How to Podcast using WordPress and a Mac

Since John has been talking about time-saving things to do recently, I wanted to share with everyone one of my favorite time-saving tips – listening to Podcasts! In my case, I have podcasts that I subscribe to like Twit with Leo Laporte and the Nightly News with Brian Williams. Every morning, my iTunes automatically downloads the latest episodes of these podcasts and then it automatically syncs with my iPhone, so when I’m ready to leave in the morning, I have everything nicely updated and ready to listen to. From sitting in LA traffic to taking a ride on the train to waiting for everyday appointments, I have been able to find time to listen these podcasts throughout the day so to best utilize my time.

So, how are John Chow readers suppose to take advantage of this technology to help them make even more money online?

Well, if you’ve been blogging for a while or even if you’re new to the game and want to start establishing yourself as an authority in your field, a podcast is a great way to help market and distribute your content to the masses. The more people you can get to your website, the more likely you’re going to be able to monetize your blog into something substantial. In this post, I want to show you how easy it is to get a podcast up using a Mac and a wordpress blog.

I’m going to assume that you already have an idea of what kind of podcast you would like to create. For this post, I’m going to post a example podcast (where I basically read this post), for a brand new collaborative blog I’ve been working on with a few friends Greg Morgan, Nate Whitehill and Ms. Danielle called Slightly Famous Blogs.

This is what you’re going to need for this example to work for you:

  • Apple Computer – Preferably a new iMac or Macbook which have built-in mics
  • Garageband – comes packaged with the Apple iLife Software package.
  • WordPress Blog

Let’s get started

1 – Open Garageband and select “Create New Podcast Episode.” You’ll be prompted to save your project, so name it and put it somewhere you’ll remember.

Create Podcast

2 – You should be on the fancy page with all the buttons. You’ll want to click either the male or female and then press record when you are ready to record your show.

Press Record

3 – Now that you have finished recording your show, you have the option of adding some jingles to it using Garageband’s library of music to give your show that extra boost of energy.

Press the Jingle Button

Jingle Button

Then Select a Jingle to put into your podcast

4 – Next, you’ll want to save this project and export it as a MP3 file. Just go to “Share” and then click on “Export Podcast to Disk.” Compress with the mp3 encoder and select “High Quality ” as your audio setting. I find these settings to be the best sounding podcasts as compared to others.

Export Podcast

5 – To publish this onto your wordpress, you will have to download and activate one of the best plugins I’ve ever seen – PodPress. It’s such a robust system that it really deserves it’s own post, but feel free to play around with it after you install the plugin.

6 – Create a new category in your wordpress blog. In this example, I will call my category “podcasts.”

Create Podcast Category

7 – Create a subfolder under your domain called “podcasts” and upload your podcast mp3 file into the new folder.

Podcast Folder

8 – Select “Write” in your WordPress dashboard and give your post a title and a brief description. Then scroll down to the Podpress section and fill in the information as seen below. You can see an example of a post here:

9 – Publish your post under the newly created “Podcasts” category and this is what what you get (Notice the Play Button):

Podcast Post

10 – To view your feed, go to your Podcasts Category and add “/Feed/” to the end of the url as seen below:

The new SFB Podcasts URL – www.SlightlyFamousBlogs.com/news/podcasts/feed/

There you go, you now have a podcast url that your users will be able to subscribe to and listen to any time they would like. Now that you see how easy it is to create a podcast, what kind of ideas are running through your heads?

Can’t wait to hear all your new podcasts!

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32 thoughts on “How to Podcast using WordPress and a Mac”

  1. Sentences says:

    Good post.. I didn’t know these things. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Great post… I have an iMac, blog and GarageBand…. looks like I’ll have to give this a try! :mrgreen:

  2. Lori says:

    Very good post. I’m not into podcasting yet but this gives me a better understanding of what to do when I finally get to it. Great job!

    1. Gary Lee says:

      Thanks Lori . . . I honestly didn’t think it was going to be THIS easy to put a podcast together . . . let me know when you produce your first one and I’ll be one of your very first subscribers!

  3. Chetan says:

    Wow great tutorial..
    Not working much with Mac on my web, this would atleast help me in learning how to publish podcasts!

