SEO for Musicians: A Complete GuideTable of ContentsIntroductionChapter 1: Music SEO Strategy – The Fan n16Advocacy17Chapter 1 Key Takeaway: Get To Know Your Fan Journey18Chapter 2: Find Your Band KeywordsA Basic Law of SEO: No Two Keywords Are Equal1920The Most Important Keywords for Your Band22How To Research Your Band Keywords23Building Your Master Band Keyword List26Other Ways to Brainstorm Band Keywords29What To Do When You Get No Searches30What To Do When Your Band Name Isn’t Unique31Understanding The Long Tail Keywords37Chapter 2 Key Takeaway: Build Your Master Keyword List40Chapter 3: Get To Know Your SERPsYour Band Name SERP4143Your Tour Date SERPs46Your Album Name SERPs49Your Song Name SERPs54Chapter 3 Key Takeaway: Get To Know Your SERPs56Chapter 4: Optimize Your Band Website for SEOKey Factors for Band Website SEO5757Your Band Website as Your Hub59Linking Up the Hub62Optimizing Navigation & Indexation64Title Tags & Meta Descriptions70Content Pages for Keywords73
SEO for Musicians: A Complete GuideBe Wise About Widgets78PR, Not Backlinks80Chapter 4 Key Takeaway: Optimize Your Band Website for SEO83Chapter 5: Get a Band Knowledge PanelEstablish Your Google Accounts8487Create a Wikipedia Entry92Create a Wikidata.org Entry93Create a MusicBrainz Entry95Optimize Your Images96Chapter 5 Key Takeaway: Introduce Your Music to GoogleChapter 6: Optimize Your Band Schema for SEOMusicGroup Schema MarkupMusicAlbum Schema Markup100101104107Event Schema Markup111Chapter 6 Key Takeaway: Add Schema to Your Website114Chapter 7: Optimize Your Videos for SEOChapter 7 Key Takeaway: Optimize Your Videos for SEO115121Chapter 8: Measuring Your SEO ResultsChapter 8 Key Takeaway: Track Your SEO Results122126About Bandzoogle127
SEO for Musicians: A Complete Guide 4IntroductionWhen we talk to other musicians about music marketing,SEO is a topic that comes up often. And why not?The good‣SEO is free!‣It’s known as a highly eﬀective marketing channelfor millions of businesses.‣It works!The not so good‣SEO is complex.‣It’s time consuming.‣It requires patience, since it tends to take a while to seeresults.SEO is known as a bit of a dark art. It’s not particularly easy to do well,and as a musician you just don’t have time to become an SEO rockstar.You have songs to write, tours to plan, rehearsals to organize.You don’t have time to becomean SEO rockstarA lot of the SEO advice out there for musicians skims the surface:optimize your title tags, get backlinks, create content, and such.This is all relevant and useful advice, but we need to address thecritical strategic aspect that makes SEO for musicians a little bitdiﬀerent than SEO for everyone else.
SEO for Musicians: A Complete Guide 5In this eBook we’ll cover the bigger picture - the abstract andconceptual. We’ll address the big question, which is: “How can SEOactually help me as a musician?”We’re going to give youan entire process.This is a question you need to have the answer to, in practical terms,before you start investing your time in your SEO. Just because certainSEO strategies work for millions of businesses, doesn’t necessarilymean they will work for musicians.Musicians need a unique SEO strategy with its own unique set oftactics. We’ll try to give you a complete SEO advice package, an entireprocess, to work with.The Bandzoogle om/Bandzoogleinstagram.com/Bandzoogle
SEO for Musicians: A Complete Guide 6Chapter 1: Music SEO Strategy – The FanJourneyIt all starts with your fans.For artists, SEO is all about using search engines to help create apositive experience for your fans.As you build your fan base, your audience will move through someseries of steps to eventually reach whatever goal they had in mind.Throughout those steps, they will have experiences online as theyengage with your music and brand.SEO for artists is about creating apositive experience for your fans.Some of those experiences will involve search engines. So, whatwe need to do ﬁrst is understand where search engines get involved.Wait . don’t get bored!! Check it out.To help us visualize, let’s adapt a classic marketing framework, thecustomer journey, and apply it to the average music fan, as it relates toa typical band. We’ll call it the Fan Journey.We made a fun colourful graph for you (yay!).
