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Monday, May 18, 2009

Review: The Ultimate Podcasting Kit

The Ultimate Podcasting Kit is a new product from WCCL, who also publish my courses The Wealthy Writer, Write Any Book in Under 28 Days and Quick Cash Writing.

The Ultimate Podcasting Kit is written by Bob Ferris. I must admit Bob is a new name to me - as far I know this is his first WCCL production - but he clearly knows his stuff where podcasting is concerned.

The Ultimate Podcasting Kit is provided as an instant download in the universal PDF format. It is therefore suitable for all computing platforms: Microsoft Windows, Macintosh and Linux. The PDF files are password-protected, but that's only a minor inconvenience. Once you have opened them, you can print out all or any of the pages as you wish.

Like all WCCL products, The Ultimate Podcasting Kit is beautifully produced, and it has clearly been professionally designed and edited. The main manual (I'll get to the bonuses later) weighs in at a substantial but not overwhelming 114 pages. It takes you step by step through everything you need to know to create and publish your very first podcast.

Assuming no prior knowledge, The Ultimate Podcasting Kit starts by explaining what podcasts are and how to find and listen to other people's, before going on to discuss coming up with ideas for your own. The manual looks at the different options for creating podcasts before coming down firmly in favour of the open source (and therefore free) Audacity software. It explains how to record and edit your podcast using Audacity and how to publish it online.

Of course, there is no point creating a podcast unless you can get people to listen to it, so the last part of the main manual discusses how to publicize and promote your podcasts. Five chapters are devoted to this subject, so it's covered in considerable detail.

Three bonus reports are also included. Possibly the most useful is Get Audacious With Audacity. This is a step-by-step guide to using the Audacity software (for which a download link is provided). It's illustrated with plenty of screengrabs, and should be sufficient to get even a complete newbie up and running.

The other reports are Sizzling Interview Techniques and How to Produce Sensational Shows. These include lots of ideas and suggestions to help ensure that your podcasts attract (and keep) listeners.

Overall, I was very impressed with The Ultimate Podcasting Kit. Even by WCCL's high standards, I think it is one of their best products yet. If you want to create and promote your own high-quality podcasts, this kit - along with the free Audacity software - should provide everything you need to get started.

Do I have any criticisms? Not really. If I was being ultra-picky, I might like to have seen some mention of the latest Internet radio services such as Blog Talk Radio, which can help bloggers create their own online radio shows and save them as podcasts. Such services do not, however, give anywhere near the same quality you would get by following the methods set out in The Ultimate Podcasting Kit.

To sum up, if you are interested in podcasting - and more and more writers are using podcasts to help promote themselves and their work - and you want to do it to the highest possible standard, in my view The Ultimate Podcasting Kit would be the ideal guide and resource for you.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very helpful review of the product, thanks!

8:56 PM  

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