Welcome to the EvO:R Tips Section. We call this section EvO:R-Pedia because it is like a complete
reference library for Indie musicians...Just about every tip has been used so you won't find false
promises and a series of books to buy after reading each tip. This section was put here by musicians
so that people that followed can take this knowledge and use it's power.
Nine Steps to Online Forum Creation
for Band Websites
play an increasingly important role in online music promotion. Not only do forums get people returning to a
website, but they also get people talking.
Word-of-mouth promotion of your music is the most effective way to
create a solid fan base. There are two
basic parts to starting a forum: creating the forum and promoting the forum.
Creating an Online Forum – 4
Step One: Make forum topics with
the audience in mind. Do not just create the topic around your music,
but rather build a forum focused on what the audience wants. Create a forum
where your fans can discuss their best concert experiences, or take two hot
artists currently out and have people comment on and compare who is better.
Step Two: Provide relevant links,
pictures, video, etc
within the forum to not only encourage discussion but also help the
participants. In addition, link to blogs or other
forums with similar topics. Your
audience will greatly appreciate the links and graphics. Remember, when you think about your
audience, your audience will then promote you through word-of-mouth.
Step Three: When designing the
forum, stick out. Do not just blend in with the thousand of
other forums that use the same forum creator
as you. Distinguishing yourself from
other forums presents a great way to do subtle promotion. For the background, use your theme colors or
make the forum font the same as your album cover font.
Step Four: Allow people to comment
on your forum by signing-in or anonymously. People
who just stumble across your forum might not have time to create a profile, so
let them comment. Any form of discussion
is great so do not prevent people from commenting. On the other hand, encourage people to sign-up so you can get
their name and email address for fan clubs.
(Have a box they can check if they want to receive fan mail to avoid
being turned in as a spammer).
Promoting an Online Forum – 5 Must
Step One: Submit your forum to
including general forum directories and music forum directories. Frequently visited directories will generate a lot
of traffic to your forum in the beginning days.
Step Two: “Hire” your
friends. To get the conversation rolling, make
your friends log onto your site (with their own unique ID) and post comments. If others view your forum, they will see people
already talking and be more apt to join the discussion than if they saw nobody
posted any comments (SEO Warp).
Step Three: Have a link on your
forum that says, “Tell a Friend” so users can easily send your forum URL to their
friends. The easier you make it for you
users to spread the word of the forum, the more comments you will see.
Step Four: Comment on other similar forums with meaningful comments that will
help those forum readers out somehow.
on writing about topics you know,
like your favorite rapper or how you made it in the rap business.
nicely to and about others. Do not get
the name of “the person that bashes on everyone else.”
the kid stuff. Some swearing might seem
harmless but you never know when the mother or father of a potential listener
sees your comment and refuses to buy your CD for their child.
a unique signature for your comments that includes your website or forum URL to
attract people to your site.
Step Five: Fill out your forum
profile with specific details about yourself or the group for both your own forum and other
forums you comment on. Include a
picture, your URL and any other pertinent details, like the date, time and
location of your next performance.
On-going Quick Tips
your forums daily and comment on them.
If people in your forums ask a question, respond back rapidly.
your forum with new topics daily or tri-weekly. People expect to see your forum updated regularly.
not overdo anything. Do not push your
music on them. Do not over advertise
your forum. Do not force people to
sign-up. People do not like to feel
pressured into anything.
promoting your music through your forum is fine, but if you build a successful forum,
your music promotion will automatically follow. Create a forum that will stand out and promote it in unique ways. Music creates such a huge buzz that forums
updated regularly and using these tips will surly see increased participation
as well as an increase in website views.