SEO for Musicians: A Complete Guide 7The Fan JourneyRADIO ANDINTERNET PLAYMUSIC BLOGINTERVIEWSRECOMMENDATIONENGINESWORDOF MOUTHDiscoveryMEDIAmusic, videos,photos, blog, CERTTICKETSSUBSCRIBEon Spotify,Apple Music, etc.DOWNLOADMUSICPurchasePHYSICALPRODUCTmerch, viynl, etc.MAILING LISTAND BLOGCONCERT TRACKINGie: BandsintownARTIST SUBSCRIBERSie: BandcampSOCIAL MEDIAFOLLOWSRetentionSOCIAL MEDIAENGAGEMENTSlikes, shares,retweets, etc.CROWDFUNDINGWORD OF MOUTHRECOMENDATIONSSHARING PLAYLISTSON STREAMING SITESAdvocacy
SEO for Musicians: A Complete Guide 8If you’re feeling ambitious, you might want to take some time to mapout the Fan Journey for your band, taking into account your uniquecircumstances.So, now "At what point do search engines come into play?"Take a second to stop and think about it.OK, let’s break it down by phase.RADIO ANDINTERNET PLAYMUSIC BLOGINTERVIEWSDiscoveryRECOMMENDATIONENGINESWORDOF MOUTHDiscoveryIn marketing, the ﬁrst step is usually called “Awareness” and it’s whereSEO does its magic for most businesses.Here's an example: say you want to build a website for your band, soyou go to Google and type in “band websites”. There, you’ll ﬁndBandzoogle. Now you’re aware of our company. And that’s veryimportantmusic,toMEDIAus.videos,photos, blog, etc.SOCIALMEDIAALBUMREVIEWSNobody discovers new bands bysearchingin Google.ExplorationTOURDATES
SEO for Musicians: A Complete Guide 9But, what if you’re a band that plays original music? How are searchengines going to help you here?Well, they’re not.Nobody discovers new bands by searching on Google. Nobody types in“new band I’m going to love” and expects to actually ﬁnd a new bandthey’re going to love. Nobody searches “indie band in toledo” to ﬁndnew local music in Toledo.Ever played to an empty room? Yeah .This is what an empty room looks like in SEO.No one searches for this keyword.Womp womp wommmmp.Not only would you go through a lot of pain trying to rank for a searchterm like that, you probably won’t manage to do it.And most importantly, that just isn’t how people discover music rightnow.For bands, the Discovery phase of the Fan Journey is probably thehardest - just getting your music in front of people who want to listen.Search engines are not likely to help you directly with this.
SEO for Musicians: A Complete Guide 10MEDIAmusic, videos,photos, blog, lorationExploration happens after a fan discovers you, likes what they hear,and wants to hear or learn more.This is where search engines start to really matter for most bands.Ask yourself: “What will most people do after they hear my song, andthey really love it, but they don’t know my band yet?”CONCERTThey’ll probably wantTICKETSto know what you look like, where you comeDOWNLOADMUSICfrom, what other people think of you, what your other music soundsSUBSCRIBEon Spotify,like, whereyou’re playing next, etc.Apple Music, etc.PurchasePHYSICALPRODUCTmerch, viynl, etc.There’s probably a good chancethey’ll Google your band name.One of the ﬁrst things they might do is Google your band name. Ormaybe the song name . Or maybe some lyrics that got stuck in theirhead .MAILINGLISTLet’s say youjust discoveredthis awesome song you’veneverheard byCONCERTTRACKINGie: BandsintownElephant Stone. You search their name and . ding!!!ARTIST SUBSCRIBERSie: BandcampRetentionAND BLOGSOCIAL MEDIAFOLLOWS
SEO for Musicians: A Complete Guide 11A typical-looking Google search result for an established band.Awesome, so much great stuﬀ!!So this is where SEO ﬁrst comes into play for you, in a big way. It’s youropportunity to show your new fans everything you’ve got. You wantto make sure that when they search for your band or music, you’ve gota really pro selection of content for them to check out.Your audience, at this stage of the Fan Journey, are really potential fanswho want to get to know you. You can use SEO to help them do that.
