7 Common Problems Podcasters Face and How to Fix Them
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Podcasting is a great way to express yourself, even though podcasters often have trouble with different things. It lets you connect with the people watching on a more personal level. Podcasts can be entertaining, educational, and useful at the same time. They make things easier for the consumer by giving them more time to spend on other things while still giving them some of the content they like best. And for the person who makes the podcast, it’s a chance to grow their business and make money doing something they like.
Because of this, it makes sense that you want to start your own podcast. I am also so happy for you! But, like most things in life, podcasting has its own set of problems. Podcasting isn’t always as easy as 1, 2, 3 for a number of reasons, such as not knowing how to take the first step and get started, or not knowing how to learn the technical requirements of the industry, such as how to edit and make great audio.
We don’t want you to stop trying, though. Podcasting can give you a huge return on your investment if you are willing to stick with it and deal with the problems. You’ll face a lot of problems on your way to becoming a podcaster, but the good news is that many of these problems already have solutions.
So, we’ve broken down seven of the most common problems podcasters face and given you ways to deal with them. We have high hopes that once you figure out the answers to your podcasting problems, you will be able to throw yourself wholeheartedly into this amazing industry and take advantage of the chance to express yourself freely and without fear.
1. Getting Started
Getting their podcasts going is always mentioned as one of the hardest things they have to do. From the time you have your first great idea to the time you record your first episode of your show, it seems like a long and hard road. You might feel overwhelmed by the number of steps you need to take to make your podcast a success.
First of all, don’t forget that you’ve already decided to start a podcast. In my opinion, it’s an inspired choice, one worthy of a few taps on the back. The next step is to do something about your choice.
The important thing is to take a deep breath, step back, break down your problems into small steps, and solve each one one at a time.
A common worry for people who want to start a podcast is how they will find the time to do it. It’s just a matter of how you use your time. If you include your podcast in your daily routine, you’ll find that you have more time than you thought.
The second way to stop worrying about time passing is to plan everything carefully and in as much detail as possible. When you have a detailed map of your destination in front of you, it is much easier to find your way through the unknown.
Make a list in a daily planner of all the things you need to do and responsibilities you have at home and with your family, as well as any other things you need to do for work. Your schedule will start to have gaps, and that’s when you should plan to record podcast episodes.
When you have time to work on your podcast, make a plan of what you want to do and when. So, write down when you’ll be doing research and thinking of content ideas. Set times for writing the script for your podcast, recording it, and editing it. Your podcast’s marketing and efforts to get new subscribers should also be given their own time slots.
If you have a well-thought-out plan, you will know what you need to do and when you need to do it. And as you work hard to make a podcast that makes money, time will soon stop.
The belief that you lack the skills or experience necessary to succeed as a podcaster or that you don’t belong in the industry at all is another major obstacle that many podcasters encounter.
But the best thing about podcasting is that all of your worries about it are either unfounded or can be taught. To start, you only have to convince yourself.
Many podcasters feel this way because of three main things:
Doesn’t it bother you that some entry-level jobs require a lifetime of experience? Thanks to podcasting, though, that’s not a problem. Anyone can start at any time. Your life experience is all you need to make a podcast that is interesting and unique.
The best news is… The best way to get over these feelings of inexperience is to practice. All good things take time and practice. Good things take time and work to get better at. So start early and give yourself the time required to be an industry expert.
Self-doubt is often caused by not having enough faith in one’s own skills or in oneself. You might listen to your favorite podcast and think how clever it is, but you might also wonder if you could make something as good. It can be scary to try something new, like making podcasts, because it takes time, planning, and learning new skills.
First of all, don’t try to be like any other podcast. In its own way, your podcast will be great. Take solace in the fact that you are the only one who can make your podcast as great as you want it to be. A podcaster with a lot of experience could take your idea for a podcast and mess it up because it’s your idea and only you can do it justice.
It’s important to remember that your confidence will grow as you practice podcasting and get better at it. You’ll start to feel better about the end result, which will make you feel better. So take the time to really get into the experience and give yourself and your podcast room to grow naturally.
Imposter syndrome is the last thing we’ll look at. When you first start podcasting, you might feel like you don’t belong. When you try something new for the first time, it always throws you off a bit. Just keep in mind that everyone in podcasting is trying different things until they find what works for them. You should do the same.
Your podcast will be different from the rest because it will be based on you as a person: your life experiences, outlook on the world, interests, and goals. Every podcast is different because every person is unique. Enjoy the fact that everyone in podcasting is trying out the water to see how well they can swim, just like you. Podcasts are for everyone, so they also belong to you.
