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The big question.. how do YOU get more listeners? Lets share some tips and tricks. Firstly i think having a link to your stations site in forum signatures is great becuase they are backlinks. Also having a bit of promotional gear like an avatar is great.

 

Try some posters around your local city (in the right place not illegally set) also word of mouth :)

 

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Hey all

 

Getting more people to tune you in is the easy part. Keeping them coming back is whats hard. Utilitizing Social Networking sites like MySpace and Facebook are one way to get your station out there. Joining webrings is another. Reciprocal links and advertising are another way to spread the word. But there has to be more to keep people coming back.

 

Utilizing a chatroom in conjunction with live shows we've been able to keep a steadily growing audience. Our chatters bring in their friends, who bring in their friends etc...Word of mouth (or keyboard) still gets the best results.

 

The big thing is dont expect thousands of listener hours right off the bat. iWebRadio has been online 3½ years now. When we started we did 6,000 TLH the first year, 60,000 our second and 126,000 last year. It will take time! If you stick with it and work it...it will happen!

 

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I always join a show, recently changed their name to Launchp@d. They have a php chatroom and people LOVE it! They can get things read out on radio and when they discuss things on radio, they reply in the chatrooma nd get their resopnse read out. GREAT way to lure people back.

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I think one of the big ways of getting listeners is if you run a syndicated show. People will visit your website when you advertise it on your show, and if they are listening to your show and they find it interesting. They will most likely go to your station.

 

Im confused now :P

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u right but you need money to have this syndicated show .

 

Have a nice Day

 

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There are a lot of syndicated shows out there that charge nothing for you to run their programs. It is a service for them to get more exposure for their program. From 11am to 9pm on Saturdays, I run nothing but syndicated programming, one show after another. It costs me nothing. Generally these programs will list you on their websites as a partner station, and that will get your own site more hits. This is a real legit way to get more exposure and draw in listeners.

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There are a lot of syndicated shows out there that charge nothing for you to run their programs. It is a service for them to get more exposure for their program. From 11am to 9pm on Saturdays, I run nothing but syndicated programming, one show after another. It costs me nothing. Generally these programs will list you on their websites as a partner station, and that will get your own site more hits. This is a real legit way to get more exposure and draw in listeners.

Thats my easiest way to get listeners, i do that from 6pm onwards :)

It works brilliantly.

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Hello,

 

My name is John R. Miller III. I run a radio station online called World.FM. The station is powered by Live 365 Inc. I broadcast LIVE most of the time because of the amount of storage I can add songs.

 

You can say I am a Hobby Broadcaster. But soon, I plan on making money from doing this. I love it.

 

I have been broadcasting since June 7th, 2007. The highest amount of listeners I ever and probably will have was 6 back in August.

 

I use SAM Broadcaster 4.3.6 to broadcast. What I need though is more exposure to my station. I am paying 239.40 a year to broadcast plus a VIP listening package of 118.00 every 2 years. That is a lot of money.

 

My station needs a whole new make over. Besides the songs I play. Station imaging, etc. I do have a website with GlowHost. But It is not much.

 

John R. Miller III

Station Manager/PD

World.FM

"We Play Anything"

50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, 2000s, & Today

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Anyone recommend good streaming providers? I like Live 365 because of the royalty coverage they give.

 

Everyone that use to broadcast on Live 365 uses Loudcity. Should I go with them?

 

Any advice?

 

John R Miller III

Station Manager/Program Director

World.FM

'We Play Anything"

50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, & Today

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I do 2 syndicated shows and i do them for nothing , I list the stations that run the show on my show sites , I run syndicated shows on my station , and they guys that do them list the stations on their sites with the link etc .

I use facebook , myspace & twitter to plug my station .

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This is my own opinion coming out from my long experience: it's very difficult for a webradio to be listened as much as an FM station, and for a (non-VIP) DJ to be followed in every show of him. That's because of a lot of reasons, among them:

 

- actually the largest slice of listeners still follow webradios from their own PC, and they can do it only when they're home because of work, school, business, ecc...

- webradios can be heard from every country of the world, and that makes thousands, millions of 'em... only an huge publicity (and not only in the net!) can make a station emerge from the other ones

- lots of DJs don't take seriously the chance that has been given to them in the moment that they applied for the radio itself, so they usually make 3-4-5 sets and they disappear or miss their slots frequently... this causes a bad reputation not only for the unprofessional DJ, but for the whole radio station that loses followers day by day

- things could be different if there were more car stereos dedicated to webradio stations (only 2 models released by Blaupunkt actually, and they're not so cheap!), but in 2010 we still must face the truth that we're poor of technology... well I don't know if the situation for you guys around the world is different, but here in Italy there are still 200 small towns that haven't even got ADSL!!

- when a DJ programs his own shows with the owner of a radio station, he must be careful to play in a different day/hour from a show of a VIP DJ that plays same genre (I always must pay attention to Armin, Above & Beyond, Tiesto, Paul Van Dyk and Claudia Cazacu)

 

In a few words, it's a real mess! But in some ways and with constance and perseverance, every bedroom DJ can emerge! ;)

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reliability of dj's is a key thing ,I've had a few that mail in plugging their show , so you give them a go then after 2 or 3 shows ,they don't bother sending anymore .

My soul & dance show has been going for 6 yrs and apart from when my father died and when i moved house , I've never missed a show , i always put any news on the page the stations download from ,even when i go on holiday , I do the show in advance , my other syndicate show is done the same way .

The thing is to get a good name you need to be reliable because if you're not , word soon gets round and there are many more people that are there ready to take over a slot be it pre recorded or live , the thing is , there are some that cannot grasp this .

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Whatever you do as a commercial endeavor (make money), it costs money to do it initially. First and foremost is content. Not only your music content (that's first) but your website content. If you want people to return to your site you must make them want to. As a seasoned web designer I know the ins and outs of creating a site people come back to. As a seasoned web caster I know the ins and outs of getting listeners. As a seasoned webmaster I know the ins and outs of getting a website found. As a hosting provider I know costs are important. It's not an easy road but it can be done.

 

As someone said, Loudcity is an excellent and affordable choice for licensing and freedom to run your station. A station make over requires some investment, you'll need some funds for that. Not meaning to advertise but I do all the above except licensing. I work with many stations to help them acquire their goals with their stations.

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I don't know if this has been discussed or not but seeing how I'm a DJ at SpazzRadio.com and been a DJ there for at least 14 or 15 months now I always thought maybe a good way to gain more listeners is to post bulletins and/or update your status about your show or station through out the social networking sites such as myspace, facebook, twitter, myyearbook and so on. It's nothing big but at least using social networking sites is a pretty fair way to gain listeners to your station!!!
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