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Christian Songwriters Guide to the InternetI thought it would be helpful to create a resource page that you can always come to as you grow as a songwriter and seek to grow an online presence and audience. I’ll add to it as I learn more. Enjoy!

BLOGS / PODCASTS

  • CMB – Christian Music Blog & Podcast – This is one of my favorite resources for Christian Songwriters.  Very similar to writechristiansongs.com. The podcast offers awesome insights through interviews with both well-known and unknown songwriters.
  • My Song in the Night – The blog of Bobby and Kristin Gilles.  This is a regularly updated blog that “exists to help you express words of worship & testimony through songs & stories”

COPYRIGHT HELP

AUDIO AND VIDEO SOCIAL MEDIA

  • YouTube – Arguably the most important online tool for songwriters interested in growing an audience
  • Soundcloud – A great option for sharing your music online if you are not ready for video.

FULL FEATURE ARTIST SUPPORT

  • BandCamp – I currently have my music store at Bandcamp.com.  It’s free to sign up and it’s a great place to sell your music.  You can set your own price.
  • CD Baby – Currently don’t use but would highly consider in the future.  CD Baby is in the business of helping independent musicians succeed in all avenues. of the business.
  • TuneCore – I personally have used TuneCore and recommend it.  This company delivers your music to iTunes, Amazon mp3 and dozens of other online distribution avenues.
  • ReverbNation – A very popular and trusted platform for artists.
  • NoiseTrade – A great place to give your music away and grow a fanbase
  • Bandzoogle.com – “Band Websites that Work”

DIY ONLINE MARKETING

MUST HAVE tools if you are serious about growing an online audience

  • Website
    • WordPress.COM (hosted free at wordpress) – This is a great place to start a website.  I first began at blogger.com but then switched to wordpress.com after a lot of research.  This is free.
    • WordPress.ORG (hosted on your paid hosting account) – This is what I currently use for all my websites.  Hands down the most popular, powerful, and versatile web software online.  It does require a hosting account (see next bullet)
    • Bluehost – I host my website at Bluehost.com (about $60 a year for unlimited websites).
  • Social Media (You know the ones!) YouTubeTwitterFacebook
  • Mailing List– one of your greatest assets whether you are building an audience online or offline
    • Fanbridge – When I first became serious about growing an audience, I started out using Fanbridge.com, which offers email mailing list management as well as a growing number of unique features for musicians trying to grow a fan base.
    • Mailchimp – This is one of the top email management services online and what I currently use to manage 3 separate lists.  I’m using their free option which allows you to have up to 2,000 names on your list and email up to

YOUTUBE MARKETING

  • Tube Toolbox – I have used Tube Toolbox for many years.  I owe my YouTube success to Tube Toolbox.  It helped me grow my channel to over 3000 subscribers.  I believe in it so much I created a website for it for others to learn about its capabilities.  Learn more at www.tubetoolboxreview.com
  • NEW! – I have a NEW secret weapon as of 2013 for YouTube marking: Tube Assist.  Tube Assist is a new service from the same company who created Tube Toolbox.  Tube Assist is automated video marketing – on the cloud 24/7.  Learn more at www.tubeassistreview.com.
Disclosure: Please note that some of the links below are affiliate links, and at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase. Please understand that I have experience with all of these companies, and I recommend them because they are helpful and useful, not because of the small commissions I make if you decide to buy something. Please do not spend any money on these products unless you feel you need them or that they will help you achieve your goals.