The a2z Guide To Becoming A Music Affiliate
Although this article focuses on creating a website within the music niche. The same principles can be applied to any niche really. I chose to focus this article on music for 2 reason, I’m a musician myself and I’ve recently been asked to help someone work on an online music project. So it is fresh in my mind and relevant to me.
If you’re a musician or involved with bands or the music industry in general, you’re missing out on a potentially large online income. There are a wealth of companies out there just waiting for you to help them sell their products. You just need a way of advertising them.
You can also use your website to promote your band or sell your own music, there are many option open to you once you learn how to build your own website.
How Do I Get Started?
First of all you’re going to need a website to promote these products. Then you’re going to need to populate the website with relevant articles and reviews that will drive traffic to your website. So it would be easier at this point to break down the niche even further, because music is quite a general term.
There are a plethora of sub niches you could focus on for your site, for example you could focus on instruments such as:
- Bass Guitar.
Or you could focus more on the recording side of the industry, or tuition and education. There’s also all kinds of music software out there. Or you could focus on music genres such as.
You may want to use your website to promote your own band or music related business, this is also fine. You could still use the site to promote other music related services, this is called residual income.
I’m sure you can think of many more sub-niches within the music niche.
Getting Your Music Site Up And Running
Before I even go into how you go about this, you might be asking why you even need a site? The simple answer is, you need a web presence. Yes you can utilize social media such as Facebook and Twitter in your promotions, but a website belong to you and is more personal and more professional.
The internet is very fickle, it can change overnight and if you’re reliant on another site for your promotions you need to be certain it’ll be there tomorrow, remember My Space?
All the big companies sell from their own sites for a reason. When it is your site, you can pretty much write what you want and design it in a way that pleases you. You can socialize it and even add your own forums and communities.
Setting Up Your Own Domain
This is basically your website name, so it needs to be catchy and memorable if possible (preferably related to your band name or business). I use Namecheap as it tends to be the cheapest (as it’s name suggests).
When you get to the website you’ll see a search box as shown below, simply type in the name of your site to check for availability.
Next you’re going to need somewhere to host your site, I personally use Wealthy Affiliate, for the simple reason that they provide amazing value for money and incredible training for anyone new to internet market.
Their web hosting is simple to use and takes just 30 seconds to create your site once you’ve linked up your Domain name. You then point your Domain provider to your web host by inputting:
That’s it! You’re good to go.
WordPress Is Your Friend
Long gone are the days where you needed knowledge of html to create a quality looking website. WordPress offers everything you need to create a professional lookingwebsite and this is why I use Wealthy Affiliate as my choice of host. They deal exclusively with WordPress and the support is top notch.
The 30 second install within Wealthy Affiliate includes setting up WordPress for you, all you need to do is then select a theme, of which there are many. Then you will need set up the site to look and feel how you want with the help of plugins. If you’re new to web design, this is where the training at Wealthy Affiliate comes into itself.
If you’re a busy person and just want a site without all the rigmarole of learning how to design it, we can help you with that at a2z, it comes as one of our premier services.
Logging Into Your WordPress Site For The First Time
I can still remember the first time I logged into my site, it was really intimidating. But let me reassure you, everything you see there is set up as user friendly as possible. There are endless help files available, plus all the tutorials available at places like YouTube.
The first thing you’re going to notice is the menu system to the left, this is where you’ll be spending a fair bit of time setting up your site and posting new articles. Click through the menu’s and familiarise yourself with it, it won’t bite you.
If there is something you don’t understand you could consider joining Wealthy Affiliate where you’ll find an active community of people waiting to help you, plus there is a FREE 7 day trial and you’ll get 2 WordPress sites, even if you decide to not upgrade.
Choosing An Eye Catching Theme
Human beings tend to be very visual and how your site looks when someone lands on it can be the deciding factor on whether they actually stay or not. Those initial 30 seconds could be the difference between making or losing a sale, so it really pays to take some time selecting a theme.
You’re probably going to change your theme a few times before you settle for the one you like.
If you look at the Menu, you’ll see “appearance”. In there you’ll see a sub menu “Themes”. You simply click that to see what themes are currently installed on your site.
By Hovering on each theme you can select “Activate” which shows you how each theme looks in action. At the top you’ll see an “Add New” button. This is where you can search the vast choice of themes, by hovering over them you’ll see a “Preview and Install” option. This is all pretty self explanatory.
Many serious WordPress users opt for premium themes, like the one we here use at a2z, but they aren’t all expensive. Our theme only cost $9 which is hardly going to break the bank.
- As a Musician, your website is a representation of your band/act and first impressions really do count. Would you want to book a band or buy from a site that looks unprofessional?
- They offer more features, one very important feature that many people are ignoring is site responsiveness. Your website needs to be Mobile and Tablet friendly!
Site customization is very important and also social media support. Many premium themes have all this built in, this saves on plugin usage which can slow your site down.
The creators offer regular updates and support, WordPress updates frequently and free themes often don’t keep up. This can cause your site to start acting up and not functioning correctly.
Plugins, What Are They And What Do They Do?
A plugin is simply a small piece of software that you install on your site which either adds new functions or features or changes existing features. By clicking the “Plugins link you can see what is currently installed on your site and you can search for new ones to add.
Some Common And Popular Plugins Are:
- Akismet: This comes installed as standard at Wealthy Affiliate and is a spam filter. When you first activate it, you’ll need to register it (it’s free). You’ll then receive a code to input to activate and that’s it.
- All In One SEO or Yoast SEO: Both these plugins deal with your website SEO, which basically means search engine optimization. So that the likes of Google, Bing and Yahoo know that your site actually exists. Again, they both have a free version.
- SI CAPTCHA Anti-Spam: This inserts a captcha in the comments section to ensure that anyone wanting to leave a comment is a real person and not an automated spam bot.
- Pretty Link Lite: I’m very fond of this plugin, it allows you to customize and shrink not only all the links within your own site, but also affiliate links from other sites. It also has a click monitor from within your WordPress dashboard, so you can monitor how many clicks the links receive.
Cyclone Slider: If you were to goto our main homepage you’d notice an animated gallery. It actually came with site theme, but you can download it as an individual plugin and is absolutely perfect for band/music sites. It can be customized and you can add as many images as you wish and make them clickable etc.
You’re also going to need a contact plugin, of which there are many to chose from and possibly an e-commerce plugin to sell products from your site. Although this won’t be necessary for affiliate programs as they take care of the sales, you just send them the customers,
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Now that you have your website ready, it’s going to need a little love creating a homepage and menu’s. This will be covered in an upcoming article, if you enjoyed reading this article please leave a comment and share your thoughts and in the meantime I wish you Happy Blogging.