I thought it would be helpful to create a resource page that you can come to for all of your beat selling needs. I will be adding more resources to this page as I continue to learn and test out new tools/services. I highly recommend that you bookmark this page for your reference and convenience. I have had experience with all of these companies and I recommend them because I have found them helpful or useful.
Bluehost: Most of my websites are hosted on Bluehost. Why? Because it’s incredibly easy to use with 1-click automatic WordPress installation and excellent customer service – via phone and via chat. I highly recommend using Bluehost for your first website. Also, you can use the same hosting account for multiple domain names if you plan on creating more websites. Click this link to get a special discount off the regular price!
Aweber: This is the internet’s best email service, autoresponder and email marketing/broadcasting tool. This is the only tool I use to build my email lists and send out newsletters. It’s no secret that email marketing is the key to being successful online. Email marketing is not possible without having an email marketing service to handle all the emails and automation. Remember, the money is in the list… and the list is powered by Aweber.
myFlashStore: This is the most powerful music player for your beats out there at the moment. I highly recommend this music player because it can be integrated seamlessly to any website and it supports WAV and tracked out files. With 0% commission taken from your beat sales, you get a full beat store with a shopping cart and automatic downloads. The clear winner for most producers selling beats online is myFlashStore.
ElvisSalic.com If you need high quality graphic design at affordable prices then Elvis is your man. If you are looking for logo development, website development, website coding, album artwork, mixtape artwork, print artwork, soundclick design, soundclick coding, etc, send Elvis Salic an email at firstname.lastname@example.org – Make sure to include the word “Jee Juh Discount” to get %5 off any project.
Website Analytics and Stats
Google Analytics: Google’s free website tracking and analytical tool. This is a must have for anyone with any type of website. Google analytics is also completely free.
Clicky: Clicky is just like Google Analytics, except it’s easier to use and less confusing. Your first site is free.
Elance: Hire people to do work for you. You can hire service for just about anything you can think of.
Odesk: Another massive outsourcing website for freelancers, IT companies, programmers and web designers from all over the world.
99Designs: This is a unique website that you can use if you need any type of logo design. The site is set up in a contest format. You submit the description of what you want, and then the community of designers will compete against each other to win money. This is currently the #1 marketplace for graphic design, including logo design, web design and other design contests.
Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO: These headphones are very sturdy, confortable, but most importantly they are very accurate and are probably the best headphones for mixing and editing beats. These have great bass and are perfect for listening to and mixing rap, hip hop, r&b, dance, and EDM type beats. If you do not have a perfect studio for listening to your beats, you should get a pair of these. Your beats will have cleaner mixes when you use these headphones.
KRK Rokit 5 Studio Monitors: There is a reason you see these exact same speakers in most producers home setup. The reason is simple, they work and they are affordable. These monitors are the perfect size for smaller rooms and give you a very accurate sound. By using these studio monitors to make beats you are able to get quality mixes that will be able to transfer well to any sound system.
Apple MacBook Pro: What do Skrillex, Flying Lotus, Bassnectar, Pretty Lights, Deadmau5, and Daft Punk all have in common? They all use MacBook Pros to work on their beats and perform in live shows. These computers are very powerful, versatile, and dependable. The only downside is that they are a bit expensive, however you really get what you pay for. Having your beat making setup on a laptop allows you to be highly mobile, make beats from anywhere, and bring your beats with you if you are going to a studio to work or a club to DJ.
Yamaha MM8 Keyboard: This is a great midi keyboard for a home studio and for making beats, extremely high quality but not as expensive as the MOTIF series that range from $1,000 – $4,000 (MOTIFs are generally used for live performances as well as studios). What makes the Yamaha MM8 so special is that it has an 88 key graded hammer keyboard which means the keys are weighted to give you the feel of a real piano. Yamaha is also just known for making the highest quality keyboards in the market, this one comes with hundreds of built in sounds and drum kits.