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How to Start a Music Blog (And Make a Living From it)

Music listeners are growing. According to a research study from Musically.com, more people are streaming music today than ever before. The study shows that on average, people listen to music for about 18 hours every week, up from an average of 17 hours just a year ago. This trend is set to grow, which makes now a great time to start a music blog.

If you are passionate about music, and you want to start a blog about something you love, then this guide is for you. In it, we are going to take a look at all the reasons why you should start a music blog, as well as how to go about creating it. 

I’ll also share some tips on launching and promoting your new music blog to give you the opportunity to make money doing something that you love.

Editors Note


This guide is extremely DETAILED and explains everything you need to start a sports blog. I've been at this blogging stuff for over 8 years and have built a business making $20,000 per month, so I have a lot of helpful advice for you newbies out there.

If you get stuck or need advice, please contact me directly and I'll help you out for free.

How to Start a Music Blog in 10 Steps:

Below is a table of contents to help you navigate this guide. If you just need someone to walk you through the process of setting up your blog quickly and easily, check out step 5.

The key to a successful music blog is being able to write consistently about the music topics that you’re passionate about. You need to have either a deep love and understanding of the music, or you must have a strong desire to learn, and the rest will follow. 

But before we dive into the specifics, we're going to look at all the best reasons why you should start a music blog.

Why Start a Music Blog?

There are many reasons why someone might want to start a music blog. As a music blogger, you will have the opportunity to share your thoughts and opinions on different music artists, various instruments, and new music technology.

Not only that, but starting your own blog could mean exclusive access to artists and concerts that you never would have had otherwise.  

Listed below are some other reasons to start a music blog: 

Promote and Publicize Your Work 

A music blog not only offers you a place to get as creative as you like, but it can also be an incredibly valuable tool to help musicians promote and publicize the work they do. These days, all artists need an online presence, and your blog can help you expand your personal brand and become an influencer in the music industry.

Artists are willing to pay for the exposure they need and while it may start with small-time artists, you just might be able to help launch the next big name in music with a promotion on your blog in the future.  

Build Your Resume 

Writing about music is a fun and easy way to showcase your knowledge and expertise while building your resume. If you’re an aspiring DJ or Producer, or if you have aspirations of working in the music industry, having an established music blog that showcases your talents can prove to be a massive bonus.

Hone Your Writing Skills

As you continually write about music, you’ll learn more about blog writing best practices, and you’ll get to improve your craft every day.  Generally speaking, writing is a universal skill and being a good writer is valuable in nearly every professional job you can have.  

Build Relationships With Your Favorite Artists

Once you begin getting noticed in the industry, you’ll have the opportunity to meet and build relationships with some of your favorite artists, as well as record labels, tour managers, and many other people within the music industry. Furthermore, you will be in a position to create a community of music lovers and fans who share your interests.

Free Music Events

Starting a music blog can lead to some really exciting opportunities, such as getting free music and attending exclusive events (usually with VIP access). These include live performances, club events, concerts, and music festivals. In addition to all this, as your blog presence grows, you will become an industry ‘insider’, which means that you’ll get to hear the latest news, new songs, and pre-releases before everyone else.  

Make Money

This is the best part about starting a music blog. You get to make money doing something that you love so much you’d be willing to do it for free, anyway. Whether this is a hobby, a side hustle, or a full-time career for you, as long as you’re providing value to your readers, the money will always follow.  

There’s obviously some tricks of the trade that you’ll need to learn, but don’t worry, later in the guide we’ll give you a lot of insight as to how you can actually make money while doing this.

Does all this sound rewarding? 

Good! Now let me show you how you turn your dream of becoming a successful music blogger into reality. 

Step 1: Decide on The Focus of Your Music Blog

Your first step in creating a successful music blog is to decide on the direction or focus. What will you blog about and who are you going to share that with? Answering these questions will help you find your blog’s focus and choose the appropriate audience for your work.  

Listed below are a few possible ways to position your blog. Use these ideas to help you make a decision as to which direction to go with your music blog. 

