At one time or another we’ve all listened to some song on the radio that makes you step back and say, “What? You call that music? I can do better than that!” Well, here’s your chance. If you’ve been looking for an ideal way to make money online, you can sell your own rap beats or music and make yourself a star.
While it might seem like it would be a better idea to pack a bag and head to Hollywood, the competition is fierce out there. You may be Super Star quality but the chances of you being ‘discovered’ are about 10 billion to one. You have to have the right look, the style, the attitude. And let’s face it, you have to be willing to starve for a while. Why even bother? You could be making money online right now with your music, your lyrics, your rap beats. Forget about Hollywood and reach for the real money.
You can find several sites on the Internet where you can sell your music but your best bet is to set up your own website or blog. You’re still going to have to do some searching but eventually, once you start getting your name out there, people are going to come looking for you and you’ll need to have a website so they can find you.
Since you’re in the music business you should also set up either or YouTube Channel or a podcasting channel so more people will hear your songs. YouTube is the best bet. It’s the second largest search engine on the Internet and the main reason people go there is to hear indie music. Even if you’re not going to actually have a band or singer you can use your music in the background of some great images and create a whole video library of your songs.
Setting up a channel at YouTube and creating a large library of your music is a must if you want fast exposure. YouTube is a large social network as well as being a video website and when someone likes one of your videos they can comment and share it with their friends. The way YouTube is set up, the more people you have viewing your videos the higher they rank and the more promotion you’ll receive. More than one artist has been discovered on YouTube and you could be next.
You can customize your channel and you should design something that reflects your style of music. But more important, you need to promote your channel by sending out Tweets and connecting with people on YouTube. And make sure you include a link back to your website in all of your videos, all of your podcasts, and all of your social network profiles. Your website will be your ‘home base’ where people can find your contact information.
There’s a market out there for rap beats, lyrics and all types of music, you just need to know where to look. The Internet marketing industry is one field that’s wide open. People who work in the Internet marketing industry create videos to help promote their products or services and they’re often in need of background music. The problem is, it can get very expensive. Cut them the right deal and you could end up being the go-to person for all their video projects.
To find Internet marketers who might be interested in your service you can check the Warrior Forum, that’s where a lot of them hang out. But you should also get a Twitter account and a Facebook page and start looking for music contacts in the social networks.
Keep in mind, you’re not going to be an overnight success. But the harder you work at promoting your music and getting your name out there, the sooner you’ll see success. Being successful in the music industry involves much more than just being a good singer or songwriter. Behind every successful musician there’s a whole, huge promotion department. If you’re going to sell your music online, YOU are your own promotion department.
One thing that you’ll need to keep in mind is the legalities involved in selling music content. Working on the Internet you’ll be selling your songs for one flat fee and once they’re sold you can no longer claim them as your own. If you want to hold any type of rights for future use, you’ll have to consult an attorney to make sure you set everything up right. But if you’re the type who can crank out rap beats all day long and not even break a sweat, then you’ll probably have no problem selling them outright.
A steady stream of musicians heads to Hollywood and Nashville every day, hoping to be the next big discovery. Instead of getting lost in the crowd you could be selling your own music or lyrics on the Internet. And once you start making a little noise out there, Hollywood will be coming to you.
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