Quickly Start A Podcast On Anchor
Some people want to write, create videos, maintain an Instagram to share their creative expression, but if you’re not one of those people, you may want to start a podcast. Especially if you really like to monologue and know a lot of information about a topic!
TLDR – Join Anchor to setup your podcast. Anchor is a free platform that lets anyone easily create and distribute audio content with just a phone or computer’s microphone.
It’s as easy as uploading your voice recording, composing an original background soundscape or using the included library of professionally recorded music and sound effects, adding in custom branding and episode titles, and publishing.
In this article we’ll tell you everything you need to know about how Anchor works, as well walk through how to use the program for the first time.
I promise, Podcasting is easier than ever if you have the right tools! Getting everything setup as outlined below will help you on your way to starting a podcast that you can actually consistently upload to!
Get Anchor & Setup For All Platforms
To get started with Anchor, the easiest way is to log into your Google account. However, you can also download the program to your phone and use it right away. Setup everything on the back end to have your business or personal information up to date, which allows you to actually start using it.
After installing Anchor on your device you can make a podcast right away by choosing a title for your audio content and recording a voice clip that will play in one of three different ways: as an intro, outro, or background soundscape. You can record with a newer smartphone in app, but I recommend getting a good microphone depending on your phone’s audio quality. Airpods do NOT yield a quality sound.
What is unique about Anchor is that you can syndicate your podcast to have one click distribution. This means that once you set up the details for your podcast, you can enable Anchor to automatically publish every new episode to all popular platforms! Make sure you set this up a couple weeks before you plan to go live with consistent episodes. Sometimes it takes some time for some connections.
2. Record Your First Podcast
To start a podcast you’ll need to record a voice clip. In the top right corner of the program you’ll see an audio indicator that shows what you’re recording. Then click on the play button to create a new file with your recording. This will be known as your episode files or project files, so make sure to save these in a designated folder on your computer or device.
Now the real fun starts! Preparing and editing is fast and easy with Anchor, and is similar to how other podcast platforms work like iTunes or SoundCloud, but it’s important to note that Anchor is a single place where you can upload your podcast and have it syndicated to all available podcast services, including iTunes, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, SoundCloud and more.
3. Upload, Edit & Publish!
To prepare, click on “Edit” next to your project title. You can then add in a title for the episode, an intro and outro, and an optional introduction file. This is the perfect place to explain what your content is all about!
After beginning to edit, you’ll see a play button that will let you listen to your new podcast right away. As a podcaster, you can also access stats from this page like plays per episode or audience engagement (including retweets.)
You also have full control over editing individual episodes. This includes adding in new episodes, replacing the current episode in your project file, or removing one from the file altogether.
When you upload your podcast, the files will be available on Anchor’s website or through your podcasting app. You’ll want to make sure you set up your RSS feed on the app of your choice and make sure that it’s linked to your Anchor account. If it looks like any of the buttons under “Edit” are grayed out, you need to link Anchor to iTunes and Stitcher.
4. How do I listen?
Once you’ve published your podcast, you’ll want to listen through the normal means: iTunes or Stitcher (via their apps). If you’ve set up your RSS feed, you can listen from your podcasting app (like Podcast Addict) or listen directly from Anchor here. You can also stream the podcast directly through our website or on YouTube. You’ll probably want to make sure that any primary sources you’ve used are properly attributed, especially if they’re copyrighted material (like music).
Audience engagement is one of the easiest ways to get listeners and fans, so make sure you encourage people to interact with you on Anchor and on social media. Be sure to say “hi” back to everyone who comments, retweets, or repins. Remember that your goal is to get listeners, so getting people to share your podcast is vital. Say thanks and make them feel appreciated.
At the end of each episode, give listeners an opportunity to get your podcast on iTunes by telling them what name they can search for you in the iTunes store (and a link) so that they can give you a review and rating or share your episode with friends.
5. Familiarize yourself with Podcasting
Remember that Anchor will publish all of your episodes as an audio-only podcast feed, but you can also use the regular Anchor app (the one on mobile devices) to incorporate photos and video if you want. There is so much more to this, but here is a little starting point!
Now, you can work to create a podcast that’s as good as you want it to be. Whether your goal is to meet new listeners, tell your story or your brand’s story, or just have fun with friends, Anchor lets you make podcasts quickly and easily from the web and on mobile devices. And best of all Anchor is free! Check out their website for more information.
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