Electro Music Blogs’ Role

The question has always been as an artist how do you promote yourself? How do you get out in the market place. With the rise of electro blogs – we’re seeing a lot more people turn to these outlets as a new record label! Why push out your music through advertising agencies and PR companies when if you had real fans of your music, you’ll grow organically through the blogs.

Between 2009-2010 we saw MySpace shift their focus from users to artists. MySpace can be the source of many hours spent lost for users on the quest for new music. In a society that thrives on having the latest and greatest – we seem to have shifted to having the latest and greatest song.

The ability to share anything unique with someone you know is a great feeling and we’re the same with music. When a user finds a new artist, a new song, a new “drop”, it can be just as addictive as getting your next “fix”! Social media is coming round to this and the rise of music blogs are giving users effectively an online iTunes of brand new music!

The next 10 years for new music are going to be shaped and influenced more and more by key bloggers. In electro – we’ve already seen blogs give their backing to artists who have then gone on to become a number one hit. My prediction for the future is that blogs (especially in electro) will become online libraries for users to associate their music identity to.

For example, the question currently is – what music do you like? 10 years time I think we’ll see the question “what blogs do you follow?” being asked a lot more. Music shops also will be changed. My prediction is that shops will be split into recommendations from blogs – and areas for people to listen, engage and download new music at a cheap price from. Who wants to read the back of a CD cover in a shop, when a blog will give personality to the artist – and engage people so much more. I’ve started my own quest in launching a blog and you can see it – I encourage you to have a look and watch my progress.

Paul Martin

3 Reasons Why Country Music Blogs Rock

We cannot deny the fact that country music has been one of the most popular genres of music of all time. In fact, this kind of tune has been with us for decades and since then, it has gone far in terms of acceptance and fame. This type of music, which can be characterized by its soft rhythms, pleasant melodies, and of course, the traditional American “twang” (which is not that common in modern country songs anymore), has been rocking the hit charts for as long as we can remember. Now, aside from the airwaves, this favorite genre has also invaded the online world with the proliferation of various country music blogs. Country music blogs rock for a number of reasons but here you will find the most common reasons why so many people are into this kind of blog.

o A country music blog can keep you up-to-date. This blog is your daily source of news and current events about anything that is related to this topic. For example, you can keep yourself abreast with the latest happenings in the concert scene, new songs on the hit chart, gossips about your favorite artists, and so many more. You will not miss out any detail that is relevant and significant if you tune in into this type of blog at all times. There is no better way to keep yourself updated than to digest a daily dose of country music blog posts.

o You can learn interesting facts and trivia about this brand of music. Aside from current events, there are more things to learn in this kind of blog. You would actually discover a great deal of information about your favorite songs and singers that would make you fall in love with this genre even more. In fact, many blog writers would go to great lengths just to find out fascinating bits and pieces of information about the most popular country songs and singers of all time.

o This is a great way to support your favorite country singers. Most blog readers may not be aware of this but by reading this type of blog, you can actually show support for your favorite country artists. This is because when you are updated with the latest information about them such as about their concerts, albums, songs, or any other event they are a part of, you can easily watch out for those and support them in whatever way possible. Some blogs revolve around various kinds of artists while there are those that are dedicated to a specific singer or group.

Country music has been with us for so many decades and yet until now, it continues to rock the hit charts and entice everybody with its soulful melodies and memorable rhythms. Both young and old go on to appreciate and show their love for this wonderful type of music not only by listening to it or by supporting country music singers but also by writing terrific blog articles about anything that has to do with this timeless music genre.

Music Blogs – How Unsigned Artists Are Converting MP3s to Cash

In 1999, when file sharing sites like Napster started to become popular, the music industry was a thriving market with over $14.5 billion in annual U.S. sales alone. Fast forward to today and music sales have declined by nearly 50%-a catastrophic loss by any standards. The ease and convenience with which music fans can get free music has permanently changed the rules of music marketing and promotion. While this bad news for major record labels, it has created big opportunity for unsigned artists.

As the music industry fights for its life, many internet-savvy artists are starting music blogs and marketing their music directly to fans. Ironically, the key to their success is not in selling music, but making their songs available as free downloads on their own blogs. Taking a page from entrepreneurs like Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg (who amassed a fortune of over $ 4 billion giving away “free” web pages), these artists have learned how to make money in music by giving it away. Here’s how it works:

The first step is starting a music blog. Using free WordPress software–a powerful, yet extremely ease to use blogging platform–artists can easily create a blog on their own domain names without having to learn a single line of code. Since the software and domain names are free, their only overhead is the monthly fee charged by their web hosting company (typically less than $10 per month). The entire process can be done by a complete novice in less than 10 minutes. After another 1/2 hour or so spent choosing a free theme and installing free plugins, they have a fully-functional, professional-looking blog.

Next, they set up a few web pages. An artist bio, a contact page and page where fans can listen to and download MP3s are pretty standard. Photos and videos are optional, but definitely recommended. Depending on the amount of content you want to add initially, this can take anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours.

Finally, they set up several revenue streams on their blogs by signing up for various advertising networks and affiliate marketing programs. This allows them to earn money from the actions of fans who visit their site to download the artists’ songs.

With this basic framework in place, all that’s left to do is start publishing and promoting more music-related content. If properly executed, the artists can start generating web traffic (and money) in a matter of few days.

It’s a near-perfect business model for unsigned artists. Music is used as a form of social currency–“MP3 money”, so to speak–which artists can use to “buy” fans. The more fans they can attract by giving away free MP3s, the more passive income they can earn by fans clicking on ads posted by various companies in their advertising network or buying products from the affiliates.

