Dear future/ up and coming podcasters, creating and launching podcasts is kind of trendy these days. Some people want to create a podcast to expand their business, while others want to do it as a hobby.
But time and efficiency play a massive factor in what we end up consistently pursuing, which is why many people want to learn how to create podcasts with their phones and iPads. So, how can we create a podcast using an iPhone or an iPad in 2019?
To create a podcast, one needs to figure out their podcast’s theme or niche, do some research, write a script, record the audio, edit the audio, create cover art, get a podcasting service, and launch their podcast. Believe it or not, you can do all of that with an iPhone or an iPad.
Creating a podcast in 2019 doesn’t have to be that complicated, especially when you don’t have a big budget to start with or a full production team behind you. However, there are some things that you can do to create podcasters that are good in quality using your iPhone and iPad.
How to create a podcast on an iPhone or an iPad?
The internet and its social media platforms have been allowing us to create content without needing huge, traditional companies to fund us.
You can be a writer and publish your book without a traditional publisher, thanks to companies like Kindle Direct Publishing, Smashwords, Kobo, LuLuPress, etc.
You can be an a filmmaker, an actor, a singer or even a painter, and be able to share your talent and work with the world through YouTube, SoundCloud, WordPress Sites, Patreon, etc.
And now, you can have your own speaking show without having a program on the radio, thanks to podcasting platforms, Soundcloud, Spotify, Patreon, etc.
But what does the process of creating a podcast look like, and is it possible to do all of the steps using nothing but an iPhone or an iPad? Believe it or not, the answer is yes, and I am going to take through every single step, so grab a notebook and a pen and take notes!
Here is what the process of creating a podcast on an iPhone or an iPad is going to look like in a nutshell:
- First, research the topics that you are going to discuss in your episode
- Second, write an opening/ intro for your podcast
- Then, write the script for your to-be recorded episode
- Next, record your episode.
- Then, edit the audio file that you have just recorded.
- Next, create a cover photo for your podcast.
- Finally, but not least, upload your podcast to a podcast hosting service.
PS: These steps do not include figuring out what your podcast is going to be about or naming it because I am assuming that you already know all of that.
There is a little that I could do when it comes to helping you figure that out, but if you want a short blog post on it, then feel free to email me at email@example.com and I will make that happen.
Step No. 1: Research the topics that you are going to discuss in your episode
There is not much that I can say here, but always research the topics you plan on discussing during your podcast and try to diversify your resources.
Whether you are getting your information from books, documentaries, YouTube videos, articles, news, or other podcasts, make sure that the information you are collecting is correct. Always double check to see if the information you’re reading is accurate or not.
Pretend like you are going to write an essay for school. How would you research the topic then?
Maybe researching topics is not your problem; perhaps you are just struggling with coming up with new topics and ideas to discuss. If that is the case, then I highly recommend watching Shannon’s video
Step No. 2: Write an opening/ intro for your podcast
Some people freak out when they think of introductions, but writing an intro or an opening for your podcast is not scary or hard at all.
All you need to do is introduce yourself and your co-hosts, the title of the current episode, and what your podcast is about, and what is the topic of today’s episode.
1) Introduce the hosts
Introducing yourself and the other hosts is an essential thing to do during the opening of your podcast. Avoid saying things like “My name is” because you are talking directly to your audience. Instead, use the pronoun I, so “I am …”.
2) Mention the name of the podcast
Not everyone who is listening to your podcast has directly clicked on one of your episodes. Perhaps they are subscribed to you and have a few of your episodes download on their podcasting App.
This means that they might have clicked on something else that is in their downloads queue, and your episode played next. So by mentioning your podcast’s name in the intro, your listeners are going to know what they are currently listening to.
The title of the episode
Yes, people could read the title themselves when they play one of your episodes. Not everyone who is listening to your podcast has directly clicked on one of your episodes.
Sure, they can simply tap their phones to see what they are currently listening to, but keep in mind that people listen to podcasts while working out, walking their dogs, or driving to work, so that is not always possible.
That is why you should always mention the title of your episode in your intro.
Mention what the podcast is about.
Some of your listeners are listening to your podcast for the very first time, and although the title of your podcast and your podcast description might give the audience a huge hint regarding what your podcast is about, it is better to describe that in your intro briefly.
This description does not have to be too long. In fact, it should preferably be brief. You can come up with a tagline for your podcast and that could become how you describe to your new listeners what your podcast is about.
If you want to read more about how to write an intro for your podcast, then click here.
Step No. 3: Write the script for your to-be recorded episode
There isn’t one way that is considered to be the correct way for writing a script for your podcast, but your podcast script should never look like one of your school’s essays.
It should informative, but your tone and delivery style should differ because how you deliver your information hugely affects how your episode turns out to be.
There are three popular ways that you can use to write a script for your podcast. They are:
- Writing the script word for word
- Outlining your podcast’s episode
- Mind mapping your podcast’s episode
To learn more about how and why you should write a script for your podcast, then read my How to Write A Podcast Script blog post.
Step No. 4: Record the episode
Using an external microphone is better than using the microphone that is built into your iPhone or iPad. The recent iPhones and iPads have lightning connectors, which means you might need some accessories if you are going to use a USB microphone.
USB microphones are mostly decent in quality and are not very expensive. For example, the Samson Go Mic Portable USB Condenser Microphone allows you to record audio that is good in quality, and it only costs about thirty dollars ($ 30).
Since this is a USB microphone and your iPhone or iPad has a lightning connection, you are going to need some accessories. The accessory you are going to need in this case is a Lightning to USB adapter.
