Smarter Podcasting: Making Podcasts Better

Smarter Podcasting: Making Podcasts Better

<br>Welcome to Smarter Podcasting, by Niall Mackay, The Podcast Guy, founder of Seven Million Bikes Podcasts.<br/><br>Niall has years of experience in podcasting, producing, editing, and hosting podcasts in various fields. He’s now on a mission to help podcasters create, publish, and build their communities through podcasting by sharing the techniques and lessons he’s learned.<br/><br>The show is designed to provide valuable insights and practical tips for any podcaster, whether they are individuals or businesses. Niall shares his tried and tested techniques for creating, publishing, and building a show, along with success stories of his own and his clients’ podcasts. <br/><br>Whether you’re interested in starting a podcast or improving an existing one, Smarter Podcasting is a great free resource to help you.<br/><br>Join Niall on this podcasting journey by subscribing or following Smarter Podcasting today.<br/>

Episodes

April 2, 2024 26 mins

"As soon as you start doing something for money, whether you like it or not. It's gonna change."

Podcasting expert and host of Smarter Podcasting Niall Mackay is interviewed by Samantha an AI Voice powered by ChatGPT.

Niall shares his journey from being an avid podcast listener to becoming a successful podcaster himself. He candidly discusses the challenges of podcasting, strategies for attracting a...

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In this episode of Smarter Podcasting, host Niall Mackay talks with Erin and John, a husband-and-wife duo behind the Connect-Empower Podcast. They discuss the challenges of starting a podcast, the importance of quality equipment and editing, and the commitment required to produce a consistent show.

Erin and John share their journey from initially thinking podcasting would be as easy as hitting record on a phone to realizin...

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February 22, 2024 25 mins

In this episode, I take you through my personal experience of evolving from a podcasting novice in 2019 to a professional editor and producer for over 30 shows globally. 

I provide my top five tips for those interested in starting their own podcast on a budget. My recommendations include selecting basic but vital equipment, creating a workable home studio, utilizing efficient recording and editing software, seeking assista...

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Niall Mackay shares his podcast audit of Debra Chantry-Taylor's show Better Business, Better Life. 

They discuss equipment and editing processes, defining a clear niche and audience, crafting compelling introductions, improving audio quality, editing techniques, balancing video and audio elements, optimizing calls-to-action, and more. 

Niall provides constructive feedback and tangible tips to elevate Debra&ap...

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Seasoned podcaster Garry Kelly,  Managing Director of GK Media, shares invaluable insights on creating a successful podcast, detailing how he built his professional studio in Galway and offering tips for new podcasters.

Key Takeaways:
- Start with just a good microphone - quality comes first. Acoustics matter more than equipment.
- Editing makes a big difference in polishing episodes. Be willing to trim and refine...

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October 17, 2023 56 mins

I'm joined by a podcaster who I first met when we did a coaching call on how to use Descript. Then she heard about my podcast audits I've been doing and she was like, "yes, please give me an audit!"

My guest today has a background in customer service, and she just wants to serve people and help people. So started a podcast with her dad, which means they actually have a good rapport together, which she says that l...

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I share my top 10 programs for podcasting and how much they cost. 

I discuss the importance of using these programs to create high-quality podcasts and streamline the editing process. I also highlight the benefits of using programs like Descript, Canva, ChatGPT, Adobe Enhance, Notion, Calendly, ActiveCampaign, and hiring a content writer and editor, emphasizing the value of investing in these tools to save time and improve...

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I'm not here to tell you how to make your first million dollars. I'm not here to tell you how to get a million followers. I can help you create a podcast that is of high quality content. My expertise, is in podcast audio and podcast quality. 

In my second podcast audit I talk to Care Messer from the Birth Education Center and give some simple advice that instantly improves her audio.

Ready to start sharing your st...

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The first Smarter Podcasting, Podcast Audit.  My expertise, is in podcast audio and podcast quality.  I'm not here to tell you how to make your first million dollars. I'm not here to tell you how to get a million followers. I can help you create a podcast that is of high quality content.