  • Meaning of songs
  • Info about favorite bands
  • Favorite concert venues
  • Music/artist news
  • Local artists
  • Global independent artists
  • Playing certain instruments

An important question to ask yourself is whether your goal is to critique music you don’t like or to celebrate the music that you do like.  While being a critic will bring your fair share of haters, it’ll also get a strong affinity with those that agree with you. 

Will you focus on popular musicians or young, up-and-coming artists? 

What are you going to do to make your music blog unique? 

It’s always a good idea to choose a focus for your blog that is aligned with your own personal interests. Since you are going to be doing a lot of writing, this will help ensure that you enjoy what you do and that you’re proud of the content you’re releasing to the public. 

Plus, on the days that you want to quit (trust me, there will be some) this will make sure that you push through it.  

Don’t Try to Be Everything to Everyone

Most people mistakenly believe that it’s better to create a general blog that caters to the interests of many different groups of people. 

But in reality, it’s actually more productive to cater to one specific group that can identify with what you do. There are just too many music blogs out there, and if you go general, meaning choosing all topics to start off with, you’ll have a hard time finding an audience since you won’t be able to draw in readers with specific music interests. 

Visitors to your website will feel like it’s too much work to sift through everything just to find something that is of interest to them and even when they do, most of your writing will be disjointed and unrelated.  

But, if you decide on a specific focus for your blog, you are more likely to get targeted traffic to your site because those musicians or music lovers will know that you have exactly what they’re looking for.

For instance, you could first start writing posts about your favorite artist, and then expand to another, and eventually write about 5-10 of your favorite artists.

From there, you’ll likely have traffic being sent from search engines and you can expand into the different areas mentioned above such as concert venues or playing specific music instruments.

Start narrow, grow broad.  After launching a whole portfolio of blogs, this is one of the tactics that I’ve learned is a great way to be successful. 

Step 2: Choose Your Music Niche

Now it’s time to define your music niche. Choosing a niche is simply deciding what your blog is going to be about and the audience you’re going to serve. 

No music blog can ever be successful without a niche. That’s because nobody really cares about a music blog, but if you have a blog dedicated to EDM (electronic dance music), the EDM community will care! 

To find your niche, you must hone in on one specific genre of the music industry and make that the focus of almost all your music blogging. 

Here are some of the leading music genres that you can choose from: 

  • Rock  
  • Pop  
  • Country 
  • R&B and Soul 
  • Hip Hop 
  • Easy Listening
  • Electronic/Dance
  • Jazz 
  • Blues
  • Classical and Opera
  • Heavy Metal
  • Reggae
  • Folk
  • Latin

Of course, there are other genres that you can choose from, but no matter what niche you decide to go with, make sure that it’s one where you will be able to provide real value to your audience. 

Your niche should fill a void that is currently not being offered by other music bloggers if at all possible. Being able to do this will make your blog unique so you can stand out from all the other music bloggers out there. 

There is no Right or Wrong When Choosing Your Niche

Your blog could be about electronic music, country music, or Jazz, or it could be an educational music blog focused on teaching people how to play the piano or how to start a band. It could even be about helping artists find a recording studio, or help them understand how they should be marketing their music. 

Any of these niches will do, and if possible, try to niche down even further to make it easier for your blog to become the go-to place for those seeking information in your area of interest. 

For instance, instead of simply being a place to share your love of folk music, your blog could be a valuable resource for young female Scandinavian folk music artists (or something of that nature). 

By laser-focusing on a smaller niche in the beginning, instead of making your blog more general, you’ll also become an expert in your field, considered by your followers as a thought leader in your niche. 

This can expand over time, but starting this way is a crucial part of your success.

Now that you’ve selected a genre and defined the goals of your music blog, you can move on to the next step. 

Step 3: Choose Your Blogging Platform

By now, you’ve chosen your blog’s focus, target audience, and your primary music genre of interest. Your next step is to choose your blogging platform. 

There are tons of options available to you in this regard. Some of them are free, and others are paid. 

Free blogging platforms include Squarespace, Wix, Tumblr, and Blogger, among many others. While most beginner bloggers tend to go for the free platforms, it’s not a good idea if you want to create a successful and profitable blog. 

