Everyone nowadays knows the importance of social networking and there is no doubt that Soundcloud is a huge part of a musician’s “virtual career”.
Having a lot of comments, likes and shares are not only good and motivational for your ego, but it can be a proof of credibility.
One of the main challenges for an unrecognised musician is to convince people to listen to their music. It might sound crazy but sometimes making someone to pay attention to your music for 3 minutes is harder than a shop assistant convincing you to buy something you don’t need! Having a lot of comments on a track can motivate you to give that musician an opportunity. The reason being is simple – if there are so many people commenting on it, it might be good!
Because I have been in this industry for years now, I understand how you feel fellow musicians, composers, producers and performers! Therefore I am sharing what has worked for me to get comments, likes and shares on my music.
I hope these tips are useful for you. So let’s begin!
1 – Add them all!
Out of the 5 tips this one is by far the most important – adding people!
As soon as I started adding people on my Soundcloud I instantly gained fans, met fellow musicians, got my music shared etc.
The trick is not to add them randomly but in trying to add musicians with apparent similar tastes. If you do Dubstep add people that make it and so on.
The same as producing with VSTs. I often go to the VST company playlists I use and, besides adding them, I also add some of the people that added them. This way I will make sure that they all like and make the same music genre that I do and potentially like my work.
One thing that I have recently started doing is to message, through the Soundcloud email, people that share a lot of music – referred to “Soundcloud & Youtube promoters”. These people usually have a fan base and they are often looking for new musicians to share their music. This way you will be able to reach their fan base and bring it to yours while networking. I often also add people from their fan base.
Give it a try and see how it works for you.
2 – Don’t be shy, share it everywhere!
This one really is a no brainer. Just share it!
A very good tip is to add a lot of Soundcloud groups that are related to your genre and every time you release a new track share it in all of them.
I would also suggest you to do the same on Facebook groups related to the genre and post your Soundcloud link on them; the same applies to online forums, twitter, etc.
3 – Choose a nice picture!
Believe it or not, the picture has a huge impact on people’s perspectives of you, and definitely in making you standout.
Let’s be honest, I don’t know about women but how many of us (men) have already clicked on a Facebook or Soundcloud female profile and were curious about who she is, or how her music sounds like simply because of her (good) looks?
It’s a fact that image matters and so having an eye catching picture can always help!
Don’t get me wrong, by this I don’t mean that you have to spend a lot of money in doing photo shoots or in buying fancy clothes. However, choosing the right logo, font, design, colour effect, etc, for your Soundcloud picture / playlist will not only catch the eye of your ideal audience, but also gives the listener a hint of what genre your music is. Allowing them to learn what it is about, and most importantly, how serious and professional you are about your work.
There is no doubt that being taken seriously will help you out in getting that gig, that contract, job etc.
You can either ask a friend of yours to take a nice picture of you or simply use an image editing software like Photoshop to create a Logo or a personal signature.
Believe me, there are thousands of free online tutorials about photo editing so there is really no excuse. :)
If you can’t afford Photoshop don’t worry, there are many free alternatives out there. Have a look at this link:
4 - Make your songs Private and Public (?!Why?!)
During the time I have been on Soundcloud I have learned that this trick is extremely effective and brought me a lot of comments and likes and shares to my music.
In principle, in order to promote music, you have to show it to people so it has to remain public. However, when you put them under private, something interesting happens.
Soundcloud has a system (nowadays it is not as good as before, but the system still works) when you put a track on private and select only a couple of people to share it with, those people receive an email in their mailbox (not the Soundcloud one) stating that X musician shared a song privately with you.
What I used to do was upload a song and make it “private” with everybody I had followed on Soundcloud. This means that everybody that has the mail option activated would receive an email saying that my new tune would be in there. 99.9% of people I have added didn’t even know who I was but the curious ones would often check it and potentially comment on it, like it, share it, etc.
This worked brilliantly for a number of years. Naturally, not everyone will like it, but to each their own!
The only downside nowadays is that Soundcloud limited the amount of people you can share it privately with in one go; whereas before it used to be the whole list, and so everyone would receive the email. These days you can only share it privately with 100 people at a time. However 100 people are quite a lot and if you target the emails to the right people you can get a lot of comments for your songs and that’s the most important!
Below is how you do it:
Then scroll down and select Private
After clicking on “Add/Remove People”, select either “Following” or “Followers" and add a couple of people to the left column. In this case I have randomly selected 28 people. Don’t forget to add a message below (2nd black arrow) and press “Save access settings”.
After pressing that, press Save and wait for 5 minutes to give the system time to send the emails and please don’t forget to make it public again. Hopefully the people that have the email option activated will receive an email with a link to your song.
5 – Add Soundcloud on your Facebook fan page
Tip: How to add Soundcloud on your Facebook Fan Page!
A couple of years ago, adding Soundcloud on your Facebook used to be the easiest thing! However, for some reason Soundcloud stop supporting this possibility. Instead, If you go to their website looking for some sort of an App to add to your Facebook fan page they will state that they are not currently doing it and will redirect you to other third party free products such as BandPage or Fan RX (Band RX).
This tip is by far the one I am most proud of!! As far as I could research on the internet very few websites/blogs actually teach you how to do this effectively so that you get your Soundcloud banner displayed like this:
In order to do that I would ask you to have your Facebook logged on and opening a new tab on your browser paste the following link on it:
After the page opens up press on [[Click Here]]. The following menu will pop up where you will choose your Facebook Fan Page.
Once you go back to your Facebook Fan Page, you will see the Banner in there but this is not done yet. After you enter on it, you have to select the link for your Soundcloud, as such:
After you press “Get My Tracks”, it will most likely present you with an error:
However, once you refresh the page (or hit F5) everything should start working with no problems.
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