When it comes to building an email list, Thrive Leads is one of the opt in newsletter plugin for WordPress.

If you are not building an email list, you should do that like right now!

Email marketing has always been providing the highest ROI compared to any other forms of digital marketing.

According to statistics, the ROI generated from email marketing is always providing higher revenue (as high as 5 times) for bloggers and business owners.

Email marketing commonly used in/to:

  • Launch funnels
  • Promoting content
  • Engaging with your readers
  • Delivering secret deals and freebies
  • Upsell
  • Encourage more visits by loyal readers
  • Promoting products and services

However, it is always easier said than done — getting readers to provide you with their name and email is always the toughest part.

The old method of joining the newsletters doesn't work anymore.

You need to use the right hooks and content to get higher subscription rate.

This is where Thrive Leads comes into play.

What is Thrive Leads?

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Thrive Leads is the top lead generation plugin for WordPress.

Using Thrive Leads is like having your very own list-building and conversion expert — baked right into a powerful piece of software.

Thrive Leads makes lead generation easier through powerful magnets, high conversion templates and easy to use/low learning curve plugin.

Related: Thrive Leads vs OptinMonster – Which Plugin Is The Best Plugin For Building An Email List?

How to setup Thrive Leads?

The first step is to connect your email service provide to Thrive Leads.

Locate the Thrive Dashboard plugin (left panel on your WordPress site) and select Thrive Dashboard.

This is what you will see.

thrive leads dashboard

If you purchase Thrive Leads as a standalone, you will not see other options such as Thrive Optimize, Thrive Headline Optimizer and the rest.

To access Thrive Leads, click on the Thrive Leads Dashboard as you can see in the image above.

BONUS: You should consider getting the Thrive Membership instead of Thrive Leads standalone plugin as the membership costs only $19 per month and allows you to have unlimited access to all Thrive plugins and WordPress themes (value for money). You can read the review or check out the demo.

Thrive Leads Dashboard

You will be greeted with the intuitive dashboard (as seen below).

It will give you a quick snapshot of your statistics for the day.

setting up thrive leads

By default, you will see several parts such as Lead Groups, Lead Shortcodes, ThriveBoxes and Signup Seque (One Click Signup Links).

Lead Groups. This is the default lead generation forms where you create multiple forms and selecting the specific triggers. Each lead group can be triggered by a specific 'reason' such as categories, posts etc.

Lead Shortcodes. Lead Shortcodes allows you to place lead generation forms within your content. This allows you to place lead generation forms through hotspots on your site.

ThriveBoxes. This are lead generation forms triggered when website visitors reaches the selected area. This is often popup lead generation forms.

Signup Segue. This is powerful because you can easily add these into your email newsletters or emails for your product launch. These one click signup allows you to register the existing email subscribers to webinar series and other forms of marketing.

How to connect email services to Thrive Leads?

Head over to Thrive Dashboard and scroll down to bottom of the page. You will the section called Thrive Features.

thrive features

The next step is to click on the Manage Connections (API Connections) to open up the option to connect your email marketing services to Thrive Leads.

You can connect more than one services to Thrive Leads (which is really awesome by the way).

As you can see, I connected Facebook, Google and mailChimp for this Thrive leads demo.

connecting thrive leads

Currently, Thrive Leads is connected to 23 email marketing services including, AWeber, GetResponse, ConvertKit, Drip and MailChimp.

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Undecided which email marketing services to use a side from MailChimp? Read this post: Top 4 Email Marketing Services That Are Better Than MailChimp.

How to create optin forms using Thrive Leads?

By default, Thrive Leads comes with several forms options for you to choose from.

thrive leads optin forms

Thrive Leads offers a wide range of optin forms

Once you have selected the type of opt in form, you can go another step further by customizing the way the form will be displayed.

thrive leads form setting

Trigger. This option allows you control the way the form will be displayed. I prefer to go for 30 seconds or after 75% view of the page to avoid pissing off my readers 🙂

Display frequency. This option allows you to control the form display frequency. I go for three days.

Animation. This is the way the form will be displayed to your website visitors.

Creating your opt in form using Thrive Leads

Thrive Leads comes with a large ready-made and professionally designed templates that you can choose from.

thrive leads opt in forms

There is also the option for Blank Canvas where you can easily create your own custom forms from scratch.

