On this show, we'll share the latest news in podcasting, interview experts, and teach free masterclasses on everything from how to pick your microphone to how to grow your audience. With every episode, and with everything we do, RSS.com empowers podcasters worldwide. Get the show notes for this and every episode at https://rss.com/blog/podcasting-101/
Josh Elledge Discusses Podcast Guesting
In this episode, we have invited Josh Elledge, the CEO of UpMyInfluence, who has been in the podcasting industry for more than seven years. He's lectured about the growth of podcasting at events like Podcast Movement, PodFest, FinCon, and a dozen more. Josh is the host of The Thoughtful Entrepreneur and has made over 2000 media appearances, and 300 podcast guest appearances. Today, Josh offers some helpful advice for anyone thinking about beginning a podcast, including what to do and what not to do to establish a high-quality internet presence.Learn more about the guest on this episode by visiting:Websites: https://upmyinfluence.com/ | https://savingsangel.com/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/joshelledge/Twitter: https://twitter.com/joshelledge
A Chat with Alexandra Fasulo of The Freelance Fairytales
Are you thinking of starting a podcast? Now may be the best time to do it! In this episode of Podcasting 101 with RSS.com, Alexandra Fasulo talks about how she got started in podcasting, how you can do it too, her journey as a freelancer, and how podcasting can impact the lives of your followers.About the Guest[00:18] Alex has worked as a freelance writer for seven years. She began doing it in 2015, unaware that it would become as sought after of a way to make a living as it is now. When she was 22, she quit from her job and began freelance writing. Alex attempted a variety of other things, but freelancing was the one that took off for her and led to a lot of success.[01:37] Alex created her podcast, The Freelance Fairytales in February 2021 because her followers basically begged her to do it.Diving into Podcasting Head First[03:22] For Alex, podcasting has a lot of intangible and tangible perks.[04:45] Alex's classes have only been available for a little over a year. They were then put up for sale in October of 2020,[06:36] Alex has a habit of doing many things at once, which she sometimes sees as a fault in character.[07:06] She said she isn't particularly tech-savvy, so she took to social media to ask for advice on starting a podcast. Someone suggested she use RSS.com to host her show, and she did because it was easy to do.[09:36] Alex wishes her podcast had a higher ranking, and she'd like to have a chance to grow her audience enough to create something like a TV show.[11:58] The majority of the show’s guests are from TikTok – Alex’s favorite social media platform by far.[13:11] Alex's best buddy is in charge of her freelance writing agency, though her freelance writing business isn't that active right now. This is in part because she's working on a book.Dealing With Haters[14:09] Alex deals with her haters by simply smiling at them and assuming that the individual isn't in the right mental or emotional space.[15:05] Don't think about the people who will despise you. Even if there is only one person in the world you'll help - think about them.[18:19] Alex looks at Fiverr objectively, noting that they've monopolized the freelance market.[20:20] If you put in just one hour a day, and follow all of Alex’s advice, you have the chance to become financially free, which means you won't have to worry about money or to pay your expenses. There are a variety of approaches you can take, but one of them is to sign up for Fiverr and start offering services.[22:08] When Alex quit her job she had no ideas where freelancing would take her. These days, it seems to be taking her further than her wildest dreams.Visit https://rss.com/podcasts/thefreelancefairytales/ to check out Alex’s show. You can also find her on social media:https://www.tiktok.com/@alexfasulobizhttps://www.instagram.com/alexandrafasulo/https://www.facebook.com/alexandra.fasulo/https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexandra-fasulo-22616986/And, be sure to check out her website: https://alexfasulo.com/
Kate Erickson on Systems and Processes
Whether you've been podcasting for a few months or are just getting ready to broadcast your first episode, systems and processes can be a great way to make your podcasting more enjoyable. In this episode, we have invited the Queen of systems and processes, Kate Erickson. She will talk with us and share her knowledge about setting up systems and processes to get back your time, and have more fun in podcasting!Getting to Know Kate Erickson[00:59]Kate Erickson is a podcasting enthusiast. She's one-half of the Entrepreneurs on Fire duo. In 2012, she and her partner, John Lee Dumas, started a podcast called Entrepreneurs on Fire. The podcast had taken off in early 2013, roughly six months after its introduction. With a growing audience, people began approaching John asking if he provided coaching, as well as how they he the podcast and made it successful.[1:41]John asked Kate if she wanted to quit her job and come on board as the operations or heartbeat behind the whole setup. For the past nine years, they've been producing Entrepreneurs on Fire. They have since launched seven or eight different kinds of podcasts.Breaking Down the Systems and Processes[03:23]They emphasize the need of having a content system in place so that, regardless of the type of podcast you're producing, you have a production strategy and system in place. With a podcast, consistency is so critical that if you debut and then spend all of your time trying to stay up with your production schedule, it's not as much fun, and you'll quickly grow irritated because things aren't going as planned.[04:26]Their content production system is one of the most important systems they have. It's mostly dependent on content batching.Tools to Create Systems and Processes[6:36]Systems are incredibly simple at the ground level. Most of their systems are built on a Google spreadsheet or a task management system like Asana.[9:42]Creating templates and having a checklist to look at every time you perform that thing and enhance it is an important step in the process.Implementing Systems and Processes From the Very Beginning[11:36]Systems are going to help you get back time.What Kate wishes she had known when she was planning her very first podcast[14:01]Not everything has to be perfect. Not everything is going to be perfect.Podcasters not using systems drive Kate bananas[16:03]No one who uses systems and processes ever regrets itThings that Kate is doing that doesn't have a system in place for yet that she still wish she did[17:30]Being a guest on other podcasts or doing series, Kate goes in waves of being adamant about having people use her scheduler so that she's batching those and then having an opportunity come along that she wants to do, but it's totally off from her schedule. Kate is working hard on making exceptions few and far between. But sometimes, it's tough because she loves doing this stuff.Kate shares the free program they have[19:03]They have a free podcast course. https://www.eofire.com/fpc is a completely free eight video series on how to create and launch a podcast. In addition to that, they have an online course and community called Podcaster’s Paradise, where they'll help you create, grow and monetize your podcast.
