Nicely put together, Jack.
I had already been practicing a number of these suggestions for some time now, though my core approach to navigating through Beatport continues to prove as effective as it is maddeningly time consuming: to browse each and every track from my genres of interest on a day by day basis.
There is just so much quality material that I'm positive I would have overlooked had I relied solely upon refined searching methods and cross-referencing. It's disheartening spending hours upon hours only to walk away with almost nothing (which happens quite often), but running into that incredible gem always makes it all worth it.
And I've maxed out the hold bins and crates of about three accounts, by now. Sadly, I won't get around to buying a great number of these tracks, but I'm just happy being aware of their existence, and having a reliable source by which to reference them whenever I please.
To further add to 'Combine Beatport with other resources,' I would suggest that you research a particular artist you're interested in beyond what Beatport has to offer. Beatport doesn't always contain a complete discography of the artist in question, especially if they have unreleased material or a far-reaching back catalog- and it's a great way to get into the histories of the people you're into.
Also, be sure to search by title if you run into a track you like that's region exclusive, or available only as an album download, as there are often multiple releases of a track on Beatport.
'He traded sand for skins, skins for gold, gold for life. In the end, he traded life for sand.' Afari, Tales
Last edited by Paradox Lost on Jan-18-2012 at 15:12