Part of


The Podcast Host
podcast launch course

Planning a Successful Show

So many forget this, & that means planning for failure. We'll guide you on how to design a show for success.

Easy Recording & Editing

Learn the equipment & the production tricks to record smooth, professional audio, every time.

Launch & Grow

Follow our strategy to launch your podcast, promote it & grow your audience.

Course Summary

  • 96 in-depth lessons
  • 50 video tutorials
  • 47 text guides
  • 18 action-prompting tasks

Taught by: Colin Gray

CEO of The Podcast Host

Colin is the founder of The Podcast Host and has been writing, podcasting & broadcasting, and teaching others how, for over 10 years.

Video: Welcome to the Course (2:52)

What's a Podcast?
Video: Getting to Know the Medium (2:18)
Video: Your Tasks (1:57)

Why Podcasting?
Video: The Power of Audio (7:19)
Video: Your Tasks (1:31)

Podcast Strategy
Text: Introduction
Video: The Need For a Strategy (3:54)
Video: Setting Your Aims (2:51)
Video: Defining Your Audience (3:46)
Video: How Will You Help? (2:52)
Text: Conclusion

Podcast Formats
Video: Choosing Your Show Format (6:27)
Text: The Solo Show
Text: The Interview Show
Text: The Co-Hosted Show
Text: The Roundtable
Text: The Documentary
Text: Mixed Format
Text: How Long Should Your Episodes Be?
Text: How Often Should You Release New Episodes?
Text: Finding Interview Guests
Video: Your Tasks (1:56)

Naming Your Podcast
Video: Introduction (0:24)
Video: Do Your Research – Video (1:07)
Video: Creative Podcast Names – Video (0:58)
Video: Descriptive Podcast Names – Video (0:44)
Video: Using Your Own Name – Video (0:44)
Video: Summary & Tasks – Video (0:52)
Video: Apple/iTunes & “Keyword Spamming – Video (2:18)

Scripting Your Podcast
Text: Scripting Your Podcast
Video: Scripting Options – Video (6:15)
Video: Your Tasks (0:49)
Text: What Next?

Video: Recording Your Show (0:25)

Recording Your First Audio Clip
Video: Introduction to Recording (1:46)
Text: Thinking About Your Recording Environment
Text: Choosing Your Equipment
Video: Recording Your Audio (1:42)
Videos: Creating an MP3 – Videos (1:14) & (2:17)
Text: Recording & Equipment FAQs
Video: Your Task (1:36)

Podcasting with a Remote Guest or Co-Host
Video: Introduction to Remote Recording (1:18)
Text: Recording an Online Call
Video: Using Ecamm to Record a Call (3:11)
Video: How to Record With – Video (2:06)
Video: Your Tasks (1:14)

Podcasting with A Local Co-Host
Text: Introduction to Recording Locally
Text: Recording Options
Text: The Extras
Video: Your Tasks (1:10)

Upgrading Your Podcasting Equipment
Text: Introduction to Upgrading
Video: Microphones (5:27)
Video: Mixers (7:35)
Text: Your Tasks
Video: Bonus – My Setup (3:13)

Video: Introduction to Publishing (0:34)

Podcast Music
Video: Finding Podcast Music (5:03)
No Music
Text: Finding Free Music
Text: Stock Music
Text: Custom Music
Text: Your Tasks

Podcast Artwork
Text: Introduction to Artwork
Video: Podcast Artwork Specifications (4:48)
Video: Creating Your Podcast Artwork (4:40)
Text: What Makes for Effective Cover Art?
Text: Your Tasks

Editing Your Podcast
Text: Introduction to Editing
Video: How Much Editing? (1:57)
Video: Installing Audacity (1:47)
Video: The Audacity Interface (8:01)
Video: Removing Silences & Mistakes (7:37)
Text: Next Editing Steps
Videos: Creating an MP3 (1:36) & (2:17)
Video: Adding Cover Art & Metadata With iTunes (3:34)
Video: Your Tasks (1:17)

Publishing Your Podcast
Text: What is Hosting?
Text: How to Publish Your Podcast
Text: Creating an “Episode Zero”
Text: Hosting Providers
Text: Your Tasks

An Effective Launch Plan
Video: Introduction to Launch (1:03)
Text: Getting Found in iTunes
Text: iTunes/Apple Podcasts Rankings
Text: Your First 3 Episodes
Text: Using Your Network
Text: Using Other People’s Networks
Text: Competitions
Video: Your Tasks (1:47)
Text: Growing Your Audience: Next Steps

Submitting Your Podcast to Directories
Video: Introduction to Directories (1:05)
Video: How to Submit to Stitcher (1:42)
Text: TuneIn
Text: Other Directories
Text: Submitting to Spotify
Video: Your Tasks (0:32)

What Our Customers Are Saying

Don't just take it from us, let our customers do the talking!


“My experience with ThePodCastHost made my podcast launch possible. I overcame a lot of my fears early on. I highly recommend The PodCast Host to anyone. I owe The PodCast Host a tremendous debt of gratitude.”

The Digital Wealth Digest Podcast

Richard Brown

“I only have great things to say about The Podcast Host. Not only in the quality of their production work, but also with their knowledge and insights around technology, equipment & advice in podcasting.”

Richard Brown
Director, The Property Voice

“Colin is the man when it comes to helping you launch a podcast or improving your podcasting skills. The online courses were invaluable and his advice along the way superb.”

Andrew Hart
Financial Advisor, The Voyantist

“As someone who literally had no idea how to go about starting a podcast I am so glad I found Colin! If I hadn’t signed up for the Producer Package then I know I would have become completely overwhelmed and would never have managed to bring my podcasting plans to fruition. I’m going to be honest and say that I worried about the monthly cost but I can safely say that it is indeed money well spent. The time I have saved trying to learn to do all of the things that Colin took off my hands has been spent creating good content and building my platform. Colin and the team have a great system going. Everything is streamlined and easy and [the team are] there as a mentor throughout. If you want to concentrate on creating great content for your show, hire the Podcast Host to worry about everything else!”

Julie Christie
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Jackie Brambles

Despite my 30 years of experience in programme-making, Colin and his team’s insight into what makes a podcast compelling is invaluable. I would strongly advise any first-time podcaster to bring The Podcast Host on board as your podcast coach, partner and safety net. Both he and Matthew were calm, reassuring and had endless patience whenever I stumbled and got me back up and running quickly, with even more knowledge as a bonus. I honestly wouldn’t make a podcast without them and I’d strongly suggest, neither should you!

Jackie Brambles
CEO, Broadstance Media

Simon Allison

Colin and his team have been a massive help in setting up our series of podcasts. My colleagues and I went into the world of podcasting knowing nothing. However with Colin’s support, it turned a really legal podcast into something fresh and exciting. The Podcast Host was instrumental in assisting us, from a theme tune to giving us useful content to use in our podcasts. We have turned from Podcast Plebs into to Podcast Prim-donnas! We would recommend The Podcast Host to anyone.

Simon Allison
Partner & Specialist in Employment Law, Blackadders LLP

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