And that is the number one rule. Podcasting and the rest comes after that. 

I'm talking to a good friend of mine,...

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In this episode, I'm going to cover one of the most important questions you can find on Google. What editing software do I use to edit my podcast? And what is the difference between audacity and gavage band? And this episode, we're going to cover the pros and cons of each of those programs. And the one major difference that you need to know before you decide which program to choose. 

Ready to start sharing your story and l...

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Feeling unsure about starting or improving your solo podcast? In this episode,I share five essential strategies to help you create your solo podcast that your audience will love. 

From research and storytelling to authenticity and listener engagement, I share my expert insights on making your solo podcast a success.

Episode Highlights:

[00:01:00] Research and Preparation: Learn why researching your topic ...

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Thank you to Anii Hoang from The Aspiring CMO podcast for letting me share this episode with you! 

In my journey with Seven Million Bikes Podcasts, a pivotal moment emerged when a talented marketing graduate posted on Facebook, expressing her eagerness to contribute blogs for her portfolio. 

Our initial conversation left me astounded by her vigor, expertise, and most significantly, her knowledge, particularly in d...

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I'm opening up about my podcasting journey and the blunders I've encountered along the way. Join me as I share some valuable lessons learned from my experiences so that you can avoid these pitfalls and create a smoother path to podcasting success.

Key Times to Listen:

00:01:00 - The Importance of Hitting Record

00:02:00 - The Power of Headphones

00:04:30 - Communicating with Guests for Video

00:06:00 - Embracing Dynamic Microp...

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I've got something special to share with you – an honest review of the Maono PD200X Microphone that's making waves in the content creation world.

Join me on this audio journey as we unbox the dynamic Maono PD200X, a versatile USB/XLR microphone with a unique glowing band that sets it apart from the rest.

I'll walk you through its technical specifications, ergonomic design, and the powerful Maono Link app, which offers ...

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In this episode, we explore the benefits and different types of podcast headphones available. We discuss the importance of features like sound isolation, comfort, and accurate audio monitoring in enhancing your podcasting experience and improving sound quality. 

We also dive into the wired versus wireless debate, examining the advantages and considerations of each option and ensuring compatibility with your podcasting equi...

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In this episode, I provide a comprehensive guide to choosing the best podcast microphone for any budget. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced podcaster, this episode covers various microphone options, explains the differences between dynamic and condenser mics, and compares USB and XLR connectivity. 

I also shares recommendations for budget-friendly, mid-range, and high-end microphones, highlighting their featu...

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Ever dreamt of starting your own show but don't know what equipment to buy? Or you want to take an existing podcastto new heights? Then you've come to the right place!

Join me in this episode of Smarter Podcasting as share everything you need to setup your own podcast studio, including podcasting equipment, and software.

Whether you're a novice eager to embark on your podcast journey or a seasoned podcaster looking to ...

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Learn how NOT to monetize a podcast from the host of Podcasting Business School, Adam Schaeuble.

Adam talks with Niall about how to monetize a podcast beyond the conventional model that everyone still uses.

In this eye-opening conversation Adam and Niall challenge the status quo of podcast monetization. Discover how Adam transformed his podcast into a lucrative venture and prepare to explore fresh strategies that empower podcasters t...

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Tune in to our latest podcast episode featuring me, Niall Mackay, a stand-up comedian and teacher in Vietnam with Andrew Durning from That Mental Ginger Show.

In this engaging conversation, Niall and host Andrew discuss the challenges of creating a successful podcast course, their experiences in content creation, the importance of finding one's niche, and much more. With insightful advice and inspiring personal stories, this ep...

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Want to quit your job and podcast full time? Find out how!

Niall Mackay shares his journey, insights, and practical advice on how to grow and monetize your podcast. In this empowering episode, Niall deep dives into seven actionable strategies to monetize your content.

While achieving success in the podcast industry requires passion, dedication & the right mindset, Niall navigates you through the challenges involved and how qualit...

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