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8 Most Common Mistakes Made By Artists On SoundCloud

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1. Add Related Tags Before Publishing On SoundCloud

Using tags related to your genre will help SoundCloud to categorize your music correctly. We will explain everything you should know about tags and possibly create new opportunities for yourself as an artist. Our goal is to help you convert listeners to fans. But before we do we need to reach people first!

We took a closer look at famous artists to see how they are using tags to reach more people. We found out that nine out of ten uses a genre related to their music as their first and primary tag, artist name as a secondary and last but not least the title of their upload.


SoundCloud Tags

2. Write A Professional Track Description

We recommend having a track description with at least 100 words. Here you should explain what your music is about and mention the name of a record label in case they are involved.

It also very useful to add a buy and streaming links, so you’re not missing out on either of the two.

Doing this will not only make you look professional and well established as an artist. It also helps your music getting indexed by Google which might lead to more listeners!

3. Always Add Artwork On SoundCloud

Having artwork doesn’t necessarily help you rank in the charts of SoundCloud. It can help you attract more attention from potential fans.

Let me put it this way. Have you ever seen a famous music producer who releases well-known music without artwork?
No, you haven’t. Why? Because it’s a norm nowadays to have a well-designed cover for your single, EP or album.

You don’t have to hire an expensive graphic designer to have great artwork. You can easily do it yourself.

SoundCloud Artwork

4. Add A Biography On Your SoundCloud Profile

A professional artist must have a biography that explains who they are, what they have done and what you can expect from them.

It might be hard to come up with a great story without exaggerating too much, especially when you’re just starting out.

You may also find trouble in writing about yourself, so it might be easier if you get in touch with a good friend or family member and ask them how they would describe you as an artist.

5. Add Your Website And Social Media Links On Your SoundCloud Profile

You should always add your website and social media links to your SoundCloud profile. Because people might get curious about you if they like one of your songs.

Not everyone who uses SoundCloud has an account, so they might want to like your Facebook page, follow you on Twitter or just want to take a look on your website.

If you haven’t added these links, you should do it right away. You might miss out on huge booking opportunities or new fans if you don’t.

6. Do Not Upload Everything You Make

You should always ask yourself if you are really happy with the end results of your new song or mix before uploading it on SoundCloud.

Don’t upload anything unless you are one hundred percent sure that it’s worth publishing to your fans. Because it’s hard to gain any attention with so many producers, rappers and DJ’s out there, especially when your music doesn’t sound professional.

People who never heard of you before probably give you one shot to impress them, so being sure about your music is crucial to your success.

Another thing to keep in mind is that you are unable to delete it a few years further down the road once free download websites upload a copy and share it with the world.

Make your fans talk about you with their friends and let them become your ambassador. The best way to build and establish a fan base is when people start talking about you!

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7. Replying To Hateful Comments

We recommend not to reply to hateful or negative comments because it doesn’t help you in any way.

There is a big difference between negative and constructive criticism. Critique can come from other producers who just want help you out.

You should never ignore the opinion of someone who just likes listening to music. They might give you great insight from a different point of view.

Opinions may vary a lot some will hate it, but others might love it. Just don’t waste your time responding to trollers, who try to bring you down.

Learn to ignore those people from the start because the more famous you become, the more haters you will get. It’s actually a good thing!

8. Uploading a track and wait until that label calls you

You need to be pro-active these days when it comes to getting your music released by a record label. Uploading your music and wait for a label to call you because they found out about your track isn’t enough.

The best way is to upload your music privately and try to get in touch with all the labels who release music with similar genres. Wait two till four weeks for a response to come.

If none of the labels are interested, you are also able to release it yourself through a music distributor, also known as an aggregator. An aggregator can be used to distribute your production on all the major online stores like Beatport, iTunes, Juno and a whole lot more.

Once you released your song, you can change the status of the SoundCloud track from private to public and use plays, likes, reposts, followers or packages service to make your track go Trending on SoundCloud!

Be smart and avoid the 8 Most common mistakes made by artists on SoundCloud

14 thoughts on “8 Most Common Mistakes Made By Artists On SoundCloud

  1. Thank you for the insights, I will definitely avoid these mistakes you listed. You should post more information because I really want my music to go viral on SoundCloud.

    1. Glad to hear that!

  2. Any guarantees here?

    1. We definitely guarantee that our recommendations are thoroughly tested and definitely help you as an artist on SoundCloud.

  3. I am happy with these tips because I was looking for ways to make me stand out as a rapper.

    1. Very happy to hear that. Keep it up!

  4. I recognize a lot of these mistakes because I made them myself. This helped me a lot how I can gain more presence and how to manage my newly uploaded mixes and tracks.

    1. Very nice to hear. We will post more “best practices” soon!

  5. I wasn’t aware of how much these things could impact my reach. Going to edit the tags of my songs and add a description right away.

    1. Now you do! Make sure to add proper tags and a description on every track in the future.

  6. Nice one.

    1. Thank you!

  7. Glad I found this article because I learned a lot about what I should do. As a beginning music producer it is very hard to gain any fans. My latest DJ mix only got like 6 plays and those where from my friends. The music industry is hard but these tips will guide me on SoundCloud.

    1. We all been there. Keep working hard and make great music!

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