How To Start A Podcast

Anchor is the easiest way to start a podcast.

Podcasting doesn’t have to be as complicated as you think. With Anchor, making a podcast is really easy.

1. Why start a podcast?

There’s a reason why Serial, This American Life, Reply All, and so many other podcasts have become cultural phenomenons - audio fits so neatly into all of our lives. Nearly 70 million Americans listen to podcasts monthly while they work, commute, cook, brush their teeth in the morning - you name it.

You’ve probably noticed that making podcasts is becoming more popular, too. It used to be that you needed an expensive microphone, lots of technical knowledge, and lots of time. Now that everyone’s got a high quality, noise canceling microphone in their pocket, it’s possible for anyone to create really compelling audio from anywhere.

2. Creating your first episode

The first step is figuring out what to talk about. But don’t let this get in the way of you getting started. If you already have a general idea of what you want your podcast to be about, just start talking about it!

If not, that’s ok too - you can still ease in. Try introducing yourself and some of your interests. If it’s tough for you to get started on your own, Anchor makes it easy to record with others. Try taking voice messages from your friends and answering their questions, or recording with a friend right from your phone! You can learn more about making a collaborative podcast here.

If you’re feeling pressured to start your first episode perfect, we encourage you to keep it casual. You have to start somewhere!

Make and share audio right from your phone

  • Download the free Anchor mobile app for iOS or Android and create an account.
  • Tap any tool to add some audio to your episode.
  • Add a caption and publish the segment to your podcast.
  • Keep adding segments to finish your episode. When you’re done, just give it a name and share it with the world!

If you already have audio that you’d like to turn into your first episode, you can do that too - just log in and upload your file(s) at anchor.fm.

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3. Distributing your podcast

Your podcast is automatically available for people to hear on Anchor as soon as you add some audio. But you’ll probably want to also make it available on other podcast platforms, like Apple Podcasts (aka iTunes), Google Play Music, Overcast, Pocket Casts, Spotify, and more.

With Anchor, all you need to do is select the button that says “Distribute my podcast everywhere.” We’ll automatically submit your podcast to Apple Podcasts, Google Play Music, Overcast, and Pocket Casts. That’s it! We’ll notify you as it becomes available in each of these places; this process usually takes between 24-48 hours.

We’re adding support for more podcast platforms all the time. For now, if you’d like to make your podcast available on additional platforms that we don’t automatically distribute to, you can easily submit your podcast anywhere you want using the RSS feed you can find in your settings.

You’ll only need to distribute your podcast once. After it’s set up, you’ll be able to sync your future episodes to all platforms with just one tap.

Read more about distributing your podcast on Anchor >

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4. Sharing your podcast and growing your audience

Once you’ve got an episode or two up, you’ll want to start telling people about your podcast. We recommend promoting it to your friends or existing audience anytime you’ve got a new episode.

Share your Anchor profile

Anyone with an Anchor podcast gets a custom Anchor URL (e.g., anchor.fm/derry-connection). When you share this link with people, they’ll be taken right to your podcast - either in the Anchor mobile app if they have it installed, or to your Anchor web profile if they don’t.

Your Anchor profile includes a list of all the platforms where your podcast is available, so you don’t have to worry about which link to share with people. They can listen on Anchor, or in whatever podcast app they prefer!

Embed your podcast on your blog or website

If you already have your own blog or website, you can easily embed your podcast there so people can listen without having to leave your site. Grab the embed code from your profile in the Anchor mobile app or from your dashboard at anchor.fm.

Start a transcribed video

One great way to promote your most recent episode (or even an upcoming one) is by sharing a transcribed video to social (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, etc). This way, even if people don’t have their sound on, they can still get a sense for what’s in your episode and convert to listeners.

Anchor automatically transcribes all short-form audio (anything under 3 minutes), so if you want to make a video, all you need to do is choose your colors, review the transcription, and share. You can export a video in square, portrait, or landscape formats, so it’ll work well on any platform (including Stories!).

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5. What's next? How to keep people listening

The best way to keep your audience engaged is to make new episodes consistently, and to interact with the people listening. Here’s how Anchor can help.

Keep it casual

Not every episode has to be long-form or polished. Try making casual daily content to keep your audience interested in between longer episodes. (You can keep that extra audio exclusive to Anchor if you want.)

Episodes can also be short and off-the-cuff! Try recording a short segment when you’re on the go, like if you happen to run into someone interesting or you have a sudden thought to share. This kind of content can be just as compelling as polished, full length episodes.

Let your listeners be a part of the show

One way to turn your listeners into superfans is to give them ways to be involved with your podcast. With Anchor, you have a bunch of options:

📞 Take voice messages from listeners. Easily preview your messages and add your favorites to your next podcast episode. It’s a great way to a) easily get more audio for your podcast, and b) make people happy when they get to have an appearance on your show!

👋 Choose a lucky listener to record a segment with you. You can invite anyone who follows you on Anchor to join your recordings.

⌨️ Listeners can also add text-based comments to your episodes from the Anchor app, which is a great way for your audience to talk to each other and build a community around your show.

That’s it! We can’t wait for you to get started with your own podcast. Good luck and have fun!

Still have questions Email us any time: support@anchor.fm

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