Are you starting a podcast and want your own personalized domain name?
Or maybe you don't want your podcast website to be at thebestpodcast.libsyn.com but rather be at thebestpodcast.com.
This second version is much easier to remember or share, and you aren't promoting another business (which you're already paying for, by the way) in the process.
Quick Note: You cannot register your podcast name on iTunes or other platforms. Getting the domain name (and relevant social media profiles) is the best way to secure your podcast name.
Cool, we decided we wanted to register a domain name, how do we do it?
Here are the steps to follow:
How to register a domain name on Namecheap
- Visit Namecheap.com
- Search for an available name
- Purchase (whois privacy is also a nice addition, it's only $ 5 / year)
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You can even search here:
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However, here are some more detailed steps:
Go to Namecheap.com
Visit the Namecheap.com. You will see something like this:
Enter your desired name
Type the desired domain name. I hope It's available. If not, you will see a message stating "This domain is not available!" 🙁
Let's try again… Looks like everything is fine! Click on this little shopping cart button:
On the right, click on the big button "View cart":
Choose options and confirm
You can adjust the registration period between 1 and 5 years. I also recommend selecting “Automatic Renewal” so that your domain name does not accidentally expire. Also check that you have entered your domain correctly.
WhoisGuard will prevent spammers from calling and emailing you trying to sell you products. It is absolutely worth adding.
I have circled the options I typically select here:
Create an account and pay
Complete the account creation options and enter your payment information. Then your domain name will be officially registered.
You can also get website hosting through them.
You will need to enter and change your DNS settings at Namecheap to point to your podcast hosting company (if your website is installed there) or you will need to point it to your web hosting company.
If you also want to create a new website, I recommend WordPress (here is a guide to get started with WordPress).
You can find some Recommended WordPress plugins (and a few theme builders at the bottom of this article) that should help you improve your site.
Details beyond that probably deserve a dedicated article (of course).
Other ways to register a domain name
If you plan to buy WordPress hosting, many of them will offer a free domain name during the process.
Bluehost is a popular web hosting company that will give you a free domain name when you sign up for a hosting package. You can search here:
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Because I host with them, I can get you 63% off when you subscribe to a hosting plan (and you still get a free domain name). Seems like a lot to me!
Another option is to get a free domain name with HostPapa.
You will get up to 57% off WordPress hosting and they have a great deal.
Name.com is another great Colorado based domain name registrar (like me) and I love supporting local businesses… it costs me a bit more.
Tips for choosing a podcast domain name
Here are some tips and suggestions for choosing a domain name for your podcast:
Go with a ".com"
There is no .podcast extension at the moment and others are difficult to remember. You can use a .fm TLD (top level domain) as they are increasingly popular with podcasters and podcast companies.
But I wouldn't think too much of this one, just come on [yourdomainname].com.
Avoid dashes and underscores
These just look bad (and maybe even a little sketchy), so it's best not to use them. In addition, it is difficult to say aloud: "The dash best dash dot com podcast" just doesn't have the same ringtone.
You'll be much more likely to find an available domain name if you add "podcast" to the end of the name or phrase you want.
It can be difficult to keep it short if you add the “podcast” at the end, but the shorter the better. Fewer words are easier to say and remember.
Do not stick
Be aware of how narrow your domain name is. Art of Charm has struggled to talk about topics other than dating and other similar self-improvement topics because of their name.
Using your real name is a great way to let yourself be flexible about the topics you talk about.
Be careful not to use a name that infringes on someone else's copyright or trademark.
They can force you to delete it (or worse), which means you will likely have to redo your entire podcast brand.
According to recent research from The Infinite Dial report, conducted by Edison Research, 67 million Americans listen to podcasts monthly ( more than practice Catholicism ) and 42 million listen weekly ( more than a precious trip to the movies ).
I don’t think anyone truly predicted the insane rise in popularity of podcasts, but I love podcasts, so I’m certainly not complaining !
The beauty of podcasts is that you can listen to them while you’re doing other things, like running, cleaning the house, doing laundry, and driving to work. They’re a passive form of media, and they allow you to get lost in a story.
I host my own podcast, and my team produces many, many popular podcasts, so we’ve seen our fair share of successes and failures in podcast preparation, both from the hosts and the guests. I wanted to share a few best practices to make your podcasting life easier, whether you’re an ongoing host or a frequent guest.
You can’t host a successful interview without being clear about how you want the interview to run. And look, I’m not saying you have to run the same kind of show or host the same variétés of adequately as everyone else out there.
