More people are making music now than ever before. You don't have to have a hit on the radio to make a living as a music producer. The internet allows you to infiltrate the computers of music fans all around the world. Use this to your advantage.
I've compiled a list of the 20 best websites for selling beats online. Please note that not all of these websites provide you with an instant delivery beat store. However, all of these websites can be used to make money by selling your beats! If you're wondering, "Where can I sell my beats online?", this post is for you!
Shadowville is one (if not the only) beat selling website that's not open to all producers. Shadowville's producers were all invited on to the website based on recommendations. If you want to join this producer community, you need other people to recommend your talents to the owner of the website.
The Good: This website's fanbase consists of loyal paying customers. Their limited selection of producers keeps their overall quality of beats high. Very few music websites keep beginners out. This makes Shadowville an elite producer community.
The Bad: It's very hard to become a producer on this website. Even if you want to use this resource, there's no guarantee you'll be able to get on.
Kanye To The is home of one of the most popular hip hop forums. There are thousands of independent artists on there who are looking for new producers to work with. Comb through the different threads and see exactly what type of beats they're looking for.
The Good: You can developing meaningful relationships with people who are looking to buy beats.
The Bad: Selling beats through a forum takes time and hard work. This is an unorthodox approach to selling instrumentals.
Instagram is a free online social network and photo/video sharing service. Instagram users can follow other users, like content, comment on content, share photos/videos and send private photo/video messages.
Even though Instagram isn't directly set up for selling beats online, it's still a powerful tool for making beat sales. You can post mixtape art and album artwork to spread awareness about the songs you have coming out. You can also upload clips of beats you're working on or finished beats so your followers get a 15 second preview of your sound. Build trust and establish credibility by displaying your big production credits on Instagram!
The Good: Instagram allows for photo and video posts!
The Bad: Instagram has limited search options. It's also over saturated and hard to stand out on there.
PMP Production Marketplace the self proclaimed "music industry's best kept secret." PMP is a marketplace similar to iStandard in the sense that they provide opportunities to send beats to labels and major artists. Producers at PMP have 3 options for membership payment: 1 Year option of $275.00, 6 month option of $150.00 and a monthly $35.00 option.
The Good: PMP has several opportunities to submit your beats to major artists and labels.
The Bad: PMP membership is somewhat expensive compared to other beat selling websites. There's no guarantee that any of the big name artists will pick one of your beats from the thousands of tracks being submitted.
Accepting money online is a thing of beauty, isn't it? If you want to get paid for your beats online, you're going to need a PayPal account. PayPal is the most trusted brand for sending and accepting money. PayPal allows you to get customers processed quickly. It works really well with other beat selling services like MyFlashStore and Soundclick!
You can't set up a beat store or music player with just a PayPal account. You will definitely have to combine PayPal with other options to make consistent money from your instrumentals.
The Good: PayPal is free to use!
The Bad: PayPal takes a small commission from every sale you make. PayPal doesn't protect against PayPal chargebacks either, so some artists may take advantage of this loophole.
FanBridge is a platform designed to manage fan acquisition, retention, and engagement. This website is great for managing your Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and email. FanBridge provides users with scheduling tools to make updating social networks a simple process. You can also create and manage an email list with FanBridge. The Fan Incentive option allows you to give away a product in exchange for someone signing up to your mailing list. You could try giving away a free beat to get more artists to sign up!
The Good: FanBridge has several tools to make managing email and social media easier.
The Bad: FanBridge will only help you sell beats if you have an active social media presence.
Mailchimp email service has been around since 2001. They provide tools for small business owners to build mailing lists, send marketing campaigns, demographic specific messages, and automated messages. If you have a website or Soundclick page, you need a MailChimp widget to collect your customers' emails and start building your mailing list!
The Good: Mailchimp allows you to engage customers through email. You can get directly in potential customers' inboxes and advertise your beats.
The Bad: You will not sell a lot of beats if MailChimp is the only website you use. If you're trying to make an impact in the online beat market, you'll definitely need a web store. You also need a large mailing list for Mailchimp to be of any value.
Tumblr is so easy to use that it's hard to explain. The platform makes it simple for you to create a blog and put whatever you want on it. You can easily embed players from websites like Soundcloud, Soundclick, YouTube, and MyFlashStore by customizing the code for your page. You could set up a free beat store by adding a music player and PayPal button. Purchase a domain name from GoDaddy and send artists directly to your page! Don't sleep on this free blog site for selling beats!
The Good: Tumblr is a highly customizable and easy to use blogging platform.
The Bad: Most of the people who use Tumblr aren't buying instrumentals. The site is not designed to sell beats from even though you can.
Now hold your horses before you start judging me for adding Facebook to the list. Facebook is a powerful website for building and maintaining connections.
From a regular Facebook profile, you can post links (for beats or songs you produced), add pictures (maybe containing contact info or beat discounts), send private messages (convincing potential buyers to complete transactions), and build your contact list.
From a Facebook fan page, you can buy advertisements for your fan page or another website. You can also build and constantly contact your following which is important for selling beats anywhere.
The Good: Facebook is a platform you're probably already familiar with.
The Bad: It's not very customizable. You don't have the flexibility of being able to set up your own mini website on Facebook.
Beat Stars is a marketplace dedicated to serving producers. They claim to receive over 50,000 plays on their tracks daily. That's a decent number considering the website is focused on selling instrumentals to artists. Beat Star also features several categories of instrumentals so artists have an easier time finding what they're looking for.
The Good: Beat Stars is a marketplace designed to sell beats. This website has the potential to be the premier resource for buying beats online in a few years. You need to keep an eye on this website if you don't decide to use it. If they go hard with their promotional efforts, Beat Stars could become the new Soundclick.
The Bad: I'm not sure how many artists come to Beat Stars to buy beats. Even though there's no way I can interact with every rapper, I haven't talked to anyone who told me they knew about Beat Stars.
Okay.. so this method was definitely the last entry to make the list. Craigslist isn't the most useful website for selling beats online but you can make sales from it.
Search for all gigs related to "music production" or "beats." There are tons of people looking for music producers. You can also post your own ad and have artists contact you for beats. Don't feel like you have to stay within your own area either. Try searching the Craigslist listings in areas like Atlanta, Miami, New York, Los Angeles, Nashville, and Houston. Get creative with this!
The Good: No one is really using this method.
The Bad: No one is really using this method LMAO
Even though YouTube isn't a website dedicated to selling beats, it's still an effective tool for getting your beats to artists with money. Its powerful search system allows your beat videos to be indexed among the rest of YouTube's music content. People can stumble across your beats by searching for specific types of instrumentals.
The Good: Almost everyone with a computer or smart phone uses YouTube. YouTube gives you access to music fans all around the world!
The Bad: Since YouTube is so popular, it's difficult to accumulate a large list of subscribers. YouTube isn't based around music either, so you'll have to compete with the comedians, gamers, TV shows, instruction vloggers, and everyone else in the YouTube community.
Twitter is a microblogging platform and debatably the most popular social network. With a Twitter account, you can post links, photos, videos, and direct message potential customers. It's relatively easy to find new singers and rappers who will buy your instrumentals.
Twitter advertising gives users the options of promoting individual tweets or promoting an account. You can use these services to advertise your links or to accumulate a large amount of followers.
The Good: Twitter is a free social network that allows you to frequently promote your beats.
The Bad: Twitter may be the most over-saturated for musicians altogether. There are way too many musicians using Twitter to promote their songs or beats. People's attention spans for music are decreasing every day on there.
iStandard is a middleman that helps transition up and coming music producers into the music industry. The website has two membership options. One is free with major restrictions. The other requires a one time fee of $200. That membership allows you to submit beats to placement opportunities, upload 25 beats on your iStandard producer page, and it comes with an IK Multimedia T-Racks EQ.
Even though all beats submitted to the people presenting placement opportunities are available, the internal A&R team at iStandard picks the best beats from the batch. That means that your instrumental could end up in the "all" group instead of the "must listen" group.
The Good: You can submit your instrumentals to big name rappers and major labels! This service is valuable because it's extremely difficult to develop those connections on your own.
The Bad: iStandard is not just focused on selling instrumentals. Don't get me wrong! iStandard provides great tools for getting your beats out. However the company is also running producer showcases and competitions all across the U.S. There's nothing wrong with that. It's just another factor to consider when selecting a website to use.
Rocbattle is the number one spot for online producer beat battles! The website was created by Rockwilder and Allen Brown in 2007. It's aimed towards producers who are looking for credible feedback on their tracks. You can battle other producers to gain more recognition in the RocBattle community. Rocbattle occasionally hosts online tournaments as well.
