How To Start a Successful Podcast

It has been a decade since we started this blog, and nearly four years since we started our podcast. Since then, we’ve learned a lot about what it takes to create a successful podcast. With more than 50 million downloads and 6,000 listener reviews, The Minimalists Podcast is often the #1 Health podcast on Apple Podcasts in eight countries, and it occasionally charts in the Top 10 of all shows.

Because we receive countless emails about how to start a podcast, we decided to collect all our knowledge in this blog post. We worked with our producer, Podcast Shawn, to create the following step-by-step instructions for how to start a podcast, followed by an in-depth pre-production, production, and post-production analysis for exactly how we record and release our podcast.

How to Start a Podcast in 5 Steps:

  1. Purchase a quality microphone
  2. Select the right recording equipment
  3. Choose an editing program
  4. Find an inexpensive hosting platform
  5. Record and upload your first episode

We will expand on all five steps in the following section, including the exact equipment and software we use today, as well as examples of equipment we’ve used in the past.


Start a Podcast: 5 Detailed Steps

Here’s a step-by-step overview of how we started our podcast. This is how to become a podcaster in five simple steps.

Step 1: Purchase a quality microphone


When you think of podcasting, the first thing you probably think of is the microphone. It is the symbol of the broadcast. But what microphone should you use? How important is your microphone selection? What are the best microphones for a new podcast?

Beginner Microphones

Yes, it’s important to have a high-quality microphone. But a good mic isn’t as expensive as you might think. When we started The Minimalists Podcast, we used two different microphones (because there are two of us):

Although both microphones are inexpensive, they’re both powerful. And they certainly don’t sound like “starter” mics. Although we found the Rode Podcaster to be slightly richer, either option will give you studio-quality audio on a minimalist budget. Because both mics are USB (and they arrive with the necessary USB cables), they can plug directly into your computer without the need for additional external recording equipment (we’ll discuss equipment in step 2 below).

Professional Microphones

After a few years of successful podcast recordings using the Blue Yeti and Rode Podcaster, we upgraded to the industry-standard professional…

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