How to start a history podcast

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Are you a history buff?  Maybe you are a history teacher or majored in history in college.  Perhaps you have a passion for a certain historical period or historical event such as a war.  Maybe you like talking about history or teaching others about history.

Whatever the case, you may be thinking about creating a history podcast.  Creating a history podcast can not only be fun and fulfilling, but it can also be downright profitable.  We go over ways to make money with your podcast here.

So I am sure you are excited about the prospect of creating a history podcast, but you may be apprehensive about what will need to be done in order to start the podcast.  You might think actually starting the podcast is too challenging of a task, especially if you have no experience producing your own podcast.

But the truth is, this is definitely something you can do.  Especially if you follow our steps on how to start your own podcast.

1. Determine Your Podcast’s POV & Format

It all starts with figuring out what you want your podcast to be about.  Do you want it to be about history in general?  Something a little more specific, such as American history or Mexican history?  Do you want it to be about a specific historical event such as the Vietnam War or September 11th?  Perhaps you’d like to focus on a dark period of history such as slavery.  Or you’d like to discuss lesser-known events in history.  Maybe you’d like to choose historical events that parallel current events.  What you choose is all up to you of course.  But before you begin, you should start to have at least a rough idea of what you’ll talk about.

During this step too you can start thinking about how you want to format your podcast.  Are you going to do it by yourself or with a co-host (or co-hosts?).  Do you want to interview people during your podcast?

Additionally, you could decide whether you want to cover different topics in each episode or each episode builds on what the last episode discussed.  You could also have different seasons of your podcast covering different topics.

These are all things you’ll want to think about in this stage of starting your podcast.

2. Pick Out a Name for Your Podcast

Now that you know what your podcast is all about, it’s time to pick out a name.  It is great if your podcast can give an indication of what your podcast is about.  For example, “History for Weirdos” is a podcast about weird history, “Making Gay History” is about the LGBTQ civil rights movement, “The History of Egypt Podcast” is about…well, you get the idea.  Basically, when someone is scrolling through Apple, iHeartRadio, Spotify, etc., looking for a podcast, you want them to see your title and know what it is about.  It is a great way to get new listeners.

But you’ll want to make your title unique, too – you should try googling the name of your podcast in quotes along with the word podcast to make sure no one already has a podcast with your name.

3. Legally Protect Yourself

So you know how I mentioned earlier that you can make money from your podcast?  Well, if you would like to do that, then you will need to protect yourself legally.  You’ll need to register as a business according to your local laws (and since you already know the name of your podcast, that will help you pick out a name for your business).  Then you can protect yourself by starting an LLC.  I have started an LLC with every business I have started.  We go over the benefits and negatives of starting an LLC here.

4. Get The Right Podcasting Tools

Now that you’ve got all that squared away, it’s time to start getting all the right tools you’ll need to work on your podcast.  This includes a microphone, pop filter, and more.  We go over the full list of what you’ll need to start your podcast here.

5. Start Recording

Now you can begin with recording your first episode.  Good luck!