Hey indie folkies! Publicize yourself by publicizing those radio stations that play your music!
Live 365 has come out with a super spiffy cool widget that you can post on your website or blog that can be edited to include only those stations which you specify (i.e., those which are currently playing your music). This widget will list the stations and give your visitors a chance to listen to them directly by launching a player in a separate window. Here’s how to create the widget for your website.
For my example, I’ll use Ithaca-based singer-songwriter Patti Witten. First, go to http://www.live365.com/index.live
Enter your name, or the name of your band in quotation marks in the search box:
After you hit enter, you’ll go to a page like this that lists all the stations playing your music:
After this page loads, and you look for your name, to be sure that the search results are returning you and your muic, click on the green “Get Widget” button. You’ll be taken to a page that looks like this:
From here, all you have to do is set your background color/display preferences, or find a background image that you like. Click the button that generates your code, copy it to your clipboard and then add it to your website or blog. Simple, effective and targeted. In addition, because it is based on a database query, the widget should keep itself automatically updated – every time it loads, it searches the live365 database and pulls only those stations with your music currently in rotation. Just for fun, I’ve posted the widget I just created below: