store selling wedding handkerchiefs
  • The story behind how Bumblebee Linens was created
  • The story behind MyWifeQuitHerJob.com
  • The story behind the creation of my online store course at ProfitableOnlineStore.com
  • The one thing that gave me the confidence to start my own online business
  • How starting our businesses have improved our lifestyles
  • Why you don’t need to hit a home run with your business
  • Why starting a business doesn’t cost a lot of money and is less risky than you think
  • My philosophy behind why you should start a business on the side while working a full time job

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Ready To Get Serious About Starting An Online Business?


If you are really considering starting your own online business, then you have to check out my free mini course on How To Create A Niche Online Store In 5 Easy Steps.

In this 6 day mini course, I reveal the steps that my wife and I took to earn 100 thousand dollars in the span of just a year. Best of all, it's absolutely free!