SEO for Musicians: A Complete Guide 12Things your fans might want to find duringExploration:Your website, so they can learn about youYour social proﬁles, so they can see what kind of things you sayMusic to stream, so they can sample your sound and decidewhether they like itVideos and images, so they can get a feel for what you look likeInterviews and reviews, so they can get a sense of who you areand what others say about youTour dates, so they can see that you're active and whether you'replaying in their townYou want potential fans to be able to easily ﬁnd all of that wonderfulstuﬀ you’ve poured your heart, soul, and bank account into.So the Exploration phase of the Fan Journey is where search enginescan really help you the most, and it’s where strategically you shouldspend most of your SEO eﬀorts.
ExplorationSEO for Musicians: A Complete Guide 13CONCERTTICKETSSUBSCRIBEon Spotify,Apple Music, etc.DOWNLOADMUSICPurchasePHYSICALPRODUCTmerch, viynl, etc.PurchaseThe Purchase phase of the Fan Journey is - no surprise - hugelyimportant for any artist who wants to build a sustainable career. Likeany business or entrepreneur, you have a bottom line. You need tomake money to keep going.CONCERT TRACKINGie: BandsintownARTIST SUBSCRIBERSie: BandcampMAILING LISTAND BLOGSOCIAL MEDIAMake more money as a musician! FOLLOWS23 Ways Musicians Can Make Money: Download the free ebook nowRetentionSearch engines can help you here.The key is making it quick and easy for fans to spend their money onyou, when they’re ready. As it happens, search engines are reallyuseful when people want to ﬁnd things online quickly and easily.Bingo.Let’s look at Delaney Gibson as an example. If a fan searches forSOCIAL MEDIAENGAGEMENTS“delaney gibsontickets” or “buy delaney gibson music”, that fan islikes, shares,retweets, etc.probably ready to spend money on her.WORD OF MOUTHRECOMENDATIONSCROWDFUNDINGSHARING PLAYLISTSON STREAMING SITESMake it easy for fans to spend theirAdvocacymoney on you.
SEO for Musicians: A Complete Guide 14If you, as a musician, want money from your fans (and we know youdo), then you had better be sure they can spend it on you withoutmuch hassle.So pave the way for them. Heck, sprinkle a little trail of skittles if that’swhat it takes! Of course, this is about more than just search engines.You have to sprinkle skittles all over the place, like on your website andother proﬁle pages. But sprinkle some on the search engines too.Let’s see what Delaney did.An example of a good experience for a fan who wants to buy.Nice.Delaney has done the legwork and provided her fans with a wealth ofdiﬀerent ways to spend their money on her, in whatever way is most
SEO for Musicians: A Complete Guide 15convenient, useful or interesting to them. It’s all very easy to ﬁnd bydoing just one Google search. Learn how to create a perfect page to sell music on your websiteSkittles .So we want to make sure your fans can easily ﬁnd ways to spendmoney on you.Things your fans might want to find duringPurchase:Tour date information and concert ticketsSomewhere to buy your music for downloadA store to buy physical music formats and merchYour proﬁle on major streaming services to easily listento your musicAnd here are some skittles you can start sprinkling around.SSSSSSFor the Purchase phase of the Fan Journey, you can use search enginesto help your fans ﬁnd diﬀerent ways to spend money on you, withouthaving to do any digging around.