The Good: Rocbattle lets you "battle" other producers to get more recognition. The website also delivers the untagged versions of your beats to your customers.
The Bad: Rocbattle has restrictions on the file size of beats you can upload. RocBattle has had a dramatic decrease in traffic over the past few years as well. It is not as popular as it used to be. When you are done using RocBattle, you have to PAY THEM A DEACTIVATION FEE TO TERMINATE YOUR ACCOUNT. YIKES!!! If you refuse to pay the deactivation fee, they will start taking a percentage of your beat sales, until you do! I experienced this first hand so please know that I'm not making it up! Rocbattle is the only website I know of that does this!
Soundcloud is THE premier music website. It's basically the YouTube of audio. You can upload music, send private messages, comment on songs, create playlists, and embed Soundcloud players on other websites.
It's free to use Soundcloud with a Partner account. If you want to upload more than 3 hours of audio, you're going to need a Pro or a Pro Unlimited account. I've been using the Pro Unlimited account for a few years and haven't had any complaints.
The Good: Most artists have an active Soundcloud account.
The Bad: You can use Soundcloud to sell your beats but that's not its primary purpose. There's no chart system on Soundcloud either. You're going to have to generate connections with artists manually. You also have to pay extra for the Pro and Pro Unlimited accounts.
You can pursue a non-traditional approach to selling beats with Wordpress. This service provides you with an extremely customizable blog platform you can use to sell instrumentals. I created my website JuiceGodBeats.com from the ground up with Wordpress.
It's particularly useful if you plan on starting your own music blog. You need to have some knowledge of coding and HTML for this to be an effective method of selling beats. Wordpress is designed for creating your own post based website. You need to come up with your website layout. You can make a simple website or an advance one. It's completely up to you.
The Good: You have full control over everything with your own Wordpress site. You're not restricted to a simple music player and PayPal button. The possibilities are restricted to your own imagination and budget.
The Bad: You're responsible for generating all of the traffic to your own page. Wordpress doesn't come with a chart system like other popular beat selling sites. If you go the Wordpress route, you need to know about search engine optimization and online marketing.
3. Beat Brokerz
Beat Brokerz is an online marketing firm for producers. They provide producers with a marketplace for licensing beats to artists. The website features a chart system, like Soundclick and Beat Stars, that showcases the website's most popular instrumentals. The "Beat Brainz" search feature allows for potential artists to search for beats based on popular artists styles.
The Good: Beat Brokerz delivers beats to your customers automatically after purchase.
The Bad: Beat Brokerz doesn't generate a lot of traffic from artists on its own. You're gonna have to find most of your customers on your own for this service to be effective.
2. My Flash Store
MyFlashStore is the all in one solution for producers who are trying to sell beats online. The service provides Flash and HTML beat players that customers can buy beats from. You can embed the players on several other websites. MyFlashStore takes zero commission on your sales, so you get to keep all of your profits. You don't necessarily need other websites because MyFlashStore provides you with your own url on their website.
The Good: MyFlashStore delivers beats to your customers instantly after they purchase them.
The Bad: The website does not have a large marketplace for artists to buy beats. You should pair your MyFlashStore subscription with other websites on this list unless you already have a large fanbase and don't need any new customers.
If you know anything about selling beats online, you know that Soundclick is the granddaddy of all beat selling websites. Almost all producers selling beats online got their start on Soundclick. Services like Beat Brokerz, MyFlashStore, and Beat Stars are significantly more useful when paired with the traffic Soundclick brings to your page.
Industry producers like Cardo, Sledgren, Kane Beatz, Johnny Juliano, Jahlil Beats, Lex Luger, J-Gramm, Cardiak, and Sonny Digital have used Soundclick to sell beats. You can make a lot of money on there if you can consistently stay at the top of the charts and build your fanbase.
The Good: Soundclick gets a lot of regular traffic from people looking to pay for beats.
The Bad: There are a TON of producers on Soundclick and the competition is always growing. It's really hard to stand out on there. You will need to advertise a lot to have a chance.
Well that's the end of the best beat selling websites countdown. In conclusion, it doesn't matter exactly where you sell your beats online. You just need to drive lots of traffic to your beat store and maintain relationships with your customers.
I hope you found this list of beat selling websites helpful. What other websites did I miss? What are your experiences with the websites in the countdown? Share your thoughts in the comments section below! Let's get a discussion going!
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