“Since reopening our first theatres with AMC Safe & Clean in August, AMC has welcomed back nearly 10 million moviegoers nationwide without a single reported case of COVID-19 transmission among moviegoers at our theatres. We look forward to welcoming back our New York City guests to the big seats, big sounds and big screens that are only possible at a movie theatre.”
Adam aron, President and CEO of AMC Entertainment
For those who thought AMC was a dead company, think again.
The company is now generating big revenue since it’s reopening and has beat every quarter since 2021.
Today, AMC shareholders have saved the movie theatre company again after two major proposals were finally passed following an exhausting lawsuit.
A reverse stock split and conversion of APE shares to common stock will now go into effect later this August.
AMC’s 1-for-10 reverse stock split will go into effect on Thursday, August 24.
The conversion of APE shares into AMC common stock will occur the following day, Friday August 25.
The litigation settlement will then take place on Monday, August 28.
CEO Adam Aron says these dilutive proposals will help AMC Entertainment raise plenty of cash to survive another catastrophic event.
AMC Entertainment answered questions on short sellers covering prior to its newly approved conversion proposal.
Shares of the company fell more than -30% after hours on Friday as APE shares rose +30%.
On Monday, AMC stock is down more than -33% while APE is up nearly +18%.
Will short sellers be required to cover their positions before the Reverse Stock Split and Conversion?
According to AMC’s new 8-K filing, AMC expects that the deliveries under stock borrowing arrangements will be adjusted in the regular way to account for the Reverse Stock Split or, in the case of contracts on APEs, the Conversion.
However, AMC states that it “does not determine and is unable to provide interpretive advice on the impact of these events on the contractual terms governing stock borrowing arrangements.”
How will short sellers be affected by the Litigation Settlement Payment?
“AMC does not determine and is unable to provide interpretive advice on the impact of the Litigation Settlement Payment on the contractual terms governing stock borrowing arrangements.”
AMC’s reverse stock split will go into effect on Thursday, August 24.
The conversion of APE shares into AMC common stock will occur the following day, Friday August 25.
The litigation settlement will then take place on Monday, August 28.
Will there be large failure-to-deliver (“FTDs”) like when the APE was distributed?
AMC Entertainment states that while they cannot predict the trading impact of these corporate events, given the significant transactions that will occur over successive trading days, it is possible there will be large FTDs like when the APE was distributed.
Looking Back at the Events Prior to AMC’s Short Squeeze in 2021
AMC Entertainment has raised more than 2.2 billion dollars in cash
90% of AMC theaters in the United States are now open with New York and Los Angeles finally reopening
Vaccinations and policies are making movie theaters safe
New movie titles are guaranteed to increase sales revenues
CEO and President Adam Aron expresses an optimistic future for AMC Entertainment
AMC Entertainment has implemented a Safe & Clean program under the advisement from Harvard University’s prestigious School of Public health as well as well as the No. 1 U.S. cleaning brand, The Clorox Company. This means movie goers can now return at ease knowing a proper sanitation program has been put in place.
Hedge fund affiliate partners such as MarketWatch, The Fool, and other finance website tried to redirect the public from investing in AMC stock while the company was finally reporting positive news.
That’s primarily because hedge funds were losing so much money daily as share prices continued to rise.
A short squeeze became the ultimate threat to hedge funds with massive bets towards the downside.
Today, AMC Entertainment is in a whole other world compared to where it started in 2021.
Is AMC Shorted?
AMC’s current short interest is around 27.76%, which is much higher than it was when AMC shares skyrocketed to $72.
As of 8/15, we’re seeing 200,000 shares have been made available to borrow, via Stonk-O-Tracker.
While shorts might have the capability to short AMC stock, this is only temporary.
The retail community has made big enough ruckus to where regulators are finally investigating naked shorting, or at least acknowledging the problem.
What does this mean for the AMC shareholder?
Short sellers have used this rinse and repeat process for years now.
The important thing in 2023 is that AMC is able to continue raising cash to eliminate the short thesis.
Not only has bankruptcy been off the table since 2021 (via. Los Angeles Times), but AMC movie theater attendees have increased drastically in 2023.
This in turn has increased revenue and helped AMC Entertainment pay off more debt in the past two years.
AMC Entertainment Quarter Earnings History (2021)
Below are AMC’s quarter earnings for 2021, the year the ape movement began.
AMC announced their Q1 earnings for 2021 on Thursday, May 6th.
Things have been looking particularly bullish and optimistic since that point.
The only thing getting in the way has been market makers who have big advantages over the average retail investor.
If you missed the conference call years back, you can view it here for your viewing pleasure.
AMC Q1 2021 highlights
The AMC community is recognized
Q1 earnings are higher than last years 4th quarter
Expectations for Q2 – Q4 are much higher
Food and beverage sales are up by 45%
Sales revenue will continue to rise as new titles are being released
It’s really hard to tell when an AMC short squeeze may occur.
