Podbean Stats Upgrades: Improved Dashboard, New Stats Data for User Retention and Downloads By Time of Day, and More

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Podbean has made some exciting upgrades to our statistics platform. We’ve added some new statistics to help podcasters gain more insight into their audience and improved the user experience. Here’s a tour of all the improvements and the new dashboard:

Overview Tab

The statistics have been reorganized and simplified, to make it easy to get a quick view of the podcast’s performance and easily drill down with fewer clicks. All key stats are available under this tab now, instead of under separate tabs.

  1. User retention chart: gives a snapshot of the number of listeners from week to week. This helps you gain insight into listener loyalty (i.e. are new listeners sticking with your show, are there drop off trends?).

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2.  Trending chart: download trends for all episodes during the time period. Scroll over and click on any date to get details and examine downloads by episode on that date.

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3. Where your audience comes from: geographic stats for the time period. Map and list show the top five (worldwide countries, U.S. states and Canadian provinces). Click “view more” to view all.

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4. Downloads by time of day: a 24-hour chart by day showing your download trends. You’ll be able to get a quick view of popular download times.

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5. User agents: sources of your downloads such as Apple Podcasts, browsers, or specific podcast apps (click “view more” to see all).

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Downloads Tab

This tab provides more detail and comparisons for downloads. You can now choose a custom date range. You can look at all episodes, a specific episode, or compare episodes for the date range you choose. When looking at all episodes, you’ll also see a list of your top 10 episodes below.

Spotify Trending

If your podcast is on Spotify via Podbean’s partnership program, Spotify’s statistics can be viewed here as before.

We hope these improvements help you more easily gain better insights into your audience behavior and podcast performance. If you have any questions, contact us here or via live chat anytime.

Diverse Voices: Recommended LGBTQ podcasts

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Podcasting offers diverse voices a chance to shine and there are numerous podcasts sharing people’s conversations on gender, sexuality, politics, and many important topics for LGBTQ+ listeners and their friends and loved ones. Some podcasts explore intimate coming-out stories and may discuss topics like commitment and relationships, talking to family members, and dealing with bias. Some address viewpoints on gender equality and gay marriage, while others just have fun and laugh at the latest pop culture trends or explore life. We’ve selected some LGBTQ podcasts (both with LGBTQ+ hosts or characters and/or covering relevant topics) worth listening to, in different styles and from a variety of voices.

Pop Culture Connoisseurs: A Gal & A Gay

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Kitty and Mick are friends who love talking about pop culture. The worked together in media and instantly bonded over their love of TV, movies and more. They started this entertaining show in 2014, so you can find a big archive of fun chats about all things pop culture. The hosts especially love the way pop culture can bring people from all walks of life together.

HOMOGROUND – queer music radio (LGBTQ)

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This podcast spotlights queer (LGBTQIA) musicians and bands. It was created to bring exposure and access to non-mainstream bands, especially those in more isolated communities.

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LGBTQ&A is a weekly interview podcast that gets beyond transition and coming out stories in order to get to know each person’s defining moments and how they got to where they are today. Hosted and created by Jeffrey Masters and produced by The Advocate.

The Bright Sessions

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Directed and written by Lauren Shippen, The Bright Sessions is a narrative sci-fi podcast. It follows a group of therapy patients and their interactions with their mysterious therapist (Dr. Bright). Each has a supernatural ability and is dealing with personal struggles. The storyline showcases mental health and the challenges of being different or considered different by others/society.

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Best friends Kathy Tu and Tobin Low share provocative stories and frank conversations about the LGBTQ experience today. The hosts are fun and have a great time together so you may find yourself laughing over and over while crying over the many touching moments.

QUEERY with Cameron Esposito

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Sit in on an hour long conversation between host and standup comic, Cameron Esposito, and an array of great guests from the LGBTQ+ community. QUEERY explores stories of identity, personality and the shifting culture around gender, sexuality and civil rights.

A Gay and a NonGay

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A Gay and a NonGay challenges many of our differences head on and promises that no matter who you are or what you’re into, love is love. Covering a large span of topics, these two prove sexuality doesn’t need to determine friendship.

History is Gay

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History is Gay delves into the underappreciated and rarely talked about queer ladies, gents, and people of all sexualities in the unexplored corners of history.