Thrive Leads comes with visual builder and this means that you can drag and drop elements to the form without coding skills.

creating thrive leads forms

Is Thrive Leads too complicated for you? Try OptinMonster! Here's the latest OptinMonster review 2018.

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Once you have completed all the steps above, you would need to turn on the forms.

Thrive Leads allows you to control your opt in forms to the display on desktop, mobile or on both.

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Pretty cool, right?

Are you ready to build an email list with Thrive Leads?

There is no denial that Thrive Leads is one of the best and easiest to use opt in form builders for WordPress.

What do you think? Take a look at Thrive Leads now!

How to start freelance writing?

If this is your concern, you are at the right place. In this article, I will share with you some quick and efficient ways to start freelance writing in just 3 hours.

But before that, freelancing makes my day ... every day.

I love freelancing and I have been doing for years. As a matter of fact, this is what happens to me when I talk about freelance writing.

how to start freelance writing

Wait, who am I?

My name is Reginald and I've been a freelance writer since 2004. It all started as a hobby and soon, it turned out to be a full-fledge business.

Freelance writing is also my base which helped me launched my creative agency.

During my freelance writing career, I was lucky to be featured on many authority websites and recently, by Freelancer.com as one of the top freelancers in Malaysia. You can read the article here.

Question: How much can you make through freelance writing?

I believe there is many concepts and ideas pertaining to this topic. Here's what I can tell you.

You can make at least $10 per article (approximately 350 to 500 words) and on average, a moderate freelance writer can earn around $20 to $25 per article.

You can earn even more when you are doing ghost writing for eBooks and website contents/redesign — that's an easy $200+ per project.

The total amount you can earn often comes hand in hand with your experience. For example:

  • What is your writing experience?
  • What are the perks you are offering?
  • How fast can you complete an article?

If you are serious in starting a freelance writing career, you can easily earn at least $500 or $1,000 a month by just writing!

In most cases, this is often more than what you earn from blogging or through Google Adsense.

1. How to start freelance writing?

The first step is often the easiest of all — take some time to determine the type of content you want to write.

For example, you should have some sort of writing experience now (be it blogging or any other forms of writing).

Defining the niche of your writing allows you to create a better portfolio to attract the right and potential employers (more on this below).

For me, I am very into business writing. Therefore, all my freelance writing projects are aimed heavily on small-medium sized businesses who require professional ghostwriting services.

Note: You should take your time to understand the capacity of writing as well as your target audience before moving to the next step.

2. Choosing a freelance writing platform

There are many freelance writing platforms and for me, my go-to platform is Freelancer.com.

The advantage of using Freelancer.com is the free account creation. You can easily try out the platform for free (30-days trial) which is extremely important especially when you are new to the freelancing writing industry. You can register a free account here.

Once you get several projects in, consider going for a paid account for better visibility and faster withdrawal rate.

freelancer pricing

Want to get a free 30-days trial? Register for a free account using this link and enjoy 30-days complimentary upgrade to Plus account worth $9.95!

3. Creating a professional profile

If you want to attract potential employers, having a professional profile is critical for success.

What should be included in a professional freelancer profile?

A professional freelancer profile should include information such as your past experience, a little about you and of course, what makes you different from the rest of the freelance writers.

Your profile should be short but precise. Here's an example.

About

Reginald Chan


A TEDx speaker and Chief Marketing Officer, Reginald is highly passionate in writing. His writings had been published on authority sites such as Harvard University, Yahoo! Small Business, Entrepreneur Magazine and SEMrush.

You can also see my Freelancer profile here.

If you have a blog, you can even create a single page profile page to sell your services. Single page landing pages can be created easily using WordPress website builders. I use Thrive Architect and head over to this post to learn how you can easily create a landing page under 15 minutes.

4. Bidding professionally

Want to know how to become a freelance writer?

You need to have a highly effective template when it comes to bidding for a project.

I know. There are guru's and coaches out there that tell you not to do so. But hear me out.

Having a template allows you to bid faster and sending the relevant information to your potential employers.

What should be included in the template?

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    A quick introduction of you (people like to know who they are dealing with)
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    An overview of what you do (sharing experiences for example)
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    How you fit into the project?
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    What makes you different from the rest of the freelance writer?
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    What are your commitments and promise?
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    The expected completion time
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    Pitch for future works

Having the right pitch at the end of your bid is critical because you want to showcase your interest for long term work and not just one off projects (like what most freelancers are looking for).

