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How to Start a Podcast for Free

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What is a podcast?

Can you really start a podcast for free?

What do you need to start a podcast?

Starting a podcast: define your niche.

Choose a name for your podcast.

Write an amazing description of your podcast.

Design your podcast cover art.

  • Your podcast cover art must be 3000 x 3000 pixels (The minimum size is 1400 x 1400 pixels)
  • This image should be in .jpg or .png file format and the RGB colorspace.
  • Use high-quality images. Get royalty-free images from these amazing photo downloading sites for free.
  • Don’t use so much text. Some podcast player automatically shrinks the podcast cover art to fit smaller containers. So it will be nearly impossible to read more than three or four words.

Record your first podcast episode.

Edit your first podcast episode.

How to distribute a podcast for free?

  • Apple Podcasts
  • iTunes
  • Google Podcasts
  • Spotify
  • Stitcher
  • Breaker
  • Castbox
  • Overcast
  • Pocket Casts
  • RadioPublic
  • Multiple podcasts hosting
  • One-click distribution
  • Monetization via dynamic ad insertion
  • Full statistics
  • Embedded player
  • Limited access to podcasts (to boost your membership program!)
  • Live podcasting
  • Customizable RSS Feeds

How to make money podcasting?

  • Sponsorship and Advertising — Many podcast hosting companies have their own ad network. Now Anchor’s monetization service is only available for US Podcaster. But if you have a big audience, you can directly get sponsored by companies.
  • Affiliate Marketing — If you have a small targeted audience, you can make money through affiliate marketing.
  • Online Courses — You can sell online courses on Teachable, Udemy, etc.
  • Sell Services — If you are an expert, you can promote and sell your services too. For example, Neil Patel uses his podcast ‘Marketing School’ to promote his digital marketing service.
  • Crowdfunding and Donations — Ask your listeners for donations to support you and your podcast. A common platform for accepting donations is Patreon, Podfan, and Buy Me a Coffee
  • Dynamic ad insertion: Spreaker’s monetization program works worldwide, as long as there’s ad inventory available in the country where the listeners are based. All you have to do is add the specific cue points where you want the audio ad to be placed. You will earn money according to the CPM (cost per thousand impressions).
  • Exclusive content: Share exclusive content with a private link to your paying listeners. This is a cool way to boost any membership program. Unfortunately, this modality requires a paying tool. At the moment, Spreaker users on the Broadcaster plan have the ability to create episodes or entire podcasts that are not public on the listening apps. Fortunately, we have Podfan, and this is exactly what Podfan does for free!
  • Podfan helps creators monetize their podcasts via donations and premium subscriptions. You can create your podcast page for free and start receiving payments from your supporters. Podfan charges you only when you have any paying members.
  • You can design your podcast page, fill out your bio, and share new premium episodes easily. On top of that, your listeners can share feedback on each podcast episode and interact with you.

Now it’s your turn!

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