Podcasting is more popular today than ever before. With thousands of new podcast episodes being released each and every day, it’s not enough to just be good.  There are tons of good podcasts out there. 

To be successful in this crazy world of podcasting, your podcast episodes have to stand out from the sea of episodes that is growing larger every single day. And this is totally easier said than done. Especially when there is no one-size-fits-all formula for producing successful content each time you get behind the mic. 

The good news is, there are some grounding qualities that can turn a good episode into a great one. And by incorporating these qualities into each of your episodes, you can greatly increase your chances of becoming a top-rated podcaster. 

So, with that being said, let’s talk about what makes a good podcast episode. We’ll cover the basic characteristics that each of your episodes should include and how they can increase each episode’s chance of success. Whether you’re trying to start a podcast or looking to take your existing podcast to the next level, these tips are sure to come in handy. 

What Makes A Good Podcast Episode

An Original Idea

One of the most important aspects of any podcast episode is originality. Talking about old, overdone, or dated content is the quickest way to deter both loyal and potential listeners. Instead, choose topics that personally resonate with you and your target audience and be sure to create your content in a way that is both interesting and intriguing. 

Good Structure 

Structure can make a huge difference in the overall success of your podcast. Lack of structure can make your episodes seem disorganized, making it harder for listeners to follow along. Before you start recording, make sure you’ve created a comprehensive outline that includes your intro, topics, main points and takeaways, and outro. This will improve both the organization and flow of your episodes. 

Host-Listener Interaction 

In order to grow and maintain your audience of loyal listeners, you have to take time to interact with your audience. Host-listener interaction increases audience engagement and builds a greater sense of trust and credibility between yourself and your listeners. Great ways to accomplish this are by fielding and answering listener questions, replying to comments on social media, hosting contests and giveaways, and shouting out loyal listeners. 


Each and every one of your episodes should have value – something your listeners can take away from your episode. Think lifestyle tips, information about current events, product recommendations, health advice, or anything else you want your listeners to learn. The more valuable your subject matter, the more trust and credibility you’ll gain among your listeners. And the more likely that your podcast will become a valued source of information within your niche. 


Listeners love hearing your personal stories. Not only does it breed a greater sense of community, but it also promotes greater audience engagement. Personal anecdotes draw those listeners in and keep them coming back for more. 

A Publishing Schedule

Consistency is key. On average, podcast hosts release 1-2 episodes each week. And, usually, they release them on the same day(s) each week. Releasing episodes on a set schedule lets your listeners know when to come back for more content. If you regularly delay your posts, or if you post on a random schedule, your listeners won’t be able to keep up with new releases, and will instead seek a more reliable source of information. 

Relevant Guests

Although your podcast is a great source of valuable information within your niche, listeners love hearing from other professionals in your chosen niche as well. Hosting relevant guests is a great way to mix things up, increase listener engagement, and increase your podcast’s overall credibility and trustworthiness. Not sure how to go about inviting a guest to your podcast? Click here! And head on over to our blog for more information on all things interviewing. 

An Engaging Host

Every successful podcast starts with a great podcast host. After all, the host is the reason that those listeners keep coming back for more. Like the host of a popular TV show, a good podcast host needs to be interesting and engaging, with a unique and authentic point of view. A dull and/or lackluster personality won’t garner loyal listeners. 

Good Production Quality

To be successful in today’s world of podcasting, you need to have good production quality, from start to finish. This means investing in the right equipment, ensuring top-notch sound quality, investing in high-quality software (recording and editing software), and building a good recording studio. The more professional your podcast sounds, the better. 

Unique Music and Sound Effects 

Listening to your podcast should be a fun and exciting experience, which is why utilizing unique music and sound effects is so important. Music and sound effects can set your podcast apart and drastically increase listener retention. Not to mention it will increase your podcast’s memorability as well. 

Successful podcasters know what it takes to make a good podcast episode, and now you do too! 

Now that you know what it takes to create a great podcast episode, you can venture further into the world of podcasting with confidence. No matter your specific topic or niche, there is always something you can do to make your podcast better and drastically improve your podcast’s popularity. So, next time you’re listening to your show, look for these elements. And as you record in the future, strive to include them all! 

Looking for more information on podcasting? Head on over to the Dear Media Blog! There, you will find all the resources you need to build your podcast, grow your audience, and make your brand the best it can possibly be! 

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