The a2z Guide To Becoming A Music Affiliate

Music Logo In Green

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:

  • Guitar.
  • Bass Guitar.
  • Piano.
  • Drums.

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.

  • Rock.
  • Blues.
  • Jazz.
  • Country.

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.

A guitarist wearing shades

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.

Namecheap Domain Search Box

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.Wealthy Affiliate Site Builder Menu

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:

Primary Nameserver:
Secondary Nameserver:

That’s it! You’re good to go.

WordPress Is Your FriendThe WordPress Menu

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.

Google SEO Logo

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,

Join Me At Wealthy Affiliate

If all this sounds like a lot to take in, you can fill in the box below to chose your site name and we will provide you with a completely FREE WordPress site in under a minute. Plus a 7 day trial of our site which won’t cost you a penny.

You still get to keep the sites even if you chose not to upgrade. You won’t find a better deal than this.


What Next?

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.

Comments (22)

  1. Larry

    Hey Jay
    Really enjoyed your site.
    The next starving musician would be glad to start a business with your article.
    Very well write with tons of info. Easy to follow and enjoyed the reading.
    Larry

    Reply
    1. Jay (Post author)

      I’m not sure why but this comment ended up in my spam folder, sorry about that. I really do appreciate your kind words & look forward to seeing your site grow also, best wishes my friend 🙂

      Reply
  2. Lis

    This is great information on setting up a music affiliate.

    It is so helpful that you have also given a step-by-step guide concerning, where to start and what to expect along the way.

    I like your theme and for $9 as you say, you cannot go wrong.

    I should imagine that if you do not want to purchase a theme that you can just stick with the free version!

    Anyway, thank you so much for the information. It definitely comes in very useful.

    Lis.

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    1. Jay (Post author)

      Thanks for stopping by Lis, the reason I purchased the theme is to help out the author. The same way we’re in this game to make a living, so are the creators of these themes, every little helps 🙂

      Reply
  3. Jeremy

    Nice article to read! I’ve played guitar for some 8 years now but I’ve never really tried and created a website for it. I think the hardest thing for beginners is understanding “where” to start. Picking too broad of a niche leads to way to much competition and bad rankings. It’s good that someone like you is there to help people see that picking a more narrow niche can lead to better rankings.

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    1. Jay (Post author)

      There are many areas you could focus on as a guitarist, you could have a site about artists, or genres. Reviews on guitar gear such as amps, effects, strings etc. Then there’s teaching or doing a journal on your own learning journey.

      I hope that’s some food for thought for you. If you need any help, let me know 🙂

      Jay

      Reply
  4. Fidel

    wow…impressive. A guide on how to run a music related online business. This is so cool.

    I haven’t even thought of this yet. you just educated really good on this topic. I like how you took your time to take us through the steps involved and how we can make this happen.

    Keep up the good work

    Reply
    1. Jay (Post author)

      Thanks Fidel, of course you can apply this article to any niche. I chose music as it is something I’m familiar with 🙂

      Reply
  5. Nathan

    Producing a website niche within the music industry has been in the back of my mind for some time because I really enjoy playing music. With my background in the music arts, doing this sounds real fun. I’m currently hosting a website in the gaming industry, but after I’m done working on that I intend to get into a music niche. So thank you for your input.

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    1. Jay (Post author)

      You’re welcome Nathan, glad I could be of some help to you.

      Reply
  6. donnacaliegh

    Hi Jay! Music is always an interesting niche. My first major in college was music business. Anyway, you gave some good examples for how to break it down into more specific audiences (for newbies, that’s what a sub niche is – just an audience of people searching for some particular thing). I’ve seen a couple of Wealthy Affiliate members have music related websites. One of them had a site that gave online tutorials for playing guitar. Another wrote reviews of heavy metal albums. Another member of the WA community makes electronic music beats and is an emcee. His website had reviews of things like microphones and headphones and had a section for visitors to listen to his beats. While I was in college, I did some research on the effects of music on the body, which would be another really interesting sub niche (could go hand in hand with a music therapy site). Anyways, great post…I’m sure it will give someone some good direction!

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    1. Jay (Post author)

      Thanks a lot Donna, I’m glad you liked my post. It’s such a massive niche with so many you can take it.

      Reply
  7. Chris

    This is a really interesting post ( and idea ) on how to become a music affiliate. I have tried my hand at selling a few affilaite products online and I’ve done alright at it. I am actually a trained musician as well ( Leeds college of music! ).
    Really enjoyed reading this article – you have given me a wealth of new ideas to hone in on

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    1. Jay (Post author)

      Hi Chris, thanks for the kind words. You’re more qualified than me, so you’d be great at running a music site.

      Reply
  8. Gin

    Hi Jay, thanks so much for this extensive post. I love music and I have wanted to have a site to promote my own tracks for quite some time now. I have had issues looking for affiliate programs in the recording industry. Do you recommend signing up for Commision Junction? I personally find their website hard to navigate..

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    1. Jay (Post author)

      Hi Gin, thanks for the comment, there are probably many sources out there for promoting recording gear. i know zZ Sounds has a very popular affiliate program and they have both a computer audio and a recording section. So there should be plenty of things to write articles about there.

      https://www.zzounds.com/aff

      Reply
  9. Gin

    Hi Jay,

    That’s awesome! I will check it out in a moment, thank you so much!

    All the best and keep up the great work!

    Reply
    1. Jay (Post author)

      It’s always a pleasure, if I can help you any more please feel free to ask 🙂

      Reply
  10. Courtney Parker

    Wonderful information! thank you for the motivation!

    Reply
    1. Jay (Post author)

      You’re most welcome 🙂

      Reply
  11. David Yeo

    Hi Jay!

    Thanks for following me back on WA. I took a look at your website so I can get an idea of how “the pro’s do it.” It’s really awesome and I look forward to learning a lot more from you in the future!

    Reply
    1. Jay (Post author)

      You’re welcome David 🙂

      Reply

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