I've definitely learned a lot, both what to do when launching a podcast, as well as what NOT to do. In an effort to save you some of those headaches I've put together this growing list of resources that should help you along the way.
Reaching out for help has been super important, as well as realizing when you need to bring in the specialists, who can perform those tasks much more efficiently than you can. Furthermore, it's not the best use of your time.
WP Curve – Dan & Alex have started a service that is invaluable for anyone using WordPress to run their site. They provide 24/7 support and it's as easy as sending them an email for all your WordPress support needs. Whether that's site optimization, plugin configuration and installs, backups, graphic elements…you name it, they've got you covered.
Please note, that for most of these items below, I use affiliate links. It's no extra cost to you, but it does help provide support for the site and goes a long way towards helping me keep the ship afloat. On top of all that, it is greatly appreciated!
Here's a list of the hardware that has proved invaluable to me along the way. And you'll be relieved to know, a lot of this won't break the bank!
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Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 – A definite upgrade if you've only been recording directly into your laptop. This provides very clean microphone pre-amps via the XLR jacks and steps up the quality of your sound.
Rode smartLav+ Lavalier Mic – This one takes some getting used to, but I've used it for the occasional YouTube video, recorded straight from my iPhone
Apple Lightning to USB Adapter – I bought this after hearing Ray Ortega mention it and it's definitely come in handy for those times I've been on the road and wanted to quickly record some audio using my USB mic. Also, don't be thrown off by the description. I've never used this for any camera-related tasks!
Karma – This mobile hotspot has been super invaluable for those times when I need wifi, but don't feel like paying $20 for one-time access. Here you pay one time for the device and it's a pay as you go service. The best part, and this is where the name comes from, is if you're in a public area and someone logs onto your wifi spot, they have to authenticate through Facebook, and you get 100MB of free data added to your plan! When you click on the link, you can take advantage of a special offer, where we both receive 500MB bonus. Sweet!
Here's a list of the services and tools I use.
FancyHands – People often wonder how it is I get so much done as a one-man shop. This is one of my secret weapons. Think of them as your online concierge. If you can clearly describe the task, they'll be more than happy to make it real for you!
LeadPages – The product that Clay and team have built is truly best in class. I use them for my opt-in form, but that is only the beginning. If you're in need of any type of product landing page, custom 404 redirect page, or webinar landing page (just to name a few), than you should definitely give them a shot.
Bluehost – This is by far, one of the most popular hosting companies out there. Monthly hosting starts out as low as $7.95 per month (annually) for unlimited space, unlimited bandwidth, and unlimited add-on websites. It's the easiest way to get started. If you're truly new to all of this, I can go ahead and hold your hand for this, including helping you to purchase the site, and install WordPress. I'll show you how to set up your domain emails as well. I've been working with these folks for many years on many sites that I manage. And oh yes, for a VERY limited time, and only for the few folks that have made it to this page, I'll go ahead and do it for FREE! I'm fairly certain this offer won't last more than a few weeks, so if you're interested, send an email to email@example.com, with the subject line of ‘Bluehost Install Offer'.
WP Engine – This is the next step up in hosting, and I'm at now. These folks provide managed updates, free daily backups, super fast caching, and expert WordPress support. If anything I just described sounds interesting, you owe it to your website to step it up to the next level.