5. Communication is key

If you want to be a highly sought after freelance writer, you need to be really good with your communication.

This means that be courteous during the conversion and ensure that you respond with an acceptable time frame. For example, I love responding within 10 minutes and if it is in a different timezone, within the day will create a lasting impression.

The key to successful freelance writing business is creating a clear path for communication before, during and after completing the project.

6. Ask for more future jobs

Lastly, do not be afraid to ask for more future jobs. If you have done a great writing job, then the employers will have no problem giving you more jobs in the near future.

find freelance writing jobs

The trick here is to make it clear that you are always looking for long term business partnership and have no problem working with him/her again.

Are you ready to start freelance writing?

I love doing freelance writing as it is not only fun but extremely rewarding.

Have you started freelance writing?

Tell me what you think in the comments below!

We are always trying to make our WordPress site loads faster because it is a known fact that slow loading website will make you lose web traffic and potential customers.

Do you know that visitors spend an average of 3 seconds on a site to allow it to load? So, if your website is not loading faster, you are losing visitors!

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What is the easiest way to make WordPress faster?

Glad you ask this and in this post, you will discover 8 steps you can take today (yes, like right now) to make WordPress faster.

But before that, make no mistake as the blame should not on WordPress. Installing a stock WordPress theme such as Twenty Seventeen and zero plugin will allow your site to load under 1 second even with the below average web hosting service.

When you start installing premium themes and plugins to make your WordPress experience better, your loading speed will take the hit almost instantly — from an average of 1 second to over 5 seconds!

So, what can you do to make your WordPress faster? Here are some of the best tips you can start today and without hiring a website developer.

1. Choose a well-coded WordPress theme

A good WordPress theme goes a long way and in this case, the theme is going to impact the speed of your site.

Great WordPress themes doesn't take forever to load and as a matter of fact, it takes only a faction of the time to load.

I use StudioPress for this WordPress site (and almost all my other sites) because it is fast, well-coded and doesn't come with bloatware.

2. Choosing the right web hosting company

There is no wrong going for a cheaper web hosting solution if you are not affordable for premium WordPress hosting such as WPEngine.

There are many web hosting solutions that starts between $2 to $5 per month for hosting a small website. The most important parts about choosing the right web hosting company are:

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    High online status
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    Availability of support (chat, email or phone)
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    Reviews
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    Different database to choose from

You can go through a full list of the best cheap WordPress hosting services (click to read the complete comparison).

If you are looking for a good WordPress hosting, I highly recommend Cloudways for affordability and scalability. I even use Cloudways to host this blog.

3. Install only useful plugins

How many plugins do you have under the hood? On average, most of us have around 10 to 12 WordPress plugins installed and active.

While there is no perfect number for the number of plugins installed, the best solution is always to install the minimum number of plugins.

The more plugin you have installed, the slower your WordPress website will load.

If you want to know which plugin is dragging your WordPress speed to snail-mode, install P3 Profiler and run a test.

Want to know which plugin is dragging your site down? Run a test using P3 Profiler plugin to determine the culprit!

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4. Uninstall plugins that you don't use

Are you keeping inactive plugins and not uninstalling them? You should always make it a point to uninstall plugins that you don't use.

Leaving inactive plugins in your WordPress site will not only slow down your site but it will also affect your site's security.

5. Be wary on theme builders

There is high demand for theme builders in today's market because it is easy to use and creating website from scratch is way much easier.

However, using theme builders can easily cause your website to load slower than usual.

Most theme builders come with multiple elements and customization to help you design the perfect website layout

The only problem is that it comes with a truckload of CSS and codes which will slow down your website loading speed.

Looking for the best WordPress theme builder? I highly recommend Divi 3.0 for performance, speed and affordability.

6. Install cache plugin

Cache plugins help to speed up your website in many ways. While premium WordPress hostings often come with inbuilt cache feature, you probably need to install your own cache plugin if you are using a lower end WordPress hosting service.

The easiest cache plugin to configure is WP Super Cache and you can pretty much set it up (automatic) in just a few clicks.

Of course, W3 Total Cache is a great alternative but it certainly comes with several advanced configuration.

Click here to setup your W3 Total Cache correctly for faster loading speed.

