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School of Podcasting - Plan, Launch, Grow and Monetize Your Podcast

Mar 16, 2020

The Corona Virus Closed My School and I Need a Podcast NOW

Across the US (and the world) schools are closed to try to reduce the number of people spreading the Carona Virus. This makes it very hard for teachers who still need to deliver lesson plans. With this in mind, I've made a video that shows you how to turn your lesson plans into a podcast. It's free, and the strategy uses free tools. 

Sponsor: Focusrite

Focusrite is giving away a $2300 studio makeover. This includes the Scarlett 18i8, a Heil PR40, headphones, Hindenburg software, a deep discount on Squadcast, consulting and more (I wish I could enter). To enter the contest go to

Free Video Set Up Your Podcast in 20 Minutes

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Wait, am I giving away the School of Podcasting stuff? No. Starting a podcast is easy. Starting a GOOD podcast is not. There is no "define your audience," and "define or why" or "check your band alignment" here, this is simply putting content (that may or may not sound great) on the internet for people to listen.

Tips for Working From Home

Avoid working in a room with a television.

I've got tips on staying focused in a previous episode.

In some cases, close the door to "block out" the rest of your home (to avoid distractions).

What Does The Caronoavirus Mean For Podcasting?

In some cases, your audience may be bored. They may find themselves with "Free time."

I believe in one of Michael Hyatt's books he says when situations like this arise look around and say "what does this enable me to do that I normally don't do."

  • Spend more time with your spouse and children.
  • Read a book (or listen to a podcast)
  • Clean your house (that's my plan this weekend)
  • See who can use the smallest amount of squares to wipe their butt.
  • Watch some cooking videos and cook from home. I made a dish last night called "Not Chipotle" that was chicken, rice, lettuce, cheese, and a bit of french salad dressing.
  • Create an online mastermind
  • Jump rope, push-ups, dust off the treadmill.
  • Watch Saturday Night Live (it's still on)
  • (or even better) Go to bed early.
  • Eat all those things in the fridge and freezer that you bought by accident (asparagus! what?). New food is exciting (and often freezer burnt).
  • There is a feature on your phone that if I understand this correctly you can "Call" (Whatever that is ) people and talk to them in real-time.

    When I was married and things would go left of center, my wife and I would look at each other and say "Well, this is going to be a fun adventure..."

    Remember where there is a shadow, there is a light. You'll be able to look back and say "I lived through that."

    Because of My Podcast: Jim Harold has Met a TON of Childhood Heroes

    Jim Harold has been on this show a few times. He is the man behind the Paranormal Podcast, and recently launch a podcast where he talks to other podcasters called "Podlords." In a recent episode he stated, "You know, I've done different podcasts over the years, some of them have, "caught on," and they are part of my business and I make money on them. There were other shows that haven't caught on as much, but we're just cool to do. Jim did a show called "The Great TV podcast" and it's still available. Jim loves classic  TV ( TV from the 60s and 70s).

    Jim did the Great TV Podcast and he got to talk to Ed Asner who Mary Tyler Moore Show. He got to talk to Marianne from Gilligan's Island. He got to talk to the late Richard Hatch from Battlestar Galactica. Oher interviews were Donnie Most from happy days ( he played Ralph M). Judy Norton from the Waltons.

    That is the power of podcasting as Jim put it, "If I had called up Ed as an agent and said, you know, I'd like to talk to Ed Asner for a half-hour about his career. I just think it would be cool. Well, that's not gonna happen. I've got a podcast. He has a new play coming out. Can I talk to him? I certainly know that is the opportunity. The people I've gotten to talk to who I would have never had a chance to get that alone aside from being my job has been a great reward. So, I mean, the opportunity, aside from money is tremendous."

    Jim has been podcasting since 2005 and podcasts full time at and does the paranormal podcast as well as other paranormal related shows. He also has many books featuring true ghost stories on

    Question of the Month

    For March, “If you have a podcast, have you surveyed your audience? If so what did you learn?”If you haven't surveyed your audience, why not? "

    Please (if you have one) mention the name of your show (be careful not to say it so fast I don't understand you) and your website (again, nice and clear). I need your answer by Match 27, 2020.

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    Audio Technica 2100X vs Samson Q2u

    Today I test the Audio Technica against a Samson Q2u, and AT2005 USB. I didn't hear much difference. Keep in mind, you can always tweak these with EQ (equalization) in post-production. Check out my Gear guide for more information.

    New (Better) Affiliate Program For the School of Podcasting

    If you have people asking about how to make a podcast, you can refer them to the School of Podcasting and get paid if they sign up. You also get paid for every month they stay signed up.

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    Jim Harold

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