Independent Music Promotion on the Web: 3 Steps to Success

Written by Nick Hooper

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Provide a link on your website and newsletters to all ofrepparttar sites you use to promote your music. Remember your website visitors are your hardcore web fans and arerepparttar 144756 most likely to check out and spreadrepparttar 144757 word about your spot on other websites. So encourage them to visit your profile on other websites. Atrepparttar 144758 very least it raises your stats on those websites - making your music look more popular!

Try to create a ring of sites that link to each other thoughrepparttar 144759 content you supply. For example, you might have your music on your own website and two other showcase sites - Site A and Site B. Your site should without a doubt link with Site A and Site B. Site A should link with your site and Site B, Site B should link with your site and Site A and so on. What if these sites don't allow you to setup links to other sites? Put a web address inrepparttar 144760 areas where they do allow you to supply content. Like biogs or descriptions.

The ultimate aim of linking all your sites is to provide your listeners with a variety of access points to your music, as well as access torepparttar 144761 different ways various sites may deliver your music. Remember to link to your specific page onrepparttar 144762 site and not justrepparttar 144763 site itself. Your site linked with a site that play your tracks on Internet radio, linked with a site that sells your downloads, linked with a site that sells your CD's provides for a powerful combination of exposure.

Be Rich

Without money! That isrepparttar 144764 challenge that most independent artists face. The conventional approach to selling music is that it should not be too readily available to listen to, shouldrepparttar 144765 incentive for listeners to actually buy albums be undermined. This has persuaded independent artists that they should limit web listeners to low-quality snippets of streaming audio.

Independent artists have to remember they don't haverepparttar 144766 resources and finances to supportrepparttar 144767 "shotgun approach" of spraying their music across radio and music television. Big artists have big companies behind them that need to recouprepparttar 144768 costs of mass media exposure, and therefore try to limitrepparttar 144769 extent to which listeners can sample their music onrepparttar 144770 web. Listeners have already heardrepparttar 144771 music and are trying to find a copy of their own.

Conversely, listeners haven't had a chance to listen to independent artist through conventional media. Therefore independent artists can't assume that people will buy their music off of a website if they don't get a chance to really listen to it. If people have already heard an artist's music, and like it,repparttar 144772 value they pay for is in owning a copy they can play whenever they like. If people have not already heard an artist's music,repparttar 144773 value is in being able to sample as much ofrepparttar 144774 music as possible.

So being rich is providing your listeners with as much of your music as they want to listen to before they buy it. Now you don't have to make all your tracks available for free download, but you can provide good quality, full-length streams that impressrepparttar 144775 listener and enhance your sound. Not tight-fisted snippets that loserepparttar 144776 listener because they are lo-fi and over before they attractrepparttar 144777 listener's interest.

Being rich is also making your music available in a variety of formats for different audiences. Telling fans that your music can be heard via Internet radio, on-demand streams, mp3 downloads and mail order CD means you can appeal to listeners who prefer more than one type of media. You can also use your web promotion to go beyond simply plays and sales - consider licensing.

Licensing your music for use with television, film, advertising, websites, video games and other multimedia will open up your listening audience, provide revenue and introduce a degree of professionalism to your career that attractsrepparttar 144778 notice of industry reps and A&R. Adding this depth to your web promotion helps to enrichrepparttar 144779 presentation of your music and retain targeted listeners.

So remember: a) maximise your targeted listeners, b) be systematic in obtaining them, and c) retain them by making sure your own site and other sites are rich in content.

Nick Hooper has helped to create Tunetrader, an online platform for independent music promotion at

Financial Planners, For Best Publicity Results, Make Sure Reporters Comprehend Your Topic

Written by Ned Steele

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Nearrepparttar end of your interview, recap and gently probe to ensurerepparttar 144692 interviewer has understood your main points. Many of them are adept at making it sound as if they know whatís going on. Sometimes they donít. Judge too, byrepparttar 144693 questions they ask, whether they are absorbing your information properly. Trust your instincts Ė if you fearrepparttar 144694 reporter may be misunderstanding, act firmly and proactively to setrepparttar 144695 interview straight. It's better to do this now than when itís already onrepparttar 144696 air or in print.

Ned Steele works with people in professional services who want to build their practice and accelerate their growth. The president of Ned Steele's MediaImpact, he is the author of 102 Publicity Tips To Grow a Business or Practice. To learn more visit or call 212-243-8383.

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