If you've already successfully completed the first four steps, then I'm certain you are building your fan base as you read this. They often say too much of anything isn't good for you, but in this case, you can never have too many fans. However, the art of converting your online fans into real live cash takes some dedication. First you've got to ensure that everything you need to start receiving payment is set up properly, so here are a few names you should know.
Who doesn't know about Paypal ? If you've gotten this far then you should have your paypal account set up already. If for some super strange reason you don't, then go ahead and create an account at paypal.com and link it to your credit or debit card. Paypal allows users to send and receive payments online, this payment feature allows direct deposit to the artist. This is a very useful tool for artists who want to sell their music directly from their own website or sites like Reverberation and it takes only a few minutes to set up.
HOW TO MONETIZE YOUR WEBSITE
This right here is the real jewel dropping, it would be in the best interest of every independent artist to pay close attention tho this one. Once you have created your website and filled it with content, it's time to get paid. There are a number of advertising and monetization options at your disposal. Your website content, target audience, traffic volume and visitor interaction should determine which is the best option for your website. These sites pay publishers to display various ads on their website pages. If you've ever watched a Youtube video and seen ads popping up all over your video, that's just one example of how it works. Fortunately, this isn't limited to youtube alone, just about any website, once set up properly, can be monetized. Once a visitor clicks on the advertising banner, pop-up or text, the publisher receives payment. Your website is reviewed and ads are placed on your website in relation to its content. Listed below are three of the top monetization options for you to research and review.
Other monetization options are available, some with more requirements than others, nothing a bit of research won't allow you to differentiate. This is key to your payday as an independent artist and, if you follow these steps correctly, you'll notice that you would have now ventured into a new career of social media marketing. You can thank me later :)
Consider this a beginner's crash course to get you started on your journey as an independent artist. I'll do my best to keep you informed and updated in my future blogs but if you have any further questions, please feel free to contact me using the contact information provided. If any section of this blog has proven to be in any way informative or useful to you, please leave a comment, complete the poll below and share for others to read. Information this valuable should not be withheld.