  4. ms danielle says:

    great turorial, gare! we should publish some “slightly famous ramblings” 😀

  5. I am sure that there are a lot of different programs that could be used to make podcasts. Garage Band sounds good but, what other programs or freeware can we use to do this?

  6. Ashley says:

    Good post – very informative.

    however, I don’t have a Mac. Can this be done easily with a Windows machine? And if so, can you write up a how-to article like this one for it?

    I really never saw the value in podcasts (I don’t use them) until I read this article. It certainly looks pretty easy once you’ve done a few.

  7. James Wilcox says:

    Podcasting is easy on the PC too. I use Adobe Audition to record and edit the audio and FeedForAll to create the rss feed which has iTunes specific settings you can configure. Then all you do is upload the feed and the audio file to your site and submit the feed to Apple for inclusion in their podcast listings.

    1. Thiago Prado says:

      Even I haven’t podcast yet. I do the same when I need to work with audio files. Adobe Audition is the best editing software for audio ever.

  8. KaNip says:

    Just about mac?

    1. Gary Lee says:

      apparently . . . I’m the mac guru, so I’ll be writing more articles specifically for blogging with macs 🙂

  9. logosamurai says:

    Thanks for sharing.

  10. Pete says:

    Good tutorial, but podcasting is not for me yet. http://ww2db.com alone is taking up a bulk of my time, there’s not time for producing podcasts — yet 🙂

    1. Gary Lee says:

      you could always read your posts for those people that don’t have time to read your posts . . . . extra service?

  11. Hannah says:

    Extremely good post! I’d probably get into podcasting if it wasn’t for the fact that I’m pretty self-conscious about my voice… I had a small speech impediment when I was younger and still sound about 12 years old when I talk. That doesn’t do much for credibility!

    1. Gary Lee says:

      Hey Hannah . . . I’m pretty self-conscious about my voice too . . . maybe you should just ease your way into it with a team of other bloggers to find your radio voice? . . . let me know if you ever start a show . . by the looks of your blog, I’m sure you’ll do will!

      1. Great post bud!

        One quick note: The link: http://www.SlightlyFamousBlogs.com/News/Podcasts/Feed/

        Each work is capitalized and the link returns a 404 error! 😯

        1. MrGaryLee says:

          THANKS SAMAN . . . . i just fixed it . . it really was a capitalization issue . . got it fixed now . . .

  12. Thanks for sharing! This was very helpful:)

    I was oblivious to most of it:(

    Cheers!

    Joe

  13. Zac Johnson says:

    I enjoy these “how to” mac posts. I have the laptop, but don’t use it to often. These guides make it a lot more exciting and easier to setup. Thanks.

    1. Gary Lee says:

      Thanks Zac . . . I’ll be IM-ing you later to see if you want to get in on some slightly famous podcasts 🙂

  14. Azrael says:

    I don’t have Mac. Can I use the same method on my pc?

    IS this only good for those videos?

    1. Gary Lee says:

      just get a mac and make your life easier . . . 🙂 . . . . but like I said earlier . . I probably have no idea what podcast programs are there for PCs as all I own are macs . . . James Wilcox said something about Adobe Audition? . . . maybe you would want to try that out . . . in any case, you should go get the podpress plugin as that doesn’t care which computer makes your mp3 file

  15. Miker W. says:

    Very good tutorial. I think this is a good way to maximize your learning potential. A lot of time can be spent in the car, and this is a great way to gain info while driving.

  16. pennyblogger says:

    great tutorial. I’m not looking into podcasting yet, but i’ll refer to this tutorial when i want to.

  17. Terry Tay says:

    Great tutorial. Although I have to find a way I can eat, talk on the cell, send text messages, work on the lap top, and listen to podcasts while I drive.
    ~Terry

  18. Blogmastr says:

    Great tutorial. I’ve wanted to do a podcast for a few weeks now…I already knew how but this should help the masses. Nice

  19. Podcasting can produce large profits if used correctly. If you podcast try to get Pacino to do the voice. :mrgreen:

  20. AhTim says:

    Not every web hosting capable to do podcast. Need higher end server and bandwidth in order to stream.
    Am I right?

    –blog for dream–

  21. Sha says:

    Interesting tutorial. I’ve never done a podcast, but I’ll keep this post in mind should that time come.

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