Throwing Shade

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Throwing Shade is a political comedy podcast hosted by Erin Gibson and Bryan Safi. They deliver their own brand of hilarious fresh takes on pop culture, women’s rights, and LGBT rights.

Psychobabble with Tyler Oakley & Korey Kuhl

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Psychobabble is the official free audio podcast from YouTube sensation Tyler Oakley. Each week, he and his best friend Korey Kuhl bring you a half hour of unfiltered gossip sessions, pop culture analysis, and new stories.

Strange Fruit

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Strange Fruit is a weekly podcast produced by 89.3 WFPL in Louisville, KY. The hosts, community activist Jaison Gardner and University of Louisville Professor Dr. Kaila Story, examine politics and pop culture from a black gay perspective.

Podcasts for Christmas 2018

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The holiday season is upon us. It’s time to rest and relax with your family. You can sit down together, grab some eggnog and watch your favorite family movie (or, even better, listen to some holiday podcasts!). We’ve selected some Christmas-themed podcasts to help you get in the spirit.

Christmas Creeps

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Christmas Creeps is year-round Christmas madness. Join hosts Joseph Wade, Johnny-5 and Mr. Bradford twice a month as they “destroy holiday movies and TV shows in search of the true meaning of Christmas”.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

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This is an audiobook of the classic A Christmas Carol written by Charles Dickens. In case you’ve somehow missed it, A Christmas Carol tells the story of a bitter old miser named Ebenezer Scrooge and his transformation into a kinder, gentler man after visitations by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come. Many podcast apps now offer classic audiobooks too!

Tis the Podcast

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Join self-professed super Christmas nerds Anthony, Julia, and Thom as they debate and discuss an array of holiday entertainment. Every week they share their reviews, insights and witty banter about a different Christmas movie, special, or TV episode.

Advent Calendar House

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This is a salute to all holiday specials, with a special focus on Christmas specials. Every December, host Mike Westfall and friends discuss their favorite holiday TV specials and commercials.

Christmas Past

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Christmas Past is a podcast and website that celebrates Christmas nostalgia and tells the stories behind holiday traditions. Episodes are produced in a style inspired by traditional radio news pieces and include guest interviews, Christmas memories from listeners, and fascinating stories. Check out their website for even more Christmas goodies!

The Professional Santa Claus’ Podcast

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Hosted by Johnathan Burton, one of Santa’s premier helpers, the podcast is inspired by Santas throughout the world that work hard to make a difference in the lives of those they visit. Learn about their stories of how they got started, highlights of the season and the many facets of being a Santa.

Can’t Wait for Christmas

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With episodes on the 25th of each month (and an occasional bonus), you’ll enjoy the anticipation of Christmas throughout the year. Covering holiday entertainment, classics, traditions and more, always with a good laugh.

Christmas Songs, Music and Carols

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A podcast full of acoustic Christmas songs, music and carols. Perfect to set the mood while you bake cookies or on route to family get-togethers at the holidays.

Christmas Stories

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Delight in the fun and heartwarming memories of the holidays with Christmas Stories brought to you by Focus on the Family.

A Very Hallmark Christmas

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Pour yourself a cup of hot chocolate and cozy up in front of the tree (or TV)! It’s time for Season two of “A Very Hallmark Christmas.” Hosts Loree and Rob present to you 37 brand-new, original Hallmark holiday movies.

PodAds Affiliate Program Offers up to $100 Free Ad Credit to New Podcast Advertisers

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Podbean releases new PodAds affiliate program, with commissions for referring podcast advertisers and up to $100 credit to referred advertisers.

Wilmington, DE – December 10, 2018– Podbean has released a new affiliate program for their PodAds podcast advertising program. Affiliates can now earn commissions for referring potential advertisers to the PodAds program. And, Podbean will provide up to $100 of ad credit for the referred advertisers to spend on podcast advertising.

Current Podbean affiliates automatically qualify for the program. They can visit their affiliate page to get a referral link and promotional resources. New affiliates can sign up at https://www.podbean.com/affiliate. Potential advertisers should sign up via an affiliate’s link to get started with podcast advertising and receive ad credits.

PodAds is Podbean’s smart podcast advertising platform, using sophisticated technology to automatically match podcasts with advertising campaigns per the advertiser’s specifications. Campaigns can be targeted to interests and geographies (down to the city level). The ads will be dynamically served to listeners who meet the targeting criteria.

