Setting Up Your Podcast
If you are new to podcasting and need help getting everything set up, you are not alone. We know how hard it is to find a good set of instructions on how to set up your podcast. This section will give you the step-by-step instructions to get you started.
There are a few things you need to have or know how to do before you begin. You should know how to set up a WordPress blog, have an audio player plugin installed, have FeedBurner and an iTunes account. Optionally you should have any artwork you want to use and have an S3 Amazon account to host your files.
The tools you need are:
- Or a good headset
- Software – This will depend on whether you use a PC or Mac system. Media Player and Audacity are the most popular ones.
The way we will show you here will cost you the least amount of money to get started.
We are assuming you already have a WordPress blog installed and set up. You can use your WordPress blog as another way to share your podcasts aside from iTunes, as not everyone has an iOS compatible device. We are also assuming you’ve already recorded your first podcast and are ready to get it live.
Step 1: Create a Podcast Category in Your Blog
Begin by logging into your WP admin page. Hover your mouse over Posts. Click on the Categories tab. Now you should create a new category called “Podcast”. Leave the Parent empty. Click on Add New Category.
This category is where you are going to post all podcast episodes.
Step 2: Install an Audio Player
In this step you are going to download an audio player plugin so your audience can listen to your podcast from your blog. Other options include downloading GarageBand from Apple, Audition from Adobe, and other software like Audacity to record, or recording from your Smartphone. If you are doing live recordings or video recordings of your podcast, you can use tools like Skype or Google Hangouts to create the podcast.
Go to your WP admin page. Click on Add New in the Plugins tab. In the search field, type in audio player. The one you want should be the first one listed. Click on Install and then activate the plugin.
Step 3: Get Your Podcast Domain Feed URL
Before you can get your feed set up you need your blog’s podcast feed URL. This is not the same as your blog feed URL.
The easiest way to get your podcast feed URL is to add “/category/podcast/feed” at the end of your URL.
For example: http://www.yourdomain.com/category/podcast/feed
Copy this link and paste it into Notepad for the next step.
Step 4: Set Up FeedBurner for Your Podcast
The FeedBurner is what takes your podcast from your blog to your iTunes or Stitcher account. If you ever decide to move your podcast to another site, you simply just edit one field in your FeedBurner.
IMPORTANT: FeedBurner might find other feeds. Choose the one that matches the one you created.