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How to Start a Podcast?

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Isn’t it a chaos?

You know you have something to share with your audience, and the best way to do the same is, deliver your ideas in audio format. Still, you don’t know how to do it.

Is the above situation haunting your mind?

Then, you have stumbled on the right place as I am going to share how to create a podcast.

Are you ready to dive into the details? Here you go!

How to Start a Podcast?

Starting a podcast is no brainer. If you figured out the topic and framed the way of delivering, you are a few steps away from going on-air. In case you are in the phase of searching for ideas, you should move a long way to publish the podcast.

Don’t worry!

I am going to walk you through how to do everything podcast.

What is a Podcast?

Before diving deep into the creation part, I want you to know what exactly a podcast is.

If you Google ‘what is a podcast’, you will get the following definition.

A digital audio file made available on the Internet for downloading to a computer or portable media player, typically available as a series, new installments of which can be received by subscribers automatically.

So yeah, the podcast is an audio series in which you talk about a common topic (sometimes different though). Most of the popular podcasters usually take it as a medium to interview industry experts to share in-depth details about their work and other info with the subscribers.

You know the answer for ‘what is podcast’ now, don’t you?

Now, it’s time to dig deep into the core of this article.

How to Make a Podcast?

Making a podcast for the first time may seem like a tedious task to you due to the planning involved. You need to plan everything in advance before turning the microphone on. That’s why I have divided this section into different parts.

Find the different podcast creation steps below.

Determine the Purpose

First, you have to figure out why you want to create a podcast. People create podcasts mostly for the following uses.

  • Repurpose your website content
  • Interview industry experts
  • Share information to the audience through a convenient medium
  • Bring out news about any particular genre
  • Publish talk shows or music shows
  • Organize debates

You can come up with a creative idea if you want.

Grab the Requirements

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After determining the purpose of your podcast, you need to buy some devices to record your voice and make it perfect.

The first thing you need is a microphone.

Wait! You have an attached mic on your headphone, don’t you? Most of the times, the mic with your headphone does not come up to expectations. And, you should buy a dedicated one to serve the need.

Just head over to a shop or e-commerce website and grab one for yourself.

The second thing is a headphone itself. In order to listen even to the subtle flaws and noises in your recording, you need to have a quality headphone.

There stop the hardware requirements.

Other two things I suggest are software; an audio editor and a tag editor/ creator.

Audacity is the one I use and always recommend. You can use it for free to edit and record your voice. For the audio tag editor, you can go for Kid3Tag Editor (available for free on SourceForge). Once you got the hardware requirements, it is time to record the audio. Here is How to Record Audio on Mac.

Make an Outline

So, you have all the things needed to record the podcast and edit the audio.

The next step is to make an outline of what you are going to talk about. If the podcast is a repurposing kind, ensure that you have got extra details, which aren’t present in the original version.

In case you want to host a talk show or an interview, decide to whom you will be talking.

There’s nothing wrong in scripting the whole scenario as well.

You have to make your mind about the length and frequency of the podcasts along with where you need to upload the audio files.

Recording and Editing the Audio

The pivotal part of creating a podcast is nothing but the sound recording.

Most of the operating systems come with a preinstalled audio recorder. But I recommend recording with the option given on the interface of your audio editor as it is convenient to edit.

In case you are recording your voice for the first time, rehearse a few times to make the audio sound good to hear. If the podcast includes multiple individuals, they need to be a part of the trials.

Make sure you are in a quiet room for the recording. And, never interrupt one while they talk as it will end up in noise collision and discomfort.

When the recording is complete, you can remove the background noise with a simple tweak (only in Audacity). You should leave a few seconds without any sound at the beginning of the audio.

Select the blank space first and follow Effects>> Noise Reduction>> Get Noise Profile

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Now, select the whole audio graph and go to Noise Reduction>> Ok. Do it for 2-3 times. Don’t forget to export the file to MP3.

So you read the half of this article, and I hope you will never ask ‘how to start a podcast’ to anyone. If you have any interview or a video that you wanted to add in your Podcast, you should be have some basic video editing skills. Here is how to extract audio from Video.

Editing the Audio Tags

I hope you have an audio tag editor. If you don’t, just download one NOW.

Open the audio file on it and create tags. You should have an album art too.

Uploading the File

You need to upload your file in a convenient channel to make it a podcast.

