This is an important section so definitely read carefully. Independent artists often complain about the small royalty checks they get from Spotify, and if they're complaining about the checks it's because they aren't using the service correctly.
My royalty check is small from Spotify too, but I don't give a flip because of the other marketing I'm doing. The one and ONLY reason I even have my songs on there is because the distribution was included for free with another service that I use, so it was kind of a no brainer.
But we're overlooking the purpose of Spotify.
Spotify isn't meant to make independent artists boat loads of money. It's meant to be used wisely by getting more listeners and butts in seats for concerts.
Think of it as a paid mixtape. Unless you're getting millions of plays on Spotify it's not going to be a legitimate source of income.
Artists have been giving away free mixtapes for a while now, so instead of posting it on Datpiff or ReverbNation put it on the streaming services.