5 Minute Mondays

5 Minute Mondays

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Welcome to “5 Minute Mondays!” On this podcast, you’ll hear the best tips and tricks for building your podcast all in five minutes or less. Whether it’s getting more podcast listeners, promoting your podcast on social media, or how to produce high


How to get podcast sponsors
Oct 21 • 4 min
In this episode, you’ll learn how to find and secure sponsors for your podcast.Check out our new blog podcast: How to Make Money Podcasting.
Making money with host-read ads
Oct 14 • 4 min
In this episode, you’ll learn about the most well-known podcast monetization strategy - the host-read ad.Check out our new blog podcast: How to Make Money Podcasting….
How to choose the right podcast monetization strategy
Oct 7 • 4 min
In this episode, you’ll learn how to decide which monetization strategy is best for your podcasting goals.Check out our new blog podcast: How to Make Money Podcasting.
Why you MUST record each person on their own track
Sep 30 • 4 min
In this episode, Travis explains why you absolutely must record each person to their own track (and how to do it).Gear we recommend for multitrack recording:Scarlett 2i2
Loudness Normalization for Podcasters
Sep 23 • 3 min
In this episode, you’ll learn how to set your podcast episodes to the perfect volume using loudness normalization.Loudness Target Guidelines:Mono Audio Files: -19 LUFSStereo Audio Files: -16 LUFSC…
Audio Leveling 101
Sep 16 • 4 min
In this episode, you’ll learn how to level your audio so you don’t blow out your listeners’ eardrums.Fill out this short questionnaire to submit a question or topic for a future episod…
Audio Clipping explained (and how to fix it!)
Sep 9 • 4 min
In this episode, you’ll learn what clipping is and how to keep it from destroying your podcast episodes.Fill out this short questionnaire to submit a question or topic for a future epi…
How to name your podcast
Sep 2 • 4 min
In this episode, Travis teaches you how to come up with the perfect name for your podcast.Fill out this short questionnaire to submit a question or topic for a future episode.N…
Don’t waste money on FB ads. Spend it here instead!
Aug 26 • 4 min
This is Week 5 of a 5-week miniseries to help you grow your podcast and get more listeners.In this episode, Travis explains why Overcast ads are his go-to paid promotion strategy.Learn more about running ads on Overcast by visiting
Pat Flynn’s “Ninja” marketing strategy
Aug 19 • 4 min
This is Week 4 of a 5-week miniseries to help you grow your podcast and get more listeners.In this episode, Travis teaches you why you should feature Facebook Group admins on your podcast.Read Pat Flynn’s full blog post at
The #1 free marketing strategy for podcasters
Aug 12 • 4 min
This is Week 3 of a 5-week miniseries to help you grow your podcast and get more listeners.In this episode, Travis teaches you the top, free marketing strategy that is working for podcasters right now.Read
How to reduce churn and STOP losing listeners
Aug 5 • 4 min
This is Week 2 of our 5-week miniseries focused on helping you grow your podcast and get more listeners.In this episode, Travis teaches you how to reduce churn so when new people discover your podcast they become longterm listeners.
Go from an “amateur” to a “pro” podcast in 3 steps
Jul 29 • 4 min
This week we’re kicking off a 5-week miniseries to help you grow your podcast and get more listeners.In this episode, Travis tells you the 3 things you have to do to go from “amateur” to “pro” podcaster.Stuff mentioned in this episo…
What does success look like for a new podcast?
Jul 22 • 4 min
Mandee asked “How do you know when your new podcast is a success? How many listeners/downloads should I expect in my first week to know if I’m doing what I should be doing?”In this episode, I’ll ask you three questions to help you discover w…
What do you do with a bad interview or guest?
Jul 15 • 4 min
What do you do if you find yourself not liking the guest you’ve asked to be on your show? How do you decide not to use the interview without offending the person?In this episode, I’ll teach you how to break the news in a way that minimizes c…
How to get clean audio from almost any microphone
Jul 8 • 4 min
Unless you know how to use proper mic technique, that new $400 microphone isn’t going to do you any good.In this episode, we’ll teach you the four (plus one bonus) techniques you can utilize to get high-quality audio out of almost any microp…
Best online podcast communities
Jul 1 • 4 min
The best place to get high-quality answers for your podcast-related questions is in an online podcast community.In this episode, we’ll break down four communities we believe every podcaster should be a part of.Links to the podcast co…
Breaking down the changes to Apple Podcasts
Jun 24 • 4 min
Apple recently sent an email to every podcaster on their platform letting them know about some changes that are coming in the near future.In this episode, we’ll break down the three big pieces of news and how it affects you as a podcaster.
How to make a “lead magnet” for your podcast email list
Jun 17 • 4 min
Once you sign up for an email service provider, you need a strategy that will incentivize your audience to sign up for your list.In this episode, we’ll give you three lead magnet ideas you can create for your new podcast email newsletter.
Why your podcast needs an email list
Jun 10 • 4 min
What’s the best strategy for connecting with your audience and scaling your podcast?In this episode, we’ll give you three reasons why email beats social media every time.Need some help with your podcast? Join the
Podcast show notes best practices
Jun 3 • 4 min
What should you include in your podcast episode description? How much information do you need to include? How do your show notes compliment your podcast episodes?In this episode, we’ll give you two things to avoid and two things to consider …
Should you put your podcast on YouTube?
May 27 • 4 min
In this episode, Travis explains the pros and cons of uploading videos for your podcast on YouTube.Need some help with your podcast? Join the Buzzsprout Podcast Community
