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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 53: Getting to 20,000 Subscribers with Charli Prangley

053: Getting to 20,000 Subscribers with Charli Prangley

Monday, June 27, 2016 – 42 minutes

Charli Prangley is a designer by day and a content creator by… well, pretty much the rest of the time. In addition to her day job, she produces two high-quality Youtube videos and a podcast every week, and also runs an online apparel shop.

I was so impressed with the consistency and quality of her output that I knew I had to get her on the show to share how she creates so much while still working a full-time job.

If you’ve ever struggled with creating consistently or trying to get everything 100% perfect before shipping, you need to listen to this episode.

The Podcast Dude 48: How to Get Started as a Voice Over Artist (With Special Guest Jay Britton)

048: How to Get Started as a Voice-over Artist (With Special Guest Jay Britton)

Monday, May 16, 2016 – 52 minutes

Ever wondered how to make a living with just your voice? Interested in becoming a professional voice-over artist?

This week I’m joined by professional voice-over artist Jay Britton, who has done work for companies like HBO (Game of Thrones!), Marvel, Amazon, and more.

He built his voice-over career from scratch in his late 20’s, and in this episode, Jay shares everything you need to know if you want to be a professional voice-over artist too.

We talked about how he got started, what gear he recommends for beginners, how to find work if you’re just starting out, how to get your first agent, tips for improving your speaking voice, and so much more.

The Podcast Dude 42: I Just Started a Podcast. How Much Money Can I Expect to Make?

042: I Just Started a Podcast. How Much Money Can I Expect to Make?

Monday, March 28, 2016 – 36 minutes

I got a question from a listener awhile back that I want to answer in today’s show. Zack asked: How much money could a podcaster just starting up expect to make?

I like making money. I know you like making money. But making money with podcasting can be tricky. It can be a hard thing. So in this episode, I want to share some strategies for making money with your podcast.

The Podcast Dude 38: Glenn Leibowitz's Top 5 Writing Tips for Podcasters

038: Glenn Leibowitz’s Top 5 Writing Tips for Podcasters

Monday, February 22, 2016 – 59 minutes

Want to be a better podcaster and grow your audience? Something I’ve seen over and over again is that the best podcasters spend a lot of time writing.

Want to learn how to be a better writer? My guest this week – Glenn Leibowitz – wants to help you get there.

Glenn has been writing and editing for the past 17 years, mostly for his company, but two years ago he started his own blog and also started to blog weekly on LinkedIn. He writes about professional development, technology, social media, and writing.

In December 2015, LinkedIn named him one of 90 “top voices” on LinkedIn (out of the 1 million people who blog there). He ranked #2 in the marketing and social media category.

In 2015, he launched his own weekly podcast – Write With Impact – where he interviews authors of nonfiction and fiction and tries to pick apart their secrets and have them share what they’ve learned over the years as writers.

I asked Glenn to join me for a three-part podcast series to share what he’s learning about writing and growing an audience, the benefits of storytelling (even if you write non-fiction), how to get started with publishing on LinkedIn, and more.

In this episode, Glenn shares his top tips for becoming a better writer, we discuss why outlines are critical for success, why you should edit after you’re done writing, how to write great titles, and so much more.

The Podcast Dude 36: The Basics of Podcast Interviews

036: The Basics of Podcast Interviews

Monday, February 8, 2016 – 26 minutes

Man. Interviews! There are so many things related to interviews that I could talk about. I was working on the outline and I had all these topics and tips written out (so many tips).

But I was thinking, and I said to myself, “Aaron. What are the 3-5 most common mistakes you see less-experienced podcasters make when doing interviews?”

So instead of trying to cover a bunch of different topics related to interviewing people, I’m going to focus on a couple and give you some solid, practical advice to help you avoid the common mistakes that many podcasters make when doing interviews.

The Podcast Dude 32: Podcasting on a Budget

032: Podcasting on a Budget

Monday, January 4, 2016 – 36 minutes

My second episode was a guide to gear for podcasting, but I’ve learned a lot in the past months, so I wanted to make an updated guide.

I said back then that if you couldn’t afford good gear, you should wait and save up money. I was wrong about that.

I still believe that great gear will give you better sound quality which will help your show be more successful, but I don’t believe you should wait to get started. There’s so much you need to learn when you’re first starting out; great gear isn’t going to magically make the process easier. It’s best to get started with what you have, or buy what you can afford and then upgrade later.

So let’s talk about podcasting on a budget. I’m going to cover gear for those of you who have little-to-no money to spend, and also share what I think is the best podcasting gear so that you’ll know what to get in the future when you have money to upgrade.

