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.

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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