The History of RSS Podcasting with Ben and Alberto - Part 2
In this second part of the History of RSS Podcasting, Ben Richardson and Alberto Betella will talk about why you should start podcasting RIGHT NOW. They will also talk about the future of podcasting and how it's slowly becoming relevant in the media space. Stay tuned!Why is now the best time to start a Podcast?[2:02]The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago and now. So in starting a podcast, if you feel like you have something to say or can impart a little light into the world, that is a great time to start a podcast. A podcast is not for the person speaking. It's for the person listening. If you can impart something, and leave your digital mark on the world, then your time to start a podcast is right now.[3:38]Your third podcast might be your best podcast. Your 15th podcast might be your best podcast, or your first might be your best podcast. But you aren't going to get there if you have something to say by waiting. With RSS, you can get a free episode and upload it. Then tomorrow, if you don't like that episode or feel like you can edit it better and more briefly, you can swap it out. Once you've fine-tuned what your message is, go ahead and create your second episode.[4:35]Podcasting is easy to start, and it's cheap.Why Diversity is important for Multiple Cultures to Start a Podcast[5:36]There's something different about all of us. There's also so much that is common among all of us. Podcasting is a great way to experience that. RSS celebrates diversity because we feel that everybody's voice has meaning and matters at the same time. Podcasting is also about the listener and your message having a chance to resonate with somebody else. Because of this, podcasting is a very powerful thing.Growth of RSS[8:58]There's some commonality in RSS.com Podcasting's approach that makes Mexico and Latin America target-rich for us in the sense of growing podcasters, growing produced content, and fostering the economic models that exist down there. RSS has many initiatives and many technological opportunities as the platform continues to grow.Future of Podcasting[12:14]People must understand that technological advancements are coming down through hosting providers or listening apps that will help change podcasting for the better. They're going to deliver richer content in a way that is more interactive. They're going to allow for greater flexibility from the hosts' perspective to get their message heard, understood, and monetize a podcast.Learn more about RSS and its history: https://rss.com/blog/the-history-of-rss-podcasting/
The History of RSS Podcasting with Ben and Alberto - Part 1
In this episode, the founders of RSS.com, Ben Richardson and Alberto Betella share their journey of building RSS.com.How Alberto and Ben started working together[1:44]Ben has owned rss.com since 2013. He purchased it from somebody that was looking to sell it. It was happening at the same time that Google was "killing the reader." Ben noticed that many of his customer support emails were questions about podcasting. As those questions grew over time, he realized that he needed to offer a podcasting solution and a feed reader solution.[2:47]After realizing that he needed to find a partner, Ben reached out to Alberto Betella, who has been in the podcast space for a long time. After finding him online, Ben reached out to Alberto with an email about RSS. The two immediately formed a partnership.[4:18]The first thing Alberto thought about Ben was that he had the technology, the content management system, and the appetite to build RSS in a way that could scale up. Ben knew Alberto had the experience and that together they could make RSS something special.Love for News[5:55]Ben is a news-obsessed person. He was very keen on his news consumption, so he would lose out if everybody stopped using RSS feeds. Ben loves staying current, and he couldn’t imagine a world without the feed readerThe Start of Podcasting in RSS[7:34]RSS first started with the Podcast Generator codebase, but it was replaced entirely after the first year.Ben's journey to RSS[08:06]Ben's wife and their desire to have a family is what led them to where they are now. From starting his first business to RSS, Ben's journey was always a blend of opportunity and passion. RSS as a podcasting platform is very mission-driven. Ben and Alberto are giving people a voice. Their current focus is on cultural and language diversity and supporting the voices of other communities.Alberto's journey to RSS[12:41]Alberto is a data-driven person who wants more commercial impact.From getting his Ph.D. to entering the corporate world, he spun out Moonshot into a large company, which raised $36 million. Alberto then decided to leave the corporate world and join RSS full time.Meeting for the First Time[14:52]Between COVID and other intervening obligations and things, Ben and Alberto's first meet worked out at the Podcast Movement in Nashville. Both of them never knew how the other looked. They were constantly interacting online from separate continents. Both understood each other's priorities and family situations, however. Because of their online interactions, meeting for the first time was a nice experience for them.[17:26]Ben and Alberto didn't meet each other, not because they were on two different continents. Both of their objectives were aligned, and they wanted to meet even before the COVID-19 pandemic struck. But with various circumstances, a meeting just didn’t work out.[18:24]"Even if you aren't engaging with someone in person, you can still create something magical."RSS as a Podcasting Platform[19:10]RSS as a podcasting platform is extremely easy. Making something simple but accessible for people who want to start is complex. The key differentiator with other companies is that RSS is extremely simple.Learn more about RSS and its history: https://rss.com/blog/the-history-of-rss-podcasting/
Introducing Podcasting 101 with RSS.com
We could not be more thrilled to share with you our official company podcast! We're so glad you're here.