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How to Sell Beats Online? Your Guide to Beat Selling

Updated on September 5, 2013

This is your guide on beat selling business. I'm a member of CycloBeats, music production group and we have an online beat shop. You can also visit my blog if you want to know other ways to make money online.

I hope you will make use of what I've learned and that you will apply some of that to your own music biz

Serious Way to Sell Beats Online!

Euphony is easily one of the best ways to sell beats! Euphony is a beat cart where you can upload your own beats and sell online. It is the most attractive and powerful way to start your beat selling business. If you want the next level beat store, here it is. Euphony has a desktop flash player and a HTML5 player that sync up automatically, and it looks amazing.

You get more sales on this store than any other due to its easy layout and the ability to use multiple checkout options. Increase sales by 30% by accepting straight debit and card transactions on Euphony.

Customize Euphony any way you want. Add a graphic, change the colors. This player is a producers dream and a no brainer for beat makers or music producers of any kind

They also have a customizable Facebook layout, Check it out here.

The Euphony team constantly updates the beat store so expect to see new features every month. If you are serious about selling your beats online, please visit Euphony at www.euphonybeats.com

Beat Market Overview

Online Beat market is a really hot thing. With more and more rappers and other recording artists trying to make it the demand for beats is only getting bigger and bigger.

Just think about it.

70,000 people type "Hip hop instrumentals"and 60,500 type "Beats for sale" in google monthly. Now that's a lot of people. And these are only 2 of even more "keywords" that people type in google.

If you're a music producer or thinking about becoming one, this is very important information. It means that if you could sell to even a fraction of these people, you could be looking at some serious figures.

And to tell you a "secret"... it's not all about beat quality. Yeah, go figure.

Producer with better and hotter beats will sell LESS than the producer who actually knows what he is doing but has lame beats. That's a fact!

Where To Go ? - Learning how to sell beats

Let's assume you are already making beats for some time. You have a few of them and your friends love them.

Now you ask yourself this:"How to sell beats online?".

Well, there are 3 options:

1.) - Sell beats on your own website

2.) - Find sites like "SoundClick", "BeatBrokerz" or "RocBattle", upload your beats and sell via these sites

3.) - A combination of both

Now the best thing to do would be choosing option 3).

That's because you can use all of these sites with your own to attract a larger crowd and sell more beats. But we will get back to that later.

What Are Leases?

How to sell beats.

Now for you that don't know, to lease a beat means to practicly loan a beat.

You keep all the rights to that beat but the person who bought it for a low price can use it in their project.

They need to provide production credits to you when they use that beat.

You can keep on selling that beat to other people since you still hold the rights to it.

Some other common leasing license rights are (this is entirely up to you but this is something what we and a lot of other producers, groups use)

  • Being able to sell 2,000 units of a project (track, video, mixtape, etc) that uses that beat
  • Unlimited non-profit use
  • Royalty Free

Now what does this mean for artists who buy your beats?

Well, "Royalty Free" means that you don't get any of the money they make selling up to 2,000 of their copies.

However, if they want to sell more than 2,000 than they need to contact you.

If the beat will be used in a non-profit project, they are free to share as many copies as they want.

They are not allowed to sell that beat to others tho (as in buying a beat from you and then selling it like their own).

Leases vs. Exclusives

Selling Beats Online

When deciding if you want to sell your beats as exclusives (as in you give your beat to someone for a certain price and after that they own the full rights to it) you have to consider a few things.

When you lease beats for low price, you can keep doing that with the same beats.

Sure you can try to sell 1 beat to 1 person for $400 (which is hard btw), but you would have more success with trying to sell that beat as a lease for let's say $20.

Now a random artist is far more likely to buy a beat he just heard and likes for $20 then for $400. And you can even keep selling that beat to other artists.

Imo, leasing is a far more effective and easy way to make some money selling your beats and these websites will help you with that.

Soundclick - Your Own Online Beat Shop

How to Sell Beats Online - Soundclick
How to Sell Beats Online - Soundclick

Soundclick is a website where you can upload your own music but it has a twist for beat sellers. You can list your beats there, and when someone hears your beat he can contact if you if he likes it.

However, since this is pretty inefficient you're best of paying for a VIP page where you can add a paypal widget that lets listeners pay for your beat and then you send it to them. This is very effective for leases as well as exclusives.

This is something you should consider paying for if you're really into the whole beat selling thing. Soundclick is one of the largest if not THE largest online community of musicians. As such, it has loads of artists that need beats for their projects.

This site can do you wonders in terms of your promotion.

BeatBrokerz - Beat Selling Website

How to sell beats online - BeatBrokerz
How to sell beats online - BeatBrokerz

Beat Brokerz is simillar to Soundclick but a bit more "set and forget".

It's a free site where you can list your beats, set their prices and everything, even provide your own voicetag. Then users of that site can see your beat on the charts and if they like it, buy it!

They provide all the licensing and you can even set your own terms if you wish to do that. This is quite handy for selling leases.

You can even use the player they provide you with and place it in your VIP Soundclick page.

Since it's free, you can't really afford not uploading your beats there since that will just give you extra free exposure.

Rocbattle - Battle Your Beats

How to sell beats online - Rocbattle
How to sell beats online - Rocbattle

Rocbattle is a beat market / forum and it could be very useful to you. Like on BeatBrokerz, you upload your beats to the site, set their prices and everything and your beats will be listed there for everyone to hear and buy. Only downside is that they take 50% of your earnings on that site if you have free account.