7. Remove unwanted CSS

Removing unwanted CSS is a great way to speed up your overall WordPress site.

The process of removing unwanted CSS isn't a walk in the park. It certainly takes some coding skills and knowledge. You can read this post to learn more about it.

If you are using Thrive Architect (or Thrive Content Builder), you are in luck!

There is an option for you to remove unwanted CSS files when you are building WordPress landing pages with Thrive Architect.

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The removal of Theme CSS allows your website to load lesser CSS files and thus, improving the overall loading speed.

If you know a thing or two about CSS and coding, it is always best to remove unwanted CSS codes from your site to avoid slow loading speed.

BONUS

Are you looking for a good theme builder? Thrive Architect is one of my top favorite after Divi 3.0. Read my full Thrive Architect review and see how it can help you create powerful landing pages in just a few clicks (without making your site loads slower)!

8. Use a content delivery network (CDN)

If you want to make your website loads faster, then start using a content delivery network (CDN).

A CDN speed up your website by keeping static files in various datacentres around the world. This allows faster distribution of files to your visitors as they will be getting partial files from the datacentres nearest to their locations.

CloudFlare and Incapsula are two of the best free content delivery network that will help fasten the speed of your website and provide a layer of additional security.

Want to make your website speed even faster? Try using customized CloudFlare Page Rules for massive loading speed. Click here to read more the full guide.

Making WordPress Faster Today

Are you ready to make your WordPress loads faster?

I hope you find the above 8 tips useful and if you have something to share, leave a comment and I'll take a look at it!

As a freelance website developer, I am very familiar with many website builder such as Divi 3.0, Beaver Builder and of course, Thrive website builder. I love all of them, but if I am down to only one choice, my choice will be Thrive Architect.

Thrive Architect isn't godly — but it is by far the easiest to use drag and drop website builder.

When it comes to website development, your main goal is to create website design fast and beautifully.

Sure, you can use Divi 3.0 and Beaver Builder for this matter, but Thrive website builder makes is way easier for you to build website from scratch (more on this below).

And for the record, I am not the easiest customer to handle as I'm seriously demanding. 

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So, why do I recommend Thrive website builder a.k.a Thrive Content Builder/ Thrive Architect?

Disclaimer: I often write very lost posts but for this article, I want to make it short and precise. if you are looking for a detailed Thrive Architect review, click on this link to read more.

Advantages #1: Over 200 ready-made demos

I love those ready-made templates and demos. Seriously.

In just a few clicks, I can easily import the professional designs without using a single line of code.

This is what I mean.

Thrive Architect Landing Pages Template Sets

Pretty insane if you ask me. When you use Thrive Architect, you can instantly download and use these professional designed templates.

With Thrive Architect, you can:

  • Choose over 200+ ready-made templates
  • Pages includes landing pages, sales pages, webinar pages and homepages
  • Images and icons are in high resolution
  • Landing pages are automatically optimized for mobile devices

Advantages #2: No coding skill required

The best part about using Thrive website builder is that it is 100% beginner friendly.

You don't need coding skills to operate Thrive website builder — and as a matter of fact, you can just install, plug in and use instantly use it!

Thrive Architect is a front-end WordPress editor that allows you to edit anything on the page in real time.

This is what I mean.

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All you need to do is to drag and drop the elements (also known as foundation) on the left to the editing panel on the right.

Advantages #3: Affordable pricing

As a freelance website designer, I find that using the right tool doesn't only make my web designing work faster, it helps me to save cost as well!

My choice of using Thrive Architect is simply because it is highly affordable (along with the features).

Thrive Architect is a standalone WordPress builder plugin that costs $67 per site usage. If you are looking for a better pricing, you can opt for Thrive Themes full suite that costs $19 per month (and comes with 9 Thrive plugins and 10 premium WordPress themes).

Advantages #4: Doesn't break your site when uninstall

Most website builders like OptimizePress will break your site when you install it. By then, repairing your site will takes days if not thousands of dollars.

Using Thrive Architect, your site will never break in the case where you decide to uninstall it (regardless whatever the reason is).

So, you know that your content is always safe!

BONUS: Using OptimizePress? Don't worry — here are the best OptimizePress alternatives for 2018.

Is Thrive Website Builder Worth it?