With a solid understanding of internet/music marketing and promotion, even mediocre artists are managing to earn a living from music while completely bypassing commercial radio, mainstream media and major record labels.

Obviously not every unsigned artist will be successful with this approach. Most don’t have a clue how to go about it. But for the ones that take the time to learn, they stand to make a lot more money online than many popular artists earn from record sales these days.

Start A Music Blog And Make A Lot Of Money From Online Marketing

Ever thought of sharing your favorite songs on a music blog and make some money doing it? Okay it probably smells a bit fishy to you and are probably thinking of some scheme behind this. But think about it for a moment. A lot of people out there are already making a lot of money with different types of blogs out there such as food blogs or travel blogs but that may not be your thing. But do you often realize that you get distracted by a lot of the music you find and listen to all over the Internet or while you’re doing tasks?

A music blog can very well be a very cheeky way to make money while getting distracted with all the songs you listen to. Do you find yourself posting a lot of the songs you listen to on Facebook or Twitter and share it with all your friends? It can be as easy as that. Only you just post it on your blog before sharing it.

A lot of mainstream music blogs out there make a lot of money through iTunes or other programs that people sell on their sites. That’s pretty much the main meat of how money is made online – by selling stuff. There are plenty of things you can sell on your blog depending on what market or industry you are in. But the music industry is no exception. With a music blog, there are so many other ways that you can sell stuff or have something in there that makes you money even if you’re brand new or have no experience.

Take this pianist for example, Daniel Le who makes money online while just sharing his piano scores and videos. All by just driving traffic and getting people to see his pieces. How does he do it? With a music blog loaded with banner ads and affiliate programs, a portion of the people who see his content get curious and click the ads, while they get taken through a sales process and funnel that you don’t have to do or set up yourself.

Other music blogs sell other stuff like Amazon products or even e-books among other information based products. There are so many ways to do it whether you relate it to your industry or not. The appeal behind a music blog is that it is so easy and fun.

It’s just as easy as setting up a WordPress blog which pretty much almost anyone can do. You then just post content about your favorite music or anything related to it. What I do personally is share YouTube clips of random songs I listen to at the time and post it on my blog and then share it.

With almost little effort, you can start making a great income from a music blog even if you’re new or even if you’re part-time!

How to Get Your Music Featured on Music Blogs

Finding quality promotion can be a daunting and sometimes overwhelming task for new artists who have only just begun to get a grasp on how to build their brand while remaining truthful to themselves and their music. Often artists are tempted to do anything they can to get their music heard by more people but most of the time, the practices they engage in end up having quite an undesired effect.

In today’s world of social media, artists have an almost innumerable amount of resources right at their finger tips for them to share their gifts and talents with the world. Popular sites like YouTube, SoundCloud, and Facebook, have all played major rolls in making aspiring artists into the next big thing in music. But how do you get people to find your music and actually click play once you’ve put your material out on these sites? One very good place to start is music blogs and websites that accept music for review.

This article will provide a few very important tips to keep in mind when looking to have your music reviewed on music blogs to create buzz around you and your brand.

Tip 1. Present Yourself Professionally.

Not many popular and established blogs appreciate receiving music from artists who don’t take the time to put together an organized submission package. If you’re looking to be taken seriously as an artist then you need to make sure you come off that way at all times when approaching blogs or promoters. In your emails or during any communication, you want to use proper grammar and spelling, especially in your own Press information.

Tip 2. Follow the Directions.

Often music sites that accept submissions from artists to have their music reviewed have provided detailed instructions on how you can go about it. Find and read through these guidelines carefully before submitting any materials to ensure that you don’t give them any reason to disregard your submission the minute they open your email.

Tip 3. Have Good Music.

Of course, if you want people to listen to your music, it needs to be good. Choose your blogs and promoters carefully. Consider the types of music they already favor and try to find those that consider the type of music you make to be in their prioritized list. For example, if you’re an R&B singer it would be wise to find blogs that not only accept, but prefer those types of submissions. This way you can be sure that this blog’s review will be beneficial to you because people who are already inclined to listen to music recommended by the blog, will be likely to press play for your tracks as well.

Tip 4. Be About Your Business.

It’s very easy for most artists to focus on the creative end of their craft but remember that what you’re doing, if you expect to make money with your talents, is in fact conducting business. You need to understand the variables at play on the business side of your music. Know how to market yourself and how to talk to people about your music. Create a brand that demands the attention of your prospective audience as well as those such as music blogs and promoters. It’s not enough to get people to hear your music, you need them to WANT to hear your music.

Tip 5. Beware Scammers.

Don’t throw caution to the wind when it comes to how you promote your brand. It’s not uncommon and in many cases, is to be expected that artists will be required to pay small fees for some promotional services. Some blogs charge submission fees and some don’t but keep in mind that most of the time, this decision is based on the blog’s desire to avoid being obligated to promote your material. Basically, those that don’t charge will retain the right to refuse your submission whereas those that do, will usually be glad to review your music as long as your submission meets their guidelines.

Tip 6. Beware Bots

One thing to watch out for is people who offer to submit your music to X amount of music blogs, radio stations, etc. for any fee larger than a few dollars. Often these types of promoters are not as well connected as they claim and are just out to make a quick $50+ off of your talent and naivete. Also, never take an offer that guarantees the impossible. For example, one million views on your video, ten thousand comments on your new song and for only $20! This is a scam, and though it may seem legit for the first few days, it will ultimately hurt you because the robots completing these tasks will not continue to visit your music as would a real person who actually enjoys your music.