This is because these types of blogging sites limit your ability to customize and monetize your music blog.  In addition to that, people that find you simply won’t take you seriously because you won’t own your own domain name.  

With a free option, it’ll be something unprofessional like awesomemusic.wix.com.   If you want to grow your blog and make money from it, then you should choose a paid blogging platform like WordPress.org. 

Note that this self-hosted platform is different from the free version, WordPress.com

Why Choose Self-Hosted WordPress for Your Music Blog? 

There are many reasons why WordPress is the best option for creating your music blog. Choosing a self-hosted platform over the free alternatives gives you the ability to customize your blog exactly as you want it to look. 

It also allows you to use different monetizing methods to turn your blog traffic into leads and sales. These are things that you wouldn’t be able to achieve using a free blogging platform like the ones mentioned above. 

Benefits of WordPress vs Free Blogging Alternatives

  • Easy for beginners to use, no coding experience needed.
  • WordPress installs in one click and is easily customizable.
  • Integrates easily with thousands of plugins to extend site functionality.  (Ex. Need a contact form on your website?  Install a plugin and BOOM.  Done.)
  • It allows you flexibility for monetizing your website. 
  • There is a large, helpful community of users and developers.
  • It’s more professional
  • Fully customizable, no limits other than your own taste.

Here are some more WordPress statistics to show you why WordPress is a great choice: 

  • 37% of the internet is built on WordPress.
  • 59.4% of all CMS-built websites use WordPress.
  • WordPress powers 34% of the top 10,000 blogs in the world.
  • Over 1.1 million domains are registered every week, thanks to WordPress.
  • WordPress users produce 70.5 million posts each month. 

Since you’re building a music blog, it’s also important that the option you choose offers clear, visually appealing page layouts, and can easily play audio and video files. WordPress offers you all of this and more. 

Step 4: Decide on Your Domain Name

When it comes to choosing a domain name, you need to take several things into consideration. For instance, what is your blog all about? What type of music will you be writing about? Who are the people who are going to come to your site and read through your content? 

Keep in mind the answers to these questions as you follow the steps outlined below to help you get to the perfect moniker for your music blog. 

A few things to keep in mind when choosing a domain name:  

1. Get a .com Domain Extension 

Choose a music blog name that ends in .com, as opposed to the other extensions, like .net, .org, and so on. The reason for this is that .com is what people usually search for, it’s what’s most familiar, and easiest to remember. 

2. Leave Room for Expansion

When choosing your domain name, you should stay broad with the name in order to allow yourself room to expand into different areas as your music blog evolves. For instance, a name like ‘EDMSauce’ shows that the blog’s niche is electronic dance music without being too narrow within that topic. 

3. Keep it Short and Sweet

You want a name that is brandable and easy to remember. Try to avoid long or complicated words in your music blog’s name. However, you should try to make your name unique and memorable. For example, ‘ThisSongIsSick’ and ‘DancingAstronaught’ are unusual music blog names that stick in your mind. 

4. Use Alliteration

Alliteration is when two words in a row start with the same first letter or have a similar sound. For instance, ‘HipHopHype’, ‘PigeonsandPlanes’, and ‘RapRadar’. This makes for a unique sounding name that is easy to recall. 

5. Get Creative

If the domain name you want is already taken, use creative means to come up with an available name that is just as good. For instance, you can try using synonyms of words or even similar words that may be a little odd and unusual, which are more likely to still be available. 

6. Add Extra Words

If you still can’t find the right name for your music blog, try to add words to the names you’ve come up with so far to see if you can find a combination that is still available. For instance, if you wanted the name ‘BluesBlog’ and it was already taken, you might try ‘TheBluesBlog’ instead. 

7. Create a Concept

Come up with a concept around your blog name. This will help you in brainstorming names that are aligned with the purpose of your blog. A good example of this is the music blog, PopJustice, which is a website that prides itself on giving pop the respect – and disrespect – that it deserves. 

