How to Start a Podcast (Complete Tutorial) 🎀 Equipment & Software

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Watch the updated 2022 version of this video here:

(note, yes, this video was published in 2018, however the content is still 100% relevant in 2021!)

Get the podcast cheat sheet here:

A while back, I published the most popular podcasting tutorial on YouTube, and in this video I wanted to make sure you have all of the latest and greatest information so that you can get your podcast setup the right way.

Podcasting has changed my life! It's helped me build a huge audience, develop a deeper relationship with my subscribers and customers, make more money, and most importantly make a bigger impact in the world.

All you need to do now is take action and learn how to start a podcast!

In this particular video, I'll be highlighting the equipment and software you need to get started – all without breaking the bank. My goal is to take away all of the excuses you have that are holding you back from starting your podcast. Trust me, because it took me forever to start my podcast back in July of 2010.

Things have changed since then (hint: it's A LOT easier to start a podcast today than it was before), and so make sure you watch through this video about equipment and software, and then subscribe so you don't miss the other two videos in this tutorial series!

Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links and I do earn a commission (at no extra cost to you!) from the company for a purchase. Thanks so much for your support!

Sign-up for Buzzsprout to host your podcast (and get more time put on your plan through this link):


🎀 Audiotechnica ATR-2100 USB Microphone (currently discontinued, but the mic below is exactly the same, but a bit cheaper, too):

πŸ‘‰Samson Q2U:

πŸ‘‰See the ENTIRE beginning podcasting kit, here:

πŸ‘‰Audacity (For PC/MAC Editing Software):

πŸ‘‰For recording podcasts online outside of Zoom and Skype (better quality):


Garageband Full Tutorial:

Audacity Full Tutorial:

Full disclosure: the links to equipment in this description are affiliate links that take you to I will be compensated (at no extra cost to you) should you choose to purchase anything from these links. Thank you in advance (I appreciate you!) and please note that the prices change and vary over time due to Amazon marketplace changes.

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0:00 – Introduction
0:56 – Microphones
2:11 – Boom Arm
2:28 – Shock Mount
4:06 – Editing a Podcast 101
8:53 – How to Import an Audio File (Voiceover / Music)
10:34 – 3 Things That You Need Before You Can Move On



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  • Jules Tillman-Amador says:

    I’m so excited about this series, Pat! As always, you’re so helpful! Thank you!

  • Pat Flynn says:

    Thanks for watching the updated podcasting tutorial! Here’s a link to the cheat sheet mentioned in this video with the checklist and some helpful tips as you start:

  • The BlackBox Podcast show says:

    Thank you Pat over a year ago when I decided to do a Podcast , your 1st tutorials were very Important to me and I wouldn’t have been able to Launch at all if it wasn’t for your guidance , you spoke in very easy to understandable way and I’m launching my 39 episode this weekend and I will continue to listen to any advice you have to help me gain ads or go into other platforms like ( soundcloud ) I’m not there yet or on Spotify any advice on that would be helpful , also if you guys have podcasters conventions how can I be invited , do you have to have a certain amount of listeners ? Thanks Pat ( once again )

  • Andrea P says:

    Dude you are AMAZING! I am in the process of starting my own podcast and with your help I’m definitely on my way !!! Thank you Pat!!

  • Demethius Jackson says:

    Great video! Garage Band is such an incredible program, and if you download the app to your iPhone or iPad, it’s like having a recording studio in your pocket! Plus the functionality is the same whether you’re recording/editing on computer or mobile.

  • Dark Blue Nutrition says:

    You are AMAZING. Will be watching all your podcast videos to learn how to start up my own podcast. I was overwhelmed but you’re making it 100x easier for me! πŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ™Œ

  • K says:

    Nicely done, Pat. Concise, right to the point. Thanks.

  • Heather Hale says:

    This is SO helpful thank you so much for the care and planning you put into this video!

  • Mimis Quest says:

    Thanks Pat. I’ve been hesitant to start because I’m not all that tech savvy but you’ve given me new found confidence to give it a go. You’ve helped a small dream of mine come alive.

  • CosmicBrambleclawV2 says:

    Really helpful and simple πŸ˜€

    Starting up a podcast with my friend soon (we run a newspaper on the Minecraft server we both are part of, and wanted to add a auditory element for people that prefer audible reading to visual reading) this is going to greatly help us both out πŸ™‚

  • Kimberly Campos says:

    Thanks for creating this for a novice like me. I have been thinking of starting a podcast but can get a little overwhelmed researching how to get started. You have made this so much easier for me so thank you!

  • Tea Room Secrets by Tina Jesson says:

    Hi Pat – thank you for sharing this – I have been listening to your podcasts for some time as I drive between my tearoom locations and find them really inspiring. So much so I want to create my own podcast and came across this video when I started to look in to how to get started. Just wanted to say a BIG thank you for all you are doing to help small business.

  • Jasmin Blake says:

    By far and away the best tutorial on creating a podcast I have seen on YouTube thanks so much for the concise and very helpful tips

  • DJ Hawke says:

    I was overwhelemed by the thought of everything it would take to make a podcast. Thank you for breaking it down and making it so simple!

  • Nikki K. Nuvo says:

    Pat, you’re the most consistently transparent teacher I’ve ever seen. I’ve been following your content since 2013. Thank you for everything you’ve given us!

  • Cesar The Physio says:

    Hey Pat. Thanks for this information. Really appreciate it as I’m starting out knowing very little. I’m excited to share my work and I’m grateful for people like you that are willing to share your knowledge and expertise πŸ™πŸ½

  • Michael Caz says:

    Hey Pat, this was so clearly explained and informative. I am looking to start a Podcast and I just-started doing my research, to gain all the necessary information & what it entails. Really appreciate you sharing the knowledge. Stay Safe. – Michael – NYC –

  • Tatiana Araujo says:

    ❀️ I’m ao grateful for you Pat! A couple months ago I started to explore the amazing idea of becoming a Podcaster. I watched so much overwhelming videos that I almost quit. Pat makes things simple while keeping things real. I am so grateful for his webinars and the Superfans Book! Today, I’m coming back not only to tell you how much I appreciate him but I’m sharing this video with a friend that is so exciting about becoming a Podcater as well! πŸ’•πŸ™πŸΌπŸ’• it feels so good to spread goodness!!! πŸƒMy Podcast is called Bug Me Not – Big Talks for Kids and I’m so happy with this amazing Journey! ✨✨🌼 I wish you all success, happiness and blessings! 🌱 Keep on learning and putting your heart in everything you do!

  • Rob Dinan says:

    This is the series to watch if you want to get into podcasting, I came across it while researching how to get started on my own podcast and it has been immensely helpful to me. Thank you Pat, you really get across the finer points of what and whatnot to do as well as the basics ! Watching your videos gives me more confidence in my ability to produce my own show and get my audience built up sooner than later. I was about to make all the mistakes you warned about, because frankly, I had no idea what to do. I have been writing online opinion columns for years and I have a great audience with that, but I wanted to get into podcasting to get those thoughts and messages out to my audience and hopefully gain new followers in the process. Now I feel that I have more confidence in doing this thanks to your video tutorials. ~ Rob D.

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