The answer is pretty straightforward (and one sided if you would say). I've been using Thrive website builder to help dozens of clients to build websites from scratch and I have absolutely nothing bad to say about it!

Thrive website builder is definitely worth every penny spend.

Are you using Thrive Architect a.k.a. Thrive website builder? Leave a comment below and tell me what you think!

Planning to start your own podcast but no idea which is the best podcast equipment?

In this post, we will discover the best podcast equipment including the best headphones for podcasting, the best podcast recording software and of course, the best USB micrphone.

Why should you use the best podcast equipment?

best podcast equipment

Buying equipment for podcasting is an area that can be incredibly frustrating. Many podcasters suggest poor equipment, software, and set-ups.

What equipment you decide to purchase will depend on your technological comfort level and your budget. However, it’s important to understand all your options before deciding.

Ultimately, don't just buy a new podcast tool because you wants it (or because I say it is good). Buy these podcast tools only if you are serious in making podcasting a success. Always remember that using the best podcast equipment will elevates your podcast to new heights.

Using the right podcast equipment is going to produce better (and often times higher quality) podcast output. In return, you will be able to create better user experience and engaging with your listeners in a way that most new podcasters couldn't!

Without further adieu, let's start going through the best podcast equipment (without burning a hole in your pocket).


Best microphone for podcast recording

cheap microphone for podcasting

Audio-Technica ATR2100 is a popular microphone for podcasters

When it comes to recording a podcast, sound output and recording is critical.

As a podcaster myself, I wouldn't recommend you to go with the cheap microphones available.

Luckily for you, there is a wide range of microphone recommendations that you can find on Amazon.

How cheap is cheap microphones?

I would say buying a good microphone for podcasting will cost you under $100. 

For me, the best USB microphone is Audio-Technica ATR2100 which you can purchase for only $74 on Amazon. 

Wait, how good is Audio-Technica ATR2100?

With 1,684 customer reviews averaging 4 out of 5 stars review, this is the best microphone for podcast recording that is used by top podcasters!

If you are looking for cheap microphones for entry level podcasters, this is a great USB/XLR microphone.

Click on this link to get the best deal for Audio-Technica ATR2100 on Amazon.


Best podcast recording software

best podcasting software 2018

There are many different audio editing programs that will work to edit podcasts, but we’re just going to focus on the best podcast recording software.

Getting the best podcast recording software is important because it allows you to:

  • Record audio without issue
  • Perform advanced setting to make your audio clearer and sharper
  • Manage and edit your audio easier (especially during the podcast editing stage)

Best podcast software for Windows

I'm a Windows user (for ages now) and Windows users are pretty darn lucky.

There is the all-time-popular Audacity which is free to use and Adobe Audition which is a paid version.

1. Audacity

Here's what you need to know about Audacity — it is a free cross-platform audio editor.

Audacity is a very popular podcast equipment for podcasters and it is comes packing with some features (even when you can download it for free).

The only downside about Audacity is that it lacks the intuitive user interface and it can be very confusing when you are first getting started. Once you get the hang of it, I'm sure you are going to love it!

2. Adobe Audition

If you are looking for the best podcast equipment, Adobe Audition must be in your list of tool!

This software is designed for podcast production and editing, and comes with many advanced tools just for that matter. There are a number features including noise-reduction capabilities, advanced compression and EQ.

Want to perform batch processing and saving time? You can do so with Adobe Audition! In just a few clicks, you can apply various effects to one file, save it, then apply those same effects to a “batch” of other files.

Best podcast software for Mac

There are several podcast equipment you can install on your Mac for podcasting. The top two podcast software for Mac are GarageBand and Logic Pro.

1. GarageBand

GarageBand is a free digital audio workstation (also known as DAW) and it is a great podcast software for podcasters, regardless you are a beginner or advanced podcaster.

Using GarageBand, you can create separate tracks for music, intros and outros, ad spots, and many other features. You can also easily fade them in and out as needed, move them around and adjust levels in just a few clicks.

If you are a Mac user, GarageBand is definitely a no-brainer for your podcasting business.

2. Logic Pro X

Logic Pro X is a pretty interesting podcasting software for Mac. In short, Logic Pro X is a full-featured music production and audio editing program.

Logic Pro X does a lot of features similar to GarageBand and the biggest advantage of this software is the Remote App which you can use on iPhone or iPad.