Purchasemerch, viynl, etc.SEO for Musicians: A Complete Guide 16MAILING LISTAND BLOGCONCERT TRACKINGie: BandsintownARTIST SUBSCRIBERSie: BandcampSOCIAL MEDIAFOLLOWSRetentionRetentionIn today’s music industry attention spans are short, fans are ﬁckle, andthousands of talented artists are constantly releasing great new musicand content. It’s not guaranteed that you’ll keep the attention of yourhard-won fans, even after they’ve downloaded your album or gone toyour show.SOCIAL MEDIAENGAGEMENTSlikes, shares,retweets, etc.CROWDFUNDINGWhich makes fan Retention more important than ever.WORD OF MOUTHRECOMENDATIONSSHARING PLAYLISTSON STREAMING SITESAs far as search engines go, though, there isn’t a lot that SEO can helpAdvocacyyou with here. Once your fan has gone to your concert anddownloaded your album, most of your Retention is going to happeneverywhere else but search engines.So, for example, stuﬀ like this comes into play for retaining your fans.Social media links on a band website.Things like: signing fans up to your mailing list, or growing youraudience on social media. Maybe fans follow you on Spotify. That sortof thing helps you with fan Retention. 9 ways to build your mailing list
CONCERT TRACKINGie: BandsintownARTIST SUBSCRIBERSie: BandcampMAILING LISTAND BLOGSEO for Musicians:A Complete Guide17SOCIAL MEDIAFOLLOWSAs long as your fans can still ﬁnd you when they do look for you, that’sRetentionall the search engines need to do at the Retention stage of the FanJourney. So it won't be a focus of your SEO strategy as a musician.SOCIAL MEDIAENGAGEMENTSlikes, shares,retweets, etc.CROWDFUNDINGWORD OF MOUTHRECOMENDATIONSAdvocacySHARING PLAYLISTSON STREAMING SITESAdvocacyThe Advocacy stage of the Fan Journey is where you’ve already wonyour fan over to the point where they become a super fan. He or shefollows you, and you’ve created some sort of relationship with them.They feel invested in your success. They want to share your music withother people, to help build the movement. They’re the ideal, devotedfan.Of course Advocacy is a very important Fan Journey stage for yourband. But search engines probably won’t be especially useful to youhere, because at this point your super fans don’t need Google to ﬁndyou - they already know where you are.
SEO for Musicians: A Complete Guide 18Chapter 1 Key Takeaway: Get To Know YourFan JourneyAt this point you’re probably thinking “Great, this makes sense and all,but how do I actually start doing SEO?”What you need to do nowGet to know your Fan Journey. Map it out and explore it. Use thegraphic we made as a starting point, and think about what kind ofmarketing channel your band has. Find out where you’re weak, andwhere you’re strong.As far as SEO goes, you should focus on the Engagement andPurchase steps of the Fan Journey. But look at the other steps too.Maybe there is something speciﬁc to your band where SEO can helpwith your Discovery, Retention or Advocacy strategies.Later in this eBook we’ll dig deeper into the technical and tacticaladvice you can use to create a positive search engine experience foryour fans.Hopefully you now have an understanding of where SEO can ﬁt intoyour overall band marketing mix.
SEO for Musicians: A Complete Guide 19Chapter 2: Find Your Band KeywordsBefore you start optimizing, it’s crucial that you get to know yourkeywords. This is always Step #1 in any SEO project, and it’s noexception for musicians.OK, let’s go.There is nothing more fundamental to search engines than keywords.Keywords are how we humans directly communicate with the searchengines.There’s a reason the Google homepage is a search bar and nothingelse.It all starts with a keyword.It’s important for us to think about keywords ﬁrst because somekeywords get searched more often, or less often, than otherkeywords.Nothing is more fundamentalto SEO than keywords.
SEO for Musicians: A Complete Guide 20Later on, as you carry on doing SEO for your band, you'll work onthings like optimizing your website pages, creating new content foryour website, getting backlinks, and stuﬀ like that. It's really importantto know what keywords people are using to search for your bandwhen doing that work.SEO is hard work, and knowing your keywords up front will help youmake the most of it.A Basic Law of SEO: No Two Keywords AreEqualNo two keywords are equal. Let’s give you an example.Say you’re a piano teacher in Albany, NY. Without doing any research,you might assume that getting high search rankings for a keyword like“piano teacher albany” will bring traﬃc to your website.But actually, people are more likely to search for “piano lessonsalbany”. And they’re even more likely to search for “piano lessonsalbany ny”.How do I know? Google told me:Some keywords get searched more often than others.