Experts, analysts, and shareholders can’t identify an exact date and time because of how random the probability may be, as seen in 2021.
However, the possibility of an AMC short squeeze is certainly possible given that it is still a very heavily shorted stock.
We also now have more data then ever before that indicate a massive short squeeze is almost certain to happen.
Especially now that the SEC has announced some crackdown on shorting.
With Melvin Capital and other hedge funds out of the picture, it’s only a matter of time before others close their positions.
That is if retail investors can build enough buying pressure in 2023 like they did in 2021 to drive share prices up.
In the end, it truly is all up to retail investors!
Will investors be able to create another AMC short squeeze in 2023?
That might be a little harder now with all of the company’s dilutive proposals going into effect soon, but it doesn’t mean it’s still not possible.
Trey’s Trades AMC prediction
With that being said, Trey’s Trades predicted a short squeeze in 2021. Trey was a leader in the AMC community back in the day, though he’s recently taken time off from stock content on YouTube.
Data points towards AMC stock reaching $1000+ per share according to his research.
See what Trey had to say.
The real question is, how can retail investors make this AMC short squeeze happen?
We know that short-sellers eventually have to close their positions. This means that they will eventually have to buy AMC stock at the current share price.
If retail investors continue to drive the share price up by buying the dip and holding their positions, short-sellers will have no other option than to buy from the retail investor at a higher share price.
2. Retail investors will also need to buy the climbs in order to show a demand for the stock. This doesn’t have to be huge buys, rather incremental to validate the current share price.
This play essentially creates a supply and demand scenario between retail investors and short-sellers.
However, demand must exceed supply by a monstrosity amount, as we saw in June of 2021.
The results? A short squeeze.
Just make sure to take your profits this time.
The last thing you want is to see your gains turn into losses.
Hedge funds are doing everything they can to prevent a short squeeze
How are they doing this?
By promoting false information through MSM (we’re certain you’ve seen it)
Through strategies such as short-ladder attacks in the market
Dark pool/off exchange trading
HFT and Spoofing
And, by restricting certain brokerage accounts from allowing its retail investors to purchase or buy shorted stocks as seen with Robinhood (Robing hood)
This is what retail investors can do to fight corruption:
Share content that presents facts, like this article and others to raise awareness (blog posts, analysis videos, etc.)
Continue to educate yourself and make investment decisions based on your personal analysis
In 2023, investors will need to identify the primary reasons to invest in AMC Entertainment stock today.
Redditors have touched base on this topic and are determined anything below $100 is a buy, for a short squeeze that is.
However, with so much dilution happening in 2023, you might want to consider writing and coming up with your own best-case and worst-case scenario plan.
The approved proposals is a massive win for the movie theatre company whether you strongly agree with them or strongly do not.
Identifying why you’re still invested in this company or why you would like to is something that will vary from individual to individual.
“The steps we will be taking now are shareholder approved and mean the following to AMC:
AMC will be more resilient: Were it not for our ability to have raised equity over the past three years, AMC simply would not have survived the pandemic-induced decline in our business. Looking forward, the flexibility to raise equity capital at the appropriate times is an absolutely vital tool for any large company, and AMC is no exception.
We eliminate capital raising inefficiencies of APE units trading at a significant discount to AMC shares: Converting APE units to AMC shares results in a single price for all AMC equity. This single price eliminates the unnecessarily high dilution caused by the lower market price of APE units. For the past full year, for example, to raise cash, AMC could only sell APE units, and they only could be sold at a great discount to AMC shares. With single equity capital structure, I believe AMC will be able to raise equity capital more efficiently and on better terms in the future.
“Some of you fear dilution is a mistake no matter what. You are wrong.
To the contrary, sometimes raising money is an absolute imperative.
Over the past twelve months, for example, AMC raised $418 million of cash through the sale of APE units.
As of the most recent June 30 quarter end, AMC had $435 million of cash on hand.
Can you imagine how dire our circumstances would have been if we hadn’t had the foresight to raise that cash?
Companies that run out of money face financial ruin.
Just ask Cineworld/Regal shareholders, or ask Bed, Bath and Beyond shareholders.
But at AMC at the moment, we have a positive market cap, and we are so much stronger because we raised money along the way,” said Adam Aron on Monday.
Where was AMC trading at before the pandemic?
AMC was actually trading between $30-$35 back in the booming party economy of 16′!
AMC stock started to decline as their debt increased and hedge funds began to heavily short it.
However, AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc. is in a completely different world today than it was during the pandemic with box office number reaching pre pandemic levels.
Analysts have been expecting big earnings results from the movie theatre chain due to the rise of this year’s second quarter box office numbers.
“While we still have much work ahead of us on this front, AMC’s glide path to eventual recovery continued with significant pace in the second quarter of 2023 as our results set new records and represent AMC’s strongest second quarter in four full years.
Following an impressive start to the year in the first quarter of 2023, the second quarter yet again showed great progress.