The only downside using Logic Pro X is that it comes with a one-time purchase fee of $200.


The best headphone for podcasting

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If you are planning to publish lengthy podcast episodes, getting yourself a decent quality headset microphone is an awesome choice.

Most of them are super easy to use, generally pretty inexpensive, and they serve double duty by also helping you out with better quality when you’re using Skype or Google Hangouts day to day.

Here are the top 3 podcast headset I highly recommend you to use.

1. Sennheiser PC 8 USB - Stereo USB Headset for PC and MAC with In-line Volume and Mute Control

I love this podcast headset because it is light and comfortable. Plus, it comes with in-line volume and mute control which are definitely pluses for me.

You can check out this product on Amazon (it costs like $32+).

2. Audio Technica ATH-COM2 Stereo/dynamic Boom Mic Combination Headset

Audio Technica isn't just selling cheap microphones for podcasting, it also offers a nice range of podcast headsets such as this one.

This headset is great because it gives a very comfortable grip when wearing it and offers very good build quality (feels expensive).

It is sold on Amazon for only $35 (purchase link).

3. Logitech High-performance USB Headset H540 for Windows and Mac, Skype Certified

This Logitech podcast headset is one of the best value for money headphone. For only $29, this is the by far the cheapest headset for podcasting and offers one of the best features.

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    Very high build quality of the group – big and chunky (in a good way)
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    Padded headphones and headband offer excellent feel
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    The microphone arm is solid, easily adjusted and kept to the side of your mouth

If you are looking for a cheap podcast headset, go for this one and you will never regret it. Check out the product page here.


Best mixer for podcasting

best podcast mixer under $200

Mixer for podcasting isn't cheap — but they are important podcasting equipment if you are looking for success.

Question: Why should you use a mixer for podcasting?

Answer: Using a mixer will improve your audio quality. The pre-amps will be nicer and will really help your microphone shine. Podcasters buy mixers for the advanced features/options and the control that they offer, as well as the efficiency they can bring to your recording workflow.

So, which is the best mixer for podcasting?

1. Yamaha MG10 10-Input Stereo Mixer

If you are looking for the best budget mixer for podcasting, you don't have to look any further. The Yamaha MG10 mixer is going to serve you well.

The Yamaha MG10 is a brilliant little mixer with an amazingly quiet noise floor, especially at this price. It has features normally found only on expensive units, such as in-built compression, and it also has Aux Out so that you can run a mix-minus setup.

For $150+ on Amazon, this is definitely one of the best podcast equipment you need to have in your toolbox. Check out the product features and review here.

2. Behringer XENYX X1204USB

Behringer mixer is not your average mixer. As a matter of fact, it is one of the best mid-range mixer for podcasting, alongside Yamaha MG10 mixer.

The Behringer Xenyx 1204 is a fully featured mixer that’ll do the job for any podcaster out there that needs a lot more channels and the full set of mixer features.

You can check it out on Amazon (price tag at $179+) here.


Summary: Best Podcast Equipment

If you are serious in starting your own podcast, you should focus on getting good podcast equipment to produce the best audio experience to your audience.

Using the best microphone, mixer and podcast recording software are all equally important and you should not take lightly on.

What is your favorite podcast equipment? Share me with it using the comment form below!

​How do you host your own podcast? I'm glad you asked!

​Starting a podcast business is fairly easy and the challenging part is where you need to work extremely hard to market and get listeners to your show.

​In this article, you will find the exact steps to host your own podcast and market your podcast business to success.

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Before that, let's talk a little about podcasting. Here's a statement issued by Variety back on February 2018:

Apple Podcasts … features more than 500,000 active podcasts, including content in more than 100 languages.

There's a whole long podcasting stats you can find on Podcasting Insights, but that's not the point you are here, right?

As a matter of fact, I'm confident that you know a lot more about podcasting and how it is revolutionizing the marketing industry.

But hey, let's say you need a little more convincing on why podcasting is the BEST option for you, here's an infographic you can digest on (or you can skip all this by scrolling down and get started with hosting your own podcast guide).

2018 podcast stats

​The Ultimate Guide To Host Your Own Podcast

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​Figure out your podcast niche

​Podcasting business is for real. You need to figure out the type of podcast niche that people might be interested to listen to. Podcasting niche can be both extremely lengthy such as ​Mixergy's podcast or a short one such as Ask Pat.

