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How to let your fans buy your CDs or songs easily online!

Do you have a CD or some sons that you'd like to sell online? One of the great things about the music business today is that as an Indie Musician you can easily sell you own CDs from your website and your shows without a label.

In fact if you want to make a living with your music you need to do more than just get paid to play live shows. You need to sell your CDs or songs to make additional income and help more people get exposed to your music!

One of the best ways to sell your CDs online if you don't have your own website or want to deal with getting a shopping cart service is CD Baby. Derek Sivers has truly created an amazing service for Indie Musicians.

CD Baby is easy to sign up for and very fair! In a regular record deal or distribution deal, musicians only make $1-$2 per CD, if they ever get paid by their label. When selling through CD Baby, musicians make $6-$12 per CD, and get paid weekly.

They've been in business, and thriving, since March 1998. In fact they are the 2nd-largest seller of independent CDs on the web, 2nd only to Amazon.

For more information or to sign up for CD Baby CLICK HERE!

What if you want more control and the ability to sell individual downloadable songs?

You might want the ability to sell individual songs on your site (in downloadable format). You also might want more control over selling your CD including the ability to offer discounts, sales and easily follow up with people who buy your music.

One of the great things to come about the past year is the popularity for bands to sell individual songs in downloadable MP3 format - rather than whole CDs. It is like the rebirth of the "single" or "45". This is a great benefit you for several reasons:

  • You don't have to wait until you have the time or money to record a whole CD - you can write and record a great new song and be selling it online the next day.

  • You can increase your fan base and market by getting people who might not normally buy a whole CD from a band they don't know well to buy a few of your songs and slowly get into your music.

Unfortunately CD Baby doesn't currently provide you with the ability to sell individual songs. Also most of the online music services that due allow you buy individual songs (iMusic, MusicMatch, etc.) aren't making deals with Indie Musicians - they are focusing there attention on major label acts. So how can you sell your songs online?

Well this is a question I had as well. I was looking for a shopping cart service I could use to sell songs and other digital products (like eBooks). After an exhaustive search I found what I believe is the BEST shopping cart service available in KickstartCart!

KickstartCart is the easiest to use, most full featured shopping cart service on the web. It even comes with a fully integrated affiliate module. This can greatly increase you sales as you can offer a commission to any fans or other websites that refer people to your CD. KickstartCart makes this easy to setup and handles all the tracking for you.

It also comes with a built in ad-tracking module as well so you can track all your email promotional efforts to find out exactly which ones are most productive!

You'll be amazed at all the features you can get from one shopping cart service. It is one of the only services I've found that allows you to automate delivery via email of digital products (like your songs in MP3 format or other digital products you might have).

If you are serious about selling your CDs and songs online you have GOT to check out Kickstart Cart!



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