WordPress Plugins that a Musician Would Need the Next Music Biz Weekly Webinar -

WordPress Plugins That a Music Would NeedI am excited to announce along with Brian Thompson the next Music Biz Weekly Marketing Webinar:

WordPress Plugins that a Musician Would Need.
March 26, 2012 6pm – 7:30pm PST
Cost to Attend – Free
Video After the Event – $5.00

This is based on a presentation that was given to a WordPress Meetup Group and was very well received. This is going to be a jammed packed talk with lots of useful information. Specifically Brian Thompson and I  will cover:

  •    Which plugins do musicians need.
  •    How to find plugins artists would want.
  •    How to review which plugin to install.
  •    How to remove plugins via ftp.
  •    What plugins will help you get more traffic from Facebook and Twitter.
  •    How to setup a podcast.
  •    How to add an email list signup.
  •    How to get more comments on your posts.
  •    How to stop spammers.
  •    How to setup and manage shows and tours.
  •    What plugins do you need to run a contest.
  •    How to backup your website.
  •    How to giveaway a file in exchange for a Tweet and a Follow.
  •    How to install a direct-to-fan store with Topspin Media.

The webinar is free to attend, so register now!


Video A Week – How To Capture And Post A Photo A Day With Your Smartphone

My first challenge of 2012 was posting a Photo A Day, not too difficult. My second challenge for 2012 is posting a Video A Week, a bit more difficult. I put one big restriction on both challenges…

1. Must be captured, edited and posted using only a smartphone. A iPhone in my case.

I want to show how you can capture content for posting to your site with nothing more than your smartphone.

Today I posted my first Video A Week entitled How To Capture And Post A Photo A Day With Your Smartphone. This talks about my initial experience posting a Photo A Day.

Here is a list of what is involved for capturing and posting a Photo A Day.

  1. Post a photo once a day.
  2. Post on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and website.
  3. Use only a smartphone to create and post.
  4. Instagram app.
  5. WordPress app.
  6. Camera app.

Next week the video will discuss the experience around posting a Video A Week.

Photo A Day Project Begins



Today I am going to start a photo a day project. As a way to show how to create simple content using a smartphone I am going to use two apps to capture and post a photo everyday. Instagram for taking the photo and posting to Facebook and Twitter and the WordPress mobile app to write a short post and post to my blog. No laptop, only my smartphone.

Today’s photo is the beautiful New Years Day view in Sausalito.

How To Use WordPress to Build Your Website Video Now Available

How to use WordPress to build your website videoThe Music Biz Weekly Music Marketing Webinar: How to Use WordPress for Your Band’s Website is now available on video on demand. Nearly two hours to WordPress information is available for you to watch on your own time.

Items covered include:

* How to install WordPress on your server.
* What hosting companies offer the best support for WordPress.
* What is the difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org.
* Proper configuration on your WordPress install.
* How To Install A Theme (and how that process differs between .org and .com).
* How to enhance your WordPress site with plugins. Which plugins are must have.
* How to setup WordPress to work with Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
* How to format and write effective posts.
* How to do basic, but effective, Search Engine Optimization.
* How to add a email list and configure it to promote your music.
* How to run a contest on a WordPress site.
* How To Create A Music Page for Your Site (tools and widgets such as Topspin, Nimbit, Bandcamp, Soundcloud, CD Baby, etc.)

Presented by Michael Brandvold and Brian Thompson.

Buy the video now!

Rockstar Branding Podcast and WordPress Webinar – The Music Biz Weekly Podcast

The Music Biz Weekly PodcastWelcome to episode 35 of The Music Biz Weekly, a weekly podcast co-hosted by Michael Brandvold and Brian Thompson.

Each week Michael and Brian will discuss the latest events in the music business and music marketing events and techniques.

This week’s episode, December 1, 2011 – Rockstar Branding Podcast and WordPress Webinar.

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