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.

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.

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.

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