Where most articles go wrong with any sort of MySpace tips is that they fail to mention that there are many different accounts for you to join. Two of them are a musician account and a user account. If you are a musician you need the musician account. I may sound smart, but if you don’t then you don’t have access to an extra 3 MP3s to display…which is a lot.
Any way. lets get on with these MySpace tips:
MySpace tips: 1. If you do use games, flashy stuff and big files, it will turn people away, mainly due to the slow loading time from MySpace. If you have to use graphics, don’t let MySpace host them for you, load them up using your own bandwidth this way pictures and larger files will get loaded up that little bit quicker.
Remember these few words for any site:
Short, clean, clear
See if you can invent an identity for your site, certain colours etc. The best sites are ones that you can navigate easily and find what you want quickly. To get the friend, it must be plain as day for them to sign up.
MySpace tips: 2. How many people are registered with MySpace? 106 million…so will of them become your friend? No is the answer and the main reason being not all of them like your music. So we have to find
Like minded downloaders and friends
To do this, MySpace has given us some tools. The first one is the search engine. Click on the drop down bar to reveal: blogs, music interest etc. You can then search for similar artists to yourself.
If you notice further below, the affiliation for networking, allows you to contact record companies and industry people (make sure that “field” is on music).
MySpace tips: 3. To get more friends go to a similar genre artist, and look down to their list of friends comments, and then click on view all. Now if your initial search was right, then these, like minded friends could easily like your music. Also these friends are active Spacers as well as fans of the artist (with the most recent comments being at the top of the page). Just make sure that you contact the friend with the most responsible comments.
MySpace tips: 4. Sometimes though you don’t want a friend that is 3000 miles away, especially if you want to gig. When doing a general search you can find people that are close to your home town, by doing a zip search, or county search. This has some great possibilities as when you start gigging then these people are more likely to come to your venue.
Also increase your zip search for surrounding areas. When you do have a gig ready, post in your forum a month before hand, a week and then a day…just to give ample time to everyone.
MySpace tips: 5 MySpace has grown because of the interaction between friends, a sort of pimped blog. So we also must interact. This is the time consuming part and it is also the best way of networking. What you need to do is go around your friends homepages and leave a comment by clicking on the add comment link at the bottom of the page.
Now as we have seen with the send a message weapon, the add a comment can be done right or can be done wrong.
Wrong way (but you see this 80% of the time…it doesn’t work!)
1. = “you rock”!
2. = “see my music on http://www.myspace.com/artist”
Wow, what a cool tune [name] is. I specifically like the middle part with the drum solo. Also, where did you get that great background from?