“TuneVoyage” Quck Start
Quick Start on TuneVoyage
Build a massive following organically!
This is a quick start guide to TuneVoyage. For more information, please read the extended documentation.
Table of Contents
- Admin zone overview
- What next?
- The catalog
- Adding your releases
- How does TuneVoyage work?
A) Introduction - top
TuneVoyage is a web based application and catalog, that combines two powerful tools to help
musicians/labels and other content creators organically grow their fan base on various social
networks by trading free downloads for social engagement and new followers (via download gates),
convert more fans to streams and downloads by better marketing their music with smart links and keep
track on the growth.
B) Features - top
DOWNLOAD GATES are landing pages for your music where you give fans free downloads in exchange for
social support (following you on a social website, liking/reposting your content).
This way you can rapidly grow your SoundCloud, Mixcloud, Spotify and YouTube fan base!
SMART LINKS are landing pages for your music where you can list all of the stores and streaming
services that it's available in and convert more of your fans to streams or downloads.
BRIDGES are one of the most unique features, that TuneVoyage has - to combine download gates and
smart links on one page! Some times artists and labels release their music for free, but also publish
it on different streaming services (YouTube, Spotify, Tidal) and music stores, for all of the hardcore
fans who are always there to support! You can create both a smart link page with all of the links to
stores and streaming services that the release is available in and a download gate.
Then you can attach the smart link to the gate and create a "bridge". Bridges are pages that allow
your listeners to decide if they want to unlock the free download for social exchange or choose to
stream/buy from one of the stores listed in your smartlink. "Bridged" smart links are no longer
included as a different item in the catalog, but are still visible in the statistics section in admin.
CATALOG with all of your download gates, smart links and bridges that acts as the home page of your system.
There fans can checkout the rest of your content and filter it by the categories (or genres) you have created.
- See how your downloads are helping you grow on the different social networks.
- Keep track of the downloads, see where your content was downloaded from and using what platforms.
- Filter the statistics to only show downloads via a given network.
- Check download statistics based on a time period, that you select.
- See what's your most popular song/item.
- See what social networks are most preffered by your fans
- Keep track of the downloads for the week, month and current day.
- Keep track on what stores get most link clicks.
- See where your clicks are comming from (country/city)
- Keep track of the total reposts, made by your fans and see who is the top reposter (Mixcloud Only).
- TuneVoyage will let you know how many new fans you have reached thanks to your free downloads.
- Much, much more ...
CUSTOMIZATION OPTIONS. Branding is really important, not just for the big labels and artists,
but also for the indipendent ones. This is the reason why TuneVoyage comes with customization
features, like uploading your own label/artist logo, changing the background image, changing the
system/browser title, adding particleground effect + customizing it and more.
API METHODS. If you are an experienced programmer you can use the API methods to do some
cool stuff, like displaying how many downloads you have for the current day/week/month
on your main webiste. You can also "grab" the whole catalog and make a custom designed page for it,
so it matches your website design.
C) Installation - top
Unzip the archive and upload the content of the "tunevoyage" folder via FTP client like FileZilla.
Go to your cPanel and create a new database + user.
Open TuneVoyage in a browser and follow the steps of the installation/setup script, add your info, choose
admin password and e-mail, copy/paste your client id and secret for SoundCloud, Mixcloud, Spotify and/or YouTube,
if you want to use download gates.
D) Admin zone overview - top
First thing you have to do, after the successfull installation is, of course, to login with the
e-mail and password you chose during the installation. The admin zone is located in the "/admin"
The admin zone has 5 sections. In the DASHBOARD you can check some statistics for the current
month, week and day and also check how helpful was TuneVoyage for your social growth so far. In the
GATES/LINKS section you can create, delete and edit your download gates and smart links, but before
you can do that you need to add some CATEGORIES, so your fans can easily filter your releases while
browsing in your catalog (the front page). In the STATISTICS section you can get detailed reports
about downloads, link clicks, reposts, preferred platforms, top downloaders and much more. You can change some
global settings or info and password from the SETTINGS page. Here you can also add your client IDs and APP
secrets (needed for download gates to work) for each platform, that you want to use and also find the REDIRECT URIs
needed when you generate the keys. You can also change the background, generate an API Key if you want to use the TuneVoyage
API and change other global settings.