8. Use Name-Generating Tools

If you’re still stuck, you can use domain name generating tools, like Instant Domain Search, Name Mesh, and Lean Domain Search. Simply enter a few keywords, such as your niche, some words related to music, etc., and the name generation software will spit out dozens of different combinations for you to choose from. 

9. Don’t Purchase a Domain Name

Everyone wants the perfect name for their blog, and it can be tempting to buy an expensive domain name for your music blog. But this is never a good idea when you’re just starting out. Buy a standard domain name and you can always get the name you want later, as your blog becomes more successful and profitable.  

10. Do Not Get Stuck Here

Many people obsess so much about finding the perfect name for their music blog that they end up not taking any other steps toward getting their music blogging project off the ground. Don’t let that happen to you. Spend only an hour or two on this part and then move on to the next step.

Examples of Music Blogs and Why Their Names Make Sense: 

  • Drowned in Sound – This name works because it’s short and easy to recall, thanks to its use of alliteration. 
  • Hip Hop Wired – This music blog’s name is related to the concept of the blog, which is to share hip hop news. 
  • Your EDM – This domain name is simple and specific to the music blog’s genre. It’s also extremely easy to remember.
  • Metal Injection – This name makes sense because this blog focuses on helping fans get their fix of heavy metal music.
  • Under the Radar – This is an indie music blog, and the name is a clever play on words to reflect how different and unique their offering is. 

Use these ideas as inspiration to help you come up with some interesting and unique options of your own. Once your music blog has an identity, you can move on to the next step.

Step 5: Buy Your Domain Name and Hosting

In addition to getting your domain name, which is the name of your blog, you also have to get domain hosting. This is a service that will store or ‘host’ all of your website’s files and make your music blog available on the internet. In return for this service, you’ll pay a very small monthly fee.

There are many web-hosting providers, but I recommend that you get your hosting from SiteGround. This hosting company is affordable, reliable, and offers amazing service and customer support. Good hosting support is vital, especially when you’re just starting out as a music blogger.

In this section, we take a look at how to purchase your domain name, sign up with a reputable hosting provider, and install WordPress on your site.

Below is a YouTube video and screenshots showing you the exact step-by-step process, choose whatever tutorial that works best for you. 

For those that don't want to watch the video, below sums up each of the things you need to know with screenshots:

Step 1:  If you haven’t yet, click on this link and you’ll be brought to the Managed WordPress Hosting page that you see below. 

Step 2:  Next, you’ll be brought to the hosting plan page.  You could choose to get a “Growbig” or “GoGeek” plan but honestly, you don’t need it.  The Startup plan is the cheapest at $6.99/month through my link vs. the normal $14.99/month.  

This plan has everything you need including 10GB of webspace (plenty of room for your files), up to 10,000 visits monthly (perfect for a brand new website), Free WordPress Installation (they make this SUPER easy), Free SSL (the thing that shows “secure” in the top left of your browser when you visit a website), and Free Email (Very helpful to make you look professional to others).

Step 3:  After clicking into the plan, you’ll be brought to the next page where you will click “Register a New Domain” and then input the domain name you want for your website.  This is the final URL people will type into a browser to view your website in the future. 

Step 4:  Once you click “Proceed” on the previous step you’ll be taken to a page that asks for your personal and billing information.  As you scroll down the page, you’ll see an area asking for you to input your “period” oh hosting.  This determines how long you have your hosting for.  

I highly recommend that you choose 12 months.  Frankly, 24-36 months is not really needed right now and I think it’s smart that you just spend what is absolutely required at this point in time and don’t waste any money. 

They have a one month trial, but that includes an additional setup cost that really is a total waste of money because, after a month, you’ll have to purchase the 12 months anyway to keep your hosting.

Step 5:  As you’ll see in the screenshot below, after your purchase you have an account and can get started.  From this point, you still have to set the website up, but your payment is all taken care of.  Please click on “Proceed to Customer Area”.

Step 6:  Next you’ll need to login to your account that you just created the login information for.  Put in your Username and password and click “submit”. 

