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Building Your Website – The Challenge – Week 3

January 24, 2012

Things are about to get intense with the Canadian Songwriters Social Media Challenge.  The past 2 weeks have been a warm-up with goal-setting and crafting a pitch.  Now, participants will be getting their hands dirty as they work towards crafting a website.  Once upon a time, artists without label distribution were pretty much non-existent to the listening population.  But now, with online tools, every songwriter can create their own cozy corner of the world wide web.

The build-up to this task has been perfect, as songwriters will want to align their online entities with their goals and pitch.  What do you want people to know about you?  A visit to your URL should be the gateway to engaging with you and your music.

If you’re still in the process of crafting your pitch.  Perhaps watching these videos may inspire you:

Now, fellow challenge participants, please post the following:

1.  Your URL.
2.  Link to your Week 3 Blog entry (again, please post the unique URL to the entry and not the general website address).

37 Comments leave one →
  1. January 25, 2012 1:30 am

    Still working on my pitch… at least, I think I have the wording down. Just have to put it out there now.

    “Jinral Tao is… Gospel Roots. R&B core. Big on harmonies.”
    As for lyrical content, I seem to be stuck on love/relationships. It’s all I know about.

    1. Website URL:
    2. Week 3 Blog Entry:

    By the end of this contest, one of my goals is to interact with each one in this social media challenge at least once. I’m interested in hearing what you guys got going on.

    I recall seeing somewhere that luck is defined as… “when preparation meets opportunity”. If that’s the case, we all got our work cut out for us. Wishing you all the very best.

    • January 28, 2012 12:25 pm

      Hey Jinral… I tried to read your Tumblr blog but it said “access denied”. Did you have it set for public viewing or just private? And I didn’t see a link to it on your website either… sad that I couldn’t read it! Let me know what’s up!

  2. January 26, 2012 4:07 pm

    Hello everyone,

    It’s been great to follow your progress, Ariel’s book is one of my absolute favourite music business books out there!

    If any of you are trying out Bandzoogle for your website, don’t forget you can use the promo code “9weeks” to get an extended free trial, or just use this link:

    And if you ever have any questions, or need help with your site, don’t hesitate to get in touch with me directly: dcool[at]



    Dave Cool
    (Yes, that’s my real name)
    Community Manager

  3. January 27, 2012 9:34 pm

    Hey everyone! We are getting into this, and I can tell it’s a fantastic growing and stretching opportunity for me as an artist, and as the businesswoman marketing my product!

    Here’s my website, and the link to my blog, which contains a ton of links to my other pages. This week challenged me to make them all more cohesive and Social Media friendly!

    My URL:
    My Blog Post:

  4. Antonio Delgado permalink
    January 27, 2012 10:58 pm

    Hello Shelley Dubois,

    I really enjoyed the songs you sang and the songs you wrote especially the second song. I really liked your pitch also. Best of luck in the near future.

    Regards Antonio Delgado
    Fellow Canadian songwriter

    • January 30, 2012 2:46 am

      Hi Antonio,

      Thank you so much for taking the time to watch my video blog and for commenting on it!

  5. January 28, 2012 12:34 am

    Hi, all. Not going to have time to tear down and rebuild a website this week. For my money, the real job this week was to develop a vision for the website. I’ve got it. And I’m aiming for the end of April for the new website to be up–just around the same time I’m aiming for the new album to be out. Here’s my blog, with a link to my current (and charmingly obsolete) website:

  6. January 28, 2012 12:23 pm

    Hmmm… I left a post last night, but apparently it didn’t post. So here it is!

    My URL:
    My week 3 Blog Post URL:

    Let me know what you think! I tried to make them as cohesive and interactive as possible… still brainstorming more ways to make my page even more interactive though!

  7. January 29, 2012 2:44 am

    Okay, here’s my blog for week 3 :

    No website link, yet….blog will explain everything.

  8. January 29, 2012 4:25 pm

    Hello fellow songwriters! What a few weeks it’s been! Hope everyone is progressing well! Can’t believe we’re moving on to Week 4 tomorrow! Looking forward to browsing your websites! 🙂



  9. January 30, 2012 2:49 am

    I am very fortunate that I didn’t have to do any work this week. I already have a website!

  10. January 30, 2012 3:30 am

    Even though I already have a website I did an extensive update that I sorely needed to do . Still more to come but feels really great. Thanks!

  11. January 30, 2012 3:34 am
    woops… sorry this is the actual link.

  12. January 30, 2012 11:49 am

    Preventing Paralysis!!!
    Man, what a week! Even though I had a website and did a lot of work on it this week, I still feel there’s much to be done!

    Loving all the posts, guys! Such great work out there! 😀

  13. January 30, 2012 2:56 pm

    Hi all – Chapter 3
    and the video, forsooth.

    🙂 Tracy

  14. January 30, 2012 8:24 pm

    Hello fellow songsters and songstresses…..I have added my pitch to my homepage and will be updating my website over the next few weeks, with Ariel’s tips….looks like I need to change a few things, and pronto!
    Wishing you all prosperity and luck in the weeks to come.

    Wowzers…that was a long URL…good thing I didn’t go into the whole song as a blog title.

  15. January 30, 2012 11:58 pm

    Hi guys, I’ve gotten a good start at getting my website a bit more together, but there’s still a lot to be done. How each week has been flying by, eh? 🙂

    My URL:
    Week 3 blog entry:

  16. January 31, 2012 12:09 am


    Week 3: “This Song’s For You, From The Girl With Three Heads”


  17. January 31, 2012 2:07 pm

    Hm. Updated – appears as though the wrong link was posted above. apologies.


    Week 3 BLOG:

  18. January 31, 2012 5:38 pm

    Here we go!! Almost hit every target this week.



  19. January 31, 2012 8:31 pm

    Thanks to chapter three and the experience of my SAC friends, here is the much improved site:



  20. February 1, 2012 12:44 am

    A couple of more days and the site will be in tip-top shape!


  21. February 1, 2012 9:58 am

    Hi everyone,

    Great work everyone! My post for week 3 is now up with a bit of background on my website.



  22. February 2, 2012 2:46 pm

    Hello there fellow challengers keep up the great work!
    Here is my URL to my website.
    Link to week 3 blog:

  23. February 2, 2012 3:23 pm

    Hello there fellow challengers keep up the great work!
    Here is my URL to my website.

    Week 3 update: the URL to my week 3 blog is

  24. Lyle Pigeon permalink
    February 2, 2012 8:23 pm

    Well, onward and upward.This has been one of the most Eye opening times for me.
    So much to learn …so much to be excited about. I am so thankful We all chose to do this. It’s not just the nine weeks, it’s for the rest of our collective careers.

  25. February 3, 2012 4:54 pm

    I’m a little behind!! Third post is ready 🙂

    1. Website in construction : (almost done)
    2. Link to my third blog entry:

    Have a great weekend everyone!

  26. February 4, 2012 11:13 am

    Week 3 update:
    I decided to change the URL to my website to:

  27. February 7, 2012 9:48 am

    Week #3 Sexy Site!

    Website: (still under construction)


  28. February 16, 2012 9:28 am

    FINALLY…got it done!
    My website:
    My blog entry:

  29. February 18, 2012 12:13 pm

    Week 3!!!!! I think I’m the last one to post 🙂

    1. website:
    2. Week 3 blog – Welcome to Twitter!


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