But when you’re clear about the genres of questions you’re going to ask, the cadence and length of the show, and perhaps one or two questions that you’ll ask every guest, it helps you be more prepared and also gives your listeners an easier time binging because they’ll know what to expect.
Decide what kind of show you want to have, make sure you’re consistent, and if you do want to make changes, that’s okay. Just make sure you’re communicating them with your guests and your audience.
Even if you think you know your guest really well, sending over a pre-show form for your guests to fill out is helpful for everyone. It allows your guest to get a feel for the types of questions you like to ask, and it helps you gather the information that directly relates to your show, as opposed to public information you can find on the web or through casual conversations.
In addition to requiring the pre-show form, do some research of your own. Google is your friend here. If it’s a professional podcast, LinkedIn can also provide a lot of interesting work information. But don’t overlook old blog posts, other podcast interviews, social media updates, and personal news that you can connect upon ( new babies, puppies, or houses are common ! ).
Many podcast guests are looking to get their message out there because they’ve released something new, like a book. And especially in the world, having penned your very own book boosts your credibility in the industry, which is why so many people are turning to book-writing these days. But remember, if a guest is coming on your show with the goal of promoting the book and its message, you’ve got to read, or at least skim, their book. You’ll be able to ask more interesting questions, and your guest will feel welcome and appreciate your attention to their exercices.
You wouldn’t believe the amount of noise I’ve had to edit out of podcast recordings… or at least I’ve attempted to. Some can’t be saved. But distractions don’t just come in the form of mail notifications and phone calls. They’re social media messages, dogs barking, mail men and women… the list goes on. If you’re scheduling recordings, try to do them when your baby is usually sleeping, or the chat has already arrived, or people aren’t popping into the kitchen next to you to microwave their leftovers.
Also, be sure to put your phone on airplane mode, close your courier programs and Facebook, put the dog in the other room, and wait to eat your lunch until after your recording wraps. No one wants a post-lunch belch to show up in their interview.
This seems self-explanatory, but I’m always surprised to hear the number of guests who ask me what the format of the podcast is, or what kind of show it is, etc. If you’re being invited to join the show as a guest, you’re being promoted by the podcast and you’re being put in front of new audiences. That’s an honor ! Do yourself a favor, and prepare by listening to the other kinds of guests the host has had on the show, what kinds of questions the host normally asks, and how you might be able to differentiate yourself.
Consider your pitch. What’s your unique value proposition ? Why does this host even want to have you on their show, using a precious 30 minutes to an hour of their life talking to you ?
Sometimes, if you’re lucky, the host will have asked YOU to join their show. What an honor ! In that case, the host will likely have an idea of what they want you to cover and how it will affect their audience.
If, on the other hand, you’re out there hustlin’ and bustlin’, pitching yourself for podcast appearances ( as most professionals are ), you’ll need to make that thing that you are uniquely qualified to do very clear.
I am looking forward to explaining the power that virtual assistants can have on growing a and getting out of your own way. I’m excited to share some ideas about how your audience can find, hire, and train a VA quickly and efficiently… without losing their minds. Not only will this impress your host, but it will help them develop questions that you can effectively answer. No one wants to be stumped on a podcast interview !
Whether we like it or not, not all podcast hosts will have read this site web post ( hehe ) and be completely prepared to have you on their show. Or, they won’t have stellar research skills and won’t be able to find your latest headshot and bio. tera avoid any confusion or any outdated information, do your host a favor and offer up your latest headshot and a short bio. It will help them introduce you, can be included in show notes, and will save everyone any embarrassment of sharing information that’s no longer accurate.
You’d think this one would be a no-brainer, but again, you’d be surprised at how many people are like, “I want to be on your podcast ! ” And then are like, “Wait, how does the internet work ? ”Look, podcasting is generally all done with VOIP tools like Skype or Zencastr, which require a stable internet connection ( wired if possible ) and a good quality input. Producers like me can only do so much if you sound muffled, staticky, or if you’re blowing out your microphone.
Your best way to be an amazingly prepared podcast guest might just be to ask what your host needs. Maybe there are some special recording indications or tools, or perhaps there are a few questions that they always like to ask ( which, frankly, you should know about if you’ve listened to a few episodes of the podcast ), or maybe the host needs you to prepare a bermuda site web post to go in the show notes. As a guest, it’s your travail to make the host’s life easier. It’s your emploi to do everything you can to make the interview freakin’ awesome. You can’t help a bad host—that’s just sad and always hard to listen to—but you can do your part to make sure you’re not to blame for a terrible podcast episode.