AMC saw more than a 12% growth in attendance, a 15% growth in total revenue and a 71% increase in Adjusted EBITDA compared to the second quarter of 2022.
Indeed, Adjusted EBITDA was $182.5 million, the highest such quarterly figure since the fourth quarter of 2019,” said AMC CEO Adam Aron.
Barbenheimer Produces Big Results in 2023
Towards the end of July, AMC Entertainment broke a 4-year weekend high record as “Barbenheimer” produced results bigger than expected.
The results demonstrate AMC’s path to recovery is also strong in Q3 of 2023.
“Barbie” ended up with $162 million in its first weekend of release, above Sunday’s already record-breaking estimate of $155 million. The Warner Bros. film, starring Margot Robbie declined just 9% from Saturday to bring in $43.7 million on Sunday.
Those ticket sales rank as the biggest opening weekend of the year, besting “The Super Mario Bros. Movie” ($146 million).
“Barbie” also marks the biggest debut ever for a film directed by a woman, overtaking Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck’s 2019 blockbuster “Captain Marvel” ($153 million), says Variety.
“Oppenheimer,” also beat expectations with $82.4 million, slightly higher than Sunday’s huge $80.5 million projection.
At the international box office, Oppenheimer added $98 million for a global tally of $180 million.
“The box office powered to its fourth-biggest weekend in history with over $300 million industrywide, said Variety.
What If a Short Squeeze Doesn’t Happen?
If an AMC short squeeze doesn’t occur, AMC stock price should still go up during the longer term process allowing shareholders to make at least some sort of profit.
That is, as long as the company continues to improve going into 2024 and the rest of the decade.
With AMC theaters now open since 2021, it’s inevitable that the company will begin to see bigger sales revenue every time a new title is released.
Keep in mind that AMC’s share price during the booming party economy of 16′ was roughly around $30 per share.
If a short squeeze doesn’t happen, fundamentals will continue to bring the stock up as more investors are buying the stock.
It’s also important to keep in mind that majority of the float is also held by retail investors, so the company has a huge support.
Interactive Brokers Chief Strategist Steve Sosnick says there’s big demand to short AMC Entertainment (NYSE:AMC) stock.
He says the biggest reason aside from the company’s fundamentals is its new merge with its equity (NYSE:APE).
“It’s very hard to keep the momentum in these things because economic reality does take hold.
Bed Bath & Beyond, at one point was the best performing stock on the board until reality set in and they began defaulting, averted bankruptcy, but using a deal that is so dilutive that it’s unavoidable.”
Sosnick says AMC is in a very special situation because of the proposal to merge APE with AMC common shares.
“Right now we’re seeing such a demand to short AMC partly because of its difficulties but partly because of the special situation.
This really is what they were looking for in some ways as the mother of all short squeezes.
The borrow rate, it costs you 700% to borrow the shares overnight — if you can find them,” said the Interactive Brokers Chief Strategist on Yahoo Finance.
Is AMC Entertainment stock about to squeeze this year?
Wondering how to get your music on Spotify right now? Like, literally right now?
If you’re a producer, singer/songwriter, or musician, earning money through your music can be a dream come true.
The good news is you no longer need to be signed to a label in order to promote or sell your music.
Are you wondering how you can get your music streamed on all major platforms and make money during the process?
More and more independent artists are learning how to get their music on Spotify and Apple Music without being signed to a major or indie record label.
The crazy thing is that some artists are even being found on these platforms and eventually get signed when they raise enough attention.
Getting your music heard is a tough gig.
Putting your music out to platforms people enjoy using shouldn’t.
This is why more and more artists and musicians are skipping the middle-man and getting heard on Spotify, Apple Music, and many other major streaming platforms.
Your songs have a place in the world.
They should not be collecting dust on YouTube, Reverbnation, SoundCloud, and other free platforms.
This is why people are using DistroKid to get their music on Spotify and Apple, but more on that down below.
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The benefits of streaming platforms
Streaming platforms are convenient and convenience sells. People don’t want to look for new artists or bands anymore, they want to be catered to music that is similar to what they already love and listen to.
Algorithms take into account what you love listening to and push new ‘relatable’ content that you might also enjoy. This is how independent artists are being discovered.
The algorithm records how long your song is being streamed, whether it’s being replayed or not, and how often it’s being saved.
When your tracks get this positive feedback, your streams begin to snowball. Streaming services do a great job at finding a place or person who will enjoy your music even if it’s not pop.
Streaming playlists are easy to share
Another benefit of streaming platforms is how easy playlists are easy to share. People in today’s world are constantly sharing playlists with others who have the same music tastes.
If your song(s) happen to be saved in a playlist by someone then your chances of being heard increases. Your art cannot be complacent in a platform that’s not innovating. Streaming platforms such as Spotify are the future.
First, you’ll need to upload your music through a music distributor service such as DistroKid, but we’ll get more in depth on that soon.
