add a wordpress blog to a ReverbNation profile

Social media tools provide a platform for musicians and bands to expand their fan base. Wordpress is a widespread blogging platform, and ReverbNation provides a comprehensive toolset to market musical endeavors. But who has time to duplicate their blog posts to both platforms? You don’t have to! You can set these tools up to synchronize with each other!

This article explains how to add a wordpress blog to a ReverbNation profile.

ReverbNation profiles have a blog tab on them. This blog tab can reflect content from RN’s internal blogging system. Better yet, it can accept an RSS feed from a wordpress blog — such as this one. Here’s how to set up RN to accept an external blog.

  1. Go to the Profile page within which you wish to embedded the blog.
  2. Slightly down the page is a row of approximately ten tabs. Select the one entitled ‘BLOG/BUZZ’.
  3. On the upper right of the BLOG/BUZZ tab is a button entitled ‘Blog Preferences’. Click it!
  4. Select the Blog radio button for Default View.
  5. In the Blog section, select the radio button entitled “I would like to show a blog I maintain on another site.”
  6. In the text box entitled ““, enter the URL of the blog RSS feed*!
  7. Click the ‘Save’ button.
  8. Watch your RN blog populate itself with the source blog’s contents! Cool!

*Bonus section – what is the URL of the RSS feed of the blog in which I am interested?

There are several correct answers to this question. Perhaps an example would help to illustrate. In my case, I just wanted to use the entire blog contents, and I did not care in which specific format it was published. My blog is located at http://www.joebear.net/blog/.  In this case, the proper feed to be typed into the text box for Blog Preferences was http://www.joebear.net/blog/feed .  Simple, hunh?

To see how it looks, compare this blog with its RN representation at this link.

Note: this post was copied from joebear.net. You’re reading this at metaversemusician.com. Conseqently, these blogs are likely to be out of sync. Compare the RN Profile with this other blog.

wordpress, pretty permalinks, and seo

URLs generated by wordpress’ default policy suck, from an SEO point of view. Here’s a better plan, that uses the post title as a URL. Using keyword rich titles thereby improves rankings.

I’m sure this is old news to most. However, I discovered today that the default formal that wordpress uses to generate permalinks (URLs to each post) is almost universally reviled in the blogging community.

Essentially, the default format just appends a ?p=index_number to the directory and calls it good. That works, but gives nothing for search engines to hang onto. The search engines especially like to see keywords in the URL. In order to give something for them to chew on, that simple integer has to go.

Upon some googling, I have arrived at this custom format: /%postname%/ . This will use the slug version of the title as the generated URL. Done.

add a ReverbNation widget to a wordpress blog post

ReverbNation widgets can be embedded right within a wordpress blog post. This two minute tutorial demonstrates how.

I think I may now know how to embed an RN Widget in a post. Let’s try, shall we? Here’s the small tune player widget, with the material I loaded into the LTB RN site.


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Have a listen!

It was pretty simple. ReverbNation provides many ways to obtain the code. Each widget even typically provides a ‘share’ button. Clicking this opens another instance of your browser, containing not only another instance of the widget, but also HTML code for the widget. At this point, you just need copy the code, by context menu, <ctl>-c, or even the button labeled ‘copy’ (clever, hunh?).

Once you have this code, you can paste it into any HTML field. For instance, the Edit Post screen in wordpress can accept this code. Just make sure that your editor has the ‘HTML’ tab active, rather than the ‘Visual’ tab active.

That’s all there is to it! Let’s do another! Heck – you do one!

  1. Start a new blogpost,
  2. click on the ‘share’ button above,
  3. click on the copy button,
  4. go back to the post you are editing,
  5. click the ‘HTML’ tab,
  6. paste to the post,
  7. give the post a catchy title — I suggest “Listen to the BEST BAND IN THE WORLD”
  8. Publish

Simple, eh?

BTW, If you like what you hear, sign up for the mailing list – I promise it’ll be a very low-volume mailing, and you can always unsubscribe later:


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intro to ReverbNation — social aggregator for musicians and bands

ReverbNation provides tools for musicians to market their music. It prompts the user through logical marketing activities in order to build brand equity in the band or performer’s name. Further, it pushes out info to other social media sites, allowing the user to update the info in one place, and have other sites instantly and automatically updated.

intro for me, anyway.

There are just so many social media outlets available that a person could spend their entire life updating them all and getting nowhere fast.

One possible tool for musicians to cut down on the duplication is ReverbNation (RN). This tool provides a handy control panel that tracks and even guides all aspects of marketing for a musician or band. At least it seems to guide the marketing activities — I do not have a background in marketing, and RN seems to prompt me as to what I should do as a next step, based upon what I already have in place.

As such a marketing control panel, RN is useful in and of itself. However, it also contains hooks to MySpace, Twitter, Facebook, and other sites. As a consequence, one can enter (e.g.) a new scheduled show on RN, and have their (e.g.) MySpace page instantly updated with the new info. Or so it appears to me at this moment.

I’m still stumbling about in the interface, but I think I am getting a handle on the tools available therein. So far, I have just been expanding one of my bands’ presence there. This would be the Lee Thomas Band. Here is the Lee Thomas Band RN Profile.

As an example of the tools available, I’ll talk about the mailing lists. RN provides a mailing list utility, which maintains a database of contacts for the band. This is linked to an editor and mass mailer, for distribution of newsletters and such. This is similar to the functionality one would find at Aweber or Constant Contact.

Also provided are one-step HTML generators, that create Widgets for posting on any arbitrary site. I used this to embed a signup for the LTB RN mailing list on each page of the Lee Thomas Band website.

Once I figure out how to modify this blog’s layout, I should be able to embed that widget (and others) right here. Further, there is a Widget Widget, which allows anyone to generate and embed a Lee Thomas Band mailing list widget in any site of their own. This is intended for the use of fans in viral marketing campaigns.

More to come…