Want to Increase SoundCloud Plays?

Want to Increase SoundCloud Plays?

1. Images and descriptions are especially powerful on SoundCloud

Don’t push the cover art and description down to the bottom of the priority list. You should use high resolution images and upload and resize them to fit within the confines. In addition, the description is a clean slate that allows you to be as descriptive and creative as you want.  Tell your listeners the story of the audio you’ve uploaded.  In the description you can add the “backstory, credits, lyrics, gear lists, or guest lists,” adds the blog post.

This is also the perfect place to give your collaborator(s) a shoutout by linking their profiles.  Remain consistent and professional in your writing on your tracks.


2. Tag the mood and genre of your audio

Every piece of audio has a mood tied to it.  Be sure that you show it in the tags.  Furthermore, the algorithm that SoundCloud uses is very specific and prioritizes recommendations for its users.  If your tags are correct, you’ll be much more discoverable.

Additionally, by choosing the main genre of your track, you should subsequently add a few relevant sub-genres and moods that describe your audio.  “It’s better to add a handful of relevant tags rather than go crazy and add as many as you can,” states the blog post.  Basically, quality over quantity. This proves true in more situations than just SoundCloud tags.  


3.Hypeddit

Hypeddit is a promotional platform that is specifically dedicated to making your SoundCoud tracks more visible to potential fans.  The site is generally marketed towards musicians, but can be utilized by other SoundCloud users for promoting their tracks.

The service works by providing users with several tools for increasing the social proof of your tracks and make these more visible to possible fans and followers. Hypeddit works on the idea of “fan gating”, which involves artists uploading exclusive content that can be accessed by listeners through becoming a follower on SoundCloud.  An example of a fan gate provided by the service is this one.


4.SoundCloud Charts

This one is simple. Make sure your tags in your song is identical to whichever chart on SoundCloud you want to chart within. I can’t tell you how many times we’ve seen a track blow up but because the only tag on the track is something like Pizza Pappy it doesn’t make it into the charts. Believe it or not, something as simple as tagging your song “electronic” can make a HUGE difference in its success should you find yourself fortunate enough to have charted on SoundCloud.


5.Featured Profiles

The featured profile tab allows you to cross-promote between your channel and several others. This, which is a tool you can only get through an entity like Repost Network, allows you to feature your friends, labels, collectives, podcast channels, you name it!

Those are just a few tips and tricks. The key thing to note is it is a community out there. So build or join a squad, promote each other’s music, but most of all learn your craft and make the best music you humanly can. After all, good music will promote itself.


6.Create a new Profile Picture for each album

You know, a picture is worth 1000 plays! Your profile picture is a very important part of the information which is presented to everyone who finds you on SoundCloud. An ideally sized profile picture will be 300 x 300 pixels. By the way, SoundCloud will scale it down to 200 x 200. So you need to give a right size to your profile picture so it fits this without being stretched.  For easy recognition, consider emphasizing your profile name in the artwork.