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This guide comes complete with every reference you need to create, launch, grow, and monetize your own podcast. Start to finish, we’ve got you covered!
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You can follow these references in order (there IS a rhyme and reason!), or jump and skip around to the references that are most applicable to the stage you’re at on your podcasting journey!
Our podcasting background
But first, allow us to introduce ourselves: my name is Kate, and I’m the ‘other half’ here at Entrepreneurs On Fire.
Back in June 2012, my boyfriend, John Lee Dumas, sent me an email at work: he wanted to quit his job in Commercial Real Estate to start a podcast.
I’ll be honest: in June 2012 I didn’t really know what a podcast was… but I knew John’s determination and drive was strong, and so I 100% supported his decision.
Entrepreneurs On Fire launched in September 2012, and since John has recorded and published over 2,000 episodes with inspiring and successful entrepreneurs.
I joined the team full time in April 2013, and we’ve been a team on fire ever since :)
Our mission is all about inspiring millions, and with over 1 million monthly listens on the podcast, plus a community of over 3,200 podcasters who have invested in our program, Podcasters’ Paradise, to learn how to create, grow, and monetize their own podcast, I’d say we’re well on our way.
We’ve not only grown a substantial following because of our podcast, Entrepreneurs On Fire; we’ve also won Best of iTunes, been featured in top publications like Forbes, Inc, and Time Magazine; and launched one of the most successful publishing campaigns of all time on Kickstarter for our goal-setting journal: The Freedom Journal.
We’ve also generated multiple seven figures from the sponsorships, affiliate relationships, and products and services we’ve created.
Wondering how to leverage a podcast in your existing business?
Wondering how to build a business around a podcast?
This is your guide – enjoy!
Create and Launch Your Podcast
Free Podcast Course
Free Podcast Course is exactly what it sounds like: a free course that walks you through every step of creating and launching your podcast!
We’ve included video tutorials and our top strategies for making sure your podcast launch plan is ON FIRE!
Sign up for free today at FreePodcastCourse.com!
How to Podcast: The Ultimate Guide on Podcasting
When you’re getting ready to create a podcast, it helps to be able to see the whole picture.
This post starts at the very beginning and takes you through all the milestones on your journey, including top tips for how to grow and monetize your podcast.
Prepare to IGNITE!
How to Start a Podcast: From Idea to Launch and Beyond
There are several different things required to create and launch your podcast, and this series will make sure you have every step laid out in detail for you.
Like to have it all planned out beforehand? Me, too – and that’s why I know this post will be perfect for you!
What Format Should my Podcast be?
Great question! Choosing a format for your podcast is a big decision.
In this post you’ll get a rundown of the many podcast formats to choose from, plus considerations you should have in mind when making your decision.
How Long Should my Podcast Episodes be?
We’re so glad you asked :) Like choosing your podcast format, choosing your episode length isn’t always an easy decision.
In this post we talk about the reasons why you might consider a straight-to-the-point episode length versus a long-from one.
We also lay out all the considerations so you can confidently make your decision.
Setting up Your Podcast Studio
Let’s get one thing straight: your podcast studio doesn’t have to be some fancy, separate office with all the sound paneling and expensive equipment pieces you see in a lot of pictures and videos.
Your podcast studio might be completely mobile – one you literally take on the road with you and that fits into your carry-on bag!
Or your podcast studio might be at your kitchen table – cause let’s be real: sometimes that how we have to roll!
The Best Podcast Hosting Services
What’s a podcast hosting service, and do you really need one?
Yes, you really do need one, but the great news is that your podcast hosting service is so simple: it’s just the platform you use to upload your audio files to!
That said, it is an important decision because they do all the work when it comes to getting your show out to all the different directories, like iTunes, Stitcher Radio, Spotify, and so on.
They’re also the ones reporting your stats back to you, so you want to make sure you go with a solid platform.
These are our top recommendations for your podcast hosting service!