There are two options to do this; your own server or another medium. For the first choice, you have to pay some hefty amount, and it may slow down the loading speed of your sites. And, for the second choice, you can go either for a free solution or a paid one.

I chose Google Drive here.

You should have a Google account to use it.

Go to drive.google.com. Then, choose New>> File Upload. There you go.

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Right click on the uploaded file and select Get Shareable Link. Don’t forget to copy the link for the next step.

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Also Read: – How to Use Apple Thunderbolt Display with PC?

Creating an RSS Feed

iTunes is the medium most of the people use to search for podcasts. And, it needs an RSS feed to show a podcast on their lists.

Follow the method I listed below to create an RSS feed for free at once.

Go to blogger.com and create a new blog. You can do it in a few minutes without any issues.

Now, go to Settings>> Other and check Enable Title Links and Enclosure Links is enabled.

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And, click on New post from the left navigation bar. Publish a post with a link to your podcast file. You have to title the post with your podcast name.

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Now, go to feeburner.com, insert your blog URL, tick I am a podcaster and burn the feed.

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Publishing Your Podcast on iTunes

If you are looking for how to start a podcast on iTunes, here’s your thing.

Download iTunes on your computer and create an Apple ID. Visit this guide to read about getting one.

And, use this direct link to podcast submission page. Start with pasting your feed URL and finish the process.

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Apple will send you an email once the podcast is approved.

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Wrapping Up

I hope you know how to run a podcast now. Apart from all these initial setups, branding still plays an important role. Whenever we talk about branding, Logo is the first thing came to mind. So here is how to create your own logo. Start with basic then get advance.

Make sure to share interesting stuff and be regular. You will create an engaging audience base with time.

All the best.

Rahul is a freelance writer and blogger from India. He is an avid reader who finds immense pleasure in creating cool pieces of content.

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  1. akshaykattam

    July 7, 2016 at 9:36 am

    Hi Rahul,
    A cool post, really podcasts have become a new trend in blogging, many of the readers are also showing interests in listening rather than reading a article, you have made easy by giving exact directions to create podcast, thank you for sharing the information.

    • Rahul Krishnan

      July 8, 2016 at 11:43 am

      Hey Akshay,
      Yes. Podcasts have become a trend now.
      But Pat Flynn has been doing it since long now. And, his podcast has grabbed the attention of tons of people.
      Absolutely! A lot of people have indifference towards reading. But the case is different when it comes to audio and video.
      I am glad you stopped by.
      Keep visiting.
      Regards,
      Rahul

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How to Host a Web server From Home PC for Your Website

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Here is trick or you can say a tutorial on How To Host a Web server from Home PC.

Turn your PC  into a web server and share files like documents, pictures and many other things with the people you want, or just Host a Website From Home via converting that simple home PC into a complete web server. 

So lets us learn, but before doing the thing, we will see is converting that home PC into a web server is it worth? well, let's find out.

Why you should learn how to host a webserver:

Learning how to host a web server from Home PC can be okay, but is it really required. Here are some legit reasons you should consider turning your home PC into a webserver.

  • If you have some files on that computer that are important for your work, you could access these files from anywhere provided you have an internet connection.
  • If you have some files to share with your friends or relatives, so rather uploading these files on other sites, you could just convert the PC into a web server.
  • This is the strongest point, you want to host a web server for your website and using things like FTP, DNS, etc is too hard for you. So just set up a local web server at your home, within seconds and host your website without spending any buck. So you can Host a Web server from Home with this tweak.

These were some of the reasons you consider this tutorial of How to Host a web server from Home PC, important and well as interesting as it could save you some extra bucks, as you could just host a website from home without any hard work.

Let's Begin (Host your Website from Home):

This is a very simple trick, even dummies could do it, in just a couple of minutes. But before learning How to host a web server, you should download this tool Opera Unit.

And also install it on the PC you want to make web server off. And you are done. You are now running a web server from home to host your website at your home, or rather for other functions I mentioned above.

You just need to configure some files and folders, you are willing to share with others over the internet, via your hosted web server.

Now start the Opera Browser and just enable the Opera Unite service from the lower left corner of the window.

Now click on the File Sharing link and select which folder you are willing to share via your hosted web server from home. Now any file or folder within this folder will be shared on your configured web server.