Step 7:  Once you login, you’ll see the page below.  This page is where you have the option to set up your website and you need to click on the “Set Up Site” option to begin.

Step 8:  On the next screen you’re going to click to Start a New Website and choose WordPress as your CMS.

Step 9:  On this same screen after you choose WordPress, it’s going to ask you to create your Email Address and Password associated with the website.  Please note: This is what you’ll use to login to your email panel, so make it something you can remember!

Step 10:  This is Sitegrounds last attempt to ask you if you want SG Site Scanner or Domain privacy.  We already went over this earlier, but they try one last time to make sure you’re all set with the right products.  If you’re good and don’t want to add anything, just click “finish”.

Step 11:  It will take them a minute to set up your site and then you’ll see this screen.  The image below means that your new website is good to go.  I suggest you click on “Manage Site” to see the backend administrator panel.

Step 12:  The admin panel has a lot of different tools to help you manage your website.  These can all be accessed on the left side of the screen by using any of the options available.  Note: You do NOT need to take any action in the back-end right now, this just helps you understand what’s on the screen and what you're seeing. Move to the next step.

Step 13 (Final):  Your website is LIVE.  Just go to a browser and type in your domain name.  Once you do this, you’ll be able to access your website!

Congrats!  You officially have a blog. Now you'll need to make it focused on music, but it's officially ready to go.

If you’re wondering how to edit things on the website, all you have to do from here is go to your website URL with /wp-admin at the end in a browser and login.

Example: http://www.mostawesomewebsiteever.com/wp-admin

And don’t worry, we cover how to edit things more in the rest of this guide as well.  So please continue reading.

Step 6:  Choose a Theme For Your Music Blog

Now that your WordPress is installed, you need to choose a theme for your music blog. A theme is what determines how your blog looks. It’s a sort of template that makes it simple and easy for you to customize your blog to look exactly the way you want. 

There are a lot of themes for you to choose from, including free and paid options. As with blogging platforms, free options come with certain limitations. 

For instance, a free theme doesn’t come with full customization features and it doesn’t offer customer support in case of questions or errors. Also, some free themes contain spammy links or malware that is likely to cause you serious problems down the road. This is (sadly) more common than you’d think.  

These are the kinds of things that will make it difficult for you to customize, grow, and monetize your music blog. That’s why you want to choose a premium WordPress theme that will allow you to create a beautiful, professional music blog.

Benefits of Paid Themes Over Free Alternatives

  • User-friendly, great for beginner bloggers.
  • Extends the functionality of your website or blog.
  • Comes with full customization features to make your blog stand out.
  • Sleek, professional, unique, and eye-catching designs.
  • Great customer support in case of errors (This is probably the most important)

Installing a high-quality theme will make your blog look awesome. There's no need to hire a professional, and you don't need any coding experience to make them work. Simply pick a predesigned look that appeals to you the most and install it on your blog in a few clicks.   

Amazing Music Blog Themes to Choose From:

If you’re not sure which look to go with, take a look at some of the music blogs in your niche. The point here is not to copy them, but to gain inspiration for creating a unique look for your own blog. 

You can look at things like colors, page layouts, and various other design aspects that appeal to you. Try to identify trends and see what might work best to attract your target audience. You can find out which theme your favorite music blog is using by visiting WPThemeDetector.com

Alternatively, you could search through a theme marketplace like ThemeForest to find one that matches your particular style. There are tons of clean, professional WordPress themes designed specifically for music bloggers. Browse through and test out various music blog themes by clicking ‘Preview’. 

Listed below are some of the factors to look for when choosing a theme for your music blog:

What to Look For In a Good Theme

  • Mobile responsiveness
  • Speed
  • Beautiful high-quality designs
  • Customization features
  • Customer support package
  • Made by a reputable brand
  • Plenty of good user ratings online

Once you have found and installed a custom theme on your blog, you can start creating the essential pages. 

Step 7: Create Essential Pages 

Everything is now in place, ready for you to start filling your music blog with content. But before you start blogging about music, first you need to create your site’s essential pages. 