E) What next? - top
Before you can start adding download gates and smart links, you need to create some categories. Each gate and link
has to be assigned to at least one category. If you work in one genre only you can create categories that match the
mood of your songs (for example: accoustic, live, club, rave, road trip). You decide how to use. If you just want to
use one category it may be better to hide the filter from the catalog because it would be redundant. You can do this
in the settings page. You also need to provide SoundCloud, Mixcloud, Spotify and/or YouTube client ID and secret in
order to create download gates. This is needed so TuneVoyage can collect subscribers, followers and likes on the
platforms when somebody wants to unlock a gate. You can copy/paste that info during the installation or in the settings page.
You can drag and drop categories, smart links and gates in the admin zone to rearrange them and change the way they show upload
on the front page, your catalog.
F) The catalog - top
The front page of TuneVoyage is a dynamicly generated from your download gates and smart links catalog.
There is a category filter included. A catalog can motivate your fans to browse and download more of
your content so you can collect even more likes, streams or reposts.
G) Adding your releases - top
When ever you create a new smart link or download gate, it will automatically appear in the front page (catalog), unless
you choose not to. If you decide you want to hide a given item, only those who have the link to it will be able
to download/view it. Each item must have its own name, a unique custom url (keyword) and has to be assigned to at lease one
(or up to 3) category. You can a SoundCloud or YouTube preview and authors. For your cover pictures you should only use images with the same ratio, a square image always works.
For example, your images should be in dimentions of 500x500, 1000x1000, 1500x1500 for best results. 1500x1500 is the preffered
size if you want to also use the same image as a background of the landing page.
Each smart link should have at least one link to a music store or streaming platform and each download gate should have
at least on download option (spotify follow to download, youtube subscribe to download).
SUPPORTED SERVICES FOR SMART LINKS
iTunes, Beatport, Spotify, SoundCloud, Tidal, Juno Download, Bandcamp, YouTube, Google, Play,
Amazon, Deezer, Napster, Traxsource.
SUPPORTED PLATFORMS FOR DOWNLOAD GATES
You can easily customize the options and rules and let your fans support you in the following ways:
- Follow up to 3 profiles
- Favorite up to 3 tracks
- Follow up to 3 artists (main profile can also be a user profile, not an artist)
- Follow a playlist
- Add/like up to 3 tracks
- Subscribe to multiple channels (up to 3)
- Like videos (up to 2)
- Follow up to 2 profiles
- Repost a mix/podcast/radioshow
- Favorite a mix/podcast/radioshow
- Ask fans to like your facebook page
- Ask fans to visit you on other social websites too (twitter, facebook, instagram, artist website)
When you decide to combine a download gate with a smart link into a "bridge" page, the smart link will dissappear from
the catalog, the cover from the download gate will be used. The combined gate and smart link will still appear seperated
in the statistics, of course.
H) How does TuneVoyage work? - top
HOW DOES A DOWNLOAD GATE WORK?
For each download gate you can choose what download options to give to your fans. They can choose one of
the platforms you have included for the gate and connect with their profiles. Once they authorize the
connection they will automaticly follow you on a given social website, repost and/or like your content
(depends on your settings). After that the download will be unlocked. You can choose to display more of
your social media profiles and encourage fans to visit after their download is unlocked (twitter, facebook
TuneVoyage is really flexible. You can setup different download options and rules for
different gates. You can also upload your files directly to your server or chose to redirect the fans
to another service like zippyshare and dropbox, if you want to save space on your hosting. Each time somebody
unlocks a gate TuneVoyage will collect some statistics, wich will be available in the admin zone.
HOW DOES A SMART LINK WORK?
You can add all the links to the different stores and streaming services, that your release is available in,
and the system will generate a beautiful landing page with the cover you uploaded, preview (soundcloud or
youtube embedded player) and a custom url you have entered. There your fans can see the list with all the
stores and choose where they want to stream or download from. This way you can leave only one
download/purchase link in your emails, youtube videos, soundcloud descriptions, blog posts and etc.
Each time somebody clicks on a link TuneVoyage will collect some statistics, wich will be available in the admin zone.
They help you understand where your clicks are comming from, what are the most preffered shops and much more.
HOW DOES A "BRIDGE" WORK?
You can attach a smart link to a download gate when creating the download gate. This will automatically combine the
items and create a page where your fans can choose if they want to support you via a purchase (or by streaming your content)
or if they want to follow you and repost your content on social media.
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