One of the best reasons to host website through Bandzoogle is to give your music a home online where it can be sold commission-free.

This Help article includes:

  • How to receive payment from music sales
  • How to sell albums (Music feature)
  • How to sell individual tracks (Music and Site-wide Player features)
  • How to sell CDs and vinyl records
  • How to view the sales in your account
  • How to sell download cards
  • How to set up other music sales platforms on your website (Bandcamp and Airbit)
  • Selling music hosted on external sites (Soundcloud, Spotify, Amazon, etc.)

For more information on adding music to your site, please view the ‘Adding Music’ Help article. To delete audio files, please view the ‘Deleting Music’ Help article.

Getting Paid

Anytime you sell an item through your website, you’ll be paid for it. This payment will go either to Stripe or Paypal, depending on which platform you have set up and which method of payment your customer uses to complete their purchase. Bandzoogle does not take any money from your sales.

To learn more about where to collect money from your sales, please view the ‘Getting Paid through Paypal and Stripe’ Help article.

How to sell albums

This option is for selling a collection of tracks. When a customer purchases an album, the download will be a zip file that includes everything in the album feature - all tracks, album artwork, and any bonus files you’ve additionally uploaded.

  1. From the ‘Edit Content’ tab, click ‘Pages’ and open the page on which you’ll be working
  2. Click ‘Add feature’
  3. Select the ‘Album’ feature and use the placement arrows to set the feature’s location
  4. Click ‘Add a new album’
  5. Enter the album information
  6. Next to ‘Allow download/sale’ select ‘Yes’
    • Paid - fixed price: You set a purchase price for the album.
      • Optional: Select ‘Is on sale’ to set a sale price or a discount percentage.
    • Paid - fans set price: Allow your fans to set the price they want to pay for the album. A minimum amount can be set here.
  7. Click ‘Save’
  8. Optional: Next to Associated CDs/Vinyl, click ‘Add CD/Vinyl’
    • This will display as ‘CD + Download’ or ‘Vinyl + Download’ on the website. You will be responsible for shipping the physical copy to your customer. For more information, please view the ‘Product Bundling’ Help article.

After you’ve created an album, you must click ‘Add track’ to upload tracks to the album. If no tracks are added and a customer purchases it, they would receive only an image of the album artwork in the zip folder.

Notes:

  • Accept pre-orders: Allows you to sell your album in advance, so you can accept purchases ahead of the album release date, and have downloads issued automatically once the album is released. For more information, please view the ‘Music and Merch Pre-Orders’ Help article.
  • UPC Code: Bandzoogle does not supply UPC codes, but typically you’ll receive one when you have your physical album created, or through a digital distribution company. For more information, please view the ‘Reporting Sales to Soundscan’ Help article.

How to sell individual tracks

This option is for selling individual audio tracks. Customers can purchase one or more tracks at a time. Each track will be downloaded separately.

  1. From the ‘Edit Content’ tab, click ‘Pages’ and open the page on which you’ll be working
  2. Click ‘Add feature’
  3. Select the ‘Music’ or ‘Site-wide Player’ feature and use the placement arrows to set the feature’s location

    Note: The Site-wide Player will automatically display at the bottom of your website. It cannot be moved as it the location is built into the system.

  4. Music feature: Select ‘Track list’ or ‘Compact player’

    Note: the ‘track list’ option will display all the tracks in a list, whereas the ‘compact player’ option will display one track at a time.

  5. Click ‘Add track’

  6. Enter the track information
  7. Upload the track
    • Upload an audio file from your computer, or import files from your Dropbox or Soundcloud account.
  8. Next to ‘Allow download/sale’ select ‘Yes’

    • Paid - fixed price: You set a purchase price for the album.
      • Optional: Select ‘Is on sale’ to set a sale price or a discount percentage.
    • Paid - fans set price: Allow your fans to set the price they want to pay for the album. A minimum amount can be set here.
  9. Click ‘Save’

Note: ISRC Code: Bandzoogle does not supply ISRC codes, but typically you’ll receive these for each track through a digital distribution company, or when you have your physical album created. Please view the ‘Reporting Sales to Soundscan’ Help article.

Selling CDs and Vinyl

This option allows you to sell physical CDs and vinyl records through your Store feature. Once the payment is processed the customer will receive a digital version of the album or track while awaiting receipt of their physical item. We don’t handle order fulfillment for physical items, so you are responsible for shipping the product to your customer. To learn how to sell a physical CD or vinyl record without the digital download, please view the ‘Product Bundling’ Help article.