With PodAds, business owners, brands and media buyers can effortlessly start a podcast advertising campaign targeted to their ideal audience. The platform brings greater efficiency to podcast advertising as advertisers can purchase programmatically, obtaining slots in multiple podcasts to meet their goals and fit their budgets. PodAds provides detailed delivery statistics to help advertisers analyze their campaigns’ success.

Contact the Podbean Team for press inquiries or more information.

Best Arts Podcasts

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Podcasts are a good way to satisfy your curiosity or passion for many subjects. Art is no exception. Whether you’re looking for something to add a little creativity to your morning commute or keep you inspired while you when you work on your own art, these podcasts are a perfect companion. Covering everything from visual arts to books, film, and fashion, here are 11 of our favorite arts podcasts:

The Business of Fashion Podcast

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The Business of Fashion has gained a global following as an essential resource for fashion creatives, executives and entrepreneurs. It is described as “indispensable” and “an addiction” by fans.

Speaking With Joy

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A weekly podcast that explores a different theme through three pieces or great art (literary, musical, and visual). A great podcast to inspire creators or to give you a new perspective.

Film Photography Podcast

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Topics cover all film formats (from pocket-sized 110 to medium format), do-it-yourself techniques, digital technologies, motion picture film making and more.

Sunny 16 Podcast

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A show all about the love of analog photography. From cameras to film, pinholes to point and shoots; most importantly, the podcast is dedicated to the people who create amazing art with them. Hosted by Rachel, Ade and Graeme with regular guests from all over the world of analog photography, this is a fun weekly chat for photo fans.

Books in the Freezer – A Horror Fiction Podcast

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A bi-weekly book podcast dedicated to the world of horror fiction.

Fresh Art International

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The podcast collects and shares conversations, commentary, news, and views that inform and energize aspiring and experienced creative individuals working in an array of media and disciplines. Fresh Art International fulfills a commitment to promoting public access to the arts while building a free digital archive that documents the global phenomenon of contemporary cultural production.

An Unexpected Podcast: Talkin’ Tolkien

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The co-hosts delve deep into Middle Earth. Every two weeks, they gather for a book re-read, show speculation and much more for the Tolkien fans who wish to let their imaginations run far and wide.

Swish and Flick: A Harry Potter Podcast

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The podcast dissects all aspects of the Potter series, chapter by chapter. As they reread the series, they’re putting together all their knowledge from the complete canon. They also add in what they have learned from JK Rowling’s Pottermore writings, explore unknown areas with fan theories, and share some of their own theories.

The Doctor Who Audio Dramas

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The Doctor Who Audio Dramas is the world’s longest running fan production of Doctor Who. Started in 1982, this series spans six Doctors, a host of companions, and over 190 stories.

The Swarm

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Two architects at the firm CICADA in New Orleans discuss architecture and design through interviewing creative entrepreneurs making positive changes in the city.

The Naked Vocalist

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The Naked Vocalist is a podcast for singers and singing teachers which shares practical information, including technique, style, health, and business.

Scary Podcasts for Halloween Fun

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Halloween is coming soon. We plan out our creative costumes and look forward to pigging out on candy. Typically, many of us watch horror movies for a dose of Halloween fear. But, we have another idea for getting yourself into the Halloween spirit. Celebrate the spookiness of October with some scary podcasts. Bringing in creepy stories, mysteries, music and sounds, these podcasts might just have you afraid to put your earbuds back on.

Here are 10 of our favorite podcasts to get you into the spooky holiday mood.

Scaredycast – a pod culture paranormal podcast!

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The paranormal, the unknown, the just plain weird! This podcast discusses all the latest spooky news happening in the world, with a new episode every Monday.

Real Ghost Stories Online

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This daily paranormal podcast is exactly what it sounds like: real ghost stories told by real people. These aren’t just mythical tales or spooky urban legends, but real accounts, which makes them even creepier.

Dark Verse

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This podcast’s content ranges from demented entities to gross worlds, undead recollections to philosophical and psychological possessions. You’ll experience the range from twisted, inventive imagery to unhindered terror.

We’re Alive – A “Zombie” Story of Survival

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This is a fictional zombie drama that follows the sole survivors of a deadly viral outbreak that has wiped out most of Earth. Like The Walking Dead, it’s not all rotting flesh and swords in the brain, “We’re Alive” includes emotional moments to keep the drama “alive”.

