Do Podcasts Cost Money?

Dear future/ up and coming podcasters, podcasts are becoming more popular day by day. Thus many people are considering whether they should start a podcast as a side hustle or to support their businesses. It is no surprise that many people are googling if podcasts cost money to create and launch.

So, do podcasts cost money?

You can create and launch a podcast entirely for free; however, the quality is not going to be the best. While some podcasters spend thousands of dollars on their podcasts, you can actually run a podcast that has a good production quality for a few hundred dollars.

To learn how you can run a podcast for free and for a budget that is one hundred dollars, then make sure that you continue reading this blog post.

Do podcasts cost money

Many people seem to worry about the financial aspects that come with creating and launching a podcast, and they should be.

Do Podcasts Cost Money

Producing a podcast is considered to be a good side hustle or a marketing tactic for a business, so of course, people are interested in learning about the finances before they produce one.

Some people launch podcasts as a hobby, while others do not have a few thousand dollars on a new project even if it is for their business. That is why I have decided to focus on today on ways people can launch podcasts for free or for less than a hundred dollars ( $100).

One the other hand, if you are interested in learning how you can launch a podcast with different budgets, from one hundred and fifteen dollars to one thousand and six hundred dollars (115- 1.6K dollars), then make sure you read myHow Much Does It Cost to Produce A Podcast blog post.

Do Podcasts Cost Money- How Much Does It Cost to Produce A Podcast

The essential things that you are going to need to produce a podcast are the following:

  1. Your smartphone or your laptop ( You probably have at least one of these things already.)
  2. A microphone
  3. Accessories
  4. An audio recording software
  5. An audio editing software
  6. A podcast hosting site

Kindly note that I am excluding the price of the phone or laptop because most people already have one of those.

Without any further ado, let us talk about how you can launch your podcast and pay nothing at all.

How to launch a podcast without spending any money

Starting a podcast without spending any money is a safe way to test the waters of podcasting, but it is not something that I recommend in the long run.

However, it is a great way to test the waters and have some time to do enough research on what you need to purchase before you commit to buying anything.

Let us discuss the five things that every podcaster needs to produce a podcast and how you can manage to have and use them for free.

Your smartphone or your laptop ( You probably have at least one of these things already.)

Because you already either one of these things or even both of them, you do not have to spend any money here.

A microphone

Because phones and laptops have a built-in microphone, you are not going to spend anything here as well. Just plug your earphone or headphones, and you are ready to record your episodes

Accessories

Extra accessories are often necessary when you are connecting a microphone to your phone, and since we are skipping the external microphone step to remain in our zero dollar budget, then we won’t be needing any accessories.

An audio recording software

I know a few two in one software that you can use to record and edit your audio for free. To know what they are, go to the next paragraph.

An audio editing software

The free audio recording and editing software that I was hitting about are the following:

  • Use GarageBand if you are using an iPhone, a MacBook, or an iPad.
  • Use the BandLab app if you are using an Android phone.
  • Use Audacity if you are using a laptop or a MacBook.
  • Spreaker Studio if you are using Windows, Mac, iOS, or Android
  • The Anchor app if you are going to use them as your podcast hosting site as well, which is what I am going to discuss next.

A podcast hosting site

Every podcast needs a home in order to be able to distribute it on podcasting platforms like Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

Podcast hosting sites allow you to do that because they provide you with an RSS URL feed, which is what you need to able to distribute your podcast to different podcasting platforms

One App that allows you to record, edit, host, and distribute your podcast in Anchor FM.

Do Podcasts Cost Money- Can I Make A Podcast with My iPhone

If you want a step by step guide on how you can use this application, which is available for both iOS and Android, then make sure you read my Can I Make A Podcast with My iPhone blog post. It is basically a step by step guide.

How to launch a podcast with less than one hundred dollars

Your smartphone or your laptop ( You probably have at least one of these things already.)

Because you already either one of these things or even both of them, you do not have to spend any money here.

A microphone

Now that you have a decent budget, you can upgrade the quality of your podcast’s audio by purchasing an affordable microphone that is going to improve the quality of your sound vastly.

A great microphone to choose when you are on a small budget is a USB microphone. One that a lot of people like to use is the Samson Go Mic Portable USB Condenser Microphone.

It costs about thirty dollars. You will only spend a little bit of money, but have a podcast that has a higher production quality.

Accessories

Because you are using a USB microphone, you might need to purchase an accessory if you want to record your podcast using an iPhone or an Android. The accessory you need could be a cable or an adapter that is going to allow you to connect your microphone to your smartphone.

To connect your USB microphone to your iPhone, you are going to need a Lightning to USB adapter accessory.

To connect your USB microphone to your Android phone, you are going to need an OTG cable.

These accessories are going to cost you between ten to forty dollars ( 10- 40 dollars).