PART 1

  1. From the ‘Edit Content’ tab, click ‘Pages’ and open the page on which you’ll be working
  2. Click ‘Add feature’
  3. Select the ‘Store’ feature and use the placement arrows to set the feature’s location
  4. Click ‘Add Product’
  5. Next to ‘Type’, select either ‘CD’ or ‘Vinyl’
  6. Choose an existing album from the dropdown, or click ‘Create a new album’
  7. Enter the product information
  8. Next to ‘Allow download/sale’ select ‘Yes’
    • Paid - fixed price: You set a purchase price for the CD or Vinyl.
      • Optional: Select ‘Is on sale’ to set a sale price or a discount percentage.
    • Paid - fans set price: Allow your fans to set the price they want to pay for the album. A minimum amount can be set here.
  9. Click ‘Save’
    • This directs you to the ‘File Manager’ where you can see the content uploaded to your account.

PART 2

  1. Click ‘Back’
  2. Click ‘Add a store’
  3. Select either ‘CD’ or ‘Vinyl’
  4. From the ‘Album’ dropdown select the name of the CD or vinyl record you’d like to sell
  5. Enter the product information
  6. Next to ‘Purchase type’ select:
    • Paid - fixed price: You set a purchase price for the CD or Vinyl.
      • Optional: Select ‘Is on sale’ to set a sale price or a discount percentage.
    • Paid - fans set price: Allow your fans to set the price they want to pay for the album. A minimum amount can be set here.
  7. Click ‘Save’

Viewing your Sales

  1. From the ‘Edit Content’ tab, click the Music, Site-wide Player, or Store feature to open it
  2. From the settings pane on the left, click the ‘Transaction History’ tab

Here you can view all the purchases made through the sales features.

Selling Download Cards

A download code allows fans to download a track or album for free. The download codes can be printed onto cards or stickers, or sent by email from your Mailing List tab. Below are the steps to print codes to sell. To learn how to send free download codes digitally, please view the ‘Music Download Codes’ Help article.

Notes:

  • The Download Codes feature is available to members on the Pro plan.
  • Each download code expires 5 days after the first time it is used.
  • Each recipient receives a unique download code.
  • Fans redeem codes at http://yourdomain.com/dl
  • At this time, download codes are not trackable.

How to add a Music feature to your site and create download codes:

If there’s already a Music feature on your site, skip ahead to step 4.

  1. From the ‘Edit Content’ tab, click ‘Pages’ and open the page on which you’ll be working
  2. Click ‘Add feature’
  3. Select the ‘Music’ or ‘Site-wide Player’ feature and use the placement arrows to set the feature’s location

    Note: The Site-wide Player will automatically display at the bottom of your website. It cannot be moved as it the location is built into the system.

  4. From the settings listed on the left, select ‘Download codes’

  5. Album/Track: Choose the album or track for which you’ll be generating download codes
  6. Batch name: Add a name for this download code group (Example: New York Show)
  7. # of codes to generate: Type in the number of codes you’d like to generate for this group.

    Note: Must be less than or equal to 100. To create more than 100 codes add additional groups. If you have a large number of codes to generate, consider numbering the groups in sequence - for example: NY Show 1, NY Show 2, etc.

  8. Click ‘Generate Codes’

How to print download codes onto cards or stickers

  1. To the right of the download batch you want to use, click ‘Print Codes’ or ‘Export CSV’
    • Print Codes: Automatically downloads a PDF file that can be used to print the codes onto Avery 5160 mailing labels (or a compatible label format).
    • CSV file: Automatically downloads a CSV (‘comma separated value’ format ) file that can be used for printing the codes onto different formats (i.e. business cards, stickers, labels, etc.). Set up those codes in print layouts yourself, or send the file to a printing company to have the codes set up and printed professionally.

Selling from a Bandcamp Player

  1. From the ‘Edit Content’ tab, click ‘Pages’ and open the page on which you’ll be working
  2. Click ‘Add feature’
  3. Select ‘Bandcamp player’ and use the placement arrows to set the feature’s location
  4. Enter your Bandcamp account URL. It should be in this format: http://yourmusic.bandcamp.com/album_or_track_name

This will post a Bandcamp player to the page that automatically matches your website’s design. Fans can preview your tracks directly on your website and click ‘Buy’ to complete a purchase through Bandcamp.

Selling from an Airbit Player

  1. From the ‘Edit Content’ tab, click ‘Pages’ and open the page on which you’ll be working
  2. Click ‘Add feature’
  3. Select the ‘Airbit’ feature and use the placement arrows to set the feature’s location
  4. Enter your Airbit username
  5. Choose your store configuration
  6. Click ‘Save’

This will add an Airbit player to the page that automatically matches your website’s design. Fans can preview and buy tracks directly on your website.

Selling from an External Music Player (e.g. Soundcloud, Spotify, Amazon, etc.)

  1. From the ‘Edit Content’ tab, click ‘Pages’ and open the page on which you’ll be working
  2. Click ‘Add feature’
  3. Select ‘HTML code’ and use the placement arrows to set the feature’s location
  4. Paste the external music player embed code into the text box
  5. Click ‘Save’

This will add your external music player to the page. Selling options will vary depending on the 3rd party you are using to sell.

Note: We cannot modify or provide support for external HTML code. If you have questions or concerns about the embedded feature, or require support for the widget, you’ll need to contact the company that supplied the code.