As you guys may remember, podcasting is something I have been trying to get into this year. I started listening to a lot of podcasts last year that I enjoyed and I thought it would be fun to host one of my own with my sister. I talked a little bit about this at the beginning of the year when I first came back to blogging and later on again.
However, with university and everything going on in our lives both my sister and I got quite busy and were not able to work on our podcast. Another issue we faced was that we did not know much about the world of podcasting. And by that I mean it was all new to us and we pretty much knew nothing about it…
Now as a history major I did what I have spent years training myself to do- read and digest an insane amount of information in a surprisingly short amount of time. I mean research is my thing- I’m not the best researcher ever but as a history student I’ve gotten pretty good at it and I know the benefits of researching things.
Podcasting Profit Secrets
So, I started doing more research into podcasts and although a lot of it was beneficial it was still kind of complicated which became frustrating. If you know me, you probably know that I’m kind of a perfectionist and if I do something I need to do it well. I feel like I have a lot of practice with blogging and social media since it’s not new to me but podcasts are far from what I’m used to. Not instantly being good at it or understanding how to create a successful podcast immediately was becoming annoying to me.
That’s when I stumbled upon the Podcasting Profit Secrets bundle and it really helped get me out of my funk. They offer a bundle with the Podcasting Profit Secrets eBook, video course, a resource cheat sheet, a checklist, and a mind map on successful podcasting. Although I think everything in this bundle is successful, I wanted to take some time to focus on the eBook and video course for this post because if I recall correctly when I talked about starting a podcast a number of you said you were thinking about starting one too. I wanted to share this information with you guys so that in case any of you are still interested in podcasting and are as confused as I was you can check out this bundle and figure things out without wasting as much time as I did.
Both the eBook and the video course focus on how to create and run a successful and profitable podcast. I won’t go into an insane amount of detail about what I’ve learned because I think it would be unfair to give out information like that which someone else put a lot of effort into collecting and putting together but I will give you a highlight of what I learned and what I found most beneficial.
I think both the eBook and the video course would be extremely beneficial for those that are planning to start a podcast or are in the early stages of their podcasting journey because a large part of both focuses on what you need before you start your podcast and how to make your podcast successful once you have started it.
The first thing that both the book and course made me realise is that I didn’t know my target audience and to be honest I probably did not have a target audience because I had not thought too much about my content concerning what my niche would be. I had thought it would be similar to my blog in that I would talk about multiple niches and topics but because of this, I understood that it would not be that simple when it came to podcasts. I had to find my niche and more importantly, I needed to figure out how to create something that would be of value in some way to others out there. Both the course and eBook dive much deeper into this and helped me figure out my target audience as well as my niche.
One more thing it made me realise is that I needed to do a lot more planning and research for each of the episodes. Unlike blogging, it was not just me rambling on. We needed to have somewhat of a script or at least properly plan out the topics we are going to cover and what we are going to say about them. They give you much more detail on this so if planning your episodes is something you are struggling with I would really recommend checking out the bundle.
Another thing that was kind of confusing or perhaps rather difficult for me was all the tech stuff. As you know, technology and I don’t always see eye to eye and that’s why I was super excited when I saw that the eBook and video both talked about how to deal with the technological side of podcasting. This was such a blessing since it saved me lots of time and energy. They tell you the equipment you will need which is very helpful. They also give lots of information about how to record the episodes even when you have guests you are talking to online and how to edit these episodes using free apps and sites. The editing tools in particular were super helpful as I had tried using a couple of other free apps which didn’t seem to cut it. The one they suggested worked well and I will be using that for my podcast.
Another thing I was struggling with when it came to podcasting is how to promote it. Even if you do everything right with your podcast you have to understand that there are thousands of podcasts out there and you need to promote yours to get a decent number of listeners. I get how promoting your content works but I was unclear on how to connect everything and make sure it gets cross-promoted on my blog as well as all my social media pages. This sounds easy but it’s actually kind of complicated because sometimes links end up broken or don’t go up at the optimum times or a bunch of other stuff can go wrong. Especially when it comes to WordPress… *cough they are super unhelpful and glitchy cough*
The eBook and video went into quite a bit of detail about how to cross-promote your podcast on social media and other platforms to help increase your audience and make profits from this. I was super excited that they talked specifically about how to promote your work on your blog which was perfect for someone like me because this blog is my biggest platform. There is also information on how to promote it on other sites, platforms, podcasts, etc. because this can be quite beneficial too. Although I probably won’t be getting paid ads at the moment I may at some point so it’s good to have that information at the back of my mind.
If you are looking to make an income from your podcast this book and course will also teach you how to attract the right advertisers and sponsors. If you have ever tried making money online you know that this is not easy so having someone teach give you this information helps a lot.
I think that will be it for the information because like I said before I don’t want to give too much away.
Overall, I think it’s great that they have this bundle that offers both a video and an eBook because not everyone is a writing/reading learner and not everyone is a visual learner. We all learn things in different ways and having both the eBook and taking the course helps to digest the information better because it’s not just one method of learning but multiple. I enjoy learning through reading as well as through visual methods and it depends on my headspace at the time so having both as an option helped me understand in a way other content I had looked into had not.
I also appreciate that neither the eBook nor the video course got too technical or complicated because a lot of stuff that is supposed to be for beginners can be very hard to follow for someone who knows close to nothing about creating a podcast. So, even if you have little to no experience with podcasts this would be beneficial for you.
I understand that not everyone is interested in creating a podcast to make a profit and even though making a profit is not my main goal it would be cool to make some income from my podcast and to make an income you need at least a semi-professional sounding podcast. If you are like me and may want to make an income from podcasting this would be the bundle for you.
That being said, I am happy to announce that with the help of this bundle we were finally able to finish recording the first episode of our podcast. We are in the process of editing it and it should be ready for you guys to listen to soon!
I haven’t done a review like this in a long time so it was a lot of fun for me to do- I always enjoying switching things up. I hope you guys enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it!
Do you listen to podcasts? Have you ever considered starting a podcast? If you start a podcast what do you think your niche would be? What topics would you like me to discuss on my podcast? How is your day going?
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