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How to Use your Music Xray Affiliate Code to Make Money!

Posted by Mike McCready | March 7th, 2011 | 32 Responses

If you have an account of any type on Music Xray, you have an affiliate code. Log in, go to your account settings and you will see your affiliate code on the right side of the page.

If you add your affiliate code to the end of any Music Xray URL, anyone who clicks on it will be tracked as having reached Music Xray through you. Even if they leave the site without signing up and then come back a month later, they will still be tagged as someone you referred. You get paid 15% of our margin for every transaction the person you referred conducts on Music Xray – FOREVER. Not just the first transaction but rather every transaction for as long as they have an account on the site.

Your earnings are reflected in your account balance which you’ll see on your dashboard when logged in.

If you don’t want to bother customizing an email and tacking your affiliate ID on the end of URLs, you can just click one of the buttons within your account to invite artists, fans or industry professionals and an email is automatically sent to them with your affiliate ID already included. BUT, if you want to do it, it works like this (see below for ideas on how to most effectively use affiliate ID’s):

Grab any URL from the site that you think someone might be interested in. For example, let’s say you know someone who might have a perfect song for Trace Adkins. At the time of this writing, Torrez Music Group is conducting a search for such a song and the drop box is found at this URL: HOWEVER, if you want to get credit for sending someone to that URL, you should tack your affiliate code onto the end of it and instead send them a URL that looks like this:

Be sure to use your own affiliate code and not mine or I’ll get the credit instead of you. Also, notice that between the end of the URL and your affiliate code you have to put “?afid=”. That’s just telling our system that the numbers that follow are the affiliate code and not something else. You can see how that’s explained on your settings page and in the image above.

Also, note that you do not have to send people long ugly URLs. You can simply embed that long URL into a link like in the following example:


Hey Bill, I saw that Trace Adkins is seeking music and I thought you might want to send him one of your songs. Click here.


You will notice that the link I embedded in the words “click here” includes my affiliate code.

Here are some other ideas for how you can make this work for you.

Send your contacts to the special offer page

If you’d just like to get people started on Music Xray you can simply send them to the special offer page located here: (just be sure to tack your affiliate code on the end of that URL and you’re good to go. You’ll notice that we have a no-brainer deal for anyone considering starting with Music Xray. All new accounts get:

  1. Free Uploading and/or importing of all their original music.
  2. Free matching of their songs to real industry opportunities.
  3. A free focus group on their music (we will pay up to 25 respondents for feedback on their music).
  4. A free $8 credit to get them started (enough for two submissions to major labels).
  5. Guaranteed feedback on every submission.
  6. Guaranteed response time or their money back.

Start your own newsletter

Feel free to start your own weekly (monthly, daily, whatever) music opportunity newsletter and send it to musicians you know, post to your MySpace or Facebook accounts and whatnot.

Post opportunities on your blog, band site, Facebook, tweet them or post them in the comments section of sites you visit (when relevant)

If you have a site with decent traffic and you’d like us to curate a special rss feed of opportunities with your affiliate link already embedded, we can do so. Just contact us at and we’ll get you started.

Have Music Xray send a fancy schmancy email to your contacts

If you have more than 500 contacts you’d like to tell about Music Xray, we can create a special and very professional email for you with a selection of some of the most attractive opportunities together with a special offer for those just creating new accounts now. That email might look something like this (but it would have your affiliate code embedded into all the links).

Get started using your affiliate codes now!

Mike McCready is an entrepreneur at the crossroads of music and technology. He pioneered the introduction of Hit Song Science into the music industry and followed up with Music Xray, the company he co-founded and serves as CEO. His companies have been the subject of case studies at Harvard Business School, IESE and he frequently guest speaks at many of the top business schools around the world. He helps the music industry identify high potential songs and talent and helps musicians get deals, get fans, & get better: