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How to distribute your music and make money online

Updated on December 19, 2014

Thanks to the Internet, all you need to know is how to make know how to use the services offered on the internet.

Gone are the days where the only way to succeed was to have your track played on MTV or on the radio. Recently MTV has moved into other categories such as reality shows. The radio still effective to some extent.

Rather than watching MTV people prefer to watch videos on YouTube. Rather than listen to the radio, many people prefer to listen to song on their iPods / Android or Walkman. And most importantly, you not need much money to make use of the Internet. You can exponentially publicize your music project and also earn money without investing anything.

Some bands spend too much time looking for record labels when they could be using the time to promote themselves online instead.

The music business has changed completely. Some have already noticed, many have not, but it's never too late to change your marketing plan.

In the past, artist looking for record label would be lucky if they found one. They would sign a contract in which case 60% of the proceedings go to the musicians and the rest for the label, to pay operating costs, employees, stationery, bureaucracy and distribution.

Now you no longer need a record label. You can distribute your own material and you can also earn 100% of the money. No need for intermediaries. You can reach millions of people every second depending on your SEO and online promotion methods.

Steps to distribute your music and make money online

Ideas for making good music. Ignore MTV and stop listening to commercial radio. Rather than your music being just a copy, make it an authentic expression of what you really want to do. People get sick of listening to covers or too much of the same genre, be original.

Record your music. It doesn't have to be perfect quality in term of mixing. The most important thing is the talent, ideas and feelings. If we hear an old record by The Who, we could say that the sound quality is not exactly top notch, but Keith Moon is one of the best drummers in rock history. The quality of a recording takes a back seat compared to the quality of the passion and originality of the song.

Distribute yourself. You make more money here by cutting out the middleman. You can have your own business, in which you are your own boss and your own employee.

Promote your songs in bandcamp.com. Here you can distribute it, sell it and reach millions of people at once. No need to deal with physical stores, in Bandcamp you can decide if you want to or sell a song or give it away for free, and the best part is that 100% of what you earn is for yourself.

Open an account at Paypal.com . In order to collect the money you have earned it is convenient to have an account such as Paypal which is a very safe way to transfer money into your local bank account.

Harness the power of social networks. Make a Twitter and a Facebook account. Send notifications to your family and friends and let them know about your masterpieces. Take advantage of Facebook and twitter to keep your followers updated on your latest compositions. In time the word will spread with more and more people listen to your music and hopefully buy it. Also try to be interactive with your followers.

Promote yourself on YouTube. Once you get fans and subscribers, things will start going up from there. Remember to also comment on other people's videos too.

Open your own channel and upload your videos on YouTube. You can make your videos and distribute them without having to wait for approval of some committee. Participate in your channel and respond to followers.

There are thousands of stories of artists and bands that have managed to sign contracts with major labels from Internet sites: Arctic Monkeys got a contract from their Myspace account. Adele signed to XL Recordings for her demos from Myspace page. Getting a contract is still a possibility, but not the only way. There are also examples of very good artists who have released videos solely on YouTube and remember you can earn from YouTube if you have an adsense account.

Thanks to the internet there are endless possibilities for a musical artist to get himself known and also make money.

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    • Hezekiah profile imageAUTHOR

      Hezekiah 

      4 years ago from Japan

      That is true but at least it gives artists a chance who Wouldn't normally have the resources to publish music the traditional way.

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      Billy 

      4 years ago

      It getting more competitive these days though because anybody can publish online. You really need something that stands out.

    • Hezekiah profile imageAUTHOR

      Hezekiah 

      5 years ago from Japan

      Not easy for everyone but it can be done, thanks.

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      How to distribute your music and make money online informative and sound advise here

    • Hezekiah profile imageAUTHOR

      Hezekiah 

      6 years ago from Japan

      Thanks.

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      Paul Barlow 

      6 years ago from Louisville, KY

      Great information! Thanks.

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