How to Create A Podcast Using A Macbook?


Dear future/ up and coming podcasters, though many people like the idea of creating their podcasts using their phones or iPads, one of the best ways to do so is by creating your podcast on a Macbook, which is, by the way, one of the best laptops to use for podcasting.

So, how do you create a podcast on a Macbook?

To create a podcast using a Macbook, you will have to follow these steps:

  1. Figure out what your podcast’s theme or niche is going to be
  2. Research topics and write an outline for your episodes
  3. Edit your podcast episode using Garageband
  4. Create a free cover art for your podcast using Canva.com
  5. Find the best podcast hosting service for you and your podcast and upload your audio file
  6. Submit your podcast to the popular podcasting directories

To learn about these steps in more detail, make sure that you continue reading this blog post. Creating a podcast using your Macbook is very simple and efficient, so there is nothing that you should worry about.

How to create a podcast on a Macbook?

Step one: Figure out what your podcast’s theme or niche is going to be

You should have a clear message regarding what you want your podcast to be about. This is very important because it having that knowledge is going to allow your audience to find your podcast more efficiently.

Niche

This is a constant thing that everyone has to figure out before they start a new podcast, YouTube channel, or even a website.

Why?

When you have a clear direction on what kind of content you are going to put out, you are doing a great job of attracting the perfect audience.

Let me give you a simple example.

Let us say that you are running a podcast about dancing, so dancing is your niche. This means that you are going to create podcast episodes on anything related to dancing. What you should not do is release episodes about boating.

Why?

Those who are following you are interested in listening to episodes on dancing and not boating. You will begin to see a decline in your episode streams and downloads. Even the number of subscribers your podcast has will start to decline.

But, are not people who are interested in boating going to discover and listen to your dancing podcast that has recently begun discussing boating?

Well, not really.

What this is going to create is a lot of confusion, as well as the inability for newer people who discover your show to trust and commit to subscribing to and engaging with your podcast.

That is why you should really think about what your podcast’s theme or niche is going to be and stick to it. After that comes the task of naming your podcast, then it is time for you to start researching and outlining your first few episodes.

Step two: Research topics and write an outline for your episodes

It is essential to do a bit of research and even outline what you plan on discussing your episodes before you hit the record button. This is going to help you gather your ideas in one place and thus help you stay concise while recording your episodes.

Here are a few perks that you can advantage from if you research and outline your episodes before you record them:

  1. You will sound more confident because you actually know what you are talking about.
  2. It will make the editing process so much easier because there won’t be as much stuttering or silence that you have to cut out off your audio clip. 

There are three popular ways that you can script your podcast episodes. These are the following:

  1. Writing a word for word script
  2. Creating an outline
  3. Creating a mindmap

To learn all about these three different options that you can use to prep for your podcast, then feel free to check out my How to Write A Podcast Script blog post.

How to write a podcast script

Step three: Record your podcast using a microphone and Garageband

If you are new to the podcasting game, then I highly recommend that you use a USB microphone to record your podcast because they are super easy to set up and use.

What is a USB Microphone?

A USB microphone is actually considered to be one of the most common podcasting microphones that beginners prefer using because they are effortless to set up and use. Unlike XLR microphones, which create better audio, you won’t need a digital recorder or even a mixer to set up your podcasting space and to start using the microphone.

With a USB microphone, all you have to do is directly connect the microphone to your laptop directly, and you are all set! It is very convenient and super easy to use.

Once you connect your USB microphone to your Macbook, just open Garageband and make sure that Garageband is using your USB mic.

You can do that by following these steps:

  • Click on the New Project tab 
  • Click on the Empty Project option
  • Click on the first Audio option, which is Record using a microphone
  • Click on the Create button
  • Choose Input one
  • Then make sure that your USB mic is showing after this phrase (My instrument is connected with:). 
  • Here is a reference for that, but here I am using the built-in microphone, so instead, you will see “built-in microphone” written after the (My instrument is connected with:) phrase.

If you need some finding the best microphone for your podcast, then feel free to check out my recommended podcasting equipment.

Podcasting Equipment

Step four: Edit your podcast episode using Garageband

One of the most crucial audio editing features that every podcaster should be aware of and use is the trimming feature.

What is the trimming feature?

The trimming feature is an essential audio editing tool that allows you to easily shorten your audio clip by just dragging its edge in. If you regret your choice later on, all you have to do is go that same edge of the audio clip and just drag it out.

Where is the trim tool in Garageband?

