If you’re looking to make your project stand out with great music, it can be tough to find the right kind of royalty-free music to use. That’s because there are plenty of websites offering free or inexpensive music that are not high quality or royalty-free, meaning you don’t have to pay extra fees after using them in your work if you don’t want to. Here are six steps you can take to find the best royalty-free music that will fit your project perfectly, saving you time and money in the process!

Figure Out What Type of Song You Need

First, you have to figure out what type of song you need. If you’re trying to create a viral video, for example, choose a soundtrack that’s lighthearted and fun. But if your video is intended for a conference or seminar, choose something more serious and powerful. Figure out what kind of tone matches your project’s objective before continuing through each step of this process.

Be aware, however, that it can be challenging to determine whether an artist’s music fits perfectly with your specific needs until after you take full advantage of our search tools. Don’t worry if it takes some trial and error! You can always fine-tune once you get into using our platform fully.

Look for Keywords in the Filename

We all know you’re supposed to do keyword research before choosing a domain name, but did you know that doing keyword research before choosing your file names will also help your S.E.O? Name files after keywords related to your niche or topics related to individual tracks, and you’ll make it easier for people searching those terms to find you. 

Suppose you have an audio project on travel photography, for example. In that case, naming each of your audio files with something like national parks of America is a great way to find more people looking for information about national parks in America. This also comes in handy if you include some playlist function on your site where visitors can build their playlists based on existing content.

Check for Licensing Information

As with any stock photography or graphics you use in your project, be sure to check each music track for licensing details. If you’re not sure where to start, look for music labeled royalty-free. We offer thousands of tracks under some variation of a royalty-free license. Once you’ve found some good choices, listen to each track individually—and, if possible, on headphones. This will give you a sense of what you can and can’t do with it. If it sounds too good to be true, then you should probably keep looking.

Listen to Samples

When you’re looking for royalty-free music, it’s best to listen to samples. Many sites offer them so that you can get a better idea of what you’re purchasing. Take advantage of these opportunities to hear music before buying so that you know what you’re getting. If there are no sample tracks available, or if they are too short, consider another site. You don’t want your videos marred by bad audio quality or sound effects!

Ask Around!

If you’re working on a project that would benefit from some royalty-free music, start by asking people you know and trust if they can recommend any. Whether it’s your best friend, spouse, or cousin-they probably have a favorite artist or two, so ask them for their opinion and see if they can help. You might be surprised who knows what when it comes to royalty-free music! 

Getting personal recommendations is helpful because one of the biggest benefits of royalty-free music is no royalties to pay. That means you can use as much (or as little) as you want without breaking your budget.