OPTIMIZE YOUR TRACKS ON SOUNDCLOUD

To make the track easier to be found and attractive to new followers, include a clear title and thorough metadata when you upload a new track. Also, high-resolution, eye-catching artwork helps you stand out from the crowd. Your track will be time-stamped with the original upload date.

Track, album, and playlist titles

A clear track title helps your fans know exactly what they’re listening to. Avoid duplicating information that’s displayed elsewhere. For example, there’s no need to add track numbers when uploading an album.

When uploading to a label or editorial account, title your tracks as “Artist Name – Track Title” to ensure they show up when people search for the artist.

If you are a podcaster or journalist, include important information such as celebrity guests and discussion topics in the title.

Images and descriptions

Your music shouldn’t just sound good, it should look good too. Upload artwork for your tracks and albums, the higher resolution the better. You can zoom and reposition during the upload process to get the perfect fit.

The descriptions of your tracks and albums are the perfect place to share extra information: think backstory, credits, lyrics, gear lists, or guest lists. To give a shout out to collaborators and feature artists, add links to their SoundCloud profiles.

Tag with genres and moods

To help SoundCloud’s recommendation systems suggest your tracks to the right people, and in order to qualify for charts, it’s important to tag your tracks with relevant genre information.

For genre, select the chart category that best suits your tracks and playlists. If nothing fits, you can add a custom genre.

In addition to selecting a main genre, tag your tracks with a few relevant sub-genres, and any moods that describe the track. It’s better to add a handful of relevant tags, rather than as many as you can.

If you are an audio creator, make sure that your first tag corresponds to one of the main audio categories in Charts. Next, work your way from general terms such as “podcast” to more specific ones such as “NPR”. It helps to include proper nouns of guests or places that are discussed.

Build your discography

Playlists you mark as either an album, EP, single, or compilation will be displayed in the albums section of your profile, in order of release date. That makes it easier for your fans to find what they’re looking for and save it to their collection.

Why not dig into your archives and upload your first release? It’ll be displayed at the right point in your discography, without taking attention away from your newest tracks.

Edit in batch

Need to make changes to multiple tracks? You can update settings, tags, and artwork for many tracks at once. You can also create a new playlist from a selection of uploads.