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Lessons learned producing 100 podcast episodes: The Media Roundup

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The lessons Simon Owens learned from producing 100 podcast episodes

Simon Owens produces The Business of Content podcast about how publishers create, distribute, and monetize digital content. It took him a while to launch the podcast – he was wary of the time commitment and a steep learning curve.It turns out neither the learning curve nor the time needed was that extreme and he’s just published his 100th episode. In this post, Simon is sharing the lessons he’s learned in reaching his podcast’s centenary. The lessons that chimed with our experience include:

  • Consistency and frequency will deliver audience growth
  • Transcript highlights published to the web get attention
  • Get great guests and prep them properly
  • Small tweaks really improve production quality

There’ some great, practical advice in Simon’s post; you should really read the whole thing. But if you want just one takeaway, it’s this…

“Virtually every podcaster, no matter how amateur, can follow the above steps, and they’ll begin seeing positive feedback, both in terms of quality and growth, almost immediately.”

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