You can literally start now, or continue reading for more educational information.
You won’t want to miss the info that will help you get your music to reach the masses.
A music distributer is a company that helps musicians get their music into iTunes, Apple Music,Spotify, Google Play, Instagram, and other major platforms.
When your music is distributed it will have the opportunity to be heard by anyone in the world.
Before we let you know who the best distributor for independent artists is we’re going to walk you through some burning questions most artists might have.
Can you really make money from streams?
Yes. The awesome thing about getting your music on all major platforms is that you get paid every time your music is streamed!
That’s right! So, if you have a good following you’ll be able to monetize your music and make money every time someone streams your songs.
One day you might make a few bucks from Spotify while simultaneously earning royalties from other platforms such as Apple Music and TikTok.
If you’re passionate about reaching a huge audience, then this can be a great way to also establish multiple streams of income for yourself. You can then reinvest the profits to further your music career and provide more value to your following.
This type of income is known as leverage income. This is where you do the work once but get paid multiple times for it.
Tips For Making Money From Your Streams
Grow your social media followers
Pin your album or new song (Twitter, Facebook page, etc.)
Share your music with the communities on social platforms
Submit your music to curators
Record high quality music
Increase your audience as much as possible
Engage with your following and other related pages
Create a street team
Use promotions and paid advertising
Tips for growing your social media followers
Engage with artists and other musicians in your genre. Twitter is a great platform to connect with people who can support you.
A social media hack is to click on related hashtags and begin liking peoples recent posts and even leaving a comment. This strategy is a form of saying hey this is who I am.
When people see someone liked or commented on their post, they usually tend to stalk the other persons feed. If they like what you’re about they will follow you back. If you seem interesting enough then chances are they’ll most likely listen to your music.
Growing your artist social media accounts is going to require you to work on this task every single day. When you begin to see the results it’s going to become almost addicting.
Now, there will be days where it gets tiring and days where you simply skip out on it. This is normal. However, know that if you discipline yourself and get back on track, you will be able to meet your number of followers goal.
Pin your recent track to your profile
Which brings up the second social media hack for artists. Pin your recent song to your profile. This is the first thing visitors will see. And again, if you seem interesting to them then the next thing they’ll do is check out your work.
Facebook and Twitter are two social media platforms that allow you to pin a post for high visibility.
Record high quality music
The quality of your music is really what’s going to keep people listening to your music. Most independent artists might struggle with this part of the process but it’s a reinvestment you’ll eventually have to make.
If you’re a self-recording artist, don’t stop trying to get better every time you release a new piece. Always looks for ways to improve.
If you’re content with your skills, then by all means put out your track. However, if you’re not practicing audio engineering every day, I recommend you record in a professional studio at some point.
Create a street team or promo page
A street team is a strategy that you can use to share your content when it’s released and to promote your posts. You can create a group of loyal supporters who can share, like, and comment anytime you update the street team page with content and instructions to push it out.
You can also create a promo page. This promo page can be a second alternative or addition to your promotional strategy. With a promo page you can share your street teams shares and comments to build momentum.
All this activity allows algorithms in the social media platform to push your content out to reach a bigger audience. This awareness creates hype and elevates your awareness.
Where else can I promote my music?
Millennial Music Agency is a platform that listens to your music via submissions and reviews it on their website. You can use the review as a means to sponsor and market your new single or album.
By providing artists with a platform to be seen and heard, we manifest credibility which artists can use to further their music career.
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When your music is finally being pushed out on Spotify and Apple Music, be sure to share your work as much as possible with as many groups and curators as you can.
Most curators won’t take your MP3 file or other links to free platforms. They want to share quality work and be collaborate with strong brand recognition.
This is why more independent artists are being discovered on platforms such as Spotify more than anywhere else. It’s easy to get playlisted, shared, and listened to.
Share your latest single on:
Twitter artist music threads
Instagram stories (more below)
Tik-Tok stories (more below)
Heck, feel free to comment your latest single on the comment section of this blog post. Many independent artists already have! Why shouldn’t you?
Facebook groups are the perfect place for musicians and artists to share creative ideas and get a chance to get their music heard. This platform has a variety of groups for just about everyone!
Instagram and TikTok stories
The music distributer we’re about to talk about shortly is able to put your songs on Instagram stories and TikTok videos.
These trending social media platforms are a great place for you to share your new track with your following and increase awareness. The cool thing is that people can click on the song whether it’s on Instagram or TikTok, and play it on Spotify or Apple Music.
Email newsletters are a great way for you to share your new song or album with your fans and support group. Sometimes social media doesn’t allow your posts to reach everyone who follows you.
This is where creating an email newsletter for your fans to sign up can become handy. You can use this email newsletter to directly connect your fans with a new release in case they missed a post online.
You can also use email as a means of hyping a new song or album prior to its release. This strategy is known as email marketing. The way this works is you can email your fans promotional content such as images, artworks, and teasers of an upcoming song or album.