With it, you will be able to plug the Lightning to USB adapter to your iPhone or iPad, then plug the USB cable that is plugged into USB microphone to Lightning to USB adapter.
If this sounds confusing, let me break it down. We have four different pieces in this setup, A, B, C, and D.
- A= iPhone or iPad
- B= Lightning to USB adapter.
- C= USB Microphone
- D= The USB Microphone’s Cable
- You will plug B into A ( the Lighting to USB adapter to the iPhone or iPad)
- Next, you will plug D into C ( the microphone’s cable into the microphone).
- Finally, you will plug the USB side of D into B ( the USB side of the microphone’s cable into the Lightning to USB adapter.
You can get Apple’s Lightning to USB Camera Adapter for thirty and forty dollars ( $ 30 and $ 40).
Now that your Mic setup is ready, it is time to look for an audio recording software. Luckily, your iPhone or iPad comes with on. If not, you can easily download it for the App Store; the application that I am talking about is GarageBand.
Step No. 5: Edit the episode
To edit your audio, you can simply open the same application that you have recorded your episode within step number four, which is GarageBand.
If you want to use a different app to edit your audio, then you can try Spreaker Studio.
Step No. 6: Create cover art for your podcast
People say do not judge a book by its cover, but almost no-one follows the teachings of this quote.
In a world where looks are everything, you better believe that some people are going to judge your podcast based on its title and cover art. That is why your podcast must have a good looking cover photo.
Depending on your budget, the quality of your cover art is going to vary.
If you can’t afford to pay for any services, then you can make one using canva.com. If you have a small budget ( like thirty dollars ), then you can use a website like UpWork.com and pay a graphic designer to make a cover photo for your podcast.
If you have a bigger budget, then 99designs.com is the way to go because they will bring your vision to life.
Step No. 7: Upload your podcast to a podcast hosting service
To know which podcast hosting site suits you best, you should know some things. Here are six of the things that you need to know:
- Your podcasting budget
- The storage space you need
- How much bandwidth your podcast needs
- Are you interested in having monetization features
- Do you want to have access to great analytics
- How many admins you are going to having
Two of the best podcast hosting sites are:
- A Free plan gives you (2 hrs) of audio per month. There might be Ads placed on your podcast, and your uploaded episodes will get deleted after ninety (90) days.
- The $12 per month plan gives you (3 hours) of audio per month. You also get a bandwidth of two hundred and fifty (250) GB as well as unlimited storage. If you pay an extra ($4), you get to upload one more hour of content.
- The $18 per month plan gives you (6 hrs) of audio per month. You also get a bandwidth of two hundred and fifty (250) GB as well as unlimited storage. If you pay an extra ($3), you get to upload one more hour of content.
- The $24 per month plan gives you (12 hrs) of audio per month. You also get a bandwidth of two hundred and fifty (250) GB as well as unlimited storage. If you pay an extra ($2), you get to upload one more hour of content.
- The Basic/ Free plan: You will get five hours (5 hrs) of audio and a bandwidth of one hundred GB ( 100 GB) per month. You can’t monetize your podcast, and you will get basic player themes.
- The Unlimited Audio plan costs 9 dollars per month: You will get unlimited audio storage space and unlimited bandwidth. You can able to monetize your podcast via two different ad networks. You will also be able to customize your basic player.
- The Unlimited Plus Plan costs twenty-nine dollars (29 dollars) per month: You will get unlimited audio storage space, unlimited bandwidth, get full custom design options for your player, an be able to monetize your podcast via al four different ad networks.
- The Business Planninety-nine dollars (99 dollars) per month: You will get unlimited audio storage space, unlimited bandwidth, get full custom design options for your player, an be able to monetize your podcast via al four different ad networks.
- The Business Plan is perfect for enterprise podcasting because it allows you to have multiple admin access, a white-label podcasting app, and premium bandwidth.
To dive deep into the work of podcast hosting sites, make sure you read my How to Choose the Best Podcast Hosting Site blog post
Can you Create A Podcast on an Android phone?
Yes, people can record, edit, and even upload their podcasts using their Android phones. There are actually many ways for Android phone users to utilize while creating their podcasts.
If you are interested in learning more about how you can create a podcast using your android phone, then make sure you check out myHowto Create A Podcast on Android blog post.
How Much Does Creating A Podcast Cost?
The costs of creating and launching a new podcast vary greatly. You can actually create and launch a podcast for free via Anchor, spend around fifty dollars ( 50 dollars), spends hundreds of dollars, or even spend a few thousand dollars ( 2- 3 K dollars). Your total cost depends on the software, equipment, and services that you are using and paying for.
If you are interested in learning more about that, then make sure you check out my How Much Does CreatingA Podcast Cost blog post.
What are some of the best podcasting practices
Some of the best podcasting practices are:
- Be prepared
- Be consistent
- Make content that is informative and fluff-free
- Keep your audience’s experience in mind
- Get a podcast hosting site plan
- Edit your episodes
- Optimize your podcast
If you are interested in learning more about these seven practices, then read my 7 Podcasting Best Practices blog post.
That’s it for today’s post. If you have any questions regarding how you can start a podcast using nothing except for an iPhone or an iPad, then feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you end up using and implementing any of the tips that I have mentioned in this blog post, or even if you have just started a new podcast and you have been checking this blog for tips, then email me your podcast’s name at email@example.com so I could check it out and give it a shoutout in one of my upcoming blog posts.
- Can I Make A Podcast with My iPhone
- How to make money podcasting in 2019
- Connect a USB Mic to an iPhone/iPad for Audio Recording in Any iOS Application
- Best New iPhone Microphones for Video — Top 5 Mics
- How to Connect an External Microphone to your iOS Device
Till next time,