Snap Judgment Presents: Spooked

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Spooked is an 11-part series featuring short, haunting tales told by the people who lived them. It’s a Snap Judgment spinoff hosted by that show’s engaging emcee, Glynn Washington, who has plenty of unbelievable ghost stories of his own.

The Odd to Newfoundland Paranormal Podcast

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A monthly paranormal variety show, featuring bizarre news, odd but true facts about our strange world and a special guest every month.

My Favorite Murder with Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark

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One of the most popular true crime podcasts running, with a huge fan base. Lifelong fans of true crime stories Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark tell each other their favorite tales of murder and hear hometown crime stories from friends and fans.

Last Podcast on the Left

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If you’re looking for both real and fictional ghost stories, you’ll probably love this podcast. The Last Podcast on the Left covers everything from demons and slashers to cults and serial killers.

Mysteries Abound

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A podcast about mysteries from anywhere and everywhere – the unusual, the strange, the perplexing and the down-right odd.

Astonishing Legends

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If you liked Unsolved Mysteries, you’ll love this show. The hosts’ mission is to take a look at legendary strange and unusual events from throughout history and interview people who’ve had close encounters with the unexplained.

We have more great recommendations…just check out the “Scary Stories” topic in the Podbean app. Happy Halloween!

Podcasts for Education

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Many of us don’t have the time to keep learning regularly because we are years out of school and busy at work. What’s more, self-education requires the motivation to seek information through various means such as books, documentaries, and the never-ending World Wide Web. Podcasts, on the other hand, allow you to pack in self-improvement to your already busy day with the power of multi-tasking.

Here’s our list of 10 educational podcasts that are worth listening to, covering everything from education itself to language and an array of specialty subjects. Pick one or several to continue your education.

Self-Protection Essentials

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Life is precious, we should protect it carefully. So, this might be the most significant knowledge we could seek. Topics include self-protection and the most important 5 seconds of your life, the time needed to get to safety when attacked and how to not be attacked in the 1st place and protecting yourself with or without a weapon.

Stories of an Unschooling Family

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Want to know more about unschooling? How about radical unschooling? (It’s not as scary or as wild as some people make out!) The host shares ideas, stories, homeschool record-keeping tips and resources.

Origin of Words Podcast

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This podcast focuses on the origin of interesting words, idioms, and slang. This bilingual podcast (Chinese and English) is created by Lewis Sandler in Beijing, China.

Tes – The Education Podcast

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TES, formerly Times Education Supplement, provides resources for teachers. The Tes podcast brings you all the latest news, reviews and opinions from the world of education. Their concept is to get education leaders to talk directly to teachers.

History of Indian and Africana Philosophy

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Peter Adamson teams up with Jonardon Ganeri and Chike Jeffers to represent the philosophical traditions of India, Africa and the African diaspora.

The Ash Holes

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A weekly cigar podcast dedicated to the cigar industry and other shenanigans surrounding it. Hosted by Dan “Pastor Padron” Ledwith, Aaron Noonan and Oliver Nivaud broadcasting live from Studio 21 Podcast Cafe in Salem, NH.

Oh, That’s a Thing!

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A podcast about the real stuff in Sci-Fi movies, from a couple of fun-loving hosts.

The Fisheries Podcast

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This is a weekly podcast sharing stories of the amazing people and projects that make up the fisheries science profession. It’s told in a manner that both scientists and the public will enjoy.

Great Economists (Audio)

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This is the podcast from the Marginal Revolution University video course on the Great Economists taught by professors Tyler Cowen and Alex Tabarrok. In this podcast, you’ll find answers to questions like: Who were the first economic thinkers? What did early economists understand that has been lost to the modern world? You’ll also find a chapter-by-chapter overview of Adam Smith’s.

Talking Space

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A Free and Open Exchange of Ideas and Opinions on All Things Space.

Inside Education

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An Irish perspective on news and stories from the world of education.

Five Steps to Recording a Quality Podcast

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By Jacob Bozarth, Resonate Recordings

Podcasting is incredibly popular these days and the trends seem to show it’s not slowing down any time soon. It’s simple to do and usually not very expensive, making it approachable for many types of people. (You can get more information on starting a podcast here. Podbean offers free starter podcast hosting plans and affordable unlimited hosting.) However, podcasting can have a learning curve to it, particularly when it comes to how to record a quality podcast. This is something I deal with on a regular basis, so I understand how important it is to make sure you have a quality recording for your podcast episodes. To help make sure your podcast recording process is simple, effective and offers you the highest quality, consider these 5 easy steps to recording a quality podcast.

