Have a you ever thought or planned to set up your own music website in Nigeria or you want to have a website where people can be streaming music from.
Did you know that some bloggers in Nigeria have been making a lot of money by creating music, video streaming and downloading websites?
In this post today, I will show you how to start a music download website in Nigeria and easily make money from it.
Also, you will learn how and where to get music to publish on your music blog so your website can be updated with latest or trending music for your site users to stream and download.
Towards the end of this post, I will be showing you how to add a voice tag to your music so that when people stream or download music from your website and listen to them, they will hear a bold or feminine voice like “download more music at Naijaloaded.com.ng”.
This is also a way of promoting your music website because people tends to always visit your website when they are in need of a particular or latest music.
Now if you are eager and ready to learn the complete guides towards setting up a music website in Nigeria, make sure you follow the guidelines below.
What is a Music Website?
A music website is a website where people can stream, review, promote and download music of their favorite artists or any latest music in mp3 format.
One can also get lyrics of popular music in some music website.
Some examples of top music websites in Nigeria includes: tooxclusive, Naijaloaded, 9jaflaver,mp3bullet.ng,360nobs, Notjustok and so many others.
Most music websites also feature latest news, sports, celebrity gist, as a way of getting traffic and keeping their followers updated and entertained with the trending and latest happenings in the entertainment industry.
I will be highlighting the full steps towards creating your own music website
If you are not too familiar with internet stuff, you could hire a web designer to create a music website for you, but you must be budgeting at least 100,000 naira to pay the person. Or you follow the guidelines below.
Choose and buy a good domain name
A domain name is the web address that takes people directly to your website.
It is the address people type in their browsers to visit your music website E.g 360gisthub.com.ng. Once your purchase a domain, the full ownership goes to you in which you pay a yearly fee for it.
Make sure you purchase a top level domain name like .com, .net, .org etc.. to make your website look very professional.
When choosing a domain name, make sure you choose a very short and nice domain name that people can easily remember, make sure the name is corresponding or signifying something related to music.
Hosting the domain
After registering your domain name with a domain registrar like namecheap , GoDaddy, etc. The next step is to purchase a good hosting plan from a good web hosting company.
A web hosting company provides you with full control and administration to make your site accessible on the internet from anywhere in the world.
There are many good web hosting companies you can choose from, some are cheap, some are expensive but it is advisable to choose a well trusted one.
There are different hosting plans varying from bandwidth space, storage, etc. each having different plans. A mistake some music website owners does is that they go for the cheapest plan which doesn’t help in the sense that they are limited to files storage, once the limit is exceeded, they won’t be able to upload music files to thier website but if you can’t afford the expensive hosting plan. Google drive offers a free 10gig storage space. You can be uploading it there and posting the download links on your website.
Install WordPress CMS
- WordPress is a content management system (CMS) that enables users to create and fully manage a website or blog. There are other content management system like Drupal, Joomla e.t.c but WordPress seems to be the easiest and the best for music websites. 90% of music websites in Nigeria runs on WordPress.
Steps to launching WordPress
. Login to your cpanel area.
. Click softaculous installer.
. choose and install WordPress.
.Make sure you are installing the latest WordPress version.
Install a Premium Responsive Theme
There are free and premium theme. You can search for free themes from your WordPress dashboard but it’s better going for a premium theme because it gives you full control to customizing your website to your taste. It will also make it easier for people navigating through your site to locate thier favourite music without any stress.
You could purchase a quality responsive themes from Themeforest or any other website that sells premium themes.
I personally recommend newspaper or Astra theme, the give your website a beautiful design. If you are the one that want a custom theme specifically designed for you, you can hire a web developer to build one for you.
Create a voice tag for your music
A voice tag is the overlaying voice that often announces the website where a music is downloaded or streamed from at the beginning or end of the song. It may be in masculine, feminine or robotic tone.
For instance, when you download a music from the popular Nigerian music website Naijaloaded.com.ng and plays it on your phone, before the main song starts playing you will hear a feminine voice saying “more music at Naijaloadedcom”. That is a voice tag.
You can create a voice tag either with a masculine, feminine or robotic voice and add it to your songs as a way of promoting your website to get more traffic.
There are two methods toward creating a voice tag peculiar to your website. The first is to visit a good studio in town and pay them some money to do this for you in a way you love it. This shouldn’t cost more than 5,000naira depending on the studio.
The second method if you have a computer is to download and install a Text-to-speech software then insert the text you want to be voiced out.
Open Virtual DJ software or any other dj software on your computer and use it to style the voice tag you just created using the Text-to-speech software the way you want it.. After styling it, save it and start adding it to your music.
If you have a smartphone, there is an app on playstore (Audio tag editor), you can convert text to speech with this app, you can use different styling to style your voice tag.
Create an album art for your music
The album art is the cover image that appears on the screen whenever a song is being played on a phone, tablet or computer.
The album art looks like a poster and often bears the logo and address of the website where a music is downloaded from.
You can also find their social network information on it.
To design a cover image of your choice for your songs, you can use a graphics design software like Adobe Photoshop or Corel Draw. I personally use Adobe Photoshop though it is not as popular as the others.
If you are using an Android device you can also download pics art or pixel lab application to design your cover image.
Important plugins needed for your music website.
. Audio player plugin- This makes it easier for music to be streamed on your website.
. Downloader plugin- This plugin makes it easier for people to download music on your website.
.W3 total cache- This makes your website loads very fast.
. Yoast seo- This optimize your website for SEO.
NOTE: This plugin comes in both free and paid versions. It better going for the paid version to enjoy full benefits.
Link your website to Google Search Console
This is very important if you want to make your website visible on Google search engines, this also help you get traffic from Google.
Linking your website to Search Console will ensure your music website appears whenever a user searches for a music via the search engine.
Create Social Media Pages For Your website
Social media networks like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are very important when you consider setting up your music website.
Promote the social media pages to make your website popular thereby getting traffic from there.
Sources to get music for your website.
1. To get musics to upload on your website, you can go to YouTube and copy the link of the music video you are trying to extract audio from. Visit y2mate.com and download the mp3 version of the video then edit it by adding voice tag and cover image.
2. You could also buy latest musics from popular artists on Itunes, Spotify and upload them to your website.
3. You could also follow different artistes on social networks and always watch out to get their latest music whenever they drop the download links.
Guidelines to making money from your music blog in Nigeria
.Sign up for any ads network e g AdSense, propeller ads.
. Accept sponsored post
. Accept music promotions.