This series is all about libsyn’s newest podcasters. Its sole purpose is to introduce these awesome podcasts to the world as well as share their podcasting insight to empower the community!
Q&A with Amanda from The Wellpreneur Podcast
When did you start podcasting?
I co-hosted a podcast back in 2006 when podcasting felt really new and unknown. Back then I did everything myself – all of the editing, the artwork, the show notes – everything.
When I launched the WellpreneurOnline podcast in January 2014, I knew I wanted to do it differently, because now I have a business and the podcast is just one element of it!
Why did you start podcasting?
For a deeper connection with my audience than blogging alone. Plus, it’s fun!
What’s your show about?
The WellpreneurOnline Podcast teaches wellness entrepreneurs how to grow a healthy business – online.
Every week I interview successful wellness entrepreneurs (like yoga teachers, health coaches, personal trainers etc.) about how they’ve grown their business online.
When I was training as a health coach I was constantly searching for examples of successful coaches, and couldn’t find what I was looking for – so I created it!
What’s your podcasting set-up? Hardware, software, CMS, etc.
I keep it super simple. I record Skype interviews using my laptop and a blue snowball mic. Then I record an intro and outro either in audacity, or on an external voice recorder.
I had a professional intro created on fiverr and bought some music to use as the theme song.
I outsource all the audio editing to a professional (who I found on oDesk) and then have a virtual assistant put together my show notes (also found via oDesk).
When your podcast is for a business, you need to balance what you enjoy doing with what is the most effective use of your time and skills. Don’t try to do it all – you need to have a life too!
How have you promoted your podcast?
I have an email list from my existing blog, so I promoted there, as well as on Facebook and Twitter, and on any Facebook/Google+ groups where wellness entrepreneurs hang out.
I really encouraged people to leave a rating and review in the first few months which seemed to help boost visibility too.
What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?
I wish I’d created a sellable product around our podcast in 2006 because the market was so much less crowded and we got a lot of media attention about our show!
So now I would tell new podcasters – have a reason for people to come back to your website – and encourage them to go sign up for that thing on every episode.
You need to have the ability to contact your audience, which you can do with your podcast, of course – but email is even better!
Also don’t be afraid to promote your own business on your show – it’s YOUR show, after all!
And finally – just get started. Don’t wait until it’s perfect. Your first episode will probably be your worst and you’ll only improve with time, so just get it out there!