Unless it is your only option, you want to avoid using an actual phone line as it will sound like, well, the phone (it cuts some of the clarity out and the bass). If you have people who will only use a phone you can get a skype to phone account (which is currently around $3.00 a month). Other options are to use a zoom.us meeting and have the person call in. The quality will be worse. Another “better than nothing” option is uberconference.com, Here again, you would connect via your microphone and your guest would connect via the phone.
If you are connecting via an interface like the Scarlet 2i2, then send the audio into a portal recorder like the Zoom H1, or H6. This will make it sound better as you are capturing exactly the way you hear it is. With Skype recorders (or its own internal recorder) you lose quality. It's usable, but you ALWAYS want to do what you can to preserve the quality.
If you are on a mac check out Call Recorder. If you are on a PC check out Free Skype Recorder. In both cases, I would find a way to get a local recorder going as well so you have two recordings going.
If you want more flexibility, try Squadcast.fm which records both sides of the conversation, and eliminates those “skype burps” as it records both sides of the podcast locally. If you don't have the need for this, it can also combine the two sides of the conversation into one file.
Currently, in 2019 the easiest and most flexible way to record a phone call is the Rodercaster Pro from Rode. I have and use one of these. This unit does everything. You can connect multiple people via phone, USB, Bluetooth, and directly via a microphone (you could have a total of seven people connected). It's an amazing piece of equipment with a price tag around $600 but it also has a built-in recorder, acts as a mixer, and has built-in audio enhancements.
If you want your audience to take any kind of action, then you need a podcast website
Do I need a website for my podcast? Well, if you're in a hurry, the quick answer is yes. And I'm going to explain why.
In a nutshell, Spotify, Apple (and I'm assuming very soon Stitcher) they do not have a great search tool
An example, I have a friend of mine does a show called the feed. And when you type in the feed, it doesn't show up in Apple podcasts. Here is a video that shows this in action
There are 700,000 podcasts in Apple podcast.
When you have your own website, you can direct people to your website and have a dedicated page to show them how to subscribe. There are still many people that haven't subscribed to a podcast. One of the worst things you can say is, “Find my show in Apple podcasts.” That is like saying, Hey, I'm over there next to the other 700,000 podcast – try and find me.
It's much better to say go to my website, and click on the subscribe button, and I'm available where you find your favorite podcasts. If you are using something like Facebook to advertise, there's a thing called the Facebook pixel and when they show up at your website, you're now starting to put them into your sales funnel.
If you have a website put your podcast on your already existing website. I'm assuming that your website and your podcast have a similar topic. So they tie in together. And when you put your podcast on your website, now people will go there and click play and listen, which means they're going to stay on your website longer. And when Google sees that, they go, “Wow, every time somebody goes to this website they stay there for 15 minutes this must be really good content.” This can lead to you ranking higher in the search engines.
Now if you go But Dave, I don't have a website. And I don't know if I can really afford to build a website. Most media hosting companies will give you a basic website. Libsyn.com ( that short for liberated syndication), provides a basic podcast page where people can subscribe and listen to your show. Use the coupon code sopfree to get a free month at www.libsyn.com
I've always said that your website is your hub, and then all the social platforms ( Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) are satellite offices that swirl around your main hub (which is your website). That way in the event one of the social platforms loses favor, ( does anybody remember MySpace? ) your audience knows where to find you.
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You might be thinking, “Technology and I are not friends.” I hear this all of the time from clients, “But Dave you don't understand my VCR blinked 12:00 for years.” I know. I've heard this many times.
When technology makes a potential podcast client nervous, I ask:
Have you ever uploaded an image to FaceBook or a file as an email attachment?
Then you can upload a media file to your media host
Have you ever been listening to the radio in the car and your phone rings and you turn down the radio?
Then you know how to mix audio
Have you ever press record on a VCR, Cassette Deck, Tivo, or DVR?
Then you press record in audio recording software (hint, it's the red button with “REC” on it)
Do You Know How To Talk?
Then you can talk into a microphone.
Today I share a story about how I was fired for being too shy. I reveal the advice I got from a teacher who got me over the hump, and I want to be the person who can help you over your hump.
Don't let the technology stop you from getting your message out to the world. If you want to be heard, then please let me know help
I look forward to working with you. I want to be your podcast consultant