The third problem that many podcasters run into is the equipment. Some people think that you have to be a multibillionaire to be technologically advanced like Bruce Wayne or Tony Stark. Thankfully, that is not the situation. You might only need a laptop, a good microphone, and a good set of headphones to start your podcast.
Really, that’s all you need to know! A good microphone to send all of that great content, a laptop to record and edit the final product, and a pair of headphones to listen to the sound while recording!
You’ll be able to find equipment that fits your needs and your budget because there are so many options. A common misconception about podcasting is that you need a big studio to get things done. Even though a studio would be great, all you really need is a quiet place, like your closet.
You can’t let podcasting equipment get in the way, as you can see.
4. Podcasting is Too Technical
Yes, podcasting does require you to master some technical elements. It is a form in which the script, the sound, and the editing all come together to make one amazing thing.
But what’s great about this is that podcasting is a skill. This means you can learn it and get better at it over time. You just need to give yourself time to learn the skills you need to make a great podcast.
When it comes to the technical side of podcasting, the editing process is the most difficult part.
Yes, editing does take time, and the first few times will be hard. But once you get the hang of things, it will be fun to edit your podcast as you get better at it and master the skill.
Remember that “all good things come to those who wait” and “hard work pays off.” I know these are old sayings, but when it comes to the technical side of podcasting, they are so true. Don’t be afraid to put in time and effort to get better at making podcasts. Schedule time in your planner to take free podcast courses and learn how to use your editing software, and you’ll become a podcasting technical whiz.
On their way, podcasters also have to figure out how to make money from their work. In particular, “Will I actually be able to make money from my show?”
And the clear answer is “Yes!” When it comes to making money from your podcast, you have a lot of options.
Ads are the most used method. 28% of Americans, or more than 80 million people, listen to podcasts every week. Because podcasts have such a large audience, advertisers are looking for ways to market their products through podcasts. Advertisers have actually helped podcasting grow into the multibillion-dollar industry it is today.
Subscriptions are another way to make money that works well. People pay a certain amount to listen to your content. So, as the size of your audience grows, so does your chance of making a lot of money through ads and subscriptions.
6. Creativity/Fresh Content
Now, let’s talk about the problem of creativity, or more specifically, the fear that you’ll run out of ideas one day.
You may have a great idea for your podcast and have no doubts about how well it will do at first. But the question is: What do you do next? Will you have enough in your creativity tank to keep making great content for your audience?
- You Got This
Well, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t keep coming up with great ideas, but here’s a short list to get you started:
- Listen to other podcasts. This will help you come up with new ideas and keep you up to date on podcasting trends.
- Ask the people in your group or community what they want to hear. You already know who you want to reach, so now find out what kind of content they want. You can do this through surveys, questionnaires, or by looking at the platforms that your target market uses most.
- Bring half-cooked ideas back. Never give up on an idea. Instead, go back to them when you can’t think of anything else to do when you’re stuck. Time gives you a new point of view, which may help you find value in ideas you had forgotten.
- Have fun with other things. Even if you make podcasts, that doesn’t mean that’s the only way you should listen to or read content. Watch a movie, read a book, or listen to music. Your next creative spark could come from a quote you remember.
- Blogs and podcast newsletters can be signed up for. Again, staying up to date on what’s going on may make you want to join the movement.
- Always keep coming back to why. The best place to get your mojo back is to think about why you do your podcast. Once you’re in the loop of making content, it’s easy to forget what your main goal is. If you think about why you started your podcast, you may find that your creativity is flowing again.
7.Keeping yourself going
The final item on our list of what may be difficult when podcasting is trying to stay motivated. You may get stuck in a rut, feeling uninspired. Your listener numbers may be decreasing, leaving you demotivated. How are you supposed to overcome this?
Well, one way of staying motivated is by making sure that your podcast is succeeding in every way. This means producing amazing content and sharing that content with as many people as possible. It is difficult to be demotivated when your numbers and revenue are steadily increasing.
Engaging with your audience is another great way to keep yourself going. Find out what they think and feel about your podcast. This will help you see things from a different point of view and may show you things you can change or do better.
Do not procrastinate. Idle hands can be very dangerous. Try to keep yourself busy and focused on getting things done by the dates you’ve set.
Also, if you’re tired or worn out, take a break. Your mind and body both need a break and a chance to recharge. When you come back from your break, you’ll feel refreshed and ready to take on new challenges.
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