How to rebrand your podcast
May 20 • 4 min
Are you thinking of changing the name of your podcast and taking it in a different direction? In this episode, Travis helps you decide if rebranding is right for you and how to do it without losing your subscribers.Need some help with your po…
Why your podcast needs a website
May 13 • 4 min
It’s really important that you have a single place that you can send literally anyone to learn more about your podcast and subscribe on the app of their choice. In this episode, Travis explains why your website is the “home base” of your podcast and…
How to promote your podcast on social media
May 6 • 4 min
What’s the best way to promote your podcast using social media? In this episode, Travis explains how to create content that people will feel inspired and motivated to share with their friends.Need some help with your podcast? Join the
How to take a break without losing subscribers
Apr 29 • 4 min
Podcasting is a lot of work and you’ll reach a point where you just need to step away for a while. But how do you do that without losing the momentum that you’ve built? In this episode, I’ll teach you how to use seasons so you take planned breaks fr…
When is it time to upgrade your microphone?
Apr 22 • 4 min
When should you pull the trigger and invest in some nicer podcast gear? Answer: when your current setup is holding you back.Microphones mentioned in this episode:Rode ProcasterHeil PR40Shure SM7B (+Cloudlifter)
Best practices for uploading to Buzzsprout
Apr 15 • 4 min
What’s the best method for uploading a new podcast episode into Buzzsprout? What fields should you spend more of your time on? In this episode, Travis dives into the most effective way to upload each episode.Need some help with your podcast? …
XLR or USB?
Apr 8 • 4 min
Should you use a USB microphone or an XLR microphone? It depends… In this episode, Travis explains the pros and cons to each microphone and which one is best for you.Need some help with your podcast? Join the
How to make “clickable” episode titles
Apr 1 • 4 min
In this episode, Travis explains how to make your episodes irresistible to both subscribers and casual passers-by.Need some help with your podcast? Join the Buzzsprout Podcast …
Where to find music for your podcast
Mar 25 • 4 min
Where do you find high-quality music that you can use in your podcast without the risk of being sued? In this episode, Travis breaks down what “royalty-free” music is and where you can find it.Websites mentioned:
Should you use dynamic ad insertion?
Mar 18 • 4 min
Dynamic ads promise to make monetization easy for smaller creators, but is it the right choice for your podcast? In this episode, Travis breaks down the pros and cons of dynamic ads.Need some help with your podcast? Join the
Make sure you’re in these 5 podcast directories
Mar 11 • 4 min
You want it to be “stupid easy” for someone to find and listen to your podcast. In this episode, Travis walks through the 5 directories every podcaster needs to submit their podcast to.Need some help with your podcast? Join the
Stop looking at your download numbers
Mar 4 • 4 min
The only thing more exciting than launching your podcast is watching your download numbers grow over time. But if you’re looking to your stats to validate that your podcast is a success, you’ll be continually discouraged.Need some help with …
Use Auphonic to polish your audio
Feb 25 • 4 min
Auphonic is an online software tool that gives you pro-level audio processing with the click of a button.Try out Auphonic for free.Need some help with your podcast? Join the
How to prep your podcast guests
Feb 18 • 4 min
The difference between a great interview and a mediocre one comes down to how comfortable your guest feels. In this episode, Travis shares 3 strategies to help your guests trust you with their stories.Need some help with your podcast? Join t…
Make custom audiograms for FREE!
Feb 11 • 4 min
With Headliner, you can create custom audiograms using your podcast audio and share them on social media. Did we mention it’s free?Check out Headliner.app and get started.Need some help…
How to find high-quality guests
Feb 4 • 4 min
What are the most effective strategies for landing high-quality guests on your podcast? In this episode, Travis outlines three of his favorite strategies.Need some help with your podcast? Join the
Our favorite microphone for podcasting
Jan 28 • 4 min
You don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars to get professional sound quality, just grab our favorite microphone and you’re good to go!Check out our recommended microphones
Best online interview solutions
Jan 21 • 4 min
In this episode, Travis breaks down the two online interview solutions that we recommend for podcasters.Check out our recommended solutionsZoom…
How to make great podcast artwork
Jan 14 • 4 min
When potential listeners are scrolling through their podcast app first impressions are everything! Make sure your podcast artwork isn’t holding you back.Get High-Quality Podcast ArtworkC…
The magic of podcast Facebook groups
Jan 7 • 4 min
Have you ever wanted to interact with the people that listen to your podcast? With Facebook groups, you can!Need some help with your podcast? Join the Buzzsprout Podcast Commun…
New Year’s resolutions for podcasters
Dec 31, 2018 • 4 min
Every January people take up new resolutions to improve their life in some way. Today we’ll talk about three resolutions you can make that will grow your podcast and help you reach your goals.Watch the Buzzsprout webinar -
Why you should make a Xmas episode
Dec 24, 2018 • 4 min
One of the smartest (and easiest) ways to come up with relevant episode topics is to figure out what dates, events, or holidays matter to your audience and create timely content around them.Need some help with your podcast? Join the
Get superior audio quality in your home
Dec 17, 2018 • 4 min
How do you get that professional studio sound quality in the convenience of your own home? Choose a recording space with lots of clutter.Need some help with your podcast? Join the