Tools I Use
A lot of people have been asking me what tools I use to create the podcast. After emailing a handful of them back I decided to just create a page that has the most asked about products. I also decided to use affiliate links for the products so that if you follow one of the links and decide to purchase it, the seller will kick a little bit back to me for referring you to them. Note: I only recommend items that I actually believe in, and it doesn't cost you any more.
I have tried many different hosting companies over the years and created over 100 websites. For the last 5 years I've used Bluehost. It's just works, and when there is an issue (someone spammed a Drupal site of mine leaving thousands of comments) I get notified right away by the techs who point me to the vulnerability. I had less important questions a few times and tweeted them, getting a super quick response. They are just great, and with this banner ad you can get it for only $3.95/mo.
Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR Microphone
I did lots of research and found that the most recommended mic for podcasting was the Heil PR-40…but that is well over $300 and needs to be plugged into a mixer. Sure I will eventually get to that level, but the #2 mic is this ATR-2100. Some people (like John Lee Dumas of Entrepreneur on Fire) have said that they started with the PR-40 and if they had to do it over again they would have started with the ATR-2100 and worked their way up. It has a great sound, and best of all it has both an XLR output (to go to a mixer) AND a USB output to go directly to your computer. I am currently using the USB method going to my Mac along with a software plugin for Skype called Ecamm Call Recorder. I have also used it in my mixer, and may move to that again soon.
When I decided to start this podcast I had no idea what I was doing. I read a couple of books, watched some YouTube videos, and read A LOT of blogs. It was Podcasters' Paradise though that got me to launch and allowed me to reach thousands of veterans with the Veteran Resource Podcast. If you are ready to start your own podcast, click the banner and I'll see you in Paradise!
Themefuse WordPress Themes
I have been building websites since geocities was around, and the best and most easiest WordPress themes that I have ever used come from Themefuse. I absolutely love The Core theme especially because it is like 19 themes in one. You just pick what you want it to look like, click a couple of buttons and the demo content is loaded. Then you just go in and change what you need to. I built this whole site with The Core and didn't need to do any coding myself. Drag and drop baby! Click the banner to get your theme.