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Getting the equipment ready

​If you are just starting a podcast show, you don't have to spend thousands of dollars on podcasting equipment. You can start with the basic one and upgrade them as you progress through the podcasting business. Here are ​three podcast equipment ​that you need before getting started:

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​Getting the artwork ready

​The next step is to get your podcast artwork ready. There are two options to go around this. Firstly, you can create a free account on Canva and create your own design. Alternatively, you can use Fiverr or Freelancer to hire freelancers to design a professional design for you.


Personally, I use Freelancer because I can create contest (for like $20) and get over 15 designs for me to choose from — which I think is more worthwhile.


Note: Sign up on Freelancer using this link and get at least $10 credit to your account.

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​Recording your podcast

​You will nervous as hell when you record your first ever podcast and that's entirely normal! I recommend you to record the podcasts in stages so that you can edit them at a later time. I usually record 15 minutes each time and I can easily merge them later to make a complete podcast. Plus, t is less tiring as well!


Here are some podcast recording tools you should consider using to host your own podcast.

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​Editing your podcast recording

​This is the most crucial stage in making your podcast business a success. In order to host your own podcast show that will captivate your audience, you need to edit your podcast recordings.


But wait, why should you edit your podcasts? Isn't ​being natural is the best?


​I got to agree on going natural but ​the podcasting business is challenging. Therefore, editing your podcast makes it professional at the very least.


​Podcast editing can be time-consuming. Therefore, hire a freelancer if you are affordable to. Usually, it takes around $20 to $50 per recording.

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​Publishing your podcast

​This is where you 'hit publish!' Publishing your podcast is easy and it doesn't cost a dime. There are two main places where you need to submit your podcast work, which are iTunes Connect and Soundcloud.


​Always remember that podcasts are listen by both Apple and Android users around the world. Therefore, ​making your podcast available for both platforms are critical for your brand visibility.


​BONUS: How to market your podcast show?

​Host your own podcast is the easy part. Getting the podcast to your potential audience is the challenging part.

​Always remember that hosting your own podcast and marketing it is a continuous task!

​New & Noteworthy Podcast

​Right after publishing your first podcast, you will automatically be featured on the 100 new and noteworthy podcast on iTunes. This feature is only available for the first ​8 weeks (or 56 days to be exact) from the date your podcast was launched.

This is what it looks like on iTunes.

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​Again, there are literally hundreds of new podcasts launch on a daily basis and the competition is real.

You need to do go all out if you want to be featured on the top 5 or top 10 of the New and Noteworthy chart.

​Being featured on the New and Noteworthy chart allows you to get instant limelight to millions of Apple iTunes ​users. With the combination of an awesome podcast art cover/design and professionally edited podcast recording, you are going to pull a lot of visibility for yourself.

​Cross Marketing on Social Media

​Right after you published your podcast, schedule it on social media and blast them out!

You can even take a step further by running ads to encourage others to listen to your podcast.

Social media is one of the best online marketing methods to promote your podcast.

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​The more traffic you get during the initial podcast launch, the better the chances are for you to be build a stronger fan base.

​You can use a wide range of social media tools and if you are looking for one, I recommend you to take a look at Agorapulse.

Promote Your Podcast Through ​Email Marketing

​You know I talk a lot of email marketing, right? From email marketing software to email marketing tips.

​Just like publishing a blog post, make sure to email your subscribers once you published a new podcast and do not be afraid to ask for support.

Most of the time, we are afraid for backfire. If you are serious in host your own podcast and making it a success, you should go for it!

​Which is the best email software I should use for marketing my podcast? While there is no one size fits all, you should read this post where I share the top three email marketing software you should be using today.

​Publish On Your Blog

​Last but not least, the most obvious podcast marketing strategy known to mankind. Blogging.

Blogging is more than just a side hustle. It is one of the best small business ideas that can help you grow your podcasting business.

​You can take a look at how Pat Flynn uses his blog to drive more traffic to his podcast business. Here's the link.

​If you are a complete beginner and have no idea what blogging is and how to start one for your podcast business, here are some great resources for you to start with.


Are You Ready To ​Host Your Own Podcast?

I hope you find this guide useful and you are all ready to host your own podcast.

What do you think? Leave a comment below and feel free to ask any help!