Submitting music to blogs is a key part of many musician’s marketing strategy. Without the helpful reach of blogs, it’s difficult for the average person to know that your music exists. Therefore, it’s crucial to know proper music submission tips and strategies to get your music featured on blogs! This ultimate guide covers the most important areas of submitting music to blogs. Read on if you want to learn how to connect with with blogosphere!
Table of contents
- Why Should I Submit my Music to Blogs?
- 5 Tips to Get Your Music Featured in a Music Blog
- 4 Strategies to Get Your Music Featured on Blogs
- 4 Things to Consider Before Submitting an Album for Review
- Conclusion – How To Get On Music Blogs
- SUBMIT MUSIC FOR REVIEW TODAY!
Why Should I Submit my Music to Blogs?
As you learned earlier, submitting music to blogs is an important factor in a musician’s marketing strategy. Music blogs are niche blogs that music listeners often subscribe to, to find new music. Their audience could be your potential listeners, and their stable platforms provide musicians legitimate opportunities for press. Without music blogs, underground musicians of all genres would have a much more difficult time reaching new, undiscovered audiences. Therefore, it’s crucial to know proper music submission techniques and tips and strategies to get your music featured on blogs!
At TOP5RAPWEBSITE, we cut out the guess-work surrounding whether or not your music will be posted on our site, by offering musicians 100% GUARANTEED written OR video album reviews, delivered in 1-week or your money back! Learn more!
We understand that one of the toughest tasks for aspiring musicians is attracting honest-ears to listen to their music. And sharing music with family & friends is great, but they don’t always understand your music or genre. TOP5RAPWEBSITE has over 400 album reviews & counting in Hip-Hop/Rap, R&B, Pop, and more. Submit your album for review to get experienced and unbiased constructive criticism!
5 Tips to Get Your Music Featured in a Music Blog
1. Actually read the music blog.
Determine whether or not your music fits on the blog. Are you a rock band trying to submit on a mostly Jazz publication? Read through the blog, watch their videos, and read their reviews to get a feel for whether or not a review from them makes sense. At TOP5RAPWEBSITE, we have over 400 reviews across Hip-Hop/Rap & R&B including underground and indie R&B Hip-Hop! This wealth of experience means that we understand the music you’re trying to make and thus can deliver a poignant review!
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2. Be clear about what you want.
Don’t write a novel – you want to be clear about what you want, with minimalistic, yet effective presentation. You can use HTML to help you achieve this.
Include a clear request. It sounds simple, but it’s overlooked. Don’t write a novel – you want to be clear about what you want, with minimalistic, yet effective presentation. You can use HTML to help you achieve this.
Don’t include more than three paragraphs in your email submission. If it takes three or more paragraphs to make your point, you risk boring the reader. Consider using Lanham’s Lard Factor to help you make your point quickly and efficiently.
HYPERLINK!! The easier you can make it on the reader, the better – internal, hyperlinks are more pleasant on the eyes than long, pasted URLs. And remember, you want to make this as pleasant for the reader as possible. Hyperlink to your music and other relevant pages whenever possible (and ensure the hyperlinks work). Read more on hyperlinks here.
3. Be brief, creative, and professional
Be brief and concise. Use basic professionalism like correct grammar, proper email etiquette, and appropriate language. Also consider sending your pitch to a friend/family member to be sure it’s grammatically-correct and makes sense. Just because you’re submitting to a Hip-Hop/Rap blog, doesn’t mean it’s ok to write, “WAZZUP CHECC MY NEW TUNEZ”.
There are a lot of miniscule, and sometimes seemingly irrelevant things musicians must do to cater to blogs. At TOP5RAPWEBSITE, we try to eliminate that, so musicians like you can focus on music. We 100% Guarantee music reviews with a 1-Week response time for every artist who submits our Simple Form and secure payment. This means less e-mails for you to send, and less formal writing etiquette to learn!
4. Personalize your submission.
Include the editor / author’s name. If you want to be reviewed by them, you should know this! If you can find it, include it in your e-mail’s greeting! “Hey Troy!” grabs my attention a lot quicker than “To whom it may concern“. If you’re a regular consumer of the blog’s content, don’t be shy to mention that! Include a brief note showing your appreciation for the blog, maybe even mention one of your favorite videos by them.
I read all (and I mean ALL) of my e-mails. I rush to open e-mails from supporters and fans telling me they enjoy my website content and Youtube channel. Personalizing your submission from a supporter’s perspective can help add a personal touch to your review submission!
As a blogger, I may get confused about what you’re expecting of me – do you want an individual song review, a live reaction, a full album review? Maybe you wanted an RT? Or maybe you just wanted my genuine opinion – if you don’t tell me what you want, I won’t know! Say things like “I’d love you to write a post about [song] because [____].” Make it easy for the reader by specifically asking for coverage: “Would you be interested in doing a review of [______]?”
At TOP5RAPWEBSITE, we implement a Simple Form that helps you create a music submission e-mail. We know that as a musician, you’d rather be focused on creating, rather than writing marketing e-mails. All that we ask from you is to include a working link to your music. We will take care of the rest! Learn more!
