SoundCloud is the largest and most important online music community. They give independent artists the space they need for DIY music promotion.
Which is why we’re so excited to be offering the Connect with SoundCloud tool to the entire SoundCloud community. They offer tons of other useful tools as well. Using them effectively will amplify your project and get SoundCloud plays from the fans that matter. There’s a lot of them. This simple guide will get you educated on the most useful ones for growing your following.
Here’s some pro tips to get the most out of your SoundCloud.
Tagging For Success
How can new fans find your music? Well, one of the best ways is to tag your music.
Stick to one main genre to keep things clear. Adding a bunch of genres won’t make your track any more find able. The more concise and accurate your tags are, the more easily your music will get discovered by the listeners that wanna hear it most.
Add A ‘Buy’ Link
Getting listens and likes is nice. But likes and listens won’t buy you that new mic you’ve been eyeing. Luckily SoundCloud lets you add a ‘Buy’ link to your track upload. Just click on the ‘Metadata’ tab when you’re uploading. Add a link to your iTunes, Bandcamp or whatever else you use to sell your music.
Tell A Story With Your Waveform
SoundCloud allows fans to comment on your waveform. But y’know who else should be commenting on the waveform? YOU! Use the waveform comments to tell your fans and community about your process. Be transparent about how you made your track. Ask for feedback and mention specific sections.
For example: If you’re not sure about a section of your track, comment on the waveform where the part starts. Something like: “Not sure about the bass here. Let me know what you think” is the perfect play for getting feedback from your community. You don’t have to be completely done a track to publish it either. Publish drafts, get feedback, and make your music better.
Album art matters. Especially on SoundCloud.
If your track gets embedded on a blog your artwork will be there. If you share your track to Facebook your album art goes there too.
Your album art or track artwork represents your music no matter where it goes. So it’s mega important. Before anyone hits play the artwork attached to your track has to stand out. So make it count and choose something that represents your music and you.