I believe that getting reviewed on music blogs is critical for every musician because it helps create a bigger footprint for you online, builds awareness and allows for a two-way conversation around your music.
Choose A Few Blogs To Get Started – Look, Lurk, Leap!
Your music is unique to you, your listeners, and potential fans, but that doesn’t mean that your music belongs everywhere.
What I mean by this is that if you are a folk artist, you won’t fit on a blog that’s geared more towards rock. Spend some time reading blogs and understanding the culture of each one you like and the authors who create them. You will begin to get a good idea of whether or not this will be a blog you will return to over and over.
Blogs, as you know, can be about any topic. A few dozen people read some blogs, while some are read by millions. The vast majority of all bloggers create blogs for no financial gain whatsoever; in fact it usually costs music bloggers money to host their files and maintain their blogs. A blog is usually a private endeavor. Most bloggers create their blogs as a personal outlet where they can talk about their lives, their opinions, and the things that they like and dislike – it’s basically an online diary.
To find blogs that are right for you won’t take long – just dive in and start reading them. The ones that resonate will jump out at you.
How Do I Find Blogs to Submit To?
Today, most blogs can be easily found on SubmitHub, The Indie Bible, or Feedspot. Even a quick Google search of your genre can be a great way to find the best blogs that fit your brand, genre, and style.
The Hype Machine also continues to be a place to find blogs.
What’s The Hype Machine? The Hype Machine keeps track of what music bloggers write about. They handpick a set of kicka** music blogs and then present what they discuss for easy analysis, consumption and discovery. This way, your odds of stumbling into awesome music or awesome blogs are high. This site also tracks the most blogged about artists and songs on their network.
If your not necessarily feeling like doing that much, maybe you don’t have the time to be pitching to so many blogs or maybe you don’t like doing your own publicity. Places like MusoSoup and Groover are a one-time pitch and upload site where you just need to do the work once and submit to hundreds of blogs, playlists, and magazines.
Business Music Blogs
And here are my favorite Music Thought / Music Industry / Music Technology blogs
Music Think Tank
A group blog bringing together key thinkers in the realm of online music business. Disclaimer – I write for this blog
Daily thoughts for entrepreneurs and musicians.
A journal of music, technology and the new music business.
Video interviews with top music industry professionals on a broad range of topics about music and music business.
CD Baby’s DIY Musician is a daily blog that focuses on digital music promotion advice.
The Bandzoogle blog offers weekly music promotion and artist website optimization advice.
One of the largest daily news from all aspects of the music industry.
Daily digital promotion, social media, and apps and tools from one of the most versatile and impressive music production writers.