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October 10th, 2010

Podcast101 - Creating and Hosting an Audio Podcast

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This is a Click by Click Tutorial


If you want to learn to podcast and want to do it for very little money, you are in the right place. This tutorial is designed to show you that anyone can podcast.  While there are many steps involved these individual steps are not complicated, there are just a bunch of them and they require using multiple services and products.

While there are other products and services you could use in place of some of the items listed below, we felt at the time this tutorial was created/updated that these services offered an advantage in ease of use and/or performance over the other services we were aware of.

Please note that we are always looking for new services that offer an advantage over those listed here and your feedback is strongly encouraged, as we do plan to make this a living, breathing tutorial that is updated often based on your feedback. So please direct any feedback to:

rob  AT  podcast411  DOT  com

When it comes to podcasting NOBODY knows everything, but we do assure you that if you follow the instructions in this tutorial, that a few hours from now you can have your first podcast up, and you will have done it without paying a consultant for help.

Who is this Tutorial for? 

It is for anyone looking to distribute an audio podcast, but does not have a lot of money to do so.  This tutorial is perfect for students, educators, churches and those with little to no technical experience.  Even if you have never had a website before by following this tutorial you will be able to have a podcast. 

We also realize that many people just want to test the waters of podcasting and then decide if they want to take it to the next level.  It is because of this that this tutorial was designed in a way that allows you to switch your hosting service as you desire without changing anything on your listeners end, future proofing the podcast so you are not locked into any one service provider.

Who is this Tutorial NOT for?

People that think Audio Quality is more important than content.  While Audio quality is important it is not as important as many make it out to be.  No one will ever tell you they stuck with your show because the audio quality was so good, they just knew eventually the content would come around. 

We are not suggesting you deliberately produce audio with poor quality and we will point out ways to help you improve the audio experience for your listeners.  Dawn and Drew became podcasting stars using nothing more than their laptop and a cheap $20 USB Mic.  Chances are if you are reading this tutorial you probably are more interested in just getting a podcast up and could care less if your show sounds like the mid range is off a little from how you sound in real life.   

Ok enough with who this is and is not for and on with the tutorial.

Software and Services Used:
The following are a list of items and services we will be using during this tutorial.

NOTE: The services and software listed in this tutorial work for both Macs & PCs unless otherwise specifically stated.

Full Disclosure:  I work for Wizzard Media / libsyn for my Day job.  That being said, I hosted my podcast with libsyn for two and a half years before working for them. I still highly recommend the libsyn hosting service now as much as I did then.

There was no payment, favors or any other form of compensation made for any product or service mentioned anywhere in this tutorial.  All products were picked on their merits and can and will be replaced if we come across a product or service we feel is better than one already listed.

We reserve all rights to determine what we feel makes one product better than another.



Your Current Mac or PC

Microphone - the built in mic or the one that came with the computer.

(If you do not have a mic, then you will need to spend about $20 for one)


Audacity For Recording and Editing

Levelator For Fixing Levels

iTunes For Encoding to MP3 format and editing ID3 tags


Feedback Services:




Sources for music:

IODApromonet Podsafe music from indie Labels.

musicalley.com - Podsafe music from indie Artists.

ccMixter.org Creative Commons music, great for sound beds.


Hosting and Online Services:



Feed Services:










The key steps we will be covering in this tutorial are the following

Step 1: Creating and Editing an Audio Recording

Step 2: Recording an Interview by phone

Step 3: Setting up Listener feedback

Step 4:   Levelating the Podcast

Step 5:   Encoding to MP3 format

Step 6:   Adding ID3 Tags

Step 7:   Setting up the hosting service

Step 8:   Creating a Feedburner RSS Feed

Step 9:   Validating the feed

Step 10: Submitting the feed to iTunes, Zune & Blackberry

Step 11: Submitting your feed to all the other podcast directories.

Before we move onto Step 1, you will need to make sure you have the following programs installed on your computer:





The links above will take you to the download pages for each program.  Again these programs are available for both Macs and PCs. 


Once you have the programs downloaded and installed on your computer you are ready for Step 1

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If you have comments / questions you would like to add please send an email to the address below and we will post comments / questions on this page.

rob  AT  podcast411  DOT  com

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