Setting Up Your Own Music Website - dummies

By Jeff Strong

No matter what else you do, you need to have your own website. A website is your calling card — a place where you can showcase yourself and your music. With your own site, you can provide a lot more information for visitors to read. You can also offer more products that may make you more money than your CDs — T-shirts for instance.

Having your own website is not without challenges. For example, you have to design and maintain the site, which can take a lot of time. You also have to pay for things like hosting (that is, a service that will host your site files on its servers so that people who visit your web address can see your site).

If you intend to sell products on your site, you need to provide online ordering, which you can do with simple options like adding a PayPal or Google Checkout button (which charge a small fee for each sale) or, for large sales volumes, by setting up a merchant account with a credit card company.

In all, having a website can be time consuming and costs money, so be prepared to do a fair amount of work if you really plan on making money from your website.