An audio recording software

Luckily, you can still use the same software that I have mentioned previously.

An audio editing software

The free audio recording and editing software that I was hitting about are the following:

  • Use GarageBand if you are using an iPhone, a MacBook, or an iPad.
  • Use the BandLab app if you are using an Android phone.
  • Use Audacity if you are using a laptop or a MacBook.
  • Spreaker Studio if you are using Windows, Mac, iOS, or Android

A podcast hosting site

There are many great podcast hosting sites that you can choose to have your podcast hosted on them, but today I am only going to be recommending one, which is buzzsprout. 

If you want to learn more about other podcast hosting sites, then make sure you read my How to Choose the Best Podcast Hosting Site blog post.

Do Podcasts Cost Money- How to Choose the Best Podcast Hosting Site

Before I start discussing the plans, let me tell you a couple of pros to using Buzzsprout.

  • This podcast hosting site is very easy to use.
  • Buzzsprout offers good customer support.
  • Buzzsprout allows you to efficiently distribute your podcasts to major directories like Apple Podcasts and Spotify.
Do Podcasts cost money- Buzzsprout

Buzzsprout offers its users multiple plans; here are three of them:

1) If you purchase the $12 per month plan, you are going to get the following:

  •  Three hours (3 hours) of audio/ month. 
  • Unlimited storage 
  • A bandwidth of two hundred and fifty (250) GB
  • They allow you to upload more content for a small, extra fee of four dollars ($4)/ hour of content.

2) If you purchase the $18 per month plan, you are going to get the following:

  • Six hours (6 hours) of audio/ month. 
  • Unlimited storage 
  • A bandwidth of two hundred and fifty (250) GB
  • They allow you to upload more content for a small, extra fee of three dollars ($3)/ hour of content.

3) If you purchase the $24 per month plan, you are going to get the following:

  • Twelve hours (12 hours) of audio/ month. 
  • Unlimited storage 
  • A bandwidth of two hundred and fifty (250) GB
  • They allow you to upload more content for a small, extra fee of two dollars ($2)/ hour of content.

Other questions related to do podcasts cost money

How to Create A Podcast using an iPhone or an iPad

Did you know that you can record, edit, and upload your podcast using nothing except for your iPhone or iPad? You can also just record the audio on your phone then edit on your PC. This is possible thanks to applications and software like Anchor FM, Spreaker Studio, and Audacity.

If you want to learn more about this, then read my How to Create A Podcast on iPhone or iPad blog post.

How to Create A Podcast on Android

Did you know that you can record, edit, and upload your podcast using nothing except for your Android phone? You can also just record the audio on your phone then edit on your PC. This is possible thanks to applications and software like Anchor FM, Spreaker Studio and Audacity.

To learn about this in more detail, read my How to Create A Podcast on Android blog post.

What are some of the best podcasting practices?

A couple of the best podcasting practices include the following: 

  1. Being prepared
  2. Creating informative content
  3. Editing your episodes before you upload them
  4. Having a consistent upload schedule
  5. Hosting your podcast on a podcast hosting site
  6. Optimizing your podcast

If you are interested in learning about this, then feel free to check out my 7 Podcasting Best Practices blog post.

How to Choose the Best Podcast Hosting Site?

Before you pick which podcast hosting site you are going to use for your podcast, you must be aware of your needs, here are a few things that you should keep in mind:

  1. How much storage space you need
  2. Your budget
  3. How much bandwidth you need
  4. What type of analytics you are looking for
  5. How many admins do you need

For more information about this topic, make sure you read my How to Choose the Best Podcast Hosting Site blog post.

How to Promote Your Podcast?

Two of the ways that you can use to promote your podcast are the following:

  1. Running ads using the Overcast App, which targets audiences who are interested in listening to content that is in the same niche as yours.
  2. Using Pat Flynn’s Nina podcast marketing strategy, which you can read about it in detail here.

That’s it for today’s post. You should now be able to produce and launch a podcast for free or on a super tight budget. If you have any questions related to the costs of podcast production, then feel free to email me at podcastingdiaries@gmail.com.

If you are a new podcaster and you want to me shout out your podcast in one of my upcoming blog posts, then feel to email me at podcastingdiaries@gmail.com.

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Till next time,

Ayah

Ayah Assem

I am a creator and a consumer of many forms of artistic content. With podcasting leaving its mark and declaring its significance in the current content world, I have decided to learn everything related to how to create a podcast. Who knows, maybe in the near future I will start uploading and sharing my creative work in the audio format. Join me on my journey of understanding the podcasting world, as I will be sharing with you all of the information that I am going to learn. Feel free to share with me your podcasting journey at podcastingdiaries@gmail.com and keep an eye on all of the music, books, podcasts, movies, tv shows, and YouTube channels that I always reference.

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