Today, the web is a whole lot bigger than it used to be, but it’s also a lot easier to create and manage a website. You don’t need to know how to write or read code or use complicated programs. Creating a website is quite easy. The real challenge is standing out amongst the millions of websites that are competing for attention on the Web.
In order to boost traffic, sales, and return visits, it’s important to highlight the goals you have for your website.
What is the most important thing any given visitor on your website can do? Sign up to your email list? Buy a product? Download a file? Leave a comment?
When you ask your website visitors to do something on your website, it’s called a “call to action.” Calls to action are found everywhere on the web: “Sign up here!” “Join my mailing list,” “Fill out this survey,” “Buy the eBook.” Commands like these are a simple and effective way of letting your website visitors know what to do when they land on your website. Continue Reading . . .
With HostBaby’s new music pages, you can easily import your CD Baby albums and tracks into your HostBaby audio page, where we’ll link up your artwork, format everything to match your theme, and even make a “buy” button that links to your CD Baby album page. Want to link to another store? You can do that, too. Want to upload tracks that aren’t on CD Baby? No problem.
It’s easy to set up, easy to use, and comes with every HostBaby site! Log in today, try it for yourself, then tell your fans to check out your new page and share it!
Found any unique ways to draw attention to your new music page? Let us know in the comments!
It’s amazing how simply changing the background image on your website can make it come alive. That’s why we’ve compiled 25 free website backgrounds created by our in-house designers at HostBaby. These backgrounds can be easily added to any HostBaby Site Builder site with just a few clicks. If you have a self hosted site, you are welcome to use these as well. We’re gonna just let these backgrounds go like a suitcase full of money on the interstate. Grab as many as you can!
Check out the samples below and click the download links to get the real deal! (Note: Depending on your computer set up, you may have to right-click on the link (Cntrl-click on Mac) and select “save as” to save the image)
Background images 1-10 are available in two sizes. The dimensions of the larger images are 1920×1234. The smaller ones are 1400×900.
What if your coveted .com domain name is taken? Should you settle for a .net, .org, or one of the new domain extensions like .best, .buzz, or .cool? What if your domain name is being held ransom by a domain-reseller who wants thousands of dollars for it or won’t even return your emails?
Is it worth changing your artist name or business name if you can’t find an available .com domain?
Well, the answer to all these questions is: it depends.
And before you make your decision, there are a number of things you’ll want to consider.
One of the first things to consider is whether the domain name you want is actually a good domain name. The last thing you want to do is to waste time and money on a domain name that doesn’t do a thing for you.
Qualities of a great domain name
Great domain names share certain common characteristics. You’ll want to make sure your new domain name qualifies for most if not all of the following:
- It’s short
- It’s easy to remember
- It’s easy to spell
- It’s easy to read (Make sure your domain name doesn’t spell something unexpected when the words are back to back)
- It uses your artist/business name
- It doesn’t use numbers or hyphens (the exception being that your artist/business name contains numbers or hyphens. For example: blink182.com, century21.com, etc.)
(Bonus: You get brownie points if your domain also communicates something about who you are or what your site is about–while remaining short and memorable of course)
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Data from Google can tell us a lot about what’s popular in the world. After all, when people are curious about something, generally they will “Google it”. In fact, Google has created a website called “Google Trends” that lets you track the popularity of search terms over time. It even lets you compare musical genres. Is the music you play in popular decline? Or are you riding the tides of increased popularity? Below is the Google trends report for “rock music” versus “pop music.”
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Often you don’t need to completely redesign your website to make it resonate more with fans and visitors. Sometimes it just takes stepping into the shoes of your fans and making a few tweaks here and there. Here are 12 tips that will help make your current band website–even better.
1. Get rid of distractions
Kill autoplay on videos and music. This is bound to annoy visitors. Let your visitors decide if they want to click “play.” Flashy animations and pop-ups can have a similar effect. Ditch them.
2. Tell people what to do
What do you want people to do when they land on your site? Preview tracks on your new album? Sign up to an email list? Read your blog? Make sure to let your visitors know what is important to you, and they
might just do it.
3. Make sure your site is mobile optimized
Mobile and tablet usage is skyrocketing. Many of your website visitors will be arriving on your site on a device other than a laptop or desktop computer, so be sure to preview your website on various devices. If it’s not mobile friendly, now’s the time to make the switch. (Hostbaby offers a number of mobile friendly responsive templates. hint. hint.)
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People can tell when a band is trying to pass off a social profile as a real musician website. When it comes to connecting with fans, bookers, labels, and promoters, there’s no substitute for a hosted site where YOU’RE in control.
Don’t believe us? Think your social networks are just as pro as a real hosted website? Try HostBaby today, see the difference, and you might never have to pay for hosting again!
Try HostBaby for free. Win free web hosting for life.
Here’s all you need to do to participate:
1. Sign up for HostBaby’s 30-day free trial here
2. Use HostBaby’s easy drag-and-drop website builder to create your new site
3. Before October 16th, 2014, tweet a link to your new HostBaby site and be sure to include this hashtag: #MyHostBaby
We’ll collect all entries and select winners at random. Winners will be announced October 17th on the HostBaby blog.
1st prize: Free web hosting FOR LIFE for one lucky musician or band
2nd prize: (3 winners): Free web hosting for a year
Create your site today to enter for a chance to win!