You can use any public URL or rather set a password if you are not willing to share those files with the public.

The advantage of this tool is that it does not download or upload any of your files, it will just make it access gateway through your machine.

This was a tutorial on how to host a web server from home PC for your website and hence host a website from home. Hope you liked it.

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How to Recover Deleted Photos from Your iPhone

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Well, being a big fan of iOS over Android, I just love the devices manufactured by Apple.inc. I am also an iPhone user so whenever I have some free time I just keep searching for useful iPhone and iOS tricks.

I just learnt a really helpful trick, which will help you recover all your deleted pics on your iPhone.

This comes in really very handy when you have to transfer some important things through your friends iPhone to yours using Bluetooth, but your device's memory is full.

So in such a situation you can delete the pics in your iPhone and transfer the data and then recover the pics back once easily using this trick.

This trick will also help you if you tend to delete the pics accidentally. So as iPhone doesn't come with a trash bin where the deleted pics are sent, you need to learn this trick in order to restore them.

Follow these steps:-

1. Firstly download and install the software named iPhone Data Recovery. You can easily download this software from HERE

2. Once you have installed the software successfully, open up the software in your pc.

3. Now connect your iPhone to your pc

4. Once it shows that your iPhone is successfully connected, just enter the DFU mode

5. Once you enter the DFU mode (it may take up several minutes to enter the DFU mode after clicking), it takes time as it will scan your complete phone data and show up all the folder on the screen.

6. As the scan completes you can easily see all the deleted photos and can select the ones you need to recover.

7. After you have selected the photos that you want to recover, simply click on the RECOVER button on the left corner.

8. Now disconnect your phone and open gallery, you will notice that the photos that you selected would have been recovered.

The software being used is completely safe, I have personally used it and can assure you that it will not add any kind of spyware or viruses to your system. I have seen that most of the users are a bit reluctant for using any kind of third-party software for such tricks.

However such tricks without a third-party software won't be possible because iOS is a closed source software, so it is not that easy to make a change to the system files, well such things can be done without software in Android as its an open source software.

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How To Run Whatsapp On The Computer?

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WhatsApp needs no prior introduction. It's so far the most used and the most popular instant messaging application, for mobile operating system's out there.

What makes WhatsApp so popular is the fact that it's a cross-platform messaging application, and that you don't need to create any specific account, in order to use WhatsApp.

 All you need is the mobile phone numbers of you and your friends.

The only limitation or disadvantage, that could be pointed out of WhatsApp was that it has no desktop software or desktop client. Hence, you need a Smartphone with WhatsApp support in order to use the application.

Well, that would no more be a barrier :D. Because now you can use WhatsApp on the computer. Even though there is no official WhatsApp Desktop-App, you can use WhatsApp on the computer with the help of third-party software called “BlueStacks“.

Bluesharks is not an exclusive WhatsApp Client for Windows. You can run any Android application on Windows computers using the BlueShacks software.

Today, we are here with a small tutorial on how to install and use WhatsApp on the computer using the Bluestacks software.

Minimum System Requirements For Installing Bluestacks Software:

To run the Bluestacks software on your computer, there are some minimum system requirements. Like:

  • You need administrator access to your computer.
  • Your computer must be running at least Windows XP Service Pack 3.
  • Your computer must have at least .Net framework 2.0
  • Your computer must have at least 2 GB of RAM.
  • Your computer must have a C: Drive as the default storage location.
  • You need a compatible VGA.

If your computer meets the minimum system requirements to install the Bluestacks software, then below is how you can install the software and run WhatsApp on the computer.

How To Install Bluestacks And Run WhatsApp On The Computer?

Below is the detailed tutorial on how to install bluestacks and run WhatsApp on the computer:

  • Download the bluestacks software installer for your computer from here.
  • After you download the bluestacks software installer, run the installer.
  • When you begin the installation process, set and enable all app store settings.
  • After installing the bluestacks software, visit their official site [the site from where you downloaded the installer] and upgrade it completely.
  • After you have finished the installation, launch the application from your desktop.
  • From the main home screen of the Bluestacks software, you'll see a Search bar.
  • Click on the search bar, and type in “WhatsApp” as the search query.
  • Now click on the install button, to install WhatsApp Messenger to your computer.
  • Before beginning the installation process, you'll need to login to your Google Account. Log in with your credentials. If you don't have a Google Account, you'll need to create one.
  • After the installation of the WhatsApp Messenger ends, launch the WhatsApp application.
  • As usual, you'll need to agree with their Terms and Policies and then you'll need to enter your mobile number with country code [ ex: +91].
  • After entering your mobile number, WhatsApp will now send an automated message to your mobile number with a verification code.
  • Enter that verification code to the WhatsApp application on your computer, and you're done!

