I had coffee with a buddy of mine the other day. He’s getting ready to build up his freelance recording business and was asking about setting up a website.

The main purpose of the website would be to put up his contact information and to share samples of his work.

Websites are great, but they can REALLY bog you down and suck up a lot of your time if you’re not careful.

I suggested to my buddy that he simply set up his music portfolio on Soundcloud.com and then give people THAT link when they ask for examples of his work.

I’ve got nothing against building a website, obviously, but if you don’t want to bother with it, Soundcloud is a PERFECT solution for you.

And it’s FREE.

And it’s super-easy to set up an online portfolio in a couple of minutes.

Here’s how:

  1. Create an account at Soundcloud.com
  2. Create a “Set” and name it “Portfolio”
  3. Upload the songs you want to add to your portfolio.
  4. For each song, click on the “Add to Set+” button and choose “Portfolio”

That’s it. You can go to that set and re-arrange the order of the songs, but other than that, you’re done.

Now you can give people the direct link to that set.

I set one up to show you. It’s right here:

www.soundcloud.com/joegilder/sets/portfolio

Pretty easy, right?

The cool part is that once you have your website build, you can simply embed your soundcloud set RIGHT into a page on your website.

You just grab a little bit of code they give you and…

www.joegildermusic.com/samples/

Boom! You’ve got an online portfolio right there on your website.

Easy peasy.

Now, the only difficult part is filling up that portfolio with great-sounding mixes.

If you don’t have a lot of finished songs, you can start adding them, one by one, month after month, as a member of Dueling Mixes:

www.DuelingMixes.com

As a member, you are welcome to use your mixes of these songs in your portfolio.

Pretty cool, right?

Joe Gilder
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