I started my Web Hosting business back in 1992 over 25 years ago. I was always so involved with my clients in one way or the other, mostly with them asking how they should promote their websites and get indexed in the search engines. My answer at the time was to get their websites listed on a many website sharing sites they could find that would allow back linking or reciprocating links.
This went great for many clients for many years and one day I just happened to see a magazine designed to showcase businesses and I immediately jumped at the opportunity to get my own magazine online to showcase all my clients’ websites and drive traffic to them.
So in 2003 I started my very first magazine which was not so successful because of the costs involved and no one to help support it. Needless to say I dropped the magazine after a few years and just went back to promoting my clients by which ever means I could come up with. Then in 2008 I decided to have another go at the magazine so I started the webhostmagazinecanada.com magazine which initially was designed to just showcase the clients’ websites. As time went on the magazine grew and grew and at some point I had several Music related clients in there.
The magazine to date has over 75,000 article views since its inception. It was a short time later I started getting more and more Indie Artists wanting to have their music sites hosted by me so they could be in the magazine and it got to the point where I had more music related sites than I did business sites in the magazine. I was having to struggle with the idea of creating just a magazine for Indie Artists so I came up with the webhostmagazine.rocks magazine in 2015 and to date this magazine boasts a whopping 28,636 article views to date.
I felt that this magazine was going to be very popular but it wasn’t exactly named properly to attract Indie Artists so again I started the new magazine indiemusicmagazine.live in 2016 to start featuring Artists in. It didn’t take long before the magazine started getting very popular with a total of 17,984 article views to date. Ok now I know I’m onto something and wanted to expand even further so I introduced the indieartistsmagazine.com to the ever growing coalition of magazines.
The Indie Artist Magazine had a slow start because I was having a number of health issues and not spending any time promoting it until just a few months ago and the magazine to date has 18,369 article views which grows by 200 to 300 article views a day now and will continue to grow as we add more featured artists.
I believe that quality content, constantly adding new Artists and Sharing the Articles via social sharing are the main keys to any magazines success.
The ever growing amount of music related clients I was getting to host websites for and having to write the articles for the magazines for them became a huge part of my life and I couldn’t bring myself to stay away from it. I lived it, I dreamed it and I wrote about it every day. I was so intrigued with every Artist, learning about them and getting to listen to their music, it became an everyday outlet for me to relax.
First and foremost, I am looking for Indie Artists to Feature, secondly I am looking to reach all the Fans/Followers of each Artist which leads to all their contacts who will at some point want to read the article written for each artist. I am also looking to reach Artists that are struggling with what to do next. Not knowing who to talk to, or where to submit music to can ultimately cause an artist to just give up and stay behind the scenes so to speak. They need to know there are quite a large number of places to get noticed and have their music played online over Radio etc. 25 years online I have a readership of over 1 million people and the very second I hit the publish button the article reaches a great majority of those people.
I believe the key to growing an audience is to provide people with exactly what they are searching for. In this case it is music and the Artists behind that music. Aside from the Artists wanting to share their music, there are millions of listeners out there that love music so it is my hope that through the magazines’
When I come across an artist, I look at the way they portray themselves, I look at how well they are accepted in the music industry and community, and most certainly how long they have been singing or songwriting. If the Artist has a large following of Fans/Followers then I know I’m going to have a great article for the Artist in question. Once I have done the article for an artist, it does not end there, I will continuously keep sharing their articles and try my best to keep up with updating their articles. I could only hope that each artist would share their articles more than just the one time that it is published because they don’t realise that with the magazines and new artists added every day, we and themselves also have an ever growing fan base and those people have no idea the artist even has an article, so sharing every day or every week or even once a month via social media will keep the article alive. Even adding the article to their own websites in the About or news pages so people can see and read about it. I know quite a few Artists already do that and I thank them for that.
Like any business an Artist has to sell themselves. They have to keep their music alive by submitting it to every Radio Station, every media outlet that sells music, grow large fan bases who will share their music and do not be afraid to work with other musicians and share their music. Word of mouth is what grew my Web Hosting business from only a few hundred clients at the start to over 9,000 in 25 years. Don’t stick with just singing cover songs. They should start to write their own songs if they have the capability to do so, find people they can have mentor them, and always keep their music and vocals honed for a peak performance.
Every Business has, or is going to be facing obstacles during their growth. For me I found that having alliances to look to when needed for business arrangements plays a key part in running a business. In the Web Hosting Business I had the ever growing amount of other Web Hosting companies to compete with for clients, but I remained steadfast in my commitment to providing quality services, support and affordability and I prospered from my achievements. The same analogy will move my magazines forward into the future.
I have a very busy schedule everyday writing and posting articles which can take up to 3 or 4 hours per article depending on the content and photos whether or not I have to resize them or not, and researching the Artist to find out more about them. Multitasking takes on a whole new meaning with me.
I work on the magazines while, going back and forth on social media talking with people, look for different ways to promote artists plus so much more goes into my days which by the way are upwards of 16 to 18 or more hours every single day. How does this play a role in my health?
Well to think it is doing me any good is an understatement, but you can read about my health problems which consists of 7 heart attacks since 2003 until now, and most recently this past January 2017 I had my left leg amputated due to an aneurysm behind my left knee and the doctor just wanted to do a bi-pass on the artery that was clotted but I told him I have had enough to deal with over the years with my heart and told him to just cut the leg off above the knee and let’s move on.
Although I have been through so much over the past years, I do not let it bother me in the least, I don’t dwell on what was but rather look for better ways to improve my lifestyle and to move forward and I find solitude in my magazines on a daily level because this is what I love doing.
Just because I have one leg it doesn’t make me any less of a person, it just means I don’t get around as good as I used to. If you are interested you can read my article here about my health issues and 7 heart attacks 7-heart-attacks-and-counting-or-not
Advice for young artists. Well all I can say is live and learn and always keep moving forward.
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