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3 Times You Need to Use a Hashtag as a Musician

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I have written extensively on the Sonicbids blog about how important social media is for musicians at all points in their careers, highlighting the fact that it is especially necessary for those who are on the way up. Platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and a handful of others are how you, as an artist, keep in touch with those who support you and pay your bills, so please don't discount them.

One unfortunate truth I come across quite a bit when I browse those online social hubs is that many people don’t quite comprehend hashtags, though they have some vague understanding that they're important. It’s perfectly fine to not be a social media expert, but if you’re going to be using hashtags at all on your posts (which you should), you should know when to use them and how.

YouTube for Musicians: 'How Is All the $$ Made?'

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This article originally appeared on the DIY Musician Blog.

 

So, what is YouTube monetization? Monetization on YouTube is the process by which original content makes, you guessed it, money. 

Want To Be A Tour Manager? Here's Advice From 4 Industry Pros

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Tour life. It’s something most bands dream about, but what about balancing your musical ambitions with the logistical requirements of planning and preparing for life on the road? Is it even possible for an artist to become a tour manager, too?

Before You Launch Your Band's Website, Do These 5 Things

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Your website is the ultimate statement of your personal brand. It’s the home base for all of your music, media, contact info, latest news, and (hopefully) access to sign up to your newsletter.

While many musicians stress out over every detail of an impending music release, many fail to take the same precautions when it comes to their websites. Cutting corners and launching a website without much forethought can lead to a costly trail of redesigns, relaunches, and "under construction” notices.

The Argument for Longform Content on YouTube

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Over the years, attention spans have been whittled down, and every industry has been forced to find a way to keep people watching, reading, listening, or otherwise hooked. As a result, a lot of content has become shorter.

At the same time, a few people have learned how to make longer length content work for them, because not everything needs to become more compacted. You can learn a thing or two from them, and you should consider dabbling in longer content from time to time.

The best place to experiment is on your YouTube channel. If you're used to posting short videos or snippets, thinking your fans only want 30 seconds of you at a time, here are three great reasons to post a longer video ASAP.