1. Select Quality Podcast Recording Equipment

Podcast recording equipment can be a little daunting, especially since there are several different competing voices that recommend different things. How do you know who has the best and right recommendation? We have found the simplest recording setup happens to be the best option for podcasting, and it doesn’t have to break your bank. Here are our top podcast equipment recommendations:

Podcast Microphone: Electro-Voice RE320
○ USB Microphone – Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB/XLR Microphone
● Headphones: Sony MDR 7506
● Podcast Recording Software: Built in Zoom recording software (Zencastr.com if you are planning to record remote)
● Podcast Recording Hardware: Zoom H6 Portable Recorder
Podcast Equipment Accessories:
Cloudlifter Mic Activator
Microphone Cable
Pop Filter
Microphone Stand

You might also want to check out 25 of the Best Podcast Mics and Best USB Mixers from our friends at Discover Pods.

2. Record Your Podcast Audio

A quality audio recording is the foundation for a well-produced podcast. Here are some tips for recording your audio to ensure you get the best sound possible out of your recording equipment.

Recording Tip 1 – Choose the right environment

Your recording environment is perhaps the most important element that can make or break the sound of your recording. The majority of podcasts today are self produced, with most not being recorded in a professional studio environment, which means that the environment you create is incredibly important. First, a good recording space must be quiet (no HVAC, fans, etc.). Second, a good recording space has natural sound absorption. For example, carpeted rooms with furniture or walk-in closets are going to work much better than an empty room with bare floors.

Recording Tip 2 – Proper microphone technique

Once you create an ideal environment you need to think about the basics of the actual recording. When recording there are 2 basic things to ensure good microphone technique:

Distance – Most microphones will have what we call a “sweet spot.” This is the distance at which your voice will sound the best on that particular microphone. When recording narration, the distance from your microphone is everything. A good rule of thumb is to stay about 3-5 inches from your microphone.

Positioning – Getting your mic in the correct position is key. Depending on the type of microphone you are using, the difference between 1-2 inches can make all the difference between clear, warm, and articulate narration and hollow, muddy, or unintelligible narration. Once you have your mic at the correct distance you want to ensure that the front of the microphone capsule points directly towards the source (aka: your mouth).

Accessories – In addition to your microphone, we recommend a few accessories that will help prevent common problems when recording. A pop filter is an affordable tool that goes between your mouth and your mic that stop bursts of air that may cause a pop sound in your recording. We also highly recommend using a mic stand or broadcast arm to help enable you to correctly position your mic while also preventing handling noises.

Recording Tip 3 – Monitor recording levels

Gain – Whether you are using an outboard mic preamp, an interface, a handheld recorder, or a usb mic there should be an adjustable gain setting. But once you have found your adjustable gain setting, what is that magic level you should record your narration? A good rule of thumb is to have your mic peak around -10 to -12 dB. This means at the louder parts of your recording the level should go no higher than -10dB. Most recording devices have these numbers listed on a visual meter. However, if your device does not have these numbers listed, try to stay in the green or about halfway up your meter. If you cannot find a visual meter on your device, well this leads us to our next point…

Monitor – It is important that you have a way to monitor and listen to what you are actually recording. Even if your device has an excellent visual meter to check your recording level, we recommend you be a skeptic and never trust your eyes. In our world, you must learn to only trust your ears. For this reason, we recommend someone always monitor your recording with high quality, closed back headphones when recording. Monitoring your audio in real time will enable you to quickly recognize and address any issues with your recording.

3. Master the Art of Remote Recording

The majority of podcasters have some sort of interview on their show, and more often than not these interviews are conducted remotely as opposed to in-person. There is a right and wrong way to record remotely, and we want to help you know the right and best way to capture a quality remote recording.
*if you don’t do remote recordings for your show, feel free to skip on down to #4.*

Hands down, the 2 best tools to help you capture a quality remote recording are Zencastr and a Zoom H6. We have created in-depth tutorials on how to use Zencastr and the Zoom H6 on our website, but here’s the basics of what you need to know:

Computer to Computer – There are many great options out there for recording a computer to computer remote recordings. In these situations you and your guest will connect, hear each other, and record through a web based audio recording application. The two platforms that we recommend for this are Zencastr and Squadcast. Both of these platforms are designed to record high quality audio and many of our clients use these platforms to do just that. You can also find a detailed review and tutorial of Zencastr here. Squadcast is a newer platform but unlike Zencastr it has a video feature so you and your guest can see each other while recording. If you are have used a video communication platform such as Skype, Zoom, or GoToMeeting you might like the video feature that Squadcast offers.