This creates anticipation and further help you promote your music. These marketing campaigns are what allow artists to have a big release date. This happens when they prepared their fans for the release months prior.
These strategies create a ‘portal’ to your music and makes it easy to enter peoples world.
When your work is being distributed across all major platforms, royalties begin to come in every time someone hits the play button.
The more streams you get means the more money you will earn. But first you need is to get your work distributed. Here’s how you do it.
#2. How Do I Get My Music On Spotify, Apple Music, And All Major Platforms?
Finally, what you’ve all been waiting for.
To get your music on all major platforms you’ll need to find a reputable distributor that can upload your music onto the biggest streaming platforms.
DistroKid is the best service for musicians looking to get their music into online stores and major streaming outlets.
They are the easiest way for musicians to get music into Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, Tidal, TikTok, YouTube, and more.
The reason why independent artists and musicians like yourself are using DistroKid is because:
DistroKid is affordable
You can upload unlimited music and albums
The layout is super easy to use
They were the first distributers to put your music on Tik-Tok and Instagram
DistroKid monetizes all of your YouTube videos!
You get paid monthly
Instant Spotify Artist Verification
How much does it cost to distribute my music with DistroKid?
DistroKid only costs $19.99 per year to upload unlimited music on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Deezer, iHeartRadio, Tidal, and more!
They are offering our readers7% off when you sign up using the linkhere.
Who are DistroKid’s competitors and how do they compare?
Competitors include TuneCore which charges $9.99 per song and $29.99 per album. There’s also CD Baby, which charges $9.95 per song and $29.00 per album.
If you have a catalog of music this can become pretty expensive even if you’re only uploading a few songs. The best value is being able to upload unlimited tracks year round whenever you want.
In the end, DistroKid has the best bang for your buck.
This is why artists like you love DistroKid
DistroKid makes it easy to upload music
DistroKid makes it super easy to upload your song(s) to all major platforms. You also have an option to set your release date, allow people to preorder, and even set your own record label name.
You may upload several songs at the same time to release an album or one at a time for singles. DistroKid will send you an email once your songs are available in each store so you can share the links on your social media platforms.
Will my songs be available to stream at the same time?
Your songs won’t be published at the same time on all platforms but this is great because you can share your tracks whenever they’re available on Tidal and Amazon before it’s out on Spotify and the rest.
This allows you to let your audience know your song is available to them no matter what their streaming preference is.
DistroKid allows you to upload your own album cover
DistroKid’s layout is very easy to navigate and only takes minutes to fill out your projects information. The simple platform is favored by artists looking to quickly upload their work without any hassle.
You also get the option to choose the language,primary genre, and secondary genre along with other options to further describe your track(s).
DistroKid’s track price also allows you to set a fixed price on your individual tracks for iTunes, Google Play, & Amazon.
How to Earn Money with DistroKid
DistroKid provides you with stats for just about everything. This includes a breakdown of how you get paid as well as your daily streams!
DistroKid is a great means to earn money from your music due to their easy distributing services. The goal is to reach many listeners in order to increase your earnings.
Each store and streaming service delivers reports and payments on their own schedule. Your money will be sent between 1-14 days of a withdrawal request from DistroKid’s bank tab. You can easily transfer your earnings into your PayPal account without any hassle.
What Are Other Awesome Benefits From Distributing With DistroKid?
If you’re wondering whether you’ll get verified in any way the great news is you do.
Access to Spotify for Artists + instant Spotify verification
DistroKid allows you to gain access to Spotify For Artists which allows you to professionally personalize your Spotify artist page. When you distribute with DistroKid you will also be instantly verified with a blue checkmark on Spotify.
This access allows you to pitch your music to Spotify’s curators for a chance to be featured on official Spotify playlists. The awesome thing about becoming a verified artist on Spotify is the credibility you gain. It sets you apart from other artist and shows you’re serious about your craft.
Spotify for Artists give you insight on where your listeners are coming from and what their age group is. This can help you determine who your content is primarily based around.
You can also view how many people are listening to your music in real-time!
That’s pretty sweet, anything else?
DistroKid has also just recently allowed artists to access their Apple Music artist page, a feature you couldn’t access before. Some cool features include editing your bio, setting up a profile picture, and managing tour dates.
Not only that but…
DistroKid provides instant monetization on YouTube
In order to monetize videos on YouTube you must reach a total of 1,000 subscribers and have 4,000 hours of watch time on your channel.
However, DistroKid allows you to earn money from your music by making all uploads a ‘topic‘ on YouTube and automatically monetizes every song you upload.
This is extremely convenient because you are instantly monetized and are ready to receive earnings from YouTube ads right away! This is just one of the many perks you have when you distribute your work with DistroKid.
How much does it cost to distribute my music with DistroKid?
It costs $19.99 per year to distribute unlimited music through DistroKid. However, our readers get a 7% off by using the promotion link here.
