Need a little help getting your podcast off the ground?
Whether you’re just starting out, or you’ve reached a growth plateau, we could all use a little help when it comes to podcasting.
But with so-called gurus, “experts”, and “ninjas” out there, it can be tough to figure out who to trust.
That’s why we’ve put together a list of our favorite independent podcast resources. These are people who have been in the trenches and have come out the other side with some great advice.
We’ve broken it down into three sections to help you find exactly what you need. The first is “all-around help,” these are the resources that do it all. The next two are a bit more specific, giving you insight into recording techniques and marketing assistance.
Let’s take a look at the list and get you on the path to success.
The All-around Help
Especially if you’re just starting out, finding a one-stop resource for all of your podcasting needs can be a great way to save time (and money).
Here are our favorites:
1. Podcast Insights
Podcast Insights is a blog, training resource, and (now defunct) podcast. There are countless ideas, tips, and strategies for creating and launching your show from scratch.
Their podcast “Podcasting Simplified” has over 60 episodes with topics ranging from “Best Royalty Free Music Sites” to “Best WordPress Themes for Podcasters.” Start here if you’re new to podcasting and need a little (or a lot of) help getting started.
Check out Podcast Insights Here
2. Podcaster’s Paradise
The Podcaster’s Paradise is an online community created by John Lee Dumas of the podcast Entrepreneurs on Fire. It’s designed to be a safe haven for podcasters of all levels to network, collaborate, and learn from each other.
Paradise isn’t just a forum, there’s also a wealth of training resources like how-to videos, templates, and more. You can also join one of their monthly masterminds to get direct access to experts and other successful podcasters. They have both free and paid training so you can find something on any budget.
Visit Podcasters’ Paradise Here
3. The Podcast Host
Finally, we have The Podcast Host.
This self-guided training website is run by a team of professional podcast consultants. They’ll teach you everything you need to know — no matter what stage you are at in your journey.
From how to find common keywords for show descriptions, to how to monetize your show. It’s an incredible resource for anyone trying to build their independent podcast into something powerful.
Check out The Podcast Host Here
The Audio Visual Help
Tired of hearing that annoying crackle and hiss during the playback of your episodes? Wondering how to stop your video from stuttering and dropping pixels? These resources will help you create stunning audio and video (and even live streams!) every time.
The Podcast Audio Lab and Me Only Louder
Marcus Depaula is a recording industry veteran and brings his years of expertise to podcasters with concision and approachability.
The Podcast Audio Lab is a site dedicated to helping podcast creators make great-sounding episodes. He has an ever-growing library of blog posts, video tutorials, and courses on everything from EQ to microphone technique.
Marcus offers virtual workshops as well, that give podcasters direct access to ask questions and solve their toughest challenges.
See The Podcast Audio Lab Here
We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention Boomcaster on this list. We are a little biased but we’re constantly creating content to help independent podcasters better than creations.
Boomcaster is an AI-based podcast creation and distribution platform that gives users access to professional-grade editing tools, show notes optimization, and live streaming capabilities.
And if you’re looking for a quick way to get pristine audio and video, our platform can help. With simultaneous recording on each participant’s device (backed up in the cloud in real-time) you’ll get clear sound and visuals for every episode.
The Marketing Help
Marketing is a major part of building a podcasting brand, and there are some great resources out there to help. Some of the resources on our list offer marketing tips, but we love the idea of building community.
Here are a few of our favorite podcasting expos and conferences to help you promote, network and build your brand.
1. The Podcast Movement
The Podcast Movement is the world’s largest annual gathering of new and experienced podcasters.
Each year they host a conference with over 150 sessions on everything from social media marketing to monetization strategies. They also have an extensive online training library with over 80 hours of content.
2. Podfest Expo
Podfest is another conference designed for podcasters of all levels. They offer over 100 sessions on a variety of topics with the goal of helping you build and monetize your show. You’ll learn from the best, talk with the future of the industry, and might even find the next incredible guest for your show.
Learn More About Podfest Expo Here
3. Outlier Podcast Festival
This traveling festival was created to give independent podcasters a forum to meet, learn and grow together. Their unique “pay what you can” ticket sales model helps democratize this powerful networking opportunity.
We left these tools and resources for last, because they aren’t specifically for podcasters. But they are definitely worth mentioning because they can be insanely helpful for anyone running a business or side hustle.
Canva – Graphic design doesn’t have to be hard (or expensive). Canva is an online design platform that makes it easy to create stunning visuals for your website, social media, and marketing materials.
Hootsuite – Hootsuite is a social media management platform that lets you post updates, monitor conversations, and track your growth across all your social channels in one place.
Soundstripe – Soundstripe is a royalty-free music platform that gives you access to thousands of songs and sound effects to use in your podcast episodes, video content, and more.
Finding the Resources You Need
When you’re ready to commit to creating incredible audio or video content, these resources will help you get there. From the best equipment and software to the most helpful tutorials and networks — everything you need is available with just a few clicks.
The hardest part is taking that first step… but we believe in you! You’ve got this.