Double Ender – In this case you and your guest will record each end of the audio locally. Many well known interview style podcasts use this setup and to be honest this is the way to record to capture the highest quality audio for a remote recording. You can record your audio locally to your computer, a DAW, or a handheld recorder. When I get interview requests to record for a podcast, I use the following setup to record the audio on my end: Skype or a phone call to only hear the host, a RE20 Microphone, into a Cloudlifter CL-1, into a Zoom H6 handheld recorder. Once we are done recording the interview, I will upload my track recorded locally on the Zoom H6 to the host or producer so they can edit and mix my track with the hosts for the episode.

Phone Call Recording – There are many apps out there that claim to be a high quality call recorder. In our experience, here is the best way to record high quality (if that exists) phone recordings:
Use a H6 or H5 handheld recorder, along with this cable to plug into the ⅛ output of your smartphone, and the ¼ end into the combo input on the handheld recorder, a microphone for your vocals and a pair of headphones. If you would like to see a sample video of this setup explained and used you can check out this post.

4. Post Production Part 1 – Podcast Editing

Editing your podcast is probably the most tedious and time consuming part of the post production process, but it is an essential step nonetheless if you want a high quality show that will retain listeners. Here are our top 5 tips for editing your podcast. (For more editing tips and techniques, you can check out this resource on podcast editing tricks parts 1 and part 2.)

Podcast Editing Tip 1: Watch your tone

One of the biggest editing mistakes is when there is a sudden shift in tone of the voice. Editing together two different segments of audio or merging different sentences together can be tricky. Not only can there be a change in the tone of the voice, but also a change in volume and a change in background noise or room tone. Another thing to listen for is room reverberation and echo. Sudden cuts at the end of phrases can prevent the natural room reverberation, so it’s best to listen for the end of the “room decay” before making an edit or cut.

Podcast Editing Tip 2: Just Breathe

Another common mistake is cutting off breaths too abruptly or missing breaths all together when making an edit. Cut off breaths occur when a breath is chopped off or incomplete. Missing breaths occur when a breath is edited out due to two different segments being put together. Double breaths can also be a problem when editing. This happens when there are two breaths back to back. All of these errors cause the dialogue to sound unnatural and choppy. When looking at audio waveforms, breaths can be difficult to spot because they are so much lower in volume compared to other parts of dialogue. To make it easier to spot breaths we recommend increasing the size of the waveforms in your DAW.

Podcast Editing Tip 3: Copy/Paste Quality Consonants and Breaths

Sometimes there will be certain consonants and breaths that are problematic and just don’t sound good. For example, a plosive (‘P’ sound) is typically caused by the host being too close to the microphone and by moving too much air through the diaphragm of the microphone. An effective fix to this problem is to copy and paste another ‘P’ sound that isn’t popped and sounds more natural over the problematic area. This is very tedious, but it makes a huge difference in the overall quality of the finished product.

Podcast Editing Tip 4: Remove Lip Smacks/Clicks

Do you ever get annoyed by hearing a continuous barrage of lip smacks? We sure do, and nothing can be more annoying than hearing a lip smack every other sentence. While lip smacks are a natural part of some people’s speech patterns, going through the work of editing out lip smacks and mouth clicks will make your podcast a more pleasant listen. In the end your audience will thank you!

Podcast Editing Tip 5: Use Headphones

One of the most useful tips when editing is to use good quality headphones. Over the ear, closed headphones work great to help isolate you from your editing environment. Listening on headphones will help you hear all of the details and nuances of the voice much better than listening on computer speakers or even on higher quality near-field monitors. This makes hearing subtle details such as breaths much easier.

Now you’ve captured a high quality audio recording and edited out the distractions, you’re ready to finalize your show to go live!

5. Post Production Part 2 – Mixing & Mastering

Having a well edited show is just one part of having a quality podcast. Too often we come across a podcasts that have great and very desirable content, but the audio quality is so bad that we have to turn it off. Sometimes it’s a podcast where one voice is loud and the other is soft; sometimes it’s a distorted, echoey, or noisey dialogue track; sometimes the audio is so “muddy” it seems like the host recorded the show underwater…the list goes on and on. More often than not we hear audio issues that could be reduced and often eliminated had the show been properly mixed and mastered.

