How to Start a Podcast: Podcast First Steps
Topic: So you have a great topic in mind, right? If yes, great but you still have some work to do. Research other podcasts that exist in the same niche. What will you bring to the table?
Name: Ah-ha, what will you name your podcast? So, you have a name but is the domain available?
Purchase domain: go to godaddy.com and identify if your preferred domain is available. I highly recommend a .com and purchasing the other common top level domains (TDL) such as .org and .net.
Find Hosting: Libsyn is your go to host for your podcast. They offer great pricing and amazing customer service. Libsyn has been around a while. They know how to get you up and running on the various podcast libraries (e.g. iTunes and Soundcloud) and assist you in setting up a site for your podcast. There are many steps involved in starting a podcast. Libsyn is your one stop spot whether you are a total newbie or a seasoned producer.
Decide Recording & Editing Tool: Audacity is my top podcast recording & editing choice. It is free and offers loads of guidance through a free online audacity how to manual covering everything you could possible imagine. Here is a direct link to Audacity's features. I have been happy with audacity. It is simple to use once you poke around and experiment a bit. I have been happy with the sound quality and the editing capabilities. By the way this article is a great one for helpful tips on podcast editing if you're in need.