If your serious when trying to promote your new hip hop mixtapes online you will have to start thinking of where to get started. Some of you might already know this but some don't and won't know where to get started and this here for them.
There are lots of site out there that will help you promote your mixtape and most of them are free.Some areas it will cost you but you will need to invest a little to get your name out there.When we talk about free promotion of mixtapes sities, yes we will have to put a little time and effort in to our craft and promotion to get them best possible start.
Before I do Id like to say I must state that some of these will have some minor return on your time but at the end of the day your trying to promote your mixtape for one reason which is to get more fans and I encourage you to use ever possible area to promote your mixtape online when in some are when its free.
It's a good idea to follow the moment and what ever popular at the time if its kanye, nas,lupe, jay z, drake, wiz kid cudi lil wanye have a hot beats behind a now and then popular song you should jump on the band wagon and include it on your mixtape with a freestyle just like singer song writers do covers before thier albums or ep comes out....
Here are some places to get started promoting your mixtapes online
Datpiff is the biggest mixtape provider online and its free to use.Its use for free promotional use only and you can just set up an account and upload your mixtape.Now you have a reference where you can send people to download your mixtape online.
Use you download link every where you can.I think that datpiff is a great to start becuase alot traffic comes to this site any way, lost of people use the site including famous dj who host mixtapes here. So if you make a good buzz about your mixtape and start getting it out there promoting your mixtape everywhere people may come to you about collaborating or shows and concerts.
You can use this feature of sponsored downloads which is a fee of $50 but it means anyone can download with out joining the site.
Plus I would strongly recommend uploading videos here too as you will hit more views than mixtape and more chance of getting feature with less competition as less people avail of this resource.
This site is similar to datpiff you can upload your mixtapes and use the download link every time for your mixtape.But you have to find a dj in the indie section host it. Both sites are similar its up to you which site you need to promote your mixtape online.
Datpiff has more traffic and a much nicer interface and is very easy to use for people to download your mixtape online than that of livemixtapes.
"yourownwebsite".com (Make your own website)
Its vital that you have your own website when you are trying to promote your new hip hop mixtape online.This creates your BRAND.
Yes you will need to pay a little, like hosting and domain name for it but its your brand name that's getting you out there.
Website hosting may cost like $2-$5 a month and domain name $9 a year. Use a wordpress site to get your self started, as it very easy to use and if can use one anyone can use one. The sites I mentioned above have embed codes for the hip hop mixtape that you have uploaded put this on your site and start sending people here to download your mixtape.
Twitter is a great tool to use when promoting your mixtape online. Start using twitter and follow people at least 50 people a day to building a solid following.
Follow that are interested in the genre of music you make.Like hip hop dirty south west coast new skool ect. Using the "#" tags within your short message will help your message to be found easier.eg "my new #hiphop #mixtape is available for #freedownload here..... at datpiff"
The thing with twitter its a social network site so try to post some interest and music that you like and hit the retweet button of other peoples messages now and then to include yourself into the network.When your promoting your mixtape on twitter your personality has to shine through so people like and listen to your music. Helping others will get other to help you.
You will need a welcome message autoresponder. I use "social oomph" http://www.socialoomph.com/95135.html
Here you create an automatic responder that sends a welcome message that links every new twitter follower to your mixtape. Change you welcome messages every month so people read the new messages too.
This will cost you $4 dollars a month but you can use it for more than 10 twitter accounts or your linkedin accounts or google buzz accounts.
This automatic welcome gets near 30% of my traffic to my website http://www.thecorporatethiefbeats.com/ and vital for my promotion and will be usefull time saver when promoting your new hip hop mixtapes online.
I love this site. It has so much to offer you with your promotion of your mixtape online. You can build a following here and climb up the Hip hop charts in your area. Its fan reach program is perfect people can sign up to your FREE mailing listen.
This free mailing list amazing, because its free and it gives you the ability to contact everyone who follows you here to update them every time you have a new mixtape coming out.You can display your shows and concerts collab here plus you can sell you own merchandise here and link them to all your social network sites and back to the mixtape your promoting online.
Sign up for the fair share program here and the more fans you bring to reverbnation account you can earn a little money on the advertising.
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Rap forums are a great way to get some word out by taking part of some battle before your mixtape drops and build a buzz around the mixtape. You can place your mixtape in your signature or at least a link to your mixtape.Plus these rap forums are great for getting a response from others on how good your music is and maybe you can find some one to collaborate with on you mixtape that means more people that will help you promote your mixtape online for you that more collabs you got the more exposure you will get.
Its a good idea to be active on these forums weeks before your mixtape comes out build a little hype and continue getting people to follow you. Plus give them a taste of what to come.Those are the main beat-selling sites that I've had some experiences with. Again, even though some of the sites are a bit lacking,
I can't stress enough that it is not a bad idea at all to sign up anyway for exposure and promotional purposes. These little things can go a long way in establishing yourself as a musician the online community and how to promote your mixtape online!
Daniel Hartnett is a music producer aka the corporatethief if you felt like you learned alot here please go a check out how to promote you hip hop mixtape online part 2 (youtube,facebook,hosting tv placements) here at my website for more in dept ways of promoting you mixtape online here: http://www.thecorporatethiefbeats.com/ (under articles at right hand side panel)