Pages are meant for important information and other stuff that doesn’t fall into a category. Examples of essential pages include your About, Contact, and Privacy Policy pages. These pages on your music blog will very rarely have to be updated. 

Here is a breakdown of the information you need to include in each page: 

About 

This is one of the most visited pages on music blogs. Your audience wants to know who you are and what you’re about. Use this page to give them that information as well as a bit of your background. 

Explain why someone should follow your blog. Do your best to keep this part fun and don’t be afraid to let your personality show so that your readers know exactly what to expect from your blog. 

Remember that people like connecting with other people, not brands.  Don’t be afraid to create an about page like my own to show people who you really are and tell your story.  

Contact 

The contact page of your music blog needs to contain all the relevant information so that your readers can get in touch with you. This information should be easily visible – they shouldn’t have to dig and sift through tons of content just to find your email. 

Also, if you give them multiple options for contacting you, make sure that you’ll be able to monitor all of the different channels so that no question or comment goes unanswered. 

Privacy Policy

A privacy policy is designed to protect your blog’s readers from potential privacy breaches. It also protects you from any legal liability. It’s undoubtedly one of the most important pages to have on your new music blog. 

There are free sites that you can use to get a privacy policy drafted for your music blog. You may also want to create other legal pages like Terms and Conditions, as well as Disclosures and Disclaimers. 

There are other pages you can include as well, depending on the type of music blog you’re starting, such as a demo submissions page or a resources page. 

Step 8: Begin Blogging

Now the fun begins – It’s time to start blogging. Your first step should be to choose a blogging category for your first post.

Each time you publish a post on your blog, you’ll have to put it in a specific category. For instance, say you cover a local music festival, you will want to publish that post under the ‘Music Festivals’ category. You may also have a separate category for Reviews, and so on. 

Then, if a blog visitor clicks on the ‘Music Festivals’ category, they will see all of the articles in that category, beginning with the most recent one. This is a great way to keep your content organized and help your readers find content related to what they’re already viewing, which is usually where their interests lie.  

Below, I’ve listed some of the most popular categories for music blogs. Use these to get some ideas for what you can start blogging about. 

  • Reviews
  • Music Festivals
  • Music Genres
  • Artist Mixes/Live Sets
  • Club Events
  • Industry News
  • Playing an Instrument
  • Music Venues

Choose whichever category appeals to you and get started blogging. The important part is to start creating content for your blog and make a plan to publish regularly. 

In order to be successful as a music blogger, you will also need to keep the following in mind: 

Create Great Content 

Remember that you’re competing with countless other music bloggers out there. You need to ensure that you produce interesting, high-quality content that is packed with value for your readers. 

The thing that differentiates the popular music bloggers from all the ‘meh’ ones is that they focus on blogging about cutting-edge topics instead of rehashing what others have already said.

The bottom line, whatever topic you choose to start blogging about, make sure that you give it your own spin and infuse it with your personality. That will make your content stand out and make your music fans more likely to come back for more. 

Set Yourself Apart

A great way of setting yourself apart from the rest is to blog about music technology. This industry is always expanding and it changes at such a fast pace that you’ll always have some new device to write about on your blog that hasn’t already been blogged about countless times. 

Using that and current events will keep your content engaging and fresh, which can set you apart from your competitors pretty quickly.

Choose Well-Planned Keywords

Your blog posts are more likely to show up for a specific search query if you include well-thought-out keywords within the content. Research the questions your audience is asking. Find out what their music needs are and then create content to answer those questions and satisfy those needs. 

A good tool to use to do this is called Answer the Public.  This lets you see what people are asking about in relation to your main keyword. 

Important Note: You should ensure that you have at least 10 posts written on your blog before you move on to the next step. When you do start promoting your music blog, you don’t want people to arrive at an underpopulated blog because that will make you look unprofessional. 

Step 9: Promoting Your Music Blog

Now that you’ve launched your blog, it’s time to share your musical passion with the world. 

Putting yourself out there can prove to be a bit intimidating, especially for first-time music bloggers. But, it’s the only way to get visitors to your blog, and it’s something that you’ll have to do (and do well) if you want your blog to be successful and popular. 