Now to add new contacts to your WhatsApp application on the computer, you'll need to add the mobile number of your contact with his/her country code. You can perform any usual tasks using the WhatsApp on the computer.

I hope you found this simple tutorial helpful. If you have any doubts or suggestions, please leave it as a comment below! 🙂

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How To Setup Google Chromecast On Your Television?

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The “Breakfast With Sundar Pichai” Google event that happened a few days back, gave us some great new releases.

Namely the new Nexus 7 Android tablet, Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and the Google Chromecast. We were already expecting the release of the next generation Nexus 7 and the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean announcement.

However, the announcement of the Google Chrome cast dongle was by surprise.

And indeed, it received a great amount of positive response from people around the globe. And within just a few hours of the announcement, many online stores went out of stock for supplying the Google Chromecast Dongle.

And this itself shows, how positively the new dongle was welcomed by users.

The Google Chromecast Dongle is a simple USB Device, that can turn any TV into a Smart TV [if it has a HDMI/USB port]. By using the Google Chromecast Dongle, you can play and stream any video from your YouTube or Netflix account directly to your Television, without having any cables or any other devices hanging around, just using the Google Chromecast Dongle.

If you've recently purchased the Google Chromecast Dongle and if you are in need of some online tutorial on how to start using this Google Chromecast Dongle, then here we are to help you out.

Today, we're here with a detailed tutorial on how to install and start using this Google Chromecast.

How Does The Google Chromecast Function?

Before we go through the setup process of the Google Chromecast, we should know that how does this dongle function.

Well, the Google Chromecast dongle is WIFI enabled. Hence during the setup process, you'll need to connect it to your WIFI network, to enjoy its functionality.

After you connect your Google Chromecast using your WIFI network, anyone who uses the same WIFI connection can stream their content directly through your Television.

So anyone using a Chromecast supported application can stream their content through your Television, provided that they're connected to the same WIFI network as your Chromecast dongle.

You can stream videos from YouTube, Netflix or even using the Chrome extension.

And using the chrome extension, you can even browse the web through your television and perform any apparent online task. As the API for the Google Chromecast is available for developers, you can see more and more applications with Google Chromecast support, in the near future.

What Do You Get With Your Google Chromecast Package?

Once you receive your Google Chromecast Package, below are the things that you can find inside your package box:

  • The Chromecast HDMI Dongle.
  • A USB Power adaptor.
  • An external adapter plug.

As you might have noticed, you also receive an external USB power cable, other than your Google Chromecast Dongle. Its because the Chromecast dongle has an HDMI power port, and some televisions do not have an electric-powered HDMI port.

Which means, these HDMI ports won't be able to power the dongle.  In such cases, you can use the external electric power adaptor that's included, to run the Google Chromecast dongle.

But, if you have an electric powered HDMI port on your television, you can plug in the dongle directly, without the need of an external power adaptor.

How To Setup Google Chromecast On Your Television?

Now let's move on to the setup process. Actually, setting up your Google Chromecast Dongle is a very easy task and can be performed under 5 minutes!

Yet if you're confused on how to set up Google Chromecast on your Television, then below is the detailed tutorial on how to set up Google Chromecast on your Television:

  • First of all, connect the Google Chromecast Dongle to your Television. You can refer to the above section to know how to do so.
  • Now, most probably your Television must have automatically detected the Google Chromecast. Else, change the HDMI input from your Television manually.
  • And now, you need to follow through the on-screen instructions.
  • During the setup process, first, you'll be asked to name your Chromecast dongle. This name must be chosen while streaming the content to your Television.
  • And then, you'll be prompted to connect the Chromecast dongle to your home WIFI network. You'll need to connect your Smartphone or any other devices to the same WIFI network as your Chromecast dongle, in order to stream the content.
  • And finally, complete up your setup process and you're good to go!

Again, the streaming speed will depend on your internet connection speed.

