1. Put your money where your music is – get a paid account
Everyone seems to think that they can get great services online for nothing. This isn’t the case on SoundCloud as those on paid plans get more out of their account. Forbes estimates that 95% of accounts are free, this is an easy way to stand out.
Remember back in the day when you paid to have CDs pressed? This is the online digital equivalent, except you don’t have to go stand outside concerts and hand them out. SoundCloud offers global distribution, a little money gets your music heard around the world. Here is what is on offer from SoundCloud:
2. Create a Favorites list
The easiest way to get more SoundCloud followers is to remember that SoundCloud is as much a social media platform as it is a music sharing source. This isn’t Napster, you can interact with fans of your music. Doing some basic interaction via SoundCloud’s Favorites list is easy:
- Go to your dashboard and see what other people you’re following are listening to.
- Save the tracks that you actually like to your own Favorites list.
- Contact those musicians and let them know you enjoyed their music enough to add it to your Favorites list.
The bands you add can promote this playlist keep their own fans engaged. Fans of the bands you have favorited can also see your activity and check you out. This is where you start building connections all across SoundCloud, and the key for your band to get more SoundCloud followers is all about connections – just like in the real world.
3. Have a great image
I mean the image that you use as your avatar! This is used on your homepage and is what part of the popup when people hover over one of your tracks. So many musicians think that these details don’t matter, and that their music should do all the ‘talking.’ These are musicians that no one looks at twice!
Here’s an excellent example of an avatar from Kid Ink. It has his face, an interesting pose, those tattoos all his fans know, and most importantly his name and latest album:
4. Leave real comments on other tracks
First things first: If you’re thinking of going onto other people’s tracks and saying anything along the lines of:
Be prepared for not only the sound of crickets but for some possible abuse. This is totally pointless as no one, ever in the history of the world, wants to be told what music to listen to.
You need to make real comments that really matter and that show you as an expert in the music, or at least as someone who knows what they’re talking about. Remember that this is another link building opportunity. You want your links to have merit, weight, and importance to them. Otherwise, well, you’ll be ignored.
5. Join a few SoundCloud groups
Every type of music out there has a few groups where fans get together and talk about music. You can join as many groups as you want for free, so why not join up? You’re free to send your tracks there for inclusion in the group, an easy way to get more SoundCloud followers in a natural way!
You can also start up your own groups to truly get more SoundCloud followers of your own as you control the flow of music. As with most things in the music industry, start local and build from there. Don’t start a group named “Dope Hip-Hop.” Start a group named “Hip-Hop artists from Atlanta” to see it grow quickly as you have a better focus.
6. Tag your face off
Yes, tagging your musical genre is the easy move here. The next step is tagging:
- Record labels with similar bands
- Bands who sound similar to you
- Radio stations that play your music
- For DJs; tag the producers and artists you sample
This is a case of more tags being better, but only if they’re relevant. Don’t tag yourself as “Drake” if you sound like Justin Bieber. Actually, don’t tag yourself at all if you sound like Justin Bieber. We already have one and that’s plenty, thank you.
7. Upload a high-quality profile picture.
Your user image should serve as a visual representation of you or some aspect of your style. It could be anything from a simple photograph to a funky symbol to the artwork of your latest release. Be sure to select high-resolution images so your profile will appear more professional at a glance.
- Show a little character by putting up an action shot of your playing, or use an original logo to create clear branding for your bands or conceptual project.
- For the cleanest-looking display, SoundCloud recommends that users choose an image that’s a square 1000×1000 pixels.
8. Write out a detailed description for each track.
This is your chance to tell users about the story behind your music. You can use your song descriptions to explain your creative process, share interesting background info, or provide a list of the specific equipment you used to produce your signature sound. All these elements will help paint a more complete picture of you as an artist.
- Your song descriptions can also be a good place to acknowledge other musicians you’ve collaborated with, or who have helped inspire and shape your sound.
- Round out your descriptions with bonus content like lyrics or instrument tabs to get your listeners singing along.