The twist here is, you can battle your beats against other producers and their beats. Everyone can vote and if you start winning you will be featured higher in charts and more people will hear your beats. That is some awesome free promotion right there!

If you pay for becoming "Exclusive" member for about $7 a month, then you get 100% of your earnings, battle with other Exclusive members, be promoted on home page, enter beat battle tournaments and win cash prizes and be able to upload more beats.

Since they get a lot of traffic, if you're not on a tight budget, this would be a good investment, even more if you like the idea to battle your beats vs. others.

However, before using their website, if you don't live in US, check if they will be able to pay you when the time comes. We had an issue with them and they said they will not be able to pay us since we're in a country not supported by their system.

Mind you, these are all reputable sites, and LOADS of people are using them.

Selling Beats on Your Own Website

How to sell beats online

This is one of the best ways how to sell beats online.

Why would you want people to find you on other sites when they could find your own site?

Not only does having your own website looks professional but it's much better for you in the long run to start sending your artists to your own site.

Now this is a whole topic on itself and I will be writing on how to setup your own website and how to drive traffic to it and to your other sites in my next lense. ;)

Check out my other lense on selling beats online

This is my other lense on selling beats online, this one is more about getting people to come to your beat shop after you've set it up.

It also shows You how to put a music player on Your facebook page which other people can use to buy Your beats.

Selling Beats Online

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      arnaz_ 2 years ago

      Very useful article...

      I've been trying the economy player and.must say it's hot. You can even accept payments from credits cards..

      But I think the most important thing is not to chase a customer..don't make it obvious you want money..let them chase you.. for instance..see how I have my site set up below.

      Http://www.buybeatsforrap.com

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Well written and very informative. I use the myflashstore on my own page (beatbattery.com). I think the most bigger marketplaces are oversaturated, too hard to get found by more than a few people.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      hmm never knew.. thanks

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      a lot* not a lot...

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      That's very useful information I use myflashstore to sell beats on my website fantastic layout and flash player take a look let me know what you think. www.gotinstrumentals4u.com

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      therealcjbeatz 4 years ago

      Complete Beat Selling Tutorial Videos Here: http:// bit.ly/12ZbrYd

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      BeatMakerSolutions 4 years ago

      GREAT job on the lens. really got a lot of useful information from it. Thank you

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Beatshop USA is now live in version 2.0. Check it out!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      www.beatshop.us is now live in version 2.0

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Soundclick is very good, but don't forget soundcloud. And also Youtube plays a HUGE part in the Instrumental world. My youtube page consists of many beats. just look up InstrumentalGuru!

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      mark-collantes 4 years ago

      I appreciate you taking the time to share your knowledge thoroughly, being direct on points as much as possible,and most of all just willing to give out this kind of info freely. Its been frustrating looking for some of the answers you've provided and that alone I can't thank you enough. Maybe one day we can meet, talk about music and business, and come up on a collab. For now you can reach me at the following: machkeys@gmail.com; facebook.com/mark.collantes; soundcloud.com/machkeys. God bless, mark "mach keys"

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      hello!

      Great infos here!

      i never sold beats on the web. but someone wants to buy all rights of one of mine.

      how does it run? do you have info about it?

      many thanks

      doc.jo.h@live.fr

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Looking to get into selling beats. Was wondering would i need some kind of contract selling beats Exclusive. Do i get Royalties? Do i have to publish my beats? Any information to these questions would be appreciated. davidmendoza364@gmail

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great advice really, thank you.

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      AntonSilver 4 years ago

      You could also get in touch directly with established beat sites and see if there are opportunities to join their team. For example, sites like Alkotabeats.com or LaCantinaProductions.com

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Pretty informative and straightforward, it's always good to brush up on what pathways are best for selling your beats. Pretty much all pathways are game and an advantage to a producer.

      Check our my beats

      soundcloud.com/mvrigold

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      scorpbeats 4 years ago

      thanks for the info

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      wolvofficial 4 years ago

      This was so very informative. Thank you for taking time out of our schedule to get me on the right track.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great article! We just launched another Platform to sell beats on called Beatshop USA, it can be found through www.beatshop.us no commission and no subscription fees to sell beats. Check it out!

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      Camelion 5 years ago

      Hello, excellent lens, concise lens about a topic I love-music maker. If you are looking for music maker ideas, check out my best music software at http://www.trustedbestreview.com/best-music-softwa...

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This is some useful info. But i strongly recommend your own websites along with utilized marketing on already existing ones :) Good job tellin them all bout it. Btw i need someone to help me get an RSS feed for http://www.beats4pros.com

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      Thumbs up for great info.

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      alina nicoleta92 5 years ago

      Pretty interesting!

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      anilsaini 5 years ago

      nice lens

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      aktaktion 5 years ago

      Dope man, Really dope!!

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      Darcie French 5 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      My daughter who is very musical and of course more up to beat than her ol' ma would love to hear about selling beats online :)

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      aaxiaa lm 5 years ago

      interesting...

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      brian_pelton 5 years ago

      I love music in general! Great lens!

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      Robert Zimmerman 5 years ago from SE Florida, USA

      As a drummer, this is very interesting! Thanks!