While podcasting is much bigger than it was a few years ago, it's still not as big as a could be. Many bloggers have yet to get into the art of podcasting. Some are shy and aren't ready to take that next step, while others want to, but just don't know how to take that step.
Whatever your reason may be for not adding a podcast to your blog, you may want to consider the benefits. Podcasting is not just a marketing tool, it's also a way to set yourself apart from the competition and really get in touch with your subscribers. So before counting it out, take a look over these reasons why you should add a podcast to your blog.
Having a weekly podcast can be a great learning experience for you because you'll get to learn about new topics from the people that you talk to and interview. What better way to expand your knowledge than by talking to experts in that area? Your new-found knowledge is also a great way of increasing your authority and establishing yourself as a great source and leader in your industry. You'll be able to expound in greater detail on the topics that you cover on your blog and build more trust with your readers.
Expand Your Reach
Through your podcast you'll be able to network, connect and get noticed by new people. You'll really get to do a lot of expanding because the people that you invite on your podcast will of course share the podcast with their network. It only gets better from there because some of those people will then share the podcast with their networks and so on.
Also, with the ability to publish podcasts for free on iTunes and otherplaces, you're bound to reach an entirely new audience. It's a great way to build your brand and increase your exposure. People that may have never even heard of your will come across your podcast just by searching or browsing within your category.
Your readers will now become listeners and they'll really appreciate the convenience of being able to listen to your content on the go (via a mobile device) or while multitasking right at home or in the office. Listening actually takes less cognitive effort than reading, plus the Web has really made people more lazy. So, it's only natural that your readers will enjoy listening to your podcasts because it will save them time and energy.
Your podcast will give you the ability to improve your relationship with your current readers and build new relationships as well. It’s much easier to build a personal connection to a human voice than from writing; text can be so impersonal. Hearing your voice will let your listeners into your life and get to know the real you. You can also interact with them more and even respond to questions, remarks or feedback that they send.
If you’re now ready to take that next step, there are numerous resources on the Web to help you get started. Some methods are easier than other; so just be sure to find the method that best suits your needs and you'll be a podcasting pro in no time!