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I have questions for podcasters who have a successful subscriber base and are making money from their podcasts. What is your advice for podcasting? I want to know everything from recording, to growing the podcast, to monetizing the podcast and generating sponsorships and revenue. Thanks in advance.

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Submitted by TJT 2001 on Thursday, June 25, 2020

I think your post will be removed because it doesn't pertain to Apple products.

There is lots of useful information on the internet that should answer your question.

Submitted by Clayton Jacobs, A.K.A. Blind… on Thursday, June 25, 2020

In reply to by TJT 2001

I use Apple products, so yes, it does. Also, I wasn't asking for opinions from disempowered blind folks who only have negative things to say when blind people are doing something positive. Stay in your lane!

Submitted by Trenton Matthews on Thursday, June 25, 2020

So,

Is an Apple user now suppose to actually say they are an Apple user before they ask a question in this forum? Hmmm...

The first answer in this thread, vs the first answer in the following linked thread, at least was a decently nice answer:

https://www.applevis.com/forum/other-apple-chat/recording-podcasts-acce…

The question in general among this thread is a very good one (which I sadly don’t have a good answer for the question at hand.)

Me wonders if the name of this forum ‘Other Apple Chat” needs a more not as broad name, as it’s not descriptive enough.

Also, quoting from the General Rules section of this site’s HelP and FAQ pages, may not be a bad idea either:

‘ Please do not post replies which add no value to the existing discussion. For example, if somebody has asked for information on a specific app, replying to say that you have not used that app is of no value and only serves to get in the way of what might be helpful answers. Additionally, if someone asks a question about how to do a particular task, replying to the post and saying to do an internet search to find the answer is not at all helpful.“

PS. I am no admin here. Simply bringing peace to a situation is all, just to be clear.

Submitted by Remy on Thursday, June 25, 2020

While I'm not a podcaster myself, I am a voice actor and audio theatre content creator. I also listen to many podcasts. Therefore, I have a couple suggestions:

First, and certainly most important, have compelling content. It doesn't matter how amazing your equipment is or how you market yourself. If your content is boring, nobody will listen for long. I assume you already have a good idea what you want to talk about. Can you deliver it in a compelling way that will engage your listeners? I have heard a lot of people just getting behind a microphone and talking on and on about a topic with no clear direction. I don't know what it is about us, but the blind community seems to be notorious for being extra verbose. The result is sometimes over an hour of content, but that content could be stripped down to sometimes half that time and still get its point across.

Which brings me to number 2: If you don't already know how to edit audio, you'll want to learn. There are free and even accessible audio editors out there on both your IOS device, MAC and PC. Ideally you learn to cut out any extrenuous background noise and cut out the ums, ahs, ers and other fluff nobody wants to hear. Some people like to do everything live because they think it's authentic. That's fine, but cutting out that dead air and other unnecessary things is really nice. Ideally you also learn how to at least use Equalization, compression etc to make your recordings crisp and clear. It's very easy to google how to record voiceover, and I highly recommend you spend a bit of time learning. If you're on reddit, the voice acting subredit has a lot of valuable resources. Booth Junky is a youtube channel with a lot of good info too.

Which brings me to Third, recording. Get yourself a good microphone and learn to use it properly. Your Iphone or Ipad mic is okay, and in the right environment it can actually not sound too bad. But getting a good mic will help your podcast sound clean and professional, and it will cut down heavily on the amount of fixing you have to do. Record in a clean environment with no background sounds. Try to find a place with as little room reverberation as possible. If you don't have money to spend treating a room with accoustic foam and other fancy stuff, a clauset with lots of clothes, using blankets, comforters, quilts, duvets and pillows can always help dampen any room reverb. I can't stress enough that the better you can make your initial recordings sound, the easier it will be to deal with later when you're trying to clean it up. Again, see Booth Junky on youtube for some interesting room treatment options.

Finally, marketting. Admitedly I'm not as well versed in this, but what it comes down to is putting yourself out there. Get your podcast on as many of the podcast platforms as possible. A lot of blind people I know seem to use Anchor, which allows you to publish on many diffeerent platforms. Beyond that, Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, Instagram ... basically any social media site exposure is good. You can also post your content in web communities which are dedicated to the kind of content you are creating.

Hope that helps a bit. If you have any questions let me know.

Submitted by DudeLove721 on Friday, June 26, 2020

Hey there, I'm the co-host of the Blind Luminations podcast and have been podcasting on and off with different shows for the past four years now. I don't really have the monetizing thing down, but I've learned quite a bit by trial and error. Are you doing your show alone as someone who is completely blind? I just ask because that will make a big difference in terms of what options are available to you. My wife is fully-sighted so she handles the recording side of things which has inaccessible equipment. (You can obviously record into accessible software on the computer but we have a Zoom H6 recorder since our setup is for two microphones.)

In terms of software, I do most of my editing with Amadeus Pro which is a very accessible app for the Mac. It's paid but well worth the money, in my opinion. My workflow is kind of a hodge lodge though. My wife helped me save some plugin presets in Audacity (which is largely inaccessible) so I use it to sweeten up the sound with different processes. I think Amadeus Pro is great for editing like cutting/pasting audio together but it can be limiting if you're knowledgeable and want more flexibility.

Do you think you could send me an e-mail so we can discuss things further? I'd really like to know more specifics so I can offer some better advice. I've found it hard to connect with other blind podcasters (maybe I'm just looking in the wrong place) so I'd really like to help you as much as I possibly can. You can reach me at marcrocheleau82@gmail.com -- thanks!

Submitted by oberth on Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Greetings,

Recently I'm working on a podcast about the foreign real estate markets and planning to mainly talk about the Spanish real estate market. I've been following the market for a while and have profound knowledge on the area, however I'm not very experienced when it comes to podcasting. Therefore I decided to find a host for my podcast to prepare questions and topics, so basically the host will ask me the questions and I will answer. Is there anyone who might be interested in becoming a part of my podcast? As an illustration in the following link you can find anything you need to know about the project and buy real estate in Spain https://tranio.com/spain/

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