SEO for Musicians: A Complete Guide 21(We’ll show you how to get this data yourself in a minute).What this chart says is that there are roughly 70 searches per monthfor the exact keyword “piano lessons albany ny.” There are almost nosearches at all for “piano teacher albany.”So. that makes it pretty clear which keyword is going to bring youmore visitors, if you have high search engine rankings for it. Right?It’s really important to know whatkeywords people search for.Obviously your top priority keyword is going to be "piano lessonsalbany ny," because that's what will get you the most visitors to yourwebsite.If you put in a bunch of hard work to rank for the keyword that no onesearches, you've kind of wasted your time. That's what we want toavoid!Even if you're not a piano teacher, if you’re planning to do your ownSEO, this lesson applies to you no matter who you are.
SEO for Musicians: A Complete Guide 22The Most Important Keywords for Your BandWe’re going to talk a little about “brand” vs “non-brand” keywords here,because this is where a lot of musicians go wrong with SEO andwaste their time.As a musician, a “brand” keyword is any keyword that includes yourband name, the names of people in your band, track titles, albumnames, tour names. Anything that relates speciﬁcally to you and yourband and your music. It could be lines from your lyrics. It could evenbe something like “the song from that Samsung commercial”, if it’syour song that was in the commercial.An example of a brand keyword is “elephant stone discography”.These are the keywords that matter to you most as a musician!Remember the Engagement and Purchase steps of the Fan Journey?The basic idea here - which is really important to you - is that people arenot going to ﬁnd you in search engines until they’ve already heard ofyou. Once they have heard of you, they’re going to look speciﬁcally foryou or something to do with your music.The Keywords that matter to youwill be for searches speciﬁc toyour band.On the other hand, a “non-brand” keyword is any keyword that isn’tspeciﬁc to you, your band or your music.An example of this would be “indie band in toledo.”
SEO for Musicians: A Complete Guide 23As we explained in the ﬁrst chapter of this eBook, non-brand keywordsare not useful to you as a musician. (Unless you are a music teacheror another kind of local business, in which case your SEO strategy isgoing to be more typical, like most businesses).How To Research Your Band KeywordsKeyword research is what every SEO expert in the world starts withbefore they do any actual SEO work. Without it, you’re just workingblindly. Keyword research lights the way.We’ll give you a quick lightning tour of how to do your own keywordresearch using the Adwords Keyword Planner tool.Step #1: Access the Adwords Keyword PlannerThe Adwords Keyword Planner is the keyword tool of choice for mostSEO experts, because it’s the most direct way to access Google’skeyword data. It’s free, but the catch is that it’s accessible only fromwithin an Adwords account, so you’ll need to take a few minutes tocreate one. It’s kind of a hassle, but it doesn’t cost you anything.By the way, if this feels like a hack to you . it is! Welcome to SEO!Once you’re in the Adwords account, go to the “Keyword Planner” fromthe Tools menu, as you can see below. When you click on it, you shouldget something like this.
SEO for Musicians: A Complete Guide 24Follow the setup steps to create an Adwords account to access the Keyword Planner.Choose “Search for new keywords using a phrase, website or category”.Step #2: Enter Seed KeywordsIn the next screen, we can plug in some keywords under “your productor service”. We need to seed the tool with some ideas to start with.We plugged in “tame impala” as our example:Try plugging in your own band name to start withClick on the "Get ideas" button.
SEO for Musicians: A Complete Guide 25Step #3: Sift Through to Find Your KeywordsClick on the “Keyword Ideas” tab, around the centre left of the page, toﬁnd your keywords.Based on the seed keywords we entered, the tool gives us data on thenumber of searches for them, as well as a bunch of other ideas.Ta da! Your band keywords.So in this image, Google is telling us that there are 246,000 searchesper month for the keyword “tame impala”.You’ll also notice all of the suggestions and ideas Google providesbelow your seed keywords. These suggestions are useful, but you'llnotice a lot of irrelevant keywords that you'll need to sift through.Google tends to leave out a lot of really good keywords too.
