You write great lyrics and your songs have all the elements of what great music should be. However, there’s the not-so simple matter of publishing and promoting your songs to the wider world.
If you’re like many independent lyricists, self-publishing the lyrics to your songs is one avenue you’ve probably not yet tried, or tried with limited success. The topic of publishing lyrics on personal blogs was recently highlighted by one of our readers as an opportunity that some songwriters are not utilizing or not doing well enough.
Now, please be aware that publishing your song’s lyrics alone will be unlikely to land you any placements or recording contracts. This is just a good way to get feedback from fans and industry experts on your lyrics. You will still need to do a professional recording of your song to give yourself a chance to make headway in the industry.
With that said, we took the liberty of compiling a few tips that can help you stand out when publishing your songs’ lyrics to your own blog. Here goes:
Focus on Blog Design
In a highly visual-driven world, the way your blog is designed will influence how well you do with your little slice of cyberspace. Whether you use a standalone blog or set up a blog on your own music website, you want it to be as intuitive and visually-appealing as possible, with good graphics, balanced white space and a good layout for your lyrics.
If you’re not versed on web design, you may want to seek the help of a professional. There are many freelancing websites around where you can find a professional web designer to stylize your blog at a reasonable cost.
Make it Interactive
In today’s connected world, encouraging engagement is highly important. Just having your lyrics laid out on a blog page won’t cut it without including a way for fans to interact with you. Your blog should have fields for fans to comment, a way for them to express if they like the lyrics, or a way to rate it. Additionally, including social media buttons on your lyrics page will encourage visitors to the page to share your lyrics on Facebook and other platforms, which could land your song in front of the people you want it to reach.
Make it Personal
No matter how potent or creative your lyrics are, they will gain more traction if visitors can connect with your personality. Include information about your frame of mind when writing the song’s lyrics, express what the song’s words mean to you as a lyricist, or even ask fans to offer an interpretation to what certain lyrics may mean. This is not only a good opportunity for new and existing fans to get to know you better, it can also help spur engagement on your blog page and across the internet.
Share your Lyrics Blog
Sharing your lyrics blog on the social platforms you use will encourage fans, who want to learn the lyrics to your songs, to visit your site and grow its popularity. To make it easier, include a web link on your social media pages so that people can click on it at any time to visit your lyrics blog site.
Sure, a legitimate concern you may want to address before publishing your lyrics is copyright. Generally, it is a given that your work is protected once you put it into a tangible form (demos etc.) but depending on who you talk to, a more official copyright layer may be needed.
What are your views on publishing lyrics? We welcome your suggestions and blog topic ideas at http://songcat.biz/contact!