The Podcast Dude 24: My Podcasting Process

024: My Podcasting Process From A to Z

Monday, November 2, 2015 – 45 minutes

Have you ever wondered what it takes to make a podcast? What the steps are? This week, I’m going to walk you through my process, step by step.

I’m going to give you a better understanding of what it takes to make a podcast, take some of the mystery and scariness out of podcasting, and give you actionable steps to follow to make your own podcast.

The Podcast Dude 18: Best Resources for Learning Recording, Mixing, and Mastering

018: Best Resources for Learning Recording, Mixing, and Mastering

Monday, September 14, 2015 – 42 minutes

In this episode, I’m sharing a list of all the resources that have helped me learn recording, mixing, and mastering. Not all of the resources in this episode are specifically about podcasting, but they are great places and people to learn from if you’re interested in editing and mixing your shows, if you want to become a professional podcast editor, or if you want to record and mix music.

The Podcast Dude 17 - Using Great Outlines to Keep Your Listener's Attention

017: Using Great Outlines to Keep Your Listener’s Attention

Monday, September 7, 2015 – 35 minutes

Today I’m sharing my process for writing outlines. If you’ve never written an outline for your podcast before, I’m going to teach you how today.

What does a podcast outline do for you? It helps you stay focused. It helps to make sure you to hit all different angles and ask or answer the right questions. It also helps the show stay on track.

Listeners want to know what they’re going to get from a show. People will tune out if they don’t know to expect or what the point of the episode is. You could have an epic show prepared with tons of great advice and takeaways, but if you don’t tell the listeners in advance what they can expect, they won’t know what’s coming. If you don’t have an outline for your episode, you won’t know what’s coming either, and your podcast may feel directionless.

Community member James had said in the chat, “I don’t know if you want me to name names but there’s one podcast that is consistently in the top 20 podcasts. He’s usually got 15-20 minutes of ads and he has some really awesome guests on his show. I guess his name recognition accounts for getting some of those big names on his show. I swear he has no outline and he jumps around from one random topic to the next taking zero advantage of asking the real questions we want answers to from this particular guest. I finally got fed up and stopped listening to his stuff.”

I don’t want you to lose listeners. I don’t want you to miss out on getting new listeners because you don’t know how to do a good job of explaining the value of your shows.

Episode 5: How to Supercharge Your Podcast and Increase Its Value With Writing

005: How to Supercharge Your Podcast and Increase Its Value With Writing

Monday, June 1, 2015 – 1 hour, 9 minutes

This week I’m joined by special guests Sean and Laci McCabe to talk about how to supercharge your podcast with writing.

I’ve seen how much value listeners get from the show notes for the seanwes podcast, so I wanted to bring Sean and Laci on the show to talk about how to find topics for episodes that will resonate with your listeners, and how to write show notes full of valuable information that will help grow your audience.

Sean started writing long and detailed show notes somewhere around episode 50 (he currently has over 170 episodes and shows no signs of slowing down). In the first half of this episode, Sean shares tips on how to finds topics that resonate with your audience, and how to prepares for episodes by writing outlines. In the second half, Laci – who is now the full-time show note writer for seanwes – shares her tips on writing show notes after the recording stops.

This episode is jam packed with great tips about how to use writing to make your podcast better. I hope it inspires you to take a little more time to prepare for your shows and invest time in writing great show notes that stand alone as valuable posts that your listeners will love and share with other people.

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001: How to Start a Podcast

Monday, April 27, 2015 – 1 hour, 21 minutes

Podcasts are exploding in popularity. It’s easier than ever to start a podcast and put it online, but just because you record something and share it doesn’t mean that anyone will listen or care. If you want to grow an audience, engage your listeners, and make a podcast that stands out, you need to have the right mindset.

When most people talk about starting a podcast, the conversation is usually focused on gear. I will be covering gear in the next episode, but for this first episode, my good friend Sean McCabe joins me to talk about the mindset that will set you up for long term success in podcasting.

Sean and I started a bi-weekly podcast (two episodes per week) in late 2013. Since then, Sean has recorded over 170 episodes with nearly 1 million downloads. He’s also started a online community with hundreds of members from all walks of life, launched an online course that made over $100,000 in the first three days, and is now launching multiple new shows on the seanwes podcast network.

In this episode, we discuss why I decided to start this podcast, who this show is for, and what topics I’ll be covering in future episodes. We also talk about the benefits of podcasting, why preparing takeaways is the key to a successful show, why your first five listeners matter the most, how long your show should be, the importance of showing up consistently, and more.

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