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  • Best Of 2013: SEO For Musicians: "Don't Chase The Algorithm"

    Dec 30

    There are a number of technical things one can still do to have a higher presence in Google and other search engines. But, unless you're really into playing search engine games, most of the time it's better to set up your site correctly and then focus on creating and sharing content, such as pics and blog posts, in addition to your musical activities. Jennifer Ha recently shared 7 tips from SearchEngineLand's Matt McGee to improve your search presence without chasing the constantly shifting...

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  • Local/regional Hip Hop, Latin, Latin Rock acts needed for 1/16 at Abbey Pub in #Chicago IL: http://ow.ly...

    Dec 30

    Local/regional Hip Hop, Latin, Latin Rock acts needed for 1/16 at Abbey Pub in #Chicago IL: http://ow.ly/s9x4r #gigging #DIY #gigs4u

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  • Local/regional acts needed for 3/21 at Daisy Dukes in #Nashville TN: http://ow.ly/s9x4r #gigging #DIY...

    Dec 30

    Local/regional acts needed for 3/21 at Daisy Dukes in #Nashville TN: http://ow.ly/s9x4r #gigging #DIY #gigs4u

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  • Local/regional acts needed for 2/22 at 622 North in #Blacksburg VA: http://ow.ly/s9x4r #gigging #DIY...

    Dec 30

    Local/regional acts needed for 2/22 at 622 North in #Blacksburg VA: http://ow.ly/s9x4r #gigging #DIY #gigs4u

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  • Following Your Favorite Band: Seenth.is vs. Rouse

    Dec 30

    With musicians' web presence scattered all over the place and few offering a way to keep up with things unless one subscribes to a variety of social media accounts and blogs, one would think that a site that centralizes their feeds for easy access would be of interest to fans. At least two sites launched this year, Seenth.is and Rouse, to make it easier to keep up with big stars. Seenth.is wins in the design category but neither app truly satisfies largely due to lack of depth in their artist...

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  • First Wave Of iTunes Radio Advertisers Weigh In

    Dec 30

    iTunes Radio launched in September with heavy sponsorship including multiple brand agreements of $10 million or more. Such commitment is a response to both Apple's many strengths and the potential reach of iTunes Radio. In its first month iTunes Radio had 20 million listeners but that figure hasn't yet been updated. However advertisers are weighing in on their initial campaigns with a positive response to date, an important early milestone for the new ad-supported web radio service. iTunes...

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  • JEFF PRICE: Why Is Everyone On YouTube Mad At Each Other?

    Dec 30

    By Jeff Price, the founder of TuneCore and now founder/CEO of Audiam. First, YouTube video creators are getting angry at record labels, artists, music publishers and YouTube for sending them messages stating they are possibly illegally using music in their videos. This causes the videos to be taken down or stops the video creator from making money from the views. Then we have record labels, artists and music publishers angry with YouTube for letting copyright infringing videos go up in...

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  • Best Of 2013: How To Get More Views On YouTube

    Dec 30

    Guest post by Katonah Coster of Fame House Not surprisingly, artists and music brands have lately come to view YouTube network as one of the most critical pieces of their digital marketing strategies. Not only is video content one of the most valuable tools available for increasing engagement and building an artist’s brand, but it has also proven capable of breaking new acts (just look at Psy and Justin Bieiber) in the rare event that a video goes viral. YouTube is absolutely dominated by...

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  • There's Still Time For Your Band To Apply For American Music Abroad

    Dec 30

    American Music Abroad is a cultural exchange and live music performance program that sends U.S. artists on tour for a bit over a month. All "characteristically American musical genres are welcome" including indie rock, punk, hip hop and Zydeco. The program is limited to groups of 3 to 5 people. The deadline for initial application is January 6 at 5 pm PST. That's not a lot of time but if you have high quality videos available and fit the guidelines you've still got time to prepare a competitive...

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  • Best Of 2013: How Did Riff Raff Become The Video King Of Vine?

    Dec 30

    Riff Raff is that kind of rapper that puzzles people with his over-the-top persona that doesn't map easily to the old school template. But that's cause he's a Southern boy by way of Houston so think grills, syrup, ridiculous tattoos, shady dives and Deep South legends and you'll get the picture. Somehow Riff Raff took those elements and turned them into both a record deal with Diplo's Mad Decent and a growing rep as Video King of Vine. It's funny how many writers question whether Riff Raff...

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