Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

NEWS YOU CAN USE WEEK OF 3/17

In our weekly series, BandsOnABudget.com goes through the dregs to bring you the best in DIY focused news, tips, and advice on the topics of touring, marketing, promoting, social media, PR, & more.

1. Infographic: The Best and Worst Times to Post on Social Media

A nice easy graph that is useful if you want your posts on social media to get more traction. Broken down by each site (Twitter, Facebook, etc.), it tells you the peak times and when to avoid posting unless you want your message to fall on deaf ears.

2. How to Start a Blog That Gets 100,000's of Readers

Especially helpful for anyone thinking of getting into music reviewing. Ventura Harbor’s Marcus Taylor, who is responsible for two very successful blogs, breaks it down in an easy-to-navigate guide on what works. It might involve shelling out some money, but it may be worth it if you can turn blogging into a full-time gig.

3. How to Use House Concerts to Create Career-Sustaining Superfans

House concerts seem to be all the rage lately. Music Think Tank brings more tips and why doing this may bring in some hyper-dedicated fans. While it may be rehashing of other posts about the subject, maybe one more will bring it into light that house concerts are something you should be doing.

4. How to Feature Your Concerts on Google

Google's Knowledge Graph now presents info about a variety of topics in a sidebar beside the search results, which now includes tour dates for artists. While it has to be in a certain format for google to recognize that there are dates, it’s easier than you think. Hypebot gives you the widgets and plugins available to make sure you can get in on this.

5. Something Fun: 100 Years of Rock in Less Than a Minute

A quick animation that brings you down a timeline of the different genres of rock coming out during the last hundred years. There is also a music sample for each type, so go on, take a break.

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