Every artist worth their guitar strings (or turntable) is on SoundCloud promoting their music. It helps you build a community of fans, connect with influencers in the music industry and allows you a platform to speak your mind. This list aims to help steer you clear of common mistakes on SoundCloud that are made by other bands all the time so that your band can be heard as often as it deserves!
As a bonus, stick around to the end of the article for a track on SoundCloud I dig!
6 mistakes on SoundCloud you should avoid
1. Replying with cut and paste statements – SoundCloud is a social media platform with music. Your goal should be to reply to fans with genuine statements. A simple ‘thank you’ just won’t cut it. A ‘Thanks, Matthew’ could go a long way. The more you put in, the more your fans will get out.
2. Spamming people – Everyone hates spam being sent to their accounts or posted in their comments. This may be the worst of mistakes on SoundCloud possible. But what is this spam? Here is the classic example of what you should never ever do or say:
“Whoa, killer track! I just cut a new EP that sounds like it, check it out on my page.”
If you make this mistake on SoundCloud I will give your whole SoundCloud the lowest mark possible: F+.
3. Leaving your account inactive – An account that is ignore by those who own it is ignored by those who visit it. Even a simple update on why you’re being quite every so often is content that your fans can read, and will let them know what’s up. Keep on updating and you’ll keep on gaining popularity.
If you do have to step away from your account for whatever reason, you can get your plays going again with our SoundCloud plays service. This will get your real fans seeing that you’re active again and get them coming back to your account. There’s nothing like starting a little bit of activity to inspire a lot of activity, and that’s just what this service is for.
4. Not embedding your genre in the keywords – SoundCloud has a handy function that allows trending tracks to be grouped by genre. Fans of that genre can look at what’s cool and find you (when you’re cool!) easily. SoundCloud can only do this if you include the genre of your music as the first listed keyword. Make it easy for your fans to find you by always including this.
5. Poor organization – Not presenting your information correctly, with each upload, leads to a whole lot of hard work amounting to nothing. When someone shares one of your tracks on their feed it allows other users to hear your song and clearly see the title of the song – but they then have to look at a tiny reference to find out who performed the song.
The format you should use for all of your tracks, to make it easier for people to discover who you are once you have been shared is: “Artist Name – Track Title”
6. Missing basic internet formatting and connections – Your URL for all platforms should match. To make up an example for my imaginary hip hop group, “G.G. Illin’ and The Sliced Beats,” I would want all of my URLS to be the same:
See how that should look? It isn’t being anal retentive, it is about helping search engines categorize your band by linking up the similar text in the all important URL.
You can edit this in SoundCloud by going to your Basic Profile page. At the very top you will see a line which reads “Your profile link will be:” click on the pencil to edit this to match your other social media profiles.
The last point under here is neglecting those social profiles that you have built on other platforms. Go into “Advanced Settings” and add in your links to:
- Your website
This makes it easier for your fans to share tracks across platforms, and for them to find you on other platforms. This will keep on clicking on your content, enjoying your music and gaining you more SoundCloud plays!
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