SEO for Musicians: A Complete Guide 26So you’ll have to dig for keyword ideas yourself, by adding diﬀerentseed keywords and sifting through the suggestions. This is the"research" part of keyword research, and it can take some time.Be patient, and keep digging.Building Your Master Band Keyword ListWe brainstormed some ideas about what people might search for, tocome up with seed keywords:‣People looking for tour dates (such as “tame impala tour”, live,tickets, concerts, etc.)‣Lyrics and tabs (such as “tame impala lyrics”)‣Snippets of hook lyrics (such as “lyrics don’t make me wait forever”)‣Speciﬁc albums and songs (such as “let it happen”)‣Wiki and discography (such as “tame impala bio”)‣Merch, like vinyl, tshirts and posters (such as “buy tame impalatshirt”)‣Torrent, YouTube and download to listen - legally or illegally (such as“listen tame impala eventually”)‣High exposure placements (such as “apple watch commercial songskate”)This list could apply to just about any band. So let's check out whatpeople are searching for, using the Keyword Tool, with Tame Impala asan example.We plugged all kinds of keyword seed ideas into the tool, and thenspent a fair bit of time sifting through the data that came out.This was the end result of our research.
SEO for Musicians: A Complete Guide 27Your Master Band Keyword List might look something like this.
SEO for Musicians: A Complete Guide 28We grouped our keywords together based on what we think thesearcher is trying to accomplish (and where they are in the FanJourney).For example, someone searching “tame impala tour” is trying to dosomething fairly similar to a person searching for “tame impalatickets”. So we grouped those together.It’s worth pointing out here that some good keywords might not have alot of search volume. Your keyword list helps you see what’s mostimportant. But if you ﬁnd relevant keywords that get even a very smallamount of searches, don’t ignore them.Now give this a try with your band name.Plug keywords into the tool that you think are relevant to your band,keeping in mind all you’ve learned up to this point about youraudience and fan journey.Make a list in Google Docs, Excel, or whatever you like. Record thekeyword and the monthly search volumes, like we did in thescreenshot above.This is going to be your SEO Master Keyword List. These are thekeywords that are most important for you to pay attention to, andyou’ll refer back to it often.
SEO for Musicians: A Complete Guide 29Other Ways to Brainstorm Band KeywordsThe keywords you get from the Adwords Keyword Tool are only asgood as the seed keywords you give it. It’s also incomplete andimperfect. It won’t give you all possible keywords people actually use.Whenever you ﬁnd a keywordwith search volume, add it to yourlistSo, you’ll need to spend some time digging around and coming up withother seed keywords that you think people may search.Some places you can dig around are:‣ Google Suggest. Basically, start typing ideas into Google, andsee what other keywords it suggests.Use Google Suggest to find other keywords people search for.‣ The free Wordtracker tool, which you can ﬁnd here https://freekeywords.wordtracker.com/‣ Google Trends, also free here https://www.google.com/trends/‣ Brainstorming anything and everything that people mightsearch related to your band. What about popular bits of lyrics?Other songs titles? The names of each band member?
SEO for Musicians: A Complete Guide 30Plug all of your ideas back into the Adwords tool to ﬁnd out how muchsearch volume there is. Whenever you ﬁnd something with volume,add it to your Master Keyword List.What To Do When You Get No SearchesIf you’ve just done this exercise and you’re thinking well, this isn’thelpful because no one is searching for me, that’s ok!If your band doesn’t have a big following yet, not many people will besearching for your band name.Not much of a surprise there, right?We went to a show recently by a really talented folk singer calledDevarrow who was on tour. We checked the search volume on hisname and came up with. nothing.Don’t be deterred if you find little or no search volume.If that sounds like you, that’s OK. Don’t be deterred!If you’re still relatively unknown - maybe you’re just starting out - youstill want to make sure that even if just one person searches for you,they can ﬁnd you in Google.Just because no one is searching for you right now, doesn’t mean theywon’t be later.