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How to Find Someone On Facebook Without Logging In

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With more than 1.5 billion users, Facebook has been something beyond a mere social media website. You have to be very lucky to find a friend who doesn’t use Facebook. This popularity has been helping people for a while now.

Many children have got their parents back only through Facebook. And, today I am here to share helpful info with you that’s how to find someone on Facebook without logging in.

You may think that it’s not possible. But you are wrong! To find someone, you don’t have to be online.

How to Find Someone On Facebook Without Logging In

I am going to share five different methods on Facebook search for people without logging in. Don’t think these processes need geeky people to get it done. You can do it without any help from others within a few minutes.

Are you ready to know how to find someone on Facebook without logging in? Here we go.

Method 1. Search on Google

Google is everyone’s go- to- place when we have to search for something. That’s why I am starting with this method. You can quickly find public profiles on Google with a specific search operator.

If you are a blogger, you may probably know that there are several search operators available for Google to make every search query satisfying. Follow the steps given below to find anyone on Facebook.

Step 1: Go to google.com and click on the searching text field to enter text.

Step 2: Type “sitename:facebook first name last name” without quotes. Replace the first name and last name with the complete name of the person you want to search for.

Step 3: Press Enter or click the Google search button. You can see the search results and obviously you will get what you are looking for, as the first result.

Check the image given below to have an idea. I have searched for Kulwant Nagi, and I got his Facebook profile without any worry.

Method 2: Use People Search from Facebook

The best idea to find someone on Facebook is to use Facebook itself. Fortunately, Facebook has been providing a People Search service for a while now. You can use this service to find anyone.

Follow the steps given below to find people on Facebook right away.

Step 1: Go to Facebook People Search by clicking here. You can see a text field to enter the name and some alphabets beneath it.

Step 2: Alphabets can be used to find popular profiles as you can’t find an ordinary person using them.

Step 3: Type the name of that person ( the one you are looking for) into the field given. Then, click the search button right next to the field. Or else, you can press Enter key.

Step 4: You can see a page up to 10 people matching the name you have inserted. If you don’t see the exact person you want, try the process after adding the city, educational qualification or any detail you know about him/ her. It will increase the process of ending up in right result.

Hurray! That’s all.

Method 3: Use Social Searcher

Some people don’t like using Facebook. So they choose to stick with other social networks only. In such occasion, searching only on Facebook doesn’t help. So, you have to search on every network altogether.

Social Searcher is the solution here. You can search for almost every popular network.

Step 1: Go to social- searcher.com. It’s the tool to find social profiles.

Step 2: You will be provided with a text field. To find a social profile, you don’t have to log in or provide access to of your social media accounts.

Step 3: Insert the name of a person or brand you want to find the social media profile or page. Then, press Enter.

That’s all. You will find profiles from at least ten social media accounts.

Method 4: Use Facebook Directory

Sometimes, you may have to look for pages, topics or places. Facebook provides another tool for this. It’s Facebook directory.

Click here to visit Facebook directory. There, you can see a search field. There, you can see three tabs including people, pages and places. Click on the one you want to search.

Then, type the name and press Enter. That’s all. Unlike Facebook people search, you will see pages, people or places with matching names.

But you can’t find every profile using this option. Why because it is possible to prevent Facebook bots from fetching a profile with a simple privacy tweak on the account settings.

Method 5: Use a Browser Extension

I have already given you four methods that help you find anyone on Facebook even without logging in. I hope you make use of it easily. If you find none of them is convenient for you, you can use this method.

Here, I am going to introduce a browser extension to you using which you can find anyone on Facebook. As Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox are the two popular browsers, I have chosen one that’s available for both of them.

Use the links given below to download the browser extension. (I have specified Chrome and Firefox extensions).

Chrome Link

Firefox Link

After the download, you can see that the extension gets added to the browser. Use the icon on the toolbar to find anyone on Facebook.

That’s all. You have got five easy methods for finding someone on Facebook without logging in.

Wrapping Up

I have given you five methods. I hope each of them is very easy for you to get done.

If you like to go with Facebook’s tools for this purpose, you have to log in. But all of the basic details can be seen as a guest.

All of the services I have given here use Facebook’s API. So, you can see only that info that is set public.

I think everything is clear now. If you still have any doubt, feel free to ask via the comment form down below.

Also, share this post with your peeps on social media.

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