To find the trim tool, just go to the lower edge of the audio clip that you are currently editing. Your cursor will then turn into the trimming tool all by itself. After that happens, all that is left for you to do is just to click and drag that clip towards the rest of the audio clip ( drag it in).

How to Record And Edit A Podcast in Garageband?

The trimming tool is very useful when it comes to getting rid of the silence or the unintentional blabbering that could exist at the beginning or even the end of your audio clip. The trimming tool is also useful if you want to shorten your podcast’s intro music.

There are more audio editing tools and features that podcasters should use to edit their episodes on Garageband. To learn all about them, check out my How to Record And Edit A Podcast in Garageband blog post.

How to Record And Edit A Podcast in Garageband?

Step five: Create a free cover art for your podcast using Canva.com

If you do not know how to use photoshop and you can not afford to hire a graphic designer to create your podcast’s cover art, then the answer to all of your problems is Canva.com.

What is Canva?

Canva is a photo editing software that is free and super easy to use. Canva is basically a drag and drop photo editing software. 

There are seven major steps to creating cover art using Canva.com, and they are the following:

  • Step one: Log in or sign up for a new account on Canva.com.
  • Step two: Create a custom dimension of 3,000 x 3,000 px for your podcast’s cover art. 
  • Step three: Make sure that your podcast’s cover art is capable of visually communicating what your podcast’s content is about.
  • Step four: Get inspired by looking at other podcast cover art.
  • Step five: Download and upload royalty-free images to Canva.com
  • Step six: Use large text on your podcast’s cover art design to capture people’s attention
  • Step seven: Do some final touches to spice up your cover art

For a step by step guide on how you can create a podcast cover art using Canva.com. check out my How to Make A Great Podcast Cover Art blog post.

How to Make A Great Podcast Cover Art?

Step six: Find the best podcast hosting service for you and your podcast and upload your audio file.

Finding the perfect podcast hosting website depends on what your podcast needs and your podcasting budget. Here are a few questions that you should be asking yourself:

  1. How much storage space do you need?
  2. What is your podcasting budget?
  3. How many admins to the podcast hosting site do you need?
  4. How much bandwidth are you going to need?

The top three podcast hosting sites are the following:

  1. Buzzsprout
  2. Podbean
  3. Captivate

If you need help with choosing the perfect podcast hosting site for you, then feel free to check out my recommendations for the best podcast hosting sites.

Podcast Hosting Sites

After you do that, upload your audio file.

Step seven: Submit your podcast to the popular podcasting directories

Now that you have an RSS feed Url, which you can get from your podcast hosting website, you can now submit your podcast to many podcasting directories.

A few of the most popular podcasting directories include Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, and Pandora. Today, I will be sharing with you the submission process of Apple Podcasts and Pandora.

How to get your podcast to Apple Podcasts?

  • Step 1: Make sure that your podcast’s description and information details are complete
  • Step 2: Grab your podcast’s RSS Feed from your hosting site
  • Step 3: Get iTunes and create an account on it
  • Step 4: Test your podcast’s RSS Feed
  • Step 5: Validate and Submit your podcast
  • Step 6: Stay patient and wait until your podcast is getting approved

Learn about this in more detail by reading my How to Publish A Podcast on Apple Podcasts blog post.

How to Publish A Podcast on Apple Podcasts?

How to submit your podcast to Pandora?

  • 1) Create an account and add your podcast’s RSS feed URL
  • 2) Add the information regarding your podcast’s Type
  • 3) Add information regarding your podcast’s Branding
  • 4) Add information regarding your podcast’s Downloads
  • 5) Add information regarding your podcast’s Ad Sales
  • 6) Add information regarding your podcast’s Social Media

For a step by step guide that is going to help you submit your podcast to Pandora, check out my How to Submit Your Podcast to Pandora: A Step-by-Step Guide blog post.

How to Submit Your Podcast to Pandora: A Step-by-Step Guide

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If you want to learn more about why the marketing podcasts are fantastic and figure out which ones you should be listening to to grow your business, then make sure that you read my What Are The Best Marketing Podcasts in 2020 blog post.

That’s it for today’s post. You should now know how to create a podcast using a Macbook. To sum up the process, here are the steps again:

  1. Figure out what your podcast’s theme or niche is going to be
  2. Research topics and write an outline for your episodes
  3. Edit your podcast episode using Garageband
  4. Create a free cover art for your podcast using Canva.com
  5. Find the best podcast hosting service for you and your podcast and upload your audio file.
  6. Submit your podcast to the popular podcasting directories

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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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