The Top Podcasting Directories You Should be Listed in
Nice transition, right? :)
Now that you’ve chosen your podcast host, it’s time to make a list of the directories you want to submit your RSS feed to.
The obvious ones are iTunes, Stitcher Radio, Google Play, and Spotify – but there are several other great directories you don’t want to miss.
Check out this post for a list of our favorites!
The Podcast Journal: Idea to Launch in 50 Days!
Ready to STOP reading ALL the posts about creating and launching your podcast and just start DOING IT already?
I hear ya!… that’s exactly why we created The Podcast Journal: Idea to Launch in 50 Days.
This Journal lays out every step you need to take – along with templates, checklists, and daily prompts – to make sure you get to launch in just 50 days.
7 Mistakes to Avoid When Launching Your Podcast
No fluff here – that’s exactly what this post covers: the 7 mistakes to avoid when launching your podcast!
Grow Your Podcast
5 Steps to Productive Podcasting
The best way to grow your podcast? Get the right systems in place that will help you free up time to work ON your podcast instead of in it!
In this post we break down the 5 step process for productive podcasting so you can put a plan in place right from the start that will help you hit the ground running!
7 Growth Hacks for Your Podcast
CONGRATS! You’ve created and launched your podcast, and now the real fun begins: growth!
But let me tell you: growing your podcast isn’t easy, and that’s why we put together this list of the 7 growth hacks for your podcast.
Being a Guest on Other Podcasts (Guest Podcasting)
It’s one of the most underutilized growth tactics in all of podcasting…
Because it takes time.
You want to win?
Then check out this post for a detailed guide on how to grow your own podcast with guest podcasting!
Top 7 Strategies: How to Grow Your Podcast Audience
Not everything can be considered a “growth hack”, and that’s exactly why we put together this list of the 7 strategies to grow your podcast audience.
These are some of the longer-term strategies you can put in place now for continued audience growth! Remember, podcasting is a marathon, NOT a sprint.
Podcasting Strategies for Speakers and Experts
Don’t consider yourself a speaker or expert?
It’s time to flip the script, because if you want to be a podcaster, then at the very least you should be striving to become a speaker AND an expert.
So check out this post on top strategies for speakers and experts – cause when you start a podcast, you are one!
Monetize Your Podcast
Podcast Sponsorships: The Ultimate Guide
It’s what everyone wants to know when they start a podcast: how do I monetize?
First off, let me say this: that’s the WRONG question.
When you first launch your podcast, your focus should be 100% on creating valuable and consistent content for your audience. Focus on becoming a better podcaster every single day, and if you’re providing value to an audience who wants and needs it, then the income will follow.
When you’re ready to learn all about podcast sponsorships, here’s your ultimate guide.
Top 5 Ways to Monetize Your Podcast
There are multiples way to monetize a podcast, and in this post we dive into the top 5 ways we leverage in our own podcasting business.
But don’t let this list be a box for you!
Gain inspiration and ideas for your own podcast, but keep an open mind when it comes to how you’ll grow and monetize your own podcast.
The Ultimate Resource on Your Podcasting Journey
Since October 2013 we’ve been nurturing and growing the top online podcasting community in the world: Podcasters’ Paradise.
With over 3,200 members, Podcasters’ Paradise is your ultimate resource to help you create, grow, and monetize your podcast, including:
- Step-by-Step Video Tutorials to guide you through every phase
- Downloadable templates and samples documents for interviews, sponsorships, and more
- An engaged Private Facebook Group where we provide support and guidance daily!
- Monthly Live Webinars where you have direct access to JLD to ask any questions
- A complete list of resources at your fingertips for your podcasting journey
Ready to join an engaged community of like-minded individuals who are communicating daily about their podcasting journey?
Ready to finally Create, Grow, and Monetize your own podcast?
It’s all happening RIGHT NOW inside Paradise, and we’d love to welcome you to the Paradise family!