Podcasts for Education and Connections
I adore podcasts. That's likely clear as this is my third and likely far from final post about amazing podcast discoveries. I "binge" listen to podcasts when I make a new discovery. Podcasts make it easy to listen on my daily walks or during chores. While listening, I learn a ton from these talented folks sharing their own experiences or interviewing others. I also pore through show notes to connect with the podcaster and guests by signing up for their newsletters, checking out websites, and connecting on LinkedIn and Facebook.
My latest favorite podcasts are Deliberate Freelancer by Melanie Padgett Powers and The Content Byte by Lynne Testoni and Rachel Smith. Both of these podcasts focus on the life and improvement of all types of freelancers, although they tend to particularly focus on content writing. Even if you're not a writer, there is a lot to learn from all of these ladies. All of them have a fun, no-nonsense approach to their material and businesses.
Melanie will periodically stop to review her quarterly wins, challenges, and goals. I learn from these by gathering ideas of ways to improve my own business. She'll interview industry leaders that are way beyond my income level, but they all offer ways to improve your business. Dream UP, right? The focus topics are relatable to many freelancers, from SEO on websites to email and social media strategies. A particularly practical recent episode was an interview with Brian Hall with ways to easily optimize your website with a lot of great resources available through his website.
The Content Byte
I'm just beginning to work my way through these episodes. My first episode was an interview with Bernadette Schwerdt, a leader in the copywriting industry. So many great ideas here, and she has her own podcast! Another very practical episode was about social media with Anfernee Chansamooth. These ladies held a Summit in September which has received nothing but rave reviews for the talented folks brought together as speakers. They're considering holding another event, but it's too soon after the last to be sure. This was held virtually as well, making it high on my future conferences to attend!
Have you found any inspiring podcasts or mentors? Love to hear who you follow! I'm always interested in building my network while learning from others.
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Marketing and Website Management
I've noted already, I love podcasts! We reviewed podcasts more geared to editing and proofreading in a prior blog post. For the authors and entrepreneurs here, let's look at a couple I discovered recently that you may find useful as well.
If you're looking to punch up your website with SEO, key words, and light content marketing, Simple Content Marketing for Mompreneurs with Katie Flores is a good resource! You can find her podcast here and subscribe by your podcast app. You can find her blog and general website here. She has some nice lead magnets and a basic no-nonsense approach. Content warning - there are a fair amount of Christian references in podcasts.
Yael Keon is amazing! She's blowing me away with her energy and enthusiasm in every episode! Each episode is packed with tips and tricks for getting started in email marketing or growing what you have. I subscribed to her email list for more regular content. She has a great lead magnet and very affordable initial products to start you on your path.
Newsletter Ninja Tammi Labrecque is another fabulous email marketing resource! No podcasts from Tammi, but I would be remiss not to mention her so you can meet her as well. She's written two books so far, offers a number of classes, and hosts a very active Facebook group. She's an excellent resource for this aspect of your business!
SEO and Website Optimization
Debbie Emmitt is another amazing resource to keep in mind if you're creating your own website! She recently published very affordable books for authors and editors with a focus on website development. No podcasts, but great clear, simple information to get your website in top shape with your own efforts!
Do you create email newsletters and have a subscriber list growing? Do you create your own website complete with SEO key words? Love to hear your content marketing journey!
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Podcasts to Learn & Grow
I adore podcasts! I listen to them on my daily 3-mile walks or to keep me company during household chores. I love these as they're simply audio - no video - and require no wifi; just download and go.
Top Podcasts for Editors & Proofreaders
This seems a rather niche topic with few podcasts available. I'm grateful for those who bother to create content! These are all very informational, educational, and often introduce me to other resources. I'll link the websites as there are a multitude of podcast players available. Click the underlined titles to head to their websites.
The Editing Podcast by Louise Harnby & Denise Cowle - These ladies are definitely top of the heap and at the top of their genre! They've been podcasting for 4 years and have over 115 episodes. They continue to post content roughly every 2 weeks or "fortnight" as one is from England and the other Scotland. Harnby specializes in fiction topics, Cowle specializes in nonfiction, and they both cover content marketing. I highly recommend this one!
The Modern Editor Podcast by Tara Whitaker - I recently binge listened to all 25 of her episodes. She's on a seasonal break but promises to return. Great, real content about freelancing, editing, marketing, and mindset sharing her 10 years of experience.
The Proofreading Business Podcast by Elizabeth Wiegner - New to podcasts with 8 episodes so far, Elizabeth covers topics for proofreaders in general and transcript proofreading. She posts about every 2 weeks and is featuring guest interviews in recent episodes.
The Confident Freelance Editor by Malini Devadas - Malini has been doing podcasts since 2020 but took a break for a year, only recently returning to podcasts approximately every 2 weeks. She has over 70 episodes at this time with a very no-nonsense, down-to-earth style covering freelancing, editing, marketing, and mindset topics.
The Editor's Half Hour by Nadia Geagea Pupa - This is a new podcast with 8 episodes so far. These focus on interviews with those in the book business covering a wide range of topics.
The Independent Editor by Stuart Horwitz and Madison Utley - This podcast is on hiatus currently but I highly recommend it! These two have a great chemistry with something of a mentor/mentee relationship coming through in the interview style as they share their experiences in the freelance editing/publishing field. Stuart has been editing and ghost writing for years, whereas Madison is new to the business. Lots of great information here. I hope they bring it back! Definitely worth a listen.
What podcasts do you listen to? Do you know others focused on editing, proofreading, or marketing?