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.

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.

How to Build a Community Around Your Podcast With the Power of Storytelling

062: How to Build a Community Around Your Podcast With the Power of Storytelling

Monday, September 5, 2016 – 46 minutes

Everyone has a story, but few people take the time to tell it. My guest today started a podcast to tell his story, despite having little experience with podcasting. As a result, he’s growing an audience, making new friends, and learning a ton along the way.

Brian Sanders is a project manager and app designer who formed a startup to build a new podcast app and platform. He’s joining me today to share what he’s learned in his startup and podcasting journey so far and how podcasting is helping him learn more about his target audience and his product.

5 Ways to Be a Better Podcast Host

061: 5 Ways to Be a Better Podcast Host

Monday, August 29, 2016 – 34 minutes

Today I’m sharing 5 ways you can be a better podcast host. Whether you do a solo show, co-host or interviews, these 5 tips can help you make better podcasts, create a deeper connection with your audience, and grow your listener numbers.

I Already Make a Podcast; Should I Make Videos Too?

060: I Already Make a Podcast; Should I Make Videos Too?

Monday, August 22, 2016 – 20 minutes

I only recently got comfortable with podcasting. I know I’m not amazing yet, but it doesn’t stress me out like it used to.

I’ve been thinking a lot about video lately. Why do so many people spend so much time on Youtube? Are they just dumb, or am I missing something?

I spent a few hours doing research, and what I discovered has changed the way I think about video. If you’re like me and you’ve been mostly ignoring video, lend me your ear for a few minutes. I’m going to try to change your mind.


059: Shooting My First Video Course – Part 2 (Two-Week Recap)

Monday, August 15, 2016 – 31 minutes

This is the second part in a two part series about shooting the video lessons for my upcoming Successful Podcasting course. If you’re thinking about making a video or screencasting course, you’ll want to listen to this!

Cory McCabe and I just wrapped up shooting video and WOW. What a week. I’ve got the video gear packed into my car, and I’ll be heading down to San Antonio in a few minutes to take it back to Sean, but I wanted to take a few minutes and share 7 lessons I’ve learned in the past two weeks.

Shooting My First Video Course Part 1 (with Special Guest Cory McCabe)

058: Shooting My First Video Course Part 1 (with Special Guest Cory McCabe)

Monday, August 1, 2016 – 1 hour, 6 minutes

I wanted to make this episode to inspire you if you’ve ever thought about creating an online course or screencast series.

If you’ve never done it before, there’s a lot to learn. You wonder, “How do I plan this thing? How do I write out what I want to say? How do I get good audio and record good video and how the heck do I record screencasts in the 16:9 aspect ratio? (Hint: just buy a 16:9 monitor.)

The video guy for the seanwes network, Cory McCabe, joins me today to talk about setting up to shoot a video course. We’re going to talk about how the first week of shooting went, the gear we’re using, what went well, what didn’t go well, and what we’d do differently next time.

Why You Might Not Make Money With Your Podcast (and What You Can Do About It)

057: Why You Might Not Make Money With Your Podcast (and What You Can Do About It)

Monday, July 25, 2016 – 30 minutes

It is possible to make money with a podcast. I’ve seen people do it. I’ve done it. But many podcasters struggle with this. Why is that? There are a few reasons.

First, a lot of podcasters don’t have a plan to make money outside of maybe selling ads, which brings us to the second problem: most podcasters don’t have a big enough audience and they struggle to get new listeners.

So what are some ways to make money with a podcast when you don’t have a large audience yet?

The Podcast Dude 55: How Do I Get Guests to Come on My Show? How Do I Ask to Be on Someone Else's Show?

055: How Do I Get Guests to Come on My Show? How Do I Ask to Be on Someone Else’s Show?

Monday, July 11, 2016 – 29 minutes

I don’t normally quote bible verses on my show because I’m not a religious man, but I know of one that applies to this topic:

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”

It’s been said that in basketball, you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. The same is true for getting guests on your podcast or being a guest on other podcasts; if you don’t ask, it’s not going to happen.

So getting over your fear of rejection is step one, but today I want to talk about things that you can do to increase your chances of landing the guests you want, and how you can ask to be on someone else’s podcast without feeling awkward.

The Podcast Dude 54: Are Third-Party Audio Plugins Worth the Money?

054: Are Third-Party Audio Plugins Worth the Money?

Monday, July 4, 2016 – 27 minutes

If you want to keep new listeners, having a show that sounds great is so important.

Think about the first time you hit play on a podcast; if it sounds good, you’ll keep listening. If it sounds like crap (lots of noise, echo, and un-even levels) you’ll go find something else to listen to. You don’t want to lose listeners because of poor audio quality, but at the same time, it can take awhile to learn how to use audio plugins (like EQs and compressors) correctly.

Most audio editing apps (and even some video editing apps too) have stock plugins that can help you fix audio issues and enhance the quality of your recordings.

There are also third-party plugins that you can buy, but are they worth the money? Can you make a podcast or video sound great just by using the stock plugins?

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 52: Where to Find the Best Music For Your Podcast

052: Where to Find the Best Music For Your Podcast

Monday, June 13, 2016 – 21 minutes

Talking music today! Where are the best places to find music for podcasts? Can you use copyrighted materials in your podcast if you keep the clip under 30 seconds? And is podcast music even necessary?

The Podcast Dude 51: How Do I Build an Audience From Nothing?

051: How Do I Build an Audience From Nothing?

Monday, June 6, 2016 – 33 minutes

I got this topic from a question that I read in Gary Vaynerchuk’s recent book, #AskGaryVee. The question was this: “What’s the best way to grow a following or community from nothing?”

That’s a million dollar question. You’d love to have a following or audience, right?

For some people, an audience means ad revenue. For some people, it means enough people to buy your product or work to support you. Some people just want the attention because they feel empty inside and need to feel like people love them. Hey, I get it, I’m not judging. I love feeling loved.

So how do you grow a following from nothing? That’s what I’m exploring in this week’s episode.

The Podcast Dude 50: How to Sound Natural When Reading a Script

050: How to Sound Natural When Reading a Script

Monday, May 30, 2016 – 30 minutes

It seems like some people can get on a podcast or video and sound so effortless and natural. How is this possible? What’s the secret?

I got a question from a listener asking how they could improve their speaking voice when reading from a script. Since most of my episodes are scripted, I decided to share everything I’ve learned about improving my speaking voice and how I read from a script without sounding monotone or boring.

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