Ah, yes. Making money. So you want to sell your beats? Well you have come to the right place. First of all, just being on myFlashStore alone, you are setting yourself up for beat sales because it’s the place to be to sell beats, period.
Secondly, I’m here to let you know that it’s more than just posting your beats online and sitting back waiting for the money to come rolling into your PayPal.
So listen up, because these are seven ways for you to sell your beats.
1. myFlashStore Marketplace
As I just mentioned, this is the place to be. Not only can you upload your beats to the Marketplace, but there are lots of other features as well. For example, if you don’t want anyone to steal your beat, you can get voicetags added on top of your beats. Believe it or not, your beats are not safe once they’re uploaded to the internet because that means the whole world can try and jack you if they really wanted to.
Unfortunately there are not many ways around getting jacked, but the best you can do is two things: copyright your beats, and have voicetags added to them.
myFlashStore also offers Mixing & Mastering services, so that’s another bonus for you. Countless times I have heard really good beats but they sounded terrible because they were not mixed properly. There is no shame in asking for help with your mixing; it’s possible you’re really good at making beats, but not so much at mixing. Leave it to the pros.
Along with all that, there’s also this blog where you can read lots of articles each week, giving you tips, advice, and know how’s about making beats, selling beats, and everything in between.
And if that’s not enough, you can also visit the forum section and chat with other members in the same situation as you.
2. Social Media
Not surprisingly, social media is an extremely powerful way for you to sell your beats. By actively engaging with other people on either Facebook and Twitter (and Google Plus to a certain degree), you will be setting yourself up for potential beat sales.
I have always recommended Twitter as being the best place to try to market your music and your brand, as I’ve mentioned in Part 1 and Part 2 of these tutorials.
Facebook is also a great way to reach your target audience, but be careful. Everyone knows by now that what they have done is cleaned up your news feed so that only certain posts reach you. The rest are tossed aside because Facebook thinks you don’t want to see them. What this means is that you could be posting every day on Facebook about you and your music, but if your followers are not engaging with you regularly, then your posts might not show up on their feeds. In other words, it might just be a waste of time.
3. Your Own Website
Some people think that if you post your beats on a beat selling website, then the you can sit back and chill. Not true.
In fact, nothing beats having your own, dedicated website for your music. It doesn’t mean that you need to have a payment system set up where people can buy your beats directly from you, it just means that you need a website for promotional purposes.
Believe me, I have tried over the years to implement a payment system on websites and it’s a big pain in the butt. This is why if you do sell your beats on your own website, just go with PayPal because it’s way easier than trying to do the professional thing. Save yourself the headache and you will have more time to work on your beats.
4. Network As Much As Possible
I can’t stress this enough – you need to network! If you want to have any chance at selling your beats, then you need to have relationships with lots of people. People that can either help you sell your beats, or that can point you in the right direction.
For example, if you network and meet someone in the music industry, it could easily lead to something big for you later on. Because that person you met might know someone who knows someone, etc. And before you know it, you’re in a conference room with Dr. Dre and he’s giving you a high five while listening to your beats.
Networking is an essential part of getting beat sales because it’s one of the easiest. All you have to do is talk to people! It could be online or in person, but that’s all it is.
5. Get Creative
A while ago I wrote an article about promoting yourself by using a USB stick. It was called “Why You Should Make A Beat Tape And Give It Away For Free” and it got a lot of attention on social media. At first it was because people did not actually read the article, they just ranted on about how no one uses cassettes anymore. But if they were to read what I wrote, I was saying how the term “beat tape” is like how “mixtape” is used today.
A mixtape in the 90’s was an actual cassette with a DJ mix on it. Now it just means some artist has thrown some singles together instead of a full album.
What the article was meant to do, however, was to get people to think about how they can promote themselves. In other words, get creative. There are plenty of ways you can sell your beats, such as using a street team to pass out flyers, handing out business cards, or even just wearing a t-shirt with your website’s URL on it. Just think.
6. Working With Artists
Most of you are interested in just selling your beats, and that’s okay. That’s why you’re here on myFlashStore in the first place, right? But working with an artist is a great way to get your name out there, which will lead to more beat sales, or working with more artists.
If you manage to find a rapper, singer, or musician to work with on a few tracks, then right there you’re all set. Once their music gets out there, your name will pop up, which will garner a lot of attention, especially if the song is really good. When people hear the song, they will want to know who produced it, so they will find your name, and BAM – you’re drinking champagne.
7. Beat Mixtapes
Just as with regular mixtapes, which is basically a “poor man’s album” as I like to call it (it’s much easier for an artist to do a mixtape than an album), you can put together a beat mixtape.
But don’t be lazy with it either!
A great way to get your name out there is to put together a compilation of some of your best beats and either sell it or give it away for free by posting it online. Bandcamp is the perfect place for something like this. Music fans browsing Bandcamp will come across your album, but you can also refer people to that page where your beat mixtape is. It’s easy promotion.