Expert Podcasting Practices for Dummies


If you once dreamed of a broadcasting career, or if you’re passionate about a cause you want to share with the world, podcasting may be just what you’re looking for. But it’s not as simple as picking up a microphone—at least, not if you want great results. So pick up Expert Podcasting Practices For Dummies instead, and discover the secrets of producing professional podcasts!

This plain-English guide shows you how to record like a pro, build an audience, and maybe even generate ...

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If you once dreamed of a broadcasting career, or if you’re passionate about a cause you want to share with the world, podcasting may be just what you’re looking for. But it’s not as simple as picking up a microphone—at least, not if you want great results. So pick up Expert Podcasting Practices For Dummies instead, and discover the secrets of producing professional podcasts!

This plain-English guide shows you how to record like a pro, build an audience, and maybe even generate some revenue from your podcasting passion. If you're ready to go live with what you have to say, here's how to create podcasts that appeal to a large audience, sound top-notch, and communicate a message. Find out what equipment you need, how to promote your podcast, and how to:

  • Choose a topic and decide whether to narrow or expand your focus
  • Sort and filter information about your subject matter
  • Set up a recording studio
  • Record with pro-level software and hardware
  • Produce your show with sound effects, music, and appropriate sound balance
  • Create a video podcast
  • Craft a targeted distribution, marketing, and promotional plan
  • Promote your business or a nonprofit group
  • Turn your podcasting hobby into a moneymaking venture by selling ads or products on your podcasts, or by using them to promote your own skills

There’s a lot to think about if you’re considering creating podcasts that will stand out and get noticed. With this guide by your side, your star status is much closer.

Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470149263
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/5/2007
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 456
  • Sales rank: 811,174
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Tee Morris: Tee entered 2005 with an idea: podcasting anovel in order to promote its sequel. His podcast of MOREVI: TheChronicles of Rafe & Askana went on to become the firstbook podcast in its entirety and was nominated for a 2006 Parsecfor Best Podcast Fiction. Podcasting MOREVI also led towriting with Evo Terra the #1 book in podcasting, Podcasting ForDummies. Tee’s other podcasts include theParsec-nominated Survival Guide to Writing Fantasy, PodcastingFor Dummies, Give Us a Minute, Speaking of Beer’sMicroBrewed with Phil Rossi, and “Behind the Mic”for Blogger and Podcaster Magazine. He continues to podcastfiction as well with “Dear John” (from BenBellaBooks’s Farscape Forever: Sex, Drugs, and KillerMuppets) for The ScapeCast; and “Asleep at theWheel” for the podcast anthology VOICES: New MediaFiction, edited by Mur Lafferty.
Following 2007’s Billibub Baddings and The Case of TheSinging Sword podcast, Tee will podcast Legacy of MOREVIin preparation for the 2009 print release of Exodus fromMorevi. Find out more about Tee Morris and his podcasts

Evo Terra: Evo Terra has a penchant for infecting otherswith the New Media bug. His credits in the field include launchingthe premier destination for serialized audiobooks, pioneer in the world of podcasting, he’s the co-author ofPodcasting For Dummies and Expert Podcasting PracticesFor Dummies (both published by Wiley).
His personal and professional blog,, serves asEvo’s soapbox and testing ground, where he pontificates andproselytizes the bleeding edge of Web 2.0 applications that arereshaping how we define “the conversation.”

Ryan Williams: Ryan Williams is a multimedia designer,author, and bassist based in Indianapolis, Indiana. He’sshared the stage and studio with everybody and everything fromGrammy Award–winning hip-hop artists to a full band ofbagpipes and drums. He’s the author of Windows XP DigitalMusic For Dummies and Teach Yourself Visually BassGuitar (both published by Wiley). He has also written severalarticles and tutorials on music and music technology for severalpublications and Web sites. He is the technical editor forSecond Life For Dummies and Composing Digital Music ForDummies. He is a frequent panelist on digital music and homestudios at music conferences around the nation. He received hismaster’s degree in music technology from the IndianaUniversity School of Music in 2003.

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Table of Contents


Part I: Planning Out a Podcast.

Practice 1: Selecting the Right Topic for Your Podcast.

Practice 2: Keeping Up with the Joneses.

Practice 3: Staffing Your Podcast for Success.

Practice 4: Podcast Studio Considerations.

Practice 5: Stick to the Script!

Practice 6: Transitions, Timing, and Cues.

Practice 7: Reviewing Your Podcast with a Critical Eye.

Practice 8: T-Minus Five Episodes . . . .

Part II: Going for a Professional Sound.

Practice 9: Upgrading Your Headphones.

Practice 10: Selecting the Right Microphone.

Practice 11: Upgrading Your Software.

Practice 12: Creating a Quiet, Happy Place.

Practice 13: Eliminating Ambient Noise.

Practice 14: One-Take Wonders.

Practice 15: Multiplicity: Recording Multiple Takes.

Practice 16: Podcasting from the Road.

Part III: Post-Production Approaches.

Practice 17: Interviews from the Road.

Practice 18: Setting Acceptable Sound Levels.

Practice 19: Adding Special Effects.

Practice 20: Adding Music.

Practice 21: Editing Audio after Editing the Session.

Practice 22: Taking Your Audio File into the Home Stretch.

Practice 23: Creating a Perfect mp3 File.

Practice 24: Enhanced Podcasting.

Part IV: The Final Steps Before Episode #0.

Practice 25: Creating and Editing ID3 Tags.

Practice 26: Adding a Blog to Your Podcast.

Practice 27: Validating Your RSS Feed.

Practice 28: Submitting to Podcast Directories.

Part V: Building Your Audience.

Practice 29: Creating a Promotional Plan.

Practice 30: Tell Me About It: Recording Promos andQuickcasts.

Practice 31: Advertising to Attract Listeners.

Practice 32: Networking with Other Podcasters and Bloggers.

Practice 33: Spreading the Word with Social Media.

Practice 234: Soliciting and Incorporating ListenerFeedback.

Practice 35: Getting Featured on Podcast Directories.

Practice 36: Joining a Podcast Network.

Practice 37: Connecting with the Media.

Practice 38: Talk to Me: Interviews.

Part VI: Creating a Video Podcast.

Practice 39: Video Podcasting.

Practice 40: Editing Your Video Podcast with Adobe Premiere.

Practice 41: Editing Your Video Podcast with Apple Final CutPro.

Practice 42: Posting and Distributing Your Video.

Part VII: Podcasting as a Business.

Practice 43: Deriving Revenue from Your Podcast.

Practice 44: Corporate Podcasting.

Practice 45: Podcasting for Government and Not-for-ProfitAgencies.

Practice 46: Promotional Podcasting.

Practice 47: Adding Advertising to Your Podcast.

Part VIII: Reengineering Your Podcast.

Practice 48: Podfade Prevention.

Practice 49: New Hosts, New Podcast?

Practice 50: Change of Passion, Change of Podcast?

Practice 51: The Hard Podfade.

Appendix: Bonus Content on the DVD.


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