The reason we love DistroKid is because it has helped our readers who are musicians and artists earn passive income. We are a personal finance and entrepreneurship blog after all. So, we’re big fans.
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FAQs and other questions
Can I choose which platforms to distribute my music?
Yes! You have an option to click or ‘unclick’ certain websites you might only want your music to stream in.
How much music can I upload with DistroKid?
You can upload unlimited amount of songs and albums with DistroKid.
How long does it take for my music to show up on Spotify?
After you submit your music for distribution it can take anywhere from 2-5 days before your music is live on Spotify.
Most platforms take about 2-3 days to show your music online but you can expect it to take about a full week for majority of streaming platforms to have your music ready for listeners.
How long does it take to become a Spotify Artist?
DistroKid will make you a Spotify Artist as soon as you join. You will be able to create your Spotify for Artist profile and edit your artist profile picture and bio.
You will also be able to upload photos for your fans to see and change your banner to promote new music.
Does my YouTube content become a topic?
Yes. When you upload a song or album, it will automatically become a ‘topic’ on YouTube and begin displaying ads immediately.
This means you will begin to earn money from not only playbacks but actual advertisement.
Can I submit to Spotify curators?
Yes. When you upload a song to DistroKid, you’ll be able to pitch your tracks to Spotify curators.
If approved, your songs can get playlisted on massive playlists which can draw serious traffic to your artist page.
Being playlisted on a curated playlist from Spotify can provide you with some serious passive income.
Which music streaming platform pays the most?
Here’s a list of music streaming payout via. atlasvpn.
Napster has the highest payout out Apple Music, Deezer, Amazon, Spotify, Pandora, and YouTube.
This doesn’t mean all your music should be shared directly from Napster though. Find which platform your audience uses the most and share those links.
You can also use Linktr.ee to link your favorite platforms all under one link. This will allow your listeners to choose their favorite streaming site and listen to your songs comfortably.
If you have any further questions regarding distributing your songs online be sure to leave a comment below. Otherwise, feel free to get in touch and email me personally! Contact info on the footer of the page.
How can I get my music on Spotify?
You’ll need to distribute your music with a music distributor like DistroKid to get your music on Spotify and other streaming platforms such as Apple Music, Deezer, iHeartRadio, Amazon, Tik-Tok, Instagram, and many more.
My mission is to help my readers become financially successful every day so be sure to check out my posts on how you can earn more money to reach a freedom like no other.
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It allows us to provide our expertise, opinions, and experience to people all around the world.
Not only that but we get to earn passive income no matter where we are in the world, which is definitely a bonus that comes with writing.
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Find Your Niche First
The first thing you’re going to want to lock down before physically starting your blog is finding your niche.
Your niche should be something you’re good at and can write about fairly easily.
You’re usually very knowledgeable in this area and have a passion for it.
Mine for example started out as business and finance but eventually evolved into stock market news.
I love business because of the creating process it takes to turn an idea into a reality.
The challenge of managing finances has also made personal financing one my obsessions.
But overtime, you might find your blog begin to evolve into something else, something greater.
The amazing thing about blogging is you get to provide people with loads of useful information and help.
Do some research to see what sectors dominate the blogging world to gain statistics on your audience.
Here are some blogging ideas:
Food & Recipe
Entertainment & News
Health & Well-being
Mom & dad lifestyle
Sewing & knitting
Fashion & Makeup
Finance & Business
Paranormal / Metaphysical
People are blogging about just anything. Find your niche and express your thoughts!
It is important to note that whatever topic you choose to blog about, you’ll want to niche down on it.
If you’re into automotive, write about a specific skill set or brand first before branching out.
Make it all about just that one thing at first, believe me when I say it will pay off in the long run.
The idea here is to put your experience online for others to gain knowledge from.
You can do this with anything, I promise.
Reasons why you should start your own blog
I personally believe everyone should start their own blog.
A blog can provide you with a lifestyle like no other while help so many people in an area that’s impactful and important to them.
Here’s a small list of key reasons why more people should start today:
You have some sort of skill or expertise to share with the world
Your knowledge can answer people’s questions and help them grow
A blog has the power to impact and create positive change in communities
You can monetize your blog with ads and get paid passively every month
Blogging allows you to express your thoughts and opinions
Get paid on the move, while you travel, and while you sleep
Why I personally love blogging
One thing my blog allows me to do is to earn passive income no matter what I’m doing at any time of the day. This is primarily thanks running ads on my website. This is certainly a perk to running a blog.
I get a lot of joy from providing value in people’s lives. I genuinely love to serve people. Blogging allows me to be of help people and create a positive impact in my communities.
Writing is my passion. Whether it’s in poetry, music, or blogging, I simply love to write. It’s in my blood what can I say? Words are amazing and powerful.
Blogging provides me with time and financial freedom. There’s nothing else like it; I’m truly grateful.
