How to Start Your Podcast for Free Like a Boss
Have you heard about Anchor, an all in one platform where you create, distribute, and monetize your podcast from any device for free? It really is the easiest way to make a podcast, ever. I recently learned about them via Tribe. After years of being on Podbean, I switched over easily last week in July 2020.
While Podbean was a great tool for the last few years to share and distribute my show, Create with Katrina Julia, Anchor overwhelmingly offered many reasons to switch over. They live and breathe by the easiest way to podcast, ever #notsponsored.
Whether you are thinking about starting a podcast, or have a show like I do, Anchor makes it easy to start and switch your show. Not only that, Anchor is FREE. Yes, FREE. Right off the bat, I saved $480 annually. Talk about an immediate return. That's not all.
Miraculously, all my episodes switched over in a manner of minutes once I followed their easy to follow steps. Not only that, but they include a recording platform, sound effects, and clip merging on the platform. Before, I was doing these steps via ZenCaster, Animoto, and Audio-Joiner.
Anchor simplified my life from four tools to one. I am here for the time saving for sure. As if it could not get any better, in less than 3 days it did. They added me to 3+ new platforms I was not on before like Spotify without my doing anything.
Not only do they offer paid ad placements with your own voice, but I got my first one on the show with Anchor!! Why am I so excited - ahem, free, savings, growth, and opportunities.
I know how hard it can be to figure out how to start your show, strategize and structure your episodes, and figure out the technology you will use for your podcast. I am very grateful I found Anchor #thisblogisnotsponsored.
With any online business, starting and sharing on a podcast creates evergreen valuable content to connect with your community. Serving people in any time zone and while I am doing anything else - yes please.
How to Start Your Podcast Easily for Free will help you with Naming Your Show, Channel Art, Content Ideas and Series. Anchor will help you with the rest.
Stay tuned because in my next blog and show episode, we talk about How to Grow Your Podcast Like a Boss - featured on Better Marketing.
Start Your Podcast Easily
Figuring out where and how to start your podcast may seem overwhelming.
Let me simplify it for you.
Name Your Show
Design Your Channel Art
Content Ideas & Series
Technology and Tools
Set a Schedule for Podcasting
Before you know it, you will be podcasting like a boss.
With using this step by step approach to start your podcast easily for free, you will have your show up and running faster than you think.
Naming Your Show
Naming your show is easier than you think. Keep it simple and aligned. Likely, you already have a blog, Instagram, website etc. Align your name branding wise across all your platforms.
For example, my name is Katrina Julia, this platform is FIT Life Creation, and I focus on helping you #CREATEIT - a Life & Business You Love.
In the beginning, I named my show FIT Life Creation. Later, I realized Create with Katrina Julia tied in better. Easy peasy.
Check and see if a similar name is taken and Google it. Get inspired by the shows of others. Consider what you love about them, and what you feel may be missing or where you uniquely serve.
For example, I love Jenna Kutcher's Goal Digger name and focus, as well as Rise by Rachel Hollis. However, my focus area is to help you #Createit - so my name for the show was born,
Design Channel Art
Channel Art for your show is much more simple than you think. My answer for almost anything content creation wise - Canva! Yes, you can create your channel art for your show in minutes on Canva.
Pick a template, change the colors, and select an image that represents how you want people to relate to you and your show.
Content Ideas and Series for Your Podcast
Once you have your name and channel art, you may be wondering on how to create content ideas for your show. I have you covered friend.
Here is how I started:
1 Start with themes e.g. faith, wellness, online business etc
2. Create a content schedule and flow that works for you
3 Overlap and share content across your blog, social media, newsletter etc.
4 Brainstorm and invite guests directly and via platforms like Podcast Guests
5 Set up a schedule for where, how and what you record and when.
In 2020, I got inspired by Pastor Michael Todd and how he approaches series for his sermons. I realized how much easier it is to create content when I do series e.g. like this online one, faith, and prior social media, wellness, influencer marketing, and travel series. Some of my series run 3-5 episodes, and some run 15+.