Podcasting isn’t too hard to learn, but there are quite a few steps you will need to follow in order to start a podcast.
Following a proven podcasting course will teach you everything you need to know in a step-by-step fashion.
Podcast memberships are great because they usually have many different topics that you can easily watch to learn how to do a specific task. Whether that’s editing your episode or submitting to Apple Podcasts, you should be able to find a specific guide for your needs.
Most paid courses have a membership component so that you can connect with other podcasters, bounce ideas off each other, as well as answer each other’s questions.
Here’s my recommendation of the best podcast courses and memberships to help you start, grow, and monetize your podcast:
Bonus: Free 10-Day “How To Start A Podcast” Email Course
Just click the link and enter your email to get the first lesson:
Click Here To Start The Free “How To Start A Podcast” Email Course
Just a few of the things you’ll learn:
- What to podcast about
- Equipment you’ll need
- How to record & edit
- How to promote your podcast
Get started today!
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Power-Up Podcasting by Pat Flynn
Power-Up Podcasting is a complete, step-by-step podcast training course designed to help you create and successfully launch a podcast.
Pat takes you through planning, recording & editing, equipment, hosting, transcriptions, launch, and more!
He just updated the entire course in late 2019 so you know it is up to date with all the latest changes happening in the podcast world.
You’ll also get access to a private Facebook group and regular office hours.
Pricing for Power-Up Podcasting is currently a one-time payment or three equal payments so you can fit your budget.
Hint: You can save $100 by grabbing this Podcast Cheatsheet and signing up for Power-Up Podcasting within 3 days.
I highly recommend learning more about it and seeing some of the feedback from his students.
Podcasters’ Paradise by John Lee Dumas
Podcasters’ Paradise is a podcast membership site with tons of resources for new and existing podcasters.
- The Podcast Journal (shipped to you)
- Step-by-step video tutorials for everything you might need to know around podcasting
- Podcasting resources & templates
- A private Facebook group
- Monthly live Q&A’s
- Podcast Launch checklist
Paradise has been around for a long time and there are over 3,000 existing members, including many well-known podcasters.
Pricing is $97/month or $997/year.
You can sign up for Podcasters’ Paradise here.
JLD also has a couple of free podcast courses including this 10-day email and video course and a podcasting course podcast.
Podcast Success Academy by Mark Asquith
The Podcast Success Academy is a put together by Mark Asquith and the team from Podcast Websites (one of my recommended podcast hosting companies).
It includes a ton of videos, templates, and courses from many different big names in the industry.
That reminds me, I should probably get Mark to have me create something for the Academy as well 🙂
There are weekly office hours to get your questions answered, monthly mastermind sessions, quick win exercises, and more!
Whether you’re looking to grow your podcast, learn how to monetize, how to start, edit, etc. – The Podcast Success Academy is an amazing value.
They have a free plan and a growth accelerator tier if you want access to it all.
I’ve been a member of the growth plan for a few months now it’s more than worth it:
How To Start A Podcast by Buzzsprout
In March 2020 Buzzsprout released a free podcasting video course.
They go over everything:
- Choosing a name
- Getting a microphone
- Recording & editing
- Getting into Apple Podcasts & Spotify
- Getting your first 100 listeners
This is a 100% free video course that would normally cost at least several hundred dollars if you got it anywhere else.
Buzzsprout recently released the How To Start A Podcast Podcast.
This free audio course takes you through a series of episodes and steps including:
- Coming up with an idea
- Choosing a format
- Picking a microphone
- Recording & editing
- Submitting & launching
Listen on your favorite podcast app or on their website.
1•2•3 Affiliate Marketing by Pat Flynn
Affiliate marketing is an excellent way to monetize your podcast, whether you’re just getting started or have been podcasting for years.
In 1•2•3 Affiliate Marketing, you’ll learn how to:
- Choose the right products to promote
- Promote affiliate products in a natural way
- Build trust with your audience
Pat approaches affiliate marketing from a “serve first” mentality in a way that is authentic and honest – nothing scammy here.
The course has lifetime access, ongoing office hours with Pat, an exclusive Facebook community, and clear action items to follow to help set you up for success.
Check out 1•2•3 Affiliate Marketing here
Adobe Audition by Mike Russel
Mike Russel runs Music Radio Creative, a great place to get professional intros, outros, and jingles for your podcast.
He created an easy-to-follow Adobe Audition for Beginners course on Udemy.
Adobe Audition is one of the best software programs for recording and editing podcasts, and is part of the Creative Cloud suite.
Not sure how their pricing and discounts work on Udemy, but when I look at it the price is $11.99 (down from $199.99).
Audacity is commonly recommended for podcast editing. It’s free and available on both Windows and Mac.
There is a free Start Learning Audacity course on Udemy, which is a great place to get started.