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What Do You Mean By “Automate”?

There are many ways to describe automation, but for the sake of making sure we’re all on the same page, I wanted to give you my definition of what I mean.

Automate- Being able to drop an audio file into an episode very easily

Which Parts of Your Podcast Can You Automate?

There are probably more ways to make your podcast self-reliant, but for today’s episode, we’re talking about having pre-recorded audio files to make your life easier. Here are the audio files I’ve used to automate parts of my podcast. 

  • Intro

    • When it comes to your podcast intro, you could have the exact same clip of audio for every episode. I did this for when I first started podcasting, but I actually said the same thing every episode – no automation on my part. And for whatever reason, it got really old really fast.
    • Here’s a podcast episode to help you with your podcast intro. “How Long Should My Podcast Intro Be?”
  • Outro

    • The outro of your podcast can be treated similar to the intro in that you can take the same thing you say for each show and turn it into a pre-recorded clip that you drop into each episode you publish.
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  • Music

    • Anytime I’ve had music placed in a podcast episode, it was always music that was created well beforehand. I don’t know any podcast that produces separate music for each individual episode. But this is another great way to automate parts of your podcast.
  • Calls-to-Action

    • CTAs are one of my favorite things to talk about! Because when you can your audience to do something you’ve asked them to with an episode, the engagement of your listeners jumps significantly! Plus, it means they’re actually listening and responding to what you’ve asked them to do.
    • Here’s a great podcast episode all about CTAs: “How to Create Calls-To-Action within Your Podcast”

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How to Automate Parts of Your Podcast

  1. Record your audio track and save it as an MP3 or WAV file.
  2. Put it in a file that’s easily accessible when you’re creating your podcast.
    • I have a folder called “All Episodes” in my podcast files.
  3. Drop it in the episode (aka import it) in the editing process.
    • This helps speed up the process of editing.
  4. Have a really good outline for your episode and turn that into your show notes.
    • And then turn parts of that into your podcast descriptions which eventually becomes your marketing material that you put out on your social media.

When to Automate Parts of Your Podcast

I’m going to be really honest with you here, you need to wait until you feel comfortable with all the pieces of podcasting before you start trying to put stuff on auto-pilot. That doesn’t mean you have to wait until your hundreds of episodes into your podcast.

I highly recommend you at least have the basic fundamentals of podcasting down before you start trying to automate parts of your podcast.

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