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How to Promote Your Music Online

How to Promote Your Music Online

If you are a musician, you need to find the best ways to promote your music and get it out there to the masses. These days, if you are not taking advantage of the Internet, you are not reaching nearly as large of an audience as you could. The Internet has changed the music industry forever, and in many cases, for the better. Musicians, singers, songwriters, etc. get better and more exposure, and are able to reach out to much larger audiences. But, you need to know how to use the Internet to your advantage. Here are some tips that will help.

  • Get On YouTube – You really should have your own YouTube channel. This is how a lot of unknowns become known, and you could get discovered. Just look at Arnel Pineda. He had some YouTube videos posted. The next thing he knew, he was contacted by Neil Schon, and now he is the lead singer for Journey. You could be the next such success story.
  • Use Apple Music/iTunes – This is considered to be the default service for Apple products, and it is one of the best for hosting music online. In fact, it has the largest online music library anywhere in the world. This is where people are discovering new music, and you can get your music discovered here as well.
  • Use Wix Music – You need to have a great music website, and Wix Music is the tool you need to create it. This tool is an all-in-one online marketing solution, and it provides you with all of the tools you will need in order to promote, sell, and distribute music on the Internet. Sell your music with no commissions, right from your own website. It is easy to make sales and earn money from your music when you are using Wix Music.
  • Promote Shows – There are sites you can use to promote your upcoming gigs so everyone will know when and where you are performing. Two of our favorite sites are Bandsintown and Songkick. These sites can be connected to your Wix Music site, so information such as new tour dates, ticket purchasing, etc. can be updated automatically without having to do any extra work.

Tools You Need to Start Using Now

There are loads of online tools that you can use to start promoting your music online now. In fact, if you aren’t using these tools, you aren’t getting the most out of the Internet for your music. For instance, if you want to bid on bookings, Sonicbids is a great site that lets you create an EPK and send it to promoters in order to get new gigs. Other tools you should be using include:

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1. Bandsintown

This tool will integrate with Facebook so you can build a standalone community for your music. Others who list the same influences as yourself will receive recommendations to check out your music.

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2. Songkick

This is a tool that is much like Bandsintown. Even though it is pretty much the same, it never hurts to promote on as may sites as possible. Upload your upcoming gigs to both sites, and get more chances to get noticed.

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3. Topspin

You need to stream your music, but you also need to email fans to let them know about new music, events, etc. You can do both with Topspin. This is a complete music store that will have all of your music and merchandise (wearable clothing magnets, shirts, photos, etc.) for sale.

4. Social Media

These days, artists need to take advantage of social media for promoting their music online. Sites you should be using include Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram, so you can send out information, photos, and videos.

Featured photo credit: JD Weiher via unsplash.com

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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