Reclaiming Your Online Identity

Posted by Drew Stoga on November 21, 2011

Today's guest post comes from Chris R. at CDBaby...

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A tip from Captain Obvious: YOU should be in charge of your online identity.

Who else would be? Well,… Amazon, Facebook, Wikipedia, All Music Guide, Gracenote, etc.

No, I’m not suggesting that you’re the victim of some identity theft scam. But the internet is a complicated web where things can easily get lost, grow stale, or fall through the cracks. With so many different pages, profiles, blogs, music stores, databases, and fan sites pointing to YOU, it can be difficult to keep everything consistent, accurate, fresh, and funky. When your online presence starts to feel scattered, you end up spending valuable energy re-herding the digital cats when you could be practicing, networking, recording, or performing.

One of the keys to your promotion is your musical persona, your musical identity. Part of that is your online identity, which should present a unified front whenever possible. Instead of feeling like your online presence is spreading ever outwards until you’re stretched infinitely thin, think of ways to make the many disparate sites converge on the central truth of “you.”

Here are a series of articles to help you get organized, get unified, and get cracking:

1. How to claim ownership of your music on Last.fm

2. How to submit music to Gracenote/CDDB

3. How to submit your music and story to All Music/AMG, formerly All Music Guide

4. How to create a Wikipedia page for your band/music

5. How to claim your artist profile at Amazon.com

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