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How To Make Money With A Music Blog

Updated on October 18, 2012

Start Your Own Music Blog

Music blogs are becoming very popular niche websites. Here are some ways to use one:

  • Promote music from your own band
  • Feature and promote upcoming artists
  • Share your favorite artists
  • Review artists
  • Feature local talent

Music blogs can receive tons of traffic, especially if you blog about underground genres.

How to start a blog

In order to blog about music, you are first going to need a blog. I definitely recommend hosting a blog on your own server. Free blog websites don't suit music blogs very well. You aren't able to offer any music downloads, and they aren't fast enough for the traffic you are going to receive.


Content

If you love music, starting a music blog is easy. I run an electronic music blog myself, and I love doing it. I find that the posts write themselves. I never run out of content. I am always on the hunt for the newest and hottest tracks, and I love sharing them. I am a DJ, so I finding new songs is part of my daily routine.

Some Post Ideas:

  • Interview with the artist (besides writing some good questions, most of the post is done for you)
  • Write a bio about the artist
  • Write about an upcoming release
  • Do a top 10 post
  • Do a best of the year post (ex. Top Punk Songs of 2012)

Provide an email where artists can contact you to be featured on the site. Once you gain a following artists will be fighting to be on your blog.


Make sure you have a built in song player on your blog. I love using SoundCloud, and using the SoundCloud Shortcode plugin. It adds a player widget for a song, album or artist right into your post.

How To Make Money

With the amount of traffic music blogs receive they are a great way to make some extra cash.

If you are running a local music blog, and are connected with the local music scene, see if you can partner with a ticket seller and sell tickets through your website.

Here are a couple affiliate program ideas you can use on your music blog.

Juno Affiliate Program

Juno Records is a music site that sells digital music and music gear.

They offer a music player you can incorporate into your site. Visitors are then able to buy the songs from Juno. You can also advertise there music gear. You earn a great commission on every sale you generate.

Visit Juno Records Here

iTunes Affiliate Program

Much like Juno, iTunes has an affiliate program where you can earn a commission on digital downloads. Offer links to download music you feature. You can also earn commission on song sales you generate this way.

Have Fun

Writing your own music blog can be a lot of fun, and a great way to earn some extra cash. It is very easy to get started. Music blogs are becoming very popular, and can generate a ton of traffic. You could be the next Rolling Stone. Give it a shot, what do you have to lose.


For more help on starting your own blog, or more tips on running a music blog, please check out my website.

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