Mixing is the post-production process where individual tracks for the podcast are improved and enhanced, so the final presentation sounds great. Mastering is the process of ensuring the overall levels are consistent throughout the episode and making sure the average loudness standard for the episode is met. When podcast mixing and mastering is done well, you provide a distraction free and enjoyable experience for the listener. When this is not done well, listeners are distracted by the poor audio quality of the show and many listeners will quit listening to the podcast.

When mixing and mastering is done properly, the quality of the show goes unnoticed by the listener — which is the best result you can hope for. Proper mixing and mastering allows your listener to enjoy the content of the podcast undistracted by audio issues. Once your podcast has been edited, mixed, and masterd you should export your audio to share with the world as a stereo MP3 file. We recommend your final file to upload to your hosting platform be a Stereo, 128 kbps, 44.1kHz MP3 file. This will ensure the final product is a high quality audio file that is broadcast ready.

Podcasting is a great way of expressing your message for the world to hear. It’s a great creative outlet, an effective marketing strategy and a very approachable way of getting your voice heard by others. No doubt it will take a little work to create a great podcast that people will enjoy, but rest assured that it is possible! By doing a little homework to make sure your recording equipment selection is right, your recording environment is distraction-free and your post-production is on point you can have confidence that your end result will be a podcast that people will love.

About the Author

Jacob Bozarth is the co-founder and CEO of Resonate Recordings. They partner with podcasters, companies, and entrepreneurs to make podcasting easy. Their in-house team of audio engineers provides professional editing, mixing, and mastering for over 200 podcasts. Sign up through this link for 2 free episodes with Resonate Recordings (1 before you pay, and 1 when once you get 20 episode credits or more) You can connect with him at:

Website | Twitter | Instagram | LinkedIn | Facebook | Email

If you have any questions or need any support with anything discussed here, feel free to reach out the Resonate Recordings team.

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New, Enhanced Free Podcast Hosting Plan

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Free Podcast Hosting for Starting a Podcast

Podbean has launched a new free podcast hosting plan, which is perfect for anyone starting a podcast. Now, Podbean’s enhanced free podcast hosting plan offers even more than before to make it easy for anyone thinking of starting a podcast.

“We want to make podcasting as accessible as possible,” shares David Xu, Podbean’s CEO. “People are searching for the easiest ways to start a podcast without investing a lot up front. This new free podcast hosting plan offers everything they need without restricting their creative control. And, Podbean can help as their podcasts grow, with unlimited plans featuring top-of-the-line promotional and monetization tools.”

Podbean Free Podcast Hosting Plan: Features

  • RSS feed fully compatible with Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and full podcast distribution
  • A podcast website with free, standard themes
  • Basic podcast stats
  • Listing in Podbean’s directory, iPhone and Android apps
  • Embeddable podcast players
  • 5 hours of audio storage space
  • 100 GB of bandwidth/month

For the details of all Podbean’s podcast hosting plans, visit Podbean’s pricing page.

The Podbean App: Easily Record Right from Your Phone

In addition to offering a powerful free podcast hosting plan, Podbean’s app makes it easy to record podcasts on the go. The Podbean app for Android and iPhone offers built in recording and publishing, so podcasters can create podcasts from their phones. Podcasters can add background music and edit out mistakes before publishing directly from the app with their Podbean hosting account.

Podbean has seen increasing numbers of podcasters using the app to record some or all of their podcast episodes. Some examples include churches recording sermons and uploading them so parishioners can immediately access the content from home or anywhere. Similarly, teachers have been using the app to record classroom lectures or share bonus learning content. Even podcasters who record in a studio sometimes use the Podbean app for special on-site episodes. And, recently, Podbean is hosting many new podcasts created for Alexa flash briefings, with the app providing a simple way to manage daily recordings.

SIGN UP TODAY for a free podcast hosting account with Podbean and give podcasting a try!

Get New Listeners And Engage Them Everyday With Alexa Flash Briefings

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Podcasts are on fire!

Everybody’s talking about podcasts these days. But along with that excitement comes a lot of competition. There are now over 500,000 podcasts on iTunes. Think about that…over a half-million other podcasts are competing with you for new listeners.