5. Don’t give up!!
Don’t give up. Follow up. And follow up again! DJ Khaled talks about the importance of maintaining persistence in the music industry here. Keep sending your music to other blogs also! The reality is that even the small-scale music blogs get tons of e-mails per day. Your submission could easily be overlooked. Send your music early and often! Build rapport, push through!
At TOP5RAPWEBSITE, we cut out the guess work. We know how hard it is to get your music heard. One of the toughest tasks for aspiring musicians is attracting honest-ears to listen to their music. By submitting music for review with TOP5RAPWEBSITE, you can rest assured your music will be heard.
4 Strategies to Get Your Music Featured on Blogs
1. Research album reviewers
Research the reviewers who cover your genre of music. Consider following them on Twitter and interacting with their content to gain rapport. Read and watch their past articles and reviews to determine if their knowledge and approach is appropriate for you. When you find the writers who cover your style genre, follow the above 5 Tips to Get Your Music Featured in a Music Blog by letting them know that you have been following their work and hyperlinking one of your favorite articles! This helps build rapport.
2. Have a clear call-to-action
Have a call-to-action! For example, if you’re releasing music apart of a weekly series – say that in the e-mail! You could even hyperlink to a webpage that includes more information about your series! Don’t be vague about what you want – many artists send music to bloggers in their network and expect the blogger to just “work magic”. Your call-to-action should be somewhere in the first 2-3 sentences of your e-mail.
3. Send your music early (and don’t send old music)
It’s not a good idea to submit an album review for an album that’s dropping within a few weeks or even months. It could take the Editor weeks to even see your review request. When they finally open their e-mail and see your request for a date that’s passed, your e-mail will likely be trashed. Send your music early! 2-4 months in advance is a great timeline that’s not too early and not too soon. It also shows that you’re serious about the planning and organization of your release schedule!
Note: many blogs will not review old music. That means that old music that you’d like to have an opinion on will probably not make it past the the blogger’s e-mail inbox. “Old music” is generally considered music not released in the current year.
4. Don’t burn bridges
Look – chances are that the blog you’re mentioning is trying to grow as a blog, just like you’re trying to grow as an artist. Don’t take it personally when your e-mails and music submission requests go ignored. Keep sending! The worst thing you can do is take to your social media timeline to curse the prominent blogs/writers in your genre because you feel your e-mails have been snubbed. This is a great way to ensure that you’re never featured on a blog, and possibly blacklisted. Don’t burn bridges! Stay motivated and enthusiastic!
At TOP5RAPWEBSITE, we cut out the guess work of whether or not your music will be featured on a blog. We know how hard it is to get your music heard. One of the toughest tasks for aspiring musicians is attracting honest-ears to listen to their music. By submitting music for review with TOP5RAPWEBSITE, you can rest assured your music will be heard. Learn more!
4 Things to Consider Before Submitting an Album for Review
1. Do Your Research
Make sure the outlet you’re considering pitching your album has a history with your genre of music! Spend a few minutes browsing their website content. If they cover Classical, they might not be the best people to give you an opinion on your new Punk Rock LP.
2. Offer Multiple Ways to Listen
Use services like DistroKid, CDBaby and Tunecore to get your music on multiple streaming sites like Bandcamp, chartburst.com, mixcloud.com, and many more fast. I’ve even had artists send me private links on Soundcloud (if you don’t know how to do this, read this article!) BONUS POINTS for artists who create neat, landing pages for their music! Landing pages are a sophisticated, tech-savvy way to give your audience multiple options to listen to your music. As a blogger who listens to music on multiple devices across different apps – I LIKE LANDING PAGES!! 🙂
3. DO NOT MASS E-MAIL
Do you like to receive mass emails? Nobody does! And it’s painfully obvious when an e-mail was sent en masse, like spam. Please don’t do this.. It feels efficient but chances are you are not converting those e-mail recipients into listeners of your music. Especially if you are contacting those people for the first time. It’s better to write 10 quality, personalized emails are better than 100 e-mail blasts.
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4. To Follow-Up, or to Not Follow-Up?
FOLLOW UP! Always! Your last submission may have been missed or skipped. Keep your follow-ups short, friendly, and enthusiastic! Don’t lose hope and don’t start burning bridges when you fail to illicit responses. Chin up! Push forward!
At TOP5RAPWEBSITE, we understand that one of the toughest tasks for aspiring musicians is attracting honest-ears to listen to their music. By submitting your music for review with TOP5RAPWEBSITE, your music 100% GUARANTEED will be heard.
Conclusion – How To Get On Music Blogs
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Get Your Music Heard
One of the toughest tasks for aspiring musicians is attracting honest-ears to listen to their music.
By submitting music for review with TOP5RAPWEBSITE, you can rest assured your music will be heard.
Sharing music with family & friends is great, but they don’t always understand your music or genre.
TOP5RAPWEBSITE has over 400 album reviews & counting in Hip-Hop/Rap, R&B, Pop, and more. Submit your album for review to get experienced and unbiased constructive criticism!
After your music is reviewed, the review will be posted to top5rapwebsite.com, Youtube.com/TOP5RAPWEBSITE and TOP5RAPWEBSITE social media.
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