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Podcasting For Dummies, 3rd Edition

Book Description

Produce a podcast like the pros

More people than ever are turning to podcasts for on-demand, mobile entertainment and information. Podcasting For Dummies offers a fast and easy way to get the know-how you need to produce and distribute one of your very own. Written by a pair of podcasting pioneers, this book shares insight on the technology behind recording, editing, and sharing podcasts, along with tips and tricks on how to produce a pro-level podcast.

Podcasting has enjoyed a recent boom thanks to a new crop of hit podcasts catching the ears of the public and media along with the continued growth of mobile and streaming devices as a source for entertainment. If you want to jump on the podcasting bandwagon, you've come to the right place! In this fully updated edition, would-be and experienced podcasters alike will get all the tech information, production insight, and promotional tips they need to either get a podcast off the ground or improve on an existing one.

  • Get the gear you need
  • Find your podcasting voice
  • Find and build an audience
  • Plan your podcast

New tools have made it easier than ever to create a podcast—and this book shows you how.

Table of Contents

    1. Cover
    2. Foreword
    3. Introduction
      1. About This Book
      2. How to Use This Book
      3. Conventions Used in This Book
      4. Bold Assumptions
      5. How This Book Is Organized
      6. Icons Used in This Book
      7. Beyond the Book
      8. Where to Go from Here
    4. Part 1: Podcasting on a Worldwide Frequency
      1. Chapter 1: Getting the Scoop on Podcasting
        1. Deciding Whether Podcasting Is for You
        2. Creating a Podcast
        3. Catching a Cast with Your Podcatching Client
        4. Quest for Podcasts
        5. Other Podcast Resources
      2. Chapter 2: Getting the Gadgets That Make a Podcast Go
        1. Finding the Right Mic
        2. Podcasts Well with Others: The Mixing Board
        3. Accessorize! Accessorize! Accessorize!
      3. Chapter 3: Building Your Podcast’s Digital Workstation
        1. Budget-Friendly Software
        2. The Sky’s the Limit: Big-Budget Software
        3. Gluing It Together with RSS
        4. Podcast Management 101
      4. Chapter 4: Go, Go, Power Podcasters!
        1. Podcasting with Your Laptop
        2. Podcasting with Your Mobile Devices
        3. Podcasting with Portable Recorders
        4. From Cloud to Computer: Portable Audio Workflow
    5. Part 2: The Hills Are Alive with the Sound of Podcasting
      1. Chapter 5: Before You Hit the Record Button
        1. Choosing a Unique Topic for Your Podcast
        2. Finding Your Voice
        3. What If I Hear More than One Voice?
        4. Deciding Whether You Need an Outline or Script
        5. Determining a Length for Your Show
        6. Mark Your Calendar: Posting Schedule
        7. I Hear Music (And It Sounds like Police Sirens!)
      2. Chapter 6: Interview-Fu: Talk to Me, Grasshopper
        1. I’ll Have My People Call Your People: Interview Requests
        2. Preparing for Interviews
        3. Recording Interviews with Skype
        4. Prepping Your Green Room for Guests
        5. Ensuring Trouble-Free Recordings
      3. Chapter 7: So What Are You Waiting For? Record, Already!
        1. Did Your Sound Check Clear the Bank?
        2. Noises Off: Capturing Ambient Noise
        3. Now Take Your Time and Hurry Up: Pacing and Clock Management
        4. Concerning Tangents and Their Val — Oh, Look, a Butterfly!
        5. Recording!
      4. Chapter 8: Cleanup, Podcast Aisle 7!
        1. A Few Reasons to Consider Editing
        2. The Art of Editing
        3. Making Your Musical Bed and Lying in It: Background Music
        4. Making an Entrance: Intros
        5. Exit, Stage Left: Outros
      5. Chapter 9: Roll Camera: Video Podcasting
        1. When to Go Video
        2. The Price of Pretty Pictures
        3. Lock and Load (Your Camera): Planning Your Shooting Schedule
        4. iTarantino: Creating with iMovie
        5. DV on the PC: Podcasting with Adobe Premiere
        6. And We’re Live! — Video Podcasting in the Moment
    6. Part 3: So You’ve Got This Great Recording of Your Voice: Now What?
      1. Chapter 10: Shrink That Puppy and Slap a Label on It
        1. A Kilobit of Me, and a Whole Lot of You: Understanding Kbps
        2. Care for a Sample, Sir? (Audio Sample Rates)
        3. ID3 Tags: The 411 of Podcasting
        4. Album Art: Getting Graphic with Your Podcast
      2. Chapter 11: Move It on Up (To Your Web Server)
        1. Adopting an Effective Filenaming Convention
        2. Understanding How FTP Works
        3. Making Your Connection with an FTP Application
        4. Uploading to a Podcast-Specific Host
      3. Chapter 12: Providing Show Notes
        1. Show Note Etiquette
        2. Planning the Post
        3. Posting Your Show Notes
        4. Boosting Search Engine Rankings with Good Show Notes
    7. Part 4: Start Spreadin’ the News about Your Podcast
      1. Chapter 13: Speaking Directly to Your Peeps
        1. Gathering Listener Feedback
        2. Fostering Comments on Your Blog
        3. Focusing on Online Forums
        4. Social Media
        5. Using Voicemail
        6. Seeking Out the Comments of Others
        7. When the Comments Are Less than Good
      2. Chapter 14: Fishing for Listeners
        1. Getting Your Podcast Ready for Promotion
        2. Exploring Various Advertising Options
        3. Promoting Your Podcast
    8. Part 5: Pod-sibilities to Consider for Your Show
      1. Chapter 15: Show Me the Money
        1. How Much Money Can You Make?
        2. Convincing Advertisers to Give You Money
        3. Getting a Sponsor
        4. Asking Your Listeners for Money
        5. Handling Fee-Based Subscriptions
      2. Chapter 16: Podcasting for Publicity
        1. Podcasting and Politics
        2. Telling the World a Story, One Podcast at a Time
        3. Keeping Good Company: Community Podcasts
      3. Chapter 17: Podcasting for Passion
        1. The Philosophical Question for All Podcasters: Why Do We Do It?
        2. Holding Interest: Keeping a Podcast’s Passion Alive
        3. When Podcasting, Be like Bruce Lee
    9. Part 6: The Part of Tens
      1. Chapter 18: Ten Types of Podcasts to Check Out
        1. Tech Podcasts
        2. Independent Media Podcasts
        3. Science Podcasts
        4. Self-Development Podcasts
        5. Comedy Podcasts
        6. Slice-of-Life Podcasts
        7. Gaming Podcasts
        8. Podcasts of the Pen
        9. Geek Podcasts
        10. Podcasts about … Podcasting
      2. Chapter 19: Top Ten Reasons Why to Podcast
        1. You Are Considered a Subject Matter Expert
        2. You Are Passionate about the Subject
        3. You’ve Got a Creative Itch to Scratch
        4. You Like Playing with Tech Toys
        5. Bring Your Friends Together
        6. All the Cool Kids Are Doing It
        7. I Can Do More
        8. Bring Out the Best in You
        9. Talk to Interesting People
        10. The Ultimate Thrill Ride
    10. About the Authors
    11. Advertisement Page
    12. Connect with Dummies
    13. End User License Agreement