Getting your songs heard by people is not as difficult as it used to be. This article focuses on 10 easy ways to quickly expose your music to new listeners online. These are:
Podcasts are radio shows you can get your songs heard on demand by anyone. There are podcasts for all styles of music. Go to the iTunes store to find podcasts. Click the podcast icon at the top of the page. Type a genre of music in the search section. Preview a podcast by clicking an episode title and clicking the play button. Browse that podcast’s website to find out how to submit your songs.
2. MP3 Blogs
Many music blogs are dedicated to discussing and sharing MP3s. Check out Hype Machine to find MP3 blogs. Make sure to read the submission guidelines for each MP3 blog. Email the MP3 blog if you cannot find any instructions on how to submit your music. You will find the contact info in their website which you will be able to link to from Hype Machine.
3. Your Website
Wix Music is the easiest way to create a website. It consists of ready made website templates that are easily customizable. It has all the marketing tools to help you sell your music online. In addition, you can distribute your music to the most popular online stores and streaming services with their premium account.
YouTube is the most popular video site to upload your music and videos. You will need to set up a YouTube channel before you can upload your songs.
5. Social Media
Use Facebook and Twitter to advertise your music to your friends and fans. Add links to your YouTube videos and inform your fans of where they can see you perform live. Oh…and don’t forget to upload photos of you band on stage, in the studio, on tour etc.
6. Reddit Music
Reddit is a community-style website. You add links to your music on YouTube and people leave comments about it. It is a great way to find out how your songs are being perceived. The site has over 542 million visitors per month.
archive.org is a library of recorded media. Create an account and then upload your music. Please be aware that this site has copyright agreements that encourage sharing.
Spotify is one of the most popular music streaming services on the web. Unfortunately (as of the writing of this article) you cannot upload your music to Spotify. You need a digital music distributor like CDBaby to do it for you. There is a one off charge for each album or song CDBaby submits on your behalf. However, it is well worth it! For that cost, CDBaby will submit your music to Spotify and to practically all other music streaming services. These include Pandora, emusic, Grooveshark and Rhapsody. But wait, there’s more! In addition, CDBaby will also submit your music to all the popular music online stores such as iTunes and GooglePlay.
SoundCloud is a website with over 175 million monthly listeners. Create an account and upload your music. Once you upload a song to Soundcloud, it becomes a file. It can then be embedded anywhere.
Radionomy is an aggregator site with links to internet radio stations. Find a station you like and go to their website to find out how to submit your music.
Getting your songs heard has become a lot easier since the internet. The methods described above are only a few examples. Try to be innovative and you will reap your rewards. For example, contact non-music websites such as charities, game companies and other organizations that post music. Your music might be what they are looking for. Good luck!