Starting Your Very First Podcast

Have you caught the podcast bug and don't know where to start? Well, look no further!

Looking to create a new podcast?  Then you've come to the right place! RedCircle is the perfect platform for creators to easily create a show and share it with the world.

What do I need to get started?

Contrary to popular belief, it really doesn't take much to start a new podcast. You just need:

  1. BrandingYour podcast needs a name, an image, a description, etc.

  2. Audio ContentYou need to record and edit some audio content to share with your listeners

  3. Podcast Hosting RedCircle provides this for you. For free!

Let's get going! [probably worth beefing up this section a bit!]

Naming your Podcast

First things first, you need to come up with a name for your show. There's no shortcut to coming up with a good name, but here's some advice:

Be Descriptive
Listeners searching for shows should be able to understand what your show is about from its title.

Check for Existing Shows With the Same Name
Make sure someone else doesn't already use the same title (or something similar).
You want it to be easy for listeners to find your show, but not so easy that someone has already claimed it!

Don't Be Too Generic
With a show title like "The Football Podcast" or "The Music Show," it may be hard to stand out in the sea of other shows.  Try to come up with a memorable name that helps to describe the focus of your show.

Further Reading

Creating Podcast Artwork

The next step is to create an image to represent your show. Podcast players and directories frequently include this image next to your show in search results, when playing the content, etc.

You want the image to be engaging but also informative. It should look pleasing, include the name of your show in large bold font, and work well at different sizes.  

NOTE: Your image should be square and must be at least 1400x1400 pixels and must be less than 3000x3000.

Not a graphic designer yourself?  No problem, here are a few ideas on how to create an image for your show:

  • Try Canva out.  It's a simple-to-use web-based graphic design service. Someone with very little artistic ability can create beautiful images.

  • If you're willing to pay, try out 99 Designs. You can hire great designers for a few hundred dollars.

Further Reading

Recording Your Content

Now that your show has a name and some artwork, it's time to record your audio. A pro audio studio would be super expensive, but you can usually create some pretty good audio in your home with the right equipment.  <-- ADD LINK TO HUBSPOT ARTICLE

Make sure the content is interesting; you want your listeners to subscribe and come to the next episode! Have segments to your show (welcome, listener feedback, outro, etc.) to break up the content and keep your listeners engaged.

Further Reading

Editing The Audio

After your recording session, you need to edit your audio to cut up the content, add some intro music, or fix general mistakes. Check out our guide <-- ADD LINK TO HUBSPOT ARTICLE to audio editing options for help on selecting the right editing software for you.

Hosting and Distributing Your Podcast

Now with a podcast title, some artwork, and an audio file for your first episode, you're ready to launch your podcast!  Check out the RedCircle Basics guides <-- ADD LINK TO HUBSPOT COLLECTION to get started.

Congrats on starting your brand new podcast! We're so happy you chose us to aid you in your podcasting journey!