Starting your very own blog is super easy when you have the right tools.
I’m now going to walk you through and provide you with the knowledge you need to build an awesome blog people can talk about.
Let’s get started!
#1. Use A Reputable Webhost Service to Blog
This key action will determine just how professional, creative, and even successful your blog has a chance of becoming.
Bluehost is one of the largest webhosting companies hosting over 2 million domains worldwide!
It’s also the number 1 recommended webhost service for blogging by WordPress.
And it’s how I started until my website began to attract millions upon millions of readers.
But to start, believe me when I say this is the best webhost for new aspiring bloggers.
What’s great about Bluehost is that it allows you to create an amazing platform no matter your niche.
It’s easy-to-use layout and tools make it a leader in its segment which is something I found to be very helpful when I first started on my blogging journey.
Everything about Bluehost is professional and easy-to-use.
So, what makes Bluehost great for blogging?
Bluehost has many benefits for bloggers.
One, is the ability to preview your posts and pages during editing.
This makes it very convenient to look at your website from an outside perspective before publishing it (super cool and helpful).
Other great benefits include:
Awesome themes for every niche
Free mailing list for your readers
Tons of helpful plugins
Integrated writing and post suggestions for SEO
Realtime traffic statistics
My blog looked nothing like what it looks today.
It’s currently branded and structured to the brand it has evolved to over the years.
But want to know something wild?
It still looked great even as a new blog. That’s what I really liked about Bluehost from the get-go.
It allowed me to start a presentable website even as a beginner.
Bluehost is going to provide you with everything you basically need to make your blog a success.
You’ll just have to be consistent to see the results you set for your blogging goals.
We’ll talk more about that a little later.
#2. Choose a Plan That Fits Your Needs
You’ll need to choose a plan from Bluehost before you can officially start your blog. Choose the best plan for your goals then choose your domain (e.g. franknez.com).
Each plan will also have a free SSL Certificate which basically means no matter which plan you go with your website will be secured for your readers!
Now, this is VERY important.
Blogging will require you to have a secured site for your readers.
Which is the best plan?
Plus seems to be a great value considering you get everything Pro gets with the exception of high performance.
Standard performance is adequate for a beginner.
Next is your domain name.
This is what will establish your blog on the internet as a legit website to the world.
Choosing your blog/domain name is a lot of fun.
This is what’s going to differentiate you from everyone else.
Make it personal and mold it to your niche topic. Make it you.
Finish setting up your account information before getting on with some more fun steps!
#3. Get Creative | Pick a Theme for Your Blog
Your blog is the perfect platform for you to get creative, even if your topic is more conservative.
Get creative with the way you format your posts and with the design of your website.
Stand out from other bloggers writing in the same niche as you.
Create a presence your audience will remember.
Be sure everything about your blog stands out as being genuine.
This is a great way for your blog to connect with your readers.
Bluehost has so many cool themes you can choose from.
They do an outstanding job at being able to filter them according to the type of blog you’ll be publishing.
This is a very fun part of the process.
Can I edit the themes?
Yes! You can edit the themes and move just about anything around to personalize your blog.
You can add menus, change your header image and colors, and add a ton of widgets just about anywhere on your page.
You’ll also be able to change the web address icon image for your website which is super cool.
All the themes are free, however; you can opt out for the premium versions where you can customize your page even more.
This small reinvestment can enhance your blog to the max!
Bluehost has themes for everyone
Bluehost has a variety of themes ranging from:
Singer, songwriters, artists, and DJs
Spas, hotels, travel agents, travel bloggers
Magazine and journalists
Trends + more
#4. Log into WordPress
Once you’ve set up your account, log into WordPress to begin creating your very first blog post!
A great way to promote your blog is through the use of social media platforms.
One way I promote my posts is by taking screen shots of a new posts and uploading them onto my snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, and even Twitter stories (back when they had stories).
Promoting your blog on social media will allow your website to gain traffic.
This is going to be very important in the beginning because your blog will take time to rank on google on its own.
The goal is to drive a lot of direct and referral traffic in order for the algorithm to start showing your website to organic viewers outside your circle.
Unlike the YouTube algorithm, blogs don’t get recommended to other readers.
This is why it’s going to be extremely important that you dive into business marketing as well as social media marketing.
If all else fails, this will be your number one traffic driver.
Use hashtags to optimize growth
The best social media platforms I’ve found have the best hashtag growth potential are Facebook and Twitter.
When you share a post on Facebook be sure to use tags.
This will spread your post to a variety of groups.
Same with Twitter.
However, it’s important to note that everyone’s niche might be different.
Your niche might perform better on LinkedIn, or Instagram, or Pinterest.
This is something you will learn to identify yourself as you experiment and locate your audience.
How to reach 1,000 followers on social media
One of my long-term goals for FrankNez social media accounts was to reach 1,000 followers.
I set this goal because I knew that at this point, I would have driven a good amount of traffic to my blog, and it really just signified that I stuck to my goals.
