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Free Podcaster & Creator Resources For COVID-19

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I just wanted to let you know about some of the resources available for podcasters (new or existing), creators, and small businesses during this time of uncertainty.

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Monetary Help

ConvertKit

They made a Creator fund to help creators in this time of need. They will give up to $500 to help cover anything: rent, child care, groceries, medical, whatever.

A handful of other companies have contributed to the fund. They have received a ton of applications and if you’re in a position to donate to the fund you can reach out to their COO Barrett Brooks (barrett at convertkit.com) to arrange that.

SBA

This changed quickly. If you’re a small business in the US, there are now a couple of different programs to pay for employees, rent, or any expenses if you have been negatively impacted.

Gravy has an excellent post and webinar to help explain things.

You can also visit the SBA site to learn more.

Software

Zencastr

Zencastr is giving you unlimited guests and recording time on the free Hobby plan for their remote recording software.

Buzzsprout

Buzzsprout is offering free Pro accounts for:

  • School or college moving classes online
  • Federal, state, or municipal government
  • Any non-profit or charity working to combat COVID-19
  • Other requests on a case-by-case basis

You just need to create a new podcast or account – it’s free/no CC needed – and apply by clicking the COVID-19 button in the header. See the blog post with more details here.

Whooshkaa

Whooshkaa is an Australian podcast hosting company and is offering free private podcasting to schools K-12 worldwide. Rode also partnered with them to offer equipment in Australia. Apply Here.

ConvertKit

They updated their free plan to let you send broadcast emails up to 500 subscribers and are giving you access to two of their paid courses. Sign up here.

Anchor

Anchor is a great podcast hosting option for kids and teachers. It’s free, can be used 100% mobile, and is a great way to learn.

Courses

Smart From Scratch

Pat Flynn of SPI is giving away Smart From Scratch: How to Find a Winning Business Idea & Land Your First Customer. It’s normally $249.

Blogging For Business

Ahrefs is giving away Blogging For Business, a $799 course, for free. I’ve gone through part of this course and it’s excellent.

Moz Academy

Moz is giving free access to their courses through the end of May, 2020. You can learn everything you ever wanted to know about SEO all in one place.

Here’s the post announcing this and you can sign up for the Moz Academy here. Use promo code wegotthis when signing up.

Social Brilliant

Social Brilliant is a course from the social media company Meet Edgar. It’s normally $199 but you can sign up for free right now.

The first paragraph of the sales page explains it best:

Social Brilliant is a step-by-step guide for creating the most effective social media marketing for entrepreneurs.

Designed by Laura Roeder, this course will teach you Laura’s secrets for how she used social media marketing to create a 7-figure-per-year business.

Crush Your Content

Pete of Do You Even Blog is providing access to Crush Your Content: A course for online entrepreneurs, bloggers, podcasters, & YouTubers looking to triple their productivity.

Guides On This Site

There is a search feature on this site. Just click the magnifying glass in the menu to search.

Here are a handful of the most popular free guides and posts:

How To Start A Podcast

How To Start a WordPress Blog

Podcast Recording Software

Remote Recording Software

Best Webinar Platforms (just published)

How To Make Money Podcasting (some options, like in-person events, might not apply right now, but many of them do)

Deals Page – I only post deals from companies that I trust and have used or vetted

There are lots of guides around microphones if you want to record from your phone or just have a better mic for your Zoom calls now that you’re working from home:

Lastly, if you have any questions or need help with anything, please email me @ ross@podcastinsights.com and I’ll do my best to help you out.


Article By Ross Winn

Ross Winn is the founder of Podcast Insights, the industry-leading podcast education site. He has helped thousands of people start and grow a podcast and loves to test out new gear and software.
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