As an independent recording artist, I am always looking for ways to maximize my income revenue through my websites. Through my research I have found that there are many ways to increase your website earnings. Let’s face it, maintaining a website can be a costly venture. Between hosting fees, domain names, and special features, the cost in running a website can be massive. The best recommendation that I have is to make your website work for you so that you can place your funds directly into developing your business as a recording artist. While these methods for increasing your website revenue are not guaranteed to make you wealthy, they are proved, tested, and will provide you with multiple income streams for your growing business.
In this first series, I will discuss five very effective methods for generating additional income from your current website.
1). Consider Affiliate Marketing as a method to earn additional income through your website. Many companies offer programs that enable a website publisher to generate commissions on sales channeled through what is called a referral link. The link can be placed on your website, blog, or can also be promoted through your social networks. As long as the advertiser’s product relates to the content of your website and your market segment, chances are that if you have a high traffic website, someone will be interested in the products. Commission Junction is a great place to check out various advertisers who are offering commissions on the sale of their products. Affiliate Marketing can take a good amount of effort to promote but the residuals can often add up quite well.
2). Advertise to your friends and fans on Twitter. Believe it or not there are advertisers that are willing to pay you to advertise their products and services to followers in your network. With this method, you can actually be paid for each time that a person clicks your advertisement. You can determine the types of ads that best fit your niche. The best part is that sponsored tweets are easy to do and take very little effort.
3). Referrals are another great way to not only share your interests with your followers, but also go earn additional revenue through your website. There are several opportunties such as InboxDollars and Panda Research which offer a two fold earning experience including getting paid to complete surveys and also getting paid for referring additional members. Both sites can easily increase your revenue from at least $10-$50 per day.
4). Set up an artist page on Reverbnation. Reverbnation comes with tons of perks such as FanReach, an area for selling merchandise, and several other ways for earning a portion of advertising revenue. You can also earn additional percentages through referring other artists who may benefit from the site. I find that Reverbnation has been an excellent tool for keeping in touch with my fan base and also tracking my chart status.
5). Finally, one of the best things that you can do to generate additional revenue from your website is to sell your own merch. Yup, selling your own merchandise not only helps spread the word about your awesome music, but it also is a great way to get your brand into the hands of your fans. Items such as T-Shirts, Stickers, Hats, and of course CDs are perfect items that can be sold through your online store. I host my online merchandise through my personal website and it has been very effective.
These are just a few tips that I have tested out and that have proven results. I have been building websites since I was 17 years old and the income possiblities are endless with a little time, effort, and creativity. Before you know it, you will have enough money to go towards aspects of your business that may not currently be funded. Best of luck and keep shinning!