Getting the Most Out of Your Soundcloud Account
by India McCarty –
Soundcloud is one of the many options an artist has when they’re looking to post their music online. It’s one of the largest online music communities and many artists have used it as a springboard to launch their careers. However, the many benefits of this website attract a large user base, meaning your music is competing with thousands of other artists’. Here are some tips to help you make sure your music stands out!
First, think about the art you’re using. Sure, it might not be professional album artwork yet, but it’s important to make sure the image you choose is interesting, represents the music it’s attached to and will get the attention of potential new fans. Also, make sure the picture you’re going to use is JPG or PNG file that’s at least 800 x 800 pixels so that it meets Soundcloud’s photo requirements.
Tagging your music is another really important part of uploading your music to Soundcloud. Tags are how new listeners might stumble across your music, so try to make sure it’s easy to stumble across! Tag the genre, the mood of the song, and even your location; it could help you build a strong local fanbase. However, don’t add a hundred tags for every little thing you can think of. You need the tags to be clear and concise, which will help potential new fans find you.
This next tip might sound silly, but think about your song titles. Yes, it may look cool to add dollar signs and hashtags, or to misspell words, but that just makes it harder for new listeners to find your music. Don’t add any additional information, either, like track numbers. That’s information the listener can easily find elsewhere. Just list the title and that’s it!
One of the most important things to do for you as the artist is remembering to add a buy link. Soundcloud has made it easy for you; just click on the metadata tab while you’re uploading and add the right links, such as iTunes or Bandcamp. If you have a pro account, you can also change the button text to anything you want, like “Stream on Spotify” to get you more streams. This gives fans an easy way to support your music and gives you a little more revenue!
Soundcloud is a great website to use if you’re looking for a quick and easy way to distribute your music, but remember: it’s not enough to just upload your music. You need to be your own PR person and get the word out about your songs. Treat your streaming accounts like a small business and do everything you can to boost your streams!