The Podcast Dude

Professional podcast editor and producer Aaron Dowd shares everything he’s learned about making great podcasts.

If you’re interested in starting a podcast, growing your audience, and increasing your influence, this is the show for you.

Get answers to all your questions about podcasting: gear, recording, content, editing, interviewing, mixing, mastering, and more.

To stand out from thousands of other podcasts, you’ll need to produce a high quality show. The Podcast Dude will help you get there.

Don’t just make a podcast—make an awesome podcast.

The Podcast Dude

New podcasting advice, tips and tricks every single week.

Podcasts are exploding in popularity. Learn how to launch and grow a successful podcast and stand out from the crowd with exceptional audio quality and content.

Streamlining Your Podcast Workflow (with Martine Ellis)

071: Streamlining Your Podcast Workflow (with Martine Ellis)

Monday, November 28, 2016 – 49 minutes

This week seanwes Community member Martine Ellis joins me to share her podcasting journey and how she created a detailed checklist to help streamline her podcast workflow.

We discuss how niching down can help you attract a dedicated audience and how to spend less time creating a podcast without sacrificing quality. We also walk through Martine’s 9 step podcast workflow checklist and discuss our favorite podcast tools and tricks.

Recording Audio at a Conference

070: Recording Audio at a Conference

Monday, November 21, 2016 – 21 minutes

I just got back from seanwes conference 2016, which was an amazing 3 day conference in Austin, Texas. I knew I wanted to record some audio interviews, so in this episode, I share how I planned for the conference, what gear I deciding to bring along, and some general tips and thoughts about attending a conference as a podcaster.

Do You Need Expensive Headphones to Mix a Podcast?

069: Do You Need Expensive Headphones to Mix a Podcast?

Monday, November 7, 2016 – 25 minutes

I’ve been watching an online audio mastering course (called DIY Mastering) from Jesse Cannon (a great audio engineer). In it, he was talking about how he always checks his work on cheap speakers and Apple earbuds, since that’s what most people use to listen to music.

It got me thinking: are expensive headphones really necessary for mixing podcasts? Do you really need the best gear to make great work, or are you just procrastinating?

My goal for this episode is to encourage you to do more with what you have and not fall into the trap of believing that better gear is the secret to success.

How to Promote Your Podcast on Twitter

068: How to Promote Your Podcast on Twitter

Monday, October 31, 2016 – 31 minutes

You’re not sure how to get new listeners to your podcast, and you don’t have many followers on Twitter.

On top of that, Twitter and many other social media platforms have a ton of noise on them. People aren’t paying much attention. How do you stand out and get people to notice you and your show?

Maybe you want to use social media to promote your podcast but you aren’t sure how to get started.

I just listed out 3 big problems that many people face. In this episode, I’m going to talk about the solutions.

Portable Podcasting Setup

067: Portable Podcasting Setup

Monday, October 17, 2016 – 42 minutes

I got a question from a Community member about recording audio away from home, so I grabbed my Zoom H4N and a few mics and headed to a local Starbucks to test out the different mics in a real world setting.

If you’d like to invest in an affordable, portable recording setup, this episode will help you get started.

How to Write a Better Podcast Description That Attracts New Listeners

066: How to Write a Better Podcast Description That Attracts New Listeners

Monday, October 10, 2016 – 57 minutes

Your podcast description is one of the first things people see when they come across your podcast online or in the iTunes directory. This is your chance to catch their attention and sell them on your show. It’s your opportunity to convince them to listen.

The ideal podcast description answers two questions for your potential listener:

1. Is this show for me?
2. What am I going to get out of listening to this?

When a potential audience member comes across your podcast and starts reading your description, they’re wondering, “What’s in it for me?” This is your chance to tell them why they should care about your show. Otherwise, they won’t.

Creating a Radio Drama Podcast Part 2 (With Producer/Engineer Dan Powell)

065: Creating a Radio Drama Podcast Part 2 (With Producer/Engineer Dan Powell)

Monday, October 3, 2016 – 1 hour, 1 minute

My guest this week is Dan Powell. Dan is one half of Dead Signals Production, creator of the popular Archive 81 and Deep Vault found sound, radio drama podcast.

In this episode, we talk about his recording process, how he designs sound, and his editing process. He shares some of the hurdles he overcame while producing podcasts and what advice he’d give to anyone interested in making a modern radio drama.

Creating a Radio Drama Podcast Part 1 (With Writer Marc Sollinger)

064: Creating a Radio Drama Podcast Part 1 (With Writer Marc Sollinger)

Monday, September 19, 2016 – 44 minutes

My guest this week is Marc Sollinger. Marc is one half of Dead Signals, a podcast production company that produces the modern radio drama podcasts Archive 81 and Deep Vault.

In this episode, we’re going to take a deep dive into what it takes to plan, write, and produce a modern radio drama.

This is part one of a two part series; next week I’ll be interviewing Dan Powell, who handles a lot of the editing, sound design, and music for Dead Signals.

Dealing With the Haters

063: Dealing With Haters

Monday, September 12, 2016 – 30 minutes

If you podcast long enough, you’re going to get criticism or negativity. You can’t create work and share it with the world without experiencing it.

One of the things we say in the Community is that you haven’t made it until you’ve got haters. If people feel strongly enough about what you’re doing to love it, then someone is going to feel strongly enough to hate it, or at least severely dislike it.

I’m still pretty unknown, and I know that because I’ve only ever received negative feedback once. I could say that I just brushed it off, but it did affect me. Instead of letting it get me down, I sat with it. I thought about it. I analyzed why it made me feel the way it did, and I asked myself why.

I want to share what I’ve learned about feedback and criticism to help you learn how to process it when it comes to you (and it will), but also to help you give feedback more effectively and waste less time engaging with people or on feedback that doesn’t really matter.

Aaron Dowd
Aaron Dowd


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