In this section, we are going to take a look at some of the most effective ways to promote your music blogging project.

Friends and Family First 

Share a link to your new music blog with your family and friends. Ask them to support you by visiting the blog, reading your posts, and spreading the word to their own networks of friends. This is an easy way to get your first trickle of traffic to your blog. 

Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

This is something you should already be doing. Each post that you publish on your blog should be optimized for Google and other search engines. Make sure that you follow all the content creation best practices in order to produce high-quality content that both search engines and readers will love. 

The more people read your content, the higher it will rank, and the more visitors you will get to your blog. 

Social Media Marketing

If you take the time to produce valuable content, you should be proud to show it off to the world – which makes this part a whole lot easier. Post links to your new music blog in each of your personal social platforms. 

Try to follow other people who have an interest in the same music niche as you, and you’ll likely gain some new readers. Each time you share engaging content on social media, you’ll get some people clicking back to your blog to check out your posts. 

Public Forums

Look for public forums focusing on music topics related to your own blog. If you can find a board where artists or music fans are sharing information about the topics you blog about, then it’s likely that those people will be interested in reading your blog posts. Leave comments on the board, and ask readers to check out your blog. 

Email Marketing 

Once you’ve started to get traffic and seem to have a small following on social media, now is the time to email them and let them and start connecting with them on a deeper level. If you don’t have a list yet, don’t worry, building one is a lot simpler than most people make it out to be. 

This post goes into the details of how to build an email list from your music blog. Once you start building your list, each time you post on your blog, you can email your subscribers a link to the blog post. Over time, this will help to boost your blog traffic and bring return visitors to your blog

Step 10: Start Making Money

If you want your blog to be more than just a hobby, then you’ll need to implement some monetization strategies to turn your blog visitors into business revenue.

Whether you are looking to make a bit of side income or if you want to turn your music blog into a full-time occupation, the monetization methods listed below will help you start making an income from your music blogging project. 

Affiliate Marketing

As an affiliate marketer, you get paid a commission for every product bought by a customer you recommended it to. All you have to do is join a music affiliate network like Master Class Music Affiliate Network and get an affiliate link to a product. 

When you write blog posts, you can include that link in relevant places within your post. Whenever someone reads your post, clicks on the link, and buys something from that site, you will get paid a commission. 

Informational Products

Music bloggers can help other artists gain more exposure for their work by selling them courses, e-books, reports, checklists, and various other types of information products. 

Alternatively, if you’re running an educational music blog, you can offer lessons or products that help people to play instruments better. As long as you have some knowledge or expertise to share, there are many different ways to monetize that knowledge.  You just have to find a way to provide it to your audience.

Create a Webshop

Another way to monetize your music blog is to set up your own webshop and sell things that your readers will want. This can be anything from your own books to music to band merchandise and much more. You can even sell concert tickets, music production software, and so on.  

Google Adsense

Google Adsense and other ad networks are a great way to make money from your blog visitors. By placing ads on your site, you’ll get paid for visitors that either click or view your ads. This type of monetization is great because it’s very easy to set up and requires very little maintenance – and your income grows as your music blog grows. 

Sponsored Posts 

You can get paid to write sponsored posts or reviews of products for other blogs or businesses in the music industry. As long as you're writing about something of value, then this is a great way to make money doing something that will benefit your readers greatly. 

Just make sure that you only write sponsored posts or product reviews that fall within your music niche in order to avoid alienating your readers.  Also, you don't want to do too much of this as it can eventually get you dinged by search engines if you abuse it.

Good Luck on Your Music Blog

Starting a music blog doesn’t have to be hard. As long as you follow the steps outlined in this guide, you will soon have your very own platform for sharing your love of music with the world. 

And by implementing the monetization strategies outlined in the section above, you will be able to earn an income doing something that you love! 

Before you go, here’s a list of the top music blogs out there.  Feel free to review them for some inspiration and study what they’re doing successfully.    

Are you ready to start your music blog? Which part of this step-by-step guide appeals to you the most? Let me know in the comments below.


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