After 16 months I finally reached 1,000+ followers on Twitter and 1,000 on Instagram.
Though now that I’ve been blogging for almost four years now, my following has really grown larger.
Social media hacks for blog growth
I want to provide my readers with a ton of value so they too can grow their social media following and optimize growth for their blog.
Here are some hacks that can help you along the way:
Go to relevant hashtags and like a ton of peoples tweets
Do the same on Instagram but over on the ‘Recent’ posts instead of ‘Top’ posts
Comment on Instagram ‘Recent’ posts as well
Go through top Instagram post comments and like ‘heart’ peoples comments
Put your blog link on the bio of all your social media accounts
Create content (posts) that will lead your followers straight to your blog
Retweet relevant and helpful posts
Visit your followers’ followers and like their content
Be consistent when publishing valuable content
Engage with your comment section
If you have no comments, be the first to spark a conversation
A lot of these hacks are meant to build awareness.
The point is to be seen by as many people as possible.
Having your website link on your bio is going to allow curious visitors to want to learn more about you.
This is why it’s important that you engage with related pages and content.
People who like your content will follow you.
At this point it’s up to you to stay active and be consistent.
Failure in doing so will result in losing followers just as quick as you received them.
#7. Revise older posts
There’s going to come a point when your posts begin to age.
My suggestion to you is to revise older posts to make them even better.
At the very beginning of your blogging journey, you’re going to eventually go back to older blog posts and see where you could have added more detail or information.
This is great!
Go through your posts every two months or so and see how you can ‘armor up’ to make them rank higher.
You might even find yourself changing the title of your post.
The point is to keep getting better.
Tip: I will say, shoot for writing long posts.
It will improve your SEO and chance of being found organically on search engines.
Never stop improving champ, you got this.
Should I delete old posts?
I’m going to be honest with you.
I’ve only deleted a few.
What I would do is go back and really take the time to improve a post and make it as detailed as possible.
Aim for high word usage so your blog post can rank in its segment.
Take as much as you need to really power up a targeted post.
Once you’re certain your blog post will rank higher move on to the next one.
If the views don’t improve for these revised posts, figure out what you can do to rank and start seeing more organic traffic flow your way.
Chances are if you write a lengthy blog post and aren’t ranking well then it’s more than likely saturated.
Meaning a ton of bloggers have already covered the topic.
If you run into this problem, keep updating and making it better throughout the months.
Find ways to give your blog post character and make it stand out from everything else that’s out there.
Sure it may be hard to rank for certain keywords but at least you have a detailed post that is continuously being updated to provide more value.
In the end, you might just end up ranking out of the blue.
That’s what hard work does.
#8. Be Consistent
Like any business, art, sport, or dream, you must have perseverance if you are to accomplish a set of goals for your blog.
Be consistent by continuously posting and sharing your information throughout your social media and your blog.
Keep tabs on how your website is performing to see what you need to work on and how you can do it better.
If your blog gets approved by Google AdSense, be sure not to slow down your productivity.
On the contrary, this is the time where you want to put in even more effort than what it took to get approved in the first place.
Blogging can become an amazing source of passive income but will require a lot of discipline and dedication.
Put in the amount of work your goals require from you to see them through.
This creative process is a process.
Becoming a great blogger takes time.
If you find yourself for any reason derailing from publishing, go back to your goal list and see why you started in the first place.
Is it for the income? The freedom? Stay focused and make it happen!
What if I start to lose motivation to blog?
Although blogging can be an amazing escape, it can also be a little overwhelming.
Especially when you’re treating it like a business and have big goals for your blog.
Sometimes we tend to lose motivation and steer from publishing fresh content.
Believe me I’ve been there.
What’s helped me along the way is knowing when to take time off and refresh.
You’re going to want to avoid burning out.
When you burn out you don’t perform at your full potential and creativity seems to fly out the window.
Here are some ways you can regain your motivation to blog again:
Revisit your goals and see why you started in the first place. Was it for the freedom to make money and travel? Are you looking to quit your 9-5?
Searching for high income bloggers personally motivated me when I was feeling down about my own progress as a beginner. This showed me what was possible.
If you’re having writers block, take a few days off and do things outside your blog that you truly enjoy. In my case, I would write music to help spark my creativity again. I also did a lot of studying and reading to recollect my thoughts when on the brink of burning out.
Watch/listen to motivational speakers. Some of my favorite motivational speakers include Grant Cardone, Steve Harvey, Tony Robins, and Gary Vaynerchuck.
Spend time with your family. Connect with your loved ones as a means of getting away from constant work. It’s okay to take a little time off blogging.
If you get back on your feet after a burnout, that discipline and willpower is what’s going to manifest your success as a blogger.
I can honestly say that consistency is what allowed me to reach my first 100 views, then 1,000, then 10,000, my first 100K+ views, and now MILLIONS of views. The next target is 10 million and above.