5 Mistakes Podcasters Make When Starting a Podcast
Whether you’re thinking of starting a podcast or you’ve just launched one we’re here to let you know the 5 mistakes that podcasters make when they decide that they’re starting a podcast! First of all journeyers, having a podcast is so rewarding. Unfortunately, it’s also stressful and can get tough when you don’t know what you’re doing or when you’re focusing on the wrong things. But I promise if you keep reading you’ll find out some of the things you should and shouldn’t do.
1. ONLY using Search Engines
You need guidance!
Google can only do so much! Yes, it’s a great resource and it’ll help you with the basics but sifting through all that information will takes ages and it’ll only leave you confused.
What you really need is a mentor, someone who’s been through the process themselves or helped lots of others through it and can help you get clear on your vision and achieve your podcasting goals.
2. Not getting clear on your why
I need to stress how important it is to understand why you’re doing this. Why do you want to start this podcast? Why did you pick the topic you chose?
Why do you truly want to start a podcast?
Having a podcast is hard work and your why will keep you focused and help you stay on track when you’re feeling lost or discouraged. Write your “why” down somewhere so that you can always come back to it. Embrace your why and put that intention into every episode.
3. Only doing it for the money
Truth be told podcasting is not like being a Youtuber. Yes, you can make money doing it but if that’s your only focus you probably won’t actually get very far. People can always tell when you’re doing something just for the payday, and they don’t like that! If you do want to make money from your podcast (I mean who doesn’t??) you need to be authentic. Money should be a bonus NOT the main reason! And when you do monetize make sure that you’re choosing a path that makes sense for your podcast and your listeners. Don’t worry we’ll get more into monetizing another time!
4. Not knowing your audience
You need to know who you’re talking to and who’s listening to your podcast. You’re not just creating content for you but for your listeners too! Keep your ideal listener in mind, think about what they want to hear, how they feel, how they engage with others, what platforms do they typically listen on, how much time do they have to listen to podcasts. You can get really deep into this but make sure when you’re making these adjustments that you’re keeping your podcast true to yourself and your vision too.
Through engaging with your audience you can give your listeners what they want. This makes it easier to create content that’ll actually be of interest to them. Which will also keep them coming back regularly to listen to new episodes.
5. Not getting support
It really helps to talk to other podcasters who have been where you are and have made all the same mistakes already. Join some Facebook groups and find a community that you can go to for guidance. Find groups that want you to succeed, encourage you, and can answer your questions.
If you need more support than that, get a coach! Yes, there are podcast coaches and yes we can help you with that! Getting a coach is a great option if you feel like you have tons of questions, you need help clearly defining your vision, you need someone to hold you accountable and make sure you don’t give up on your dream. Your voice matters and your message matters!
If you’re ready to get serious about your vision and need some support and guidance starting a podcast, please reach out so we can help you achieve your podcasting goals! We want to help you skip over that initial phase of feeling lost and alone and get you on the right track to deliver your message to your audience while staying authentic to yourself. Leave a comment or send us a message and let us know what mistakes you’ve made on your journey.