So how are you going to stand out from the crowd? How do you make sure your podcast is the one they listen to and then click the “Subscribe” button in their app?

One way might be Alexa Flash Briefings.

What the heck is an Alexa Flash Briefing?

A Flash Briefing is like a “mini-podcast.” It’s a daily, 1-minute informative “briefing” for owners of Alexa devices, like the Amazon Echo. Listeners hear Flash Briefings whenever they say, “Alexa, give me the news.” or “Alexa, give me my Flash Briefings.”

When prompted, Alexa will provide a 1-minute package from Reuters of the top headlines and local weather. She will then begin introducing each Flash Briefing, such as:

“From Pete Blank, this is Pete’s Points – Leadership Strategies”

Then that day’s episode will play. Here’s an example of what one of the episodes from Pete’s Points sounds like:

Listen to Pete’s Points

In my experience working with my clients, we’ve found the formula for the perfect Alexa Flash Briefing to be:

  • Minute long,
  • Time per day,
  • Valuable piece of content,
  • Call to action,
  • Person asked each day for a review.

Why should this matter to a podcaster?

There are four reasons every podcaster should add an Alexa Flash Briefing to their existing production schedule.

So Many Listeners

As of September 2018, there are over 50 million Alexa devices in homes. It’s the fastest any device has ever reached an installed base of over 50 million…even faster than the iPhone. Imagine how much that number will jump by Christmas 2018. Many analysts over 10 million new Echoes will be under the Christmas tree this year.

Very Little Competition

While there is a huge audience out there, as of the time of this writing, there are only about 6,000 Flash Briefings. That imbalance can create a flood of new listeners for each new Flash Briefing.

The averages I see with my clients’ Flash Briefing launches are about 100-200 downloads the first few days and about 1,000 the first month, although one client saw over 10,000 downloads his first month!

Less Friction & Easier Subscribing

Last week, I was talking to a podcaster who’s had a popular show for about 4 years. He said, “Getting a new listener has become a huge challenge. Then it’s just as much of challenge to get them to subscribe or listen again if they like the show.”

Flash Briefings make that easier for your listener because must subscribe to your Flash Briefing before they can listen. But that’s not perceived as a huge requirement because you’re only asking for a minute of their time, instead of an hour. Then instead of needing to take action to subscriber after listening to your show, they have to take action to stop hearing you. The fact that Alexa turns that subscription/listen dynamic around is a much bigger deal than it might seem.

And remember the “call to action” I mentioned in the formula for a perfect Flash Briefing? This is the time you would direct your listeners to your long-form podcast. They’ve heard you, they like you and they might want to hear more. But you now have the opportunity to engage them daily and ease them into giving you an hour of their time.

Easy To Add To Your Existing Production Workflow

You record Flash Briefings with the same equipment you currently use, and store the files on Podbean, just like you do now. Flash Briefings also work on iTunes, Google, Spotify, and the rest, giving you additional audience opportunities.

But since they’re only a minute long, you can batch record and schedule them in Podbean for publication. It only takes about 2-3 hours to record, upload and schedule 30 episodes. Then you don’t have to worry about it again for a month.

How to add a Flash Briefing via Podbean

So, if you’d like to try this, you’ll need to set up a new account with Podbean (or a new channel, if you’re on the Unlimited Plus plan) so that you have an additional RSS feed. You can use this link to sign up and get 30 days free. You can also see all Podbean’s plans on the pricing page. Just as with iTunes, the RSS feed is what makes all the magic happen.

Once you have an RSS feed, creating a Flash Briefing requires an Amazon Developers’ Account and a time commitment of a few hours to a few days to learn to set it up and configure it (depending on your level of tech skills). You can also hire someone to build it for you and spend your time focused on your business. My company, Alexa Guy, does this type of work full-time and there are other companies out there that do the same.

Whether you prefer the DIY route or hire someone to create your Flash Briefing for you, it’s an amazing new tool to build and engage a new audience while also driving new traffic to your existing podcast.

Podbean also offers the ability to record directly from their app, so you can easily produce your daily briefings right from your phone.

About the author

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Jeff Smith is the Alexa Guy. His company helps podcasters, companies, entrepreneurs and speakers build and engage large audiences quickly through Alexa Flash Briefings. He’s offering 15% off his services with the promo code PODBEAN. You can connect with him at:

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