SEO for Musicians: A Complete Guide 31Make sure that if even one new fansearches for you, they can ﬁnd you.So, for now, just focus on looking professional in search results foryour band name. Don’t worry too much about other keywords yet,unless there’s something speciﬁc you think people might look for, anddon’t spend too much time time on SEO just yet.As you’re building your fan base, every now and again go back to theKeyword Planner tool and check your keyword search volumes to see ifpeople are starting to search for you.What To Do When Your Band Name Isn’tUniqueLet’s just start here by saying: it’s a good idea to Google yourband name ideas before you commit, to make sure no one elsealready has it.Sharing your band name with other things (other bands, or famouspeople, or famous things) is going to be a problem for your SEO.Sometimes it’s impossible to avoid though. Like these examples.Solo Artists With Common NamesUnless you have a really unusual name, chances are someone else hasthe same name as you. So if you’re a solo musician using your own realname, you might end up competing in search engines with peoplewho aren’t even musicians.There’s a talented local Montreal artist who goes by his own real name:Andrew Johnston. He actually happens to share his name with a fewother notable people, including musicians.
SEO for Musicians: A Complete Guide 32A few months ago, we searched his name and found that the most"prominent" Andrew Johnston was actually a musician from the UKwho appeared in Britain’s Got Talent, and has charted singles.Are two Andrew Johnston’s better than one? No, it’s better if you’re the only one!The UK Andrew had a lot more press, so he ranked higher than theMontreal Andrew - who appeared as the 3rd result with his websitewww.thisisandrewjohnston.com - at the time.Since then, another Andrew Johnston has risen to fame as a golfer,thanks to a recent big tournament win. This Andrew Johnston nowtotally dominates the search results for his name.
SEO for Musicians: A Complete Guide 33The more famous you are, the more easily you dominate search results.Now the Montreal musician Andrew Johnston shows up on the secondpage of search results, instead of being in the 3rd spot like before. Thisis a great example of how rankings work when it comes to the namesof "notable people". Basically, the most famous person wins.Google you band name ideaswhen you ﬁrst form your bandFor fans of the Montreal musician though, this is kind of inconvenient.So they might modify or reﬁne their search term to be more speciﬁc,
SEO for Musicians: A Complete Guide 34like adding the hometown. In this particular example, they wouldactually get the results they want.A better results page. But the fan had to work harder to ﬁnd it.So if you're an artist using your own name, this is something you'llneed to be aware of when you're researching your keywords. Youmight want to look up search volumes for those modiﬁed or reﬁnedkeywords as well.Band Names With Words of Famous ThingsSome band names include a word that also happens to be a wordused for something else.The band Of Montreal has this problem. Montreal, of course, isa city. The only thing that distinguishes the band from the city is theword “of.”
SEO for Musicians: A Complete Guide 35So when you search the band name, Google also shows results for theBank of Montreal, the City of Montreal, and the latest Montreal news.The city, the bank, or the band? Google isn’t sure what we want.The band actually dominates the search results page for this keywordbecause they’re a pretty popular band, and Google is smart enough torealize you’re probably looking for the band because of the “of.”Band Names With Common PhrasesBroken Back is a band whose name also happens to be a prettycommon term.
SEO for Musicians: A Complete Guide 36So when you search for their band name in Google, the ﬁrst page pageof results is ﬁlled with articles related to back injury.Were you looking for the musician, or the injury? Google isn’t sure.Broken Back does actually rank at the top of the page, but they'regoing to have to work extra hard, and be more patient, if they want tohave more of their pages ranking on the ﬁrst page for their bandname.If any of these issues apply to you, you may
SEO is known as a bit of a dark art. It’s not particularly easy to do well, and as a musician you just don’t have time to become an SEO rockstar. You have songs to write, tours to plan, rehearsals to organize. You don’t have time to become an SEO rockstar A lot of the SEO