SoundCloud is one of the top sites out there, not only because you can promote your music to a huge audience, but it also greatly increases your chances of being discovered. Unfortunately, many artists and record labels forget to follow some of their best practices in order to get the most out of this platform.
Follow these easy SoundCloud tips to maximize the platform’s potential:
Help your fans recognize you with an eye-catching profile image. SoundCloud accepts any images up to 2mb. For the best results, they recommend uploading a .jpg or .png of at least 1000 pixels x 1000 pixels. Once you have selected an image to upload, you have the option to drag the image left or right or to zoom in and out of the image in the circle.
You can add or change your profile’s image either directly on your profile page or through your profile’s edit page.
Make sure to also upload a Profile Header Image directly from your profile page. For best results, upload .jpg or .png images of at least 2480 x 520 pixels with a 2MB size limit. Avoid using text within your Header Image as it will be cropped on smaller screens.
Once you have selected an image to upload, you have the option to drag the image up and down or to zoom in and out on the image. If you do not have the ability to zoom, then this is because your image is less than 1240 x 260 pixels.
Make sure to create your profile similarly to your artist name. To follow the best search engine practices, make sure that your name has spaces. For example, instead of our profile being named SymphonicDistribution, we named it Symphonic Distribution. Google also likes repetition. Repeating your Display Name in your Profile URL will help you climb up the ladder on Google search results.
Social Media Links
Having social media links to your other networks is one of the best ways for fans to get to know you more. You have the choice of connecting your SoundCloud account to Facebook, Twitter, Google +, Instagram, and Tumblr. Not only will this allow your fans to connect with you, but you will also be able to use some of their sharing features to these networks once your profile is integrated.
Tags help identify what kind of sound your track has (whether it is trap, deep house, rock, hip-hop, etc.). This makes it easier for your listeners to find it in SoundCloud’s search results. Make sure to use a main genre, but you can add and tag similar genres, artists, and even moods.
Remember to add a short bio to your track that includes your social media links and especially a purchase link to the track. Here’s a sample:
Name of Artist – Song Title (Official Video or Mix)
▶ Follow (Artist):
▶ For (Record Label) updates and future releases, be sure to follow us at:
If you wish to highlight one of your particular tracks that you would like others to enjoy first, we highly recommend using the Spotlight feature. This is a great area to be able to highlight new tracks, compilations, contests, and more.
To add a track on your profile to your Spotlight selection, click on the “Edit Spotlight” button at the top of your profile. You can then search for one of your tracks or playlists to highlight by typing in the title or selecting the track from the drop-down menu that will appear when you click into the Search box.