15 Most Popular AWAL Blog Posts of 2017

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Over the past year, we’ve explored so much together here on the AWAL Blog! From how to land your tracks on playlists to the best ways to build the team around you to supporting the notion that this is the best time in history to be an independent artist — our goal is to help support you along every step of your journey.

To round out 2017, here are our top 15 most popular posts (with a few more thrown in for good measure). Catch up below, or use them as a way to get ready for more posts, stories, insights, and tips in the new year.

1. 4 Secrets to Closing More Playlist Pitches

Secrets to Playlist

Over time, we’ve discovered four key factors that can occasionally help close a playlist pitch in an artist’s favor. Continue reading…

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2. How to Find the Perfect Music Manager for You

Perfect Music

Learn when it's time to hire a music manager, what this essential team member does, and where and how to start looking for one. Continue reading…

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3. 10 Things to Think About Before Your Next Release

Next Release

Here are 10 essential factors every artist should be fitting into their pre-release planning to  ensure success. Continue reading…

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4. 5 Tips for Making the Most of Your Spotify Artist Profile

Spotift Artist

Your Spotify artist profile is one of the main channels listeners use to interact with both your music and your brand. Check these 5 easy tips for making the most of your artist profile. Continue reading…

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5. Why Independent Artists Are Ruling the Music Industry According to Willard Ahdritz

Independent Artist

Kobalt founder & CEO and AWAL Executive Chairman Willard Ahdritz shares his insights into the current state of the music industry and why it'll only get better for indie artists in the future. Continue reading…

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6. How to Create Facebook Ads that Connect with New Fans

Create Facebook

Learn how artists can make the most of their Facebook ads to share their music and message with more fans than ever before. Continue reading…

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7. 9 Tips for Creating a Killer Artist One Sheet

Creating A Killer

Try these 9 tips to transform your artist one sheet into a powerful tool for influencers to get a quick snapshot of who you are, what makes you unique, and why they should feature or work with you. Continue reading…

8. Demystifying Content ID: How Artists Make Money on YouTube

Artist make Money

Wonder how YouTube monetization works? Today's post explores the fascinating world of Content ID and how exactly artists make money on YouTube. Continue reading…

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9. 13 Tips for Getting Your First 1000 Followers on Twitter

1000 Followers

Dive into 13 tips for helping you break that 1000-follower mark on Twitter in no time. Continue reading…

10. Why All Artists Need A Website & How To Maximize It

Artist need a website

Learn why today's artists need an official artist webpage and get some insights on how to make the most out of it. Continue reading…

11. Artist Spotlight: VÉRITÉ

Artist spotlight

Independent artist VÉRITÉ shares how she earned 135 million digital streams after releasing her first single on AWAL in 2016, her touring mindset, and the importance of keeping the bottom line in mind as a musician. Continue reading…

12. How Are Millennial Consumption Habits Going to Affect Your Music?

Consumption Habits

Though Millennials are consuming more content than ever, they're not necessarily loyal or set in their "new ways," particularly when it comes to listening to music. Learn what that means for you. Continue reading…

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13. How "Thinking Like Fans" Ups Your Marketing Game

Thinking Like Fans

Try to think like your fans when it comes to how you announce and release your music. Here's how to get started with your next single or album. Continue reading…

14. What Does the Future Hold for Music Streaming?

Future Hold

Taking a closer look at the latest Goldman Sachs music industry report to better understand what the future of music streaming will hold. Continue reading…

15. 3 Takeaways for Music Publishing Newbies

3 Take away for Music

If you're curious whether or not music publishing might be right for you at this stage in your career, take these three topics into consideration. Continue reading…

Thanks to all of our readers for an epic year here on the AWAL Blog! We can’t wait to bring even more tips and tricks, industry insights, and artist stories to you in 2018.

 

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