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Podcasting for Power Users

For anyone who has spent a good amount of time creating things with their computer, podcasting won't be unfamiliar. You'll want to make sure that your hardware setup is appropriate for your needs, and that you've found a hosting service that offers the features that you need to grow your show.

What do I need to do?

You have some experience; here are the things that you should be thinking about to take your show beyond simple audio recording and editing:

Your recording setup

You'll first want to make sure that you have a microphone that's doing your content justice. The first and highest-rated (though pricey) option is the Shure MV7.

Shure MV7

Shure MV7

The MV7 is one of the highest-acclaimed microphones in the podcasting space.

$249.00
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InnoGear Microphone Arm Stand

InnoGear Microphone Arm Stand

This boom stand will mount an MV7 with its 5/8" threaded connector.

$59.99
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Gator Frameworks Standard Tripod Microphone Stand with Boom Arm

Gator Frameworks Standard Tripod Microphone Stand with Boom Arm

Rather than a desk-mounted boom stand, consider a floor-mounted stand. This will avoid transferring noise from your desk into the microphone.

$54.99
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If you're looking for something a bit less expensive, consider the ATR2100-x.

Audio-Technica ATR2100x

Audio-Technica ATR2100-x

The ATR2100-x provides excellent sound quality without breaking the bank. It comes with a small desk stand.

$99.00
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Microphone Suspension Boom Scissor Arm Stand

Microphone Suspension Boom Scissor Arm Stand

Desk stands can be hard to position and can transfer noise. Consider getting a boom stand.

$13.99
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Knox Microphone Shock Mount

Knox Microphone Shock Mount

A shock mount attaches your microphone to a boom stand. Its design reduces vibrations from your desk being picked up by the mic.

$19.99
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Choose the right editing software

If you have software that suits your needs, don't let these suggestions imply that you should change! However, higher-end software can simplify your workflow and give you greater control over the production value of your audio.

If you have guests who call in, rather than simply recording their call audio, ask them to record on their own computer and upload the audio file as well. This will give you clean audio to work from that's often better quality than the in-call audio. Services like Cleanfeed and Zencastr let you do this entirely in the cloud.

Monetizing your show

Pinecast lets you monetize your podcast using a dedicated tip jar. You can simply allow your listeners to leave tips and subscribe, but there is a greater opportunity to build your income with premium content. Marking episodes as private makes them available only to paid subscribers. Consider the following approaches:

With the Pinecast Growth add-on, which is an extra $10/mo (or $110/year), you have access to additional options to help monetize your show further.

Premium podcast hosting features

Beyond the features that you receive with your Pinecast Starter subscription, consider these add-on features which can help you grow faster and have better control or insight over your podcasts.

Pro Analytics

This add-on unlocks additional insights about your show. There's no need to backfill, so immediately after you upgrade you'll be able to look at historical Pro Analytics data.

See the analytics documentation for full details.

Growth

In addition to the tip jar features mentioned above, the Growth add-on provides the following features:

Crew

The Crew add-on is made for podcasters who don't work alone. Allow your co-creators to add episodes and administer individual podcasts or groups of podcasts. You can collect multiple shows together into a single unified network dashboard, complete with combined analytics.

You'll also have access to notifications, which allow you to receive alerts for events on your podcast via email, Slack, Discord, or via a HTTP webhook.

Hi-Fi

This add-on allows you to upload files up to 256MB. If you're looking to upload very high-quality audio files (e.g., 192kbps or higher), you'll likely want this add-on. Additionally, this add-on will update your RSS feed every five minutes instead of every 15 minutes, allowing your episodes to go live faster.

Grow your presence on the web

Pinecast's podcast websites allow you a great deal of flexibility when customizing their look and feel, but sometimes you want to do something unique. In cases where you want to have greater control, check out our WordPress plugin. This plugin will create WordPress posts for each of your episodes, optionally putting them into a category and syncing episode artwork.

With WordPress, you can customize the theme, add features and scripts, and make the site more on-brand. Because our plugin accepts many feeds, you can, for instance, build a network website that organizes episodes how you'd like. This is truly the most flexible option for hosting your podcast website, and our plugin gives you complete control over how episodes are presented.

Documentation is available on our support website.

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