8 Ways to Gain More Followers on Soundcloud l Alwaysviral
1. Focus on putting up quality music.
First thing’s first—if you want people to get on board with what you do, you have to give them something worth paying attention to. Don’t just throw up a new track as soon as you finish recording it. Take some time to make sure that what you’ve worked on sounds original and distinctive. As a musician, your first priority should be constantly improving your craft.
Placing an emphasis on tight, professional mixing can help your tracks stand out from the millions of others out there.
Remember, quality trumps quantity. It’s not a race to see who can stack up the most tracks in the shortest amount of time.
2. Build your network of friends & connections.
How will this help you? Once you have real friends with other SoundCloud users, they’ll help you promote your music in lots of different ways (that I’ll get into in a minute).
The key to developing real relationships is to show genuine interest and offer real value to others, instead of always thinking about what’s in it for you. We’ve all seen those people who follow 2000 people (the maximum allowed number) and like everything in their dashboard, without properly engaging with you.
DON’T be another one of those guys – it’s obvious that you’re spam-liking and spam-following and that’s not a good look for you and your brand…
Here’s how to do it:
1. Find people whose music you like.
2. Like, repost, comment on their songs.
3. Find them on Facebook and like their Facebook page, then comment on their Facebook page
4. After a couple of weeks of steps 1, 2 and 3, send them a message on SoundCloud – ask them how they made this sound or that snare, and let them know that you’ve shared their music with your followers on SoundCloud, Facebook etc. Basically, get a conversation going and show them that you’re willing to help them out.
If you do this with 10 people, you’ll be able to read a lot of benefits including growing your audience.
3. Create original artwork to accompany your tracks.
No new release is complete without album art. Even if you’re just remixing a previous single or dropping a one-off track for fun, giving your followers something to look at as well as listen to will help them form a stronger connection to your music.
- Scour the internet for eye-catching images that you can slap your logo on, or design your own original artwork using traditional art tools or a computer illustrator program.
- Reposition or zoom in on your album art while uploading to highlight the most eye-catching parts.
4. Create a Favorites list.
The easiest way to get more SoundCloud followers is to remember that SoundCloud is as much a social media platform as it is a music sharing source. This isn’t Napster, you can interact with fans of your music. Doing some basic interaction via SoundCloud’s Favorites list is easy:
Go to your dashboard and see what other people you’re following are listening to.
Save the tracks that you actually like to your own Favorites list.
Contact those musicians and let them know you enjoyed their music enough to add it to your Favorites list.
The bands you add can promote this playlist keep their own fans engaged. Fans of the bands you have favorited can also see your activity and check you out. This is where you start building connections all across SoundCloud, and the key for your band to get more SoundCloud followers is all about connections – just like in the real world.
5. Join a few SoundCloud groups.
Every type of music out there has a few groups where fans get together and talk about music. You can join as many groups as you want for free, so why not join up? You’re free to send your tracks there for inclusion in the group, an easy way to get more SoundCloud followers in a natural way!
You can also start up your own groups to truly get more SoundCloud followers of your own as you control the flow of music. As with most things in the music industry, start local and build from there. Don’t start a group named “Dope Hip-Hop.” Start a group named “Hip-Hop artists from Atlanta” to see it grow quickly as you have a better focus.
You’ll not only build connections on SoundCloud, but you can also meet up with more of these people in real life. Never underestimate the power of linking from the online world to a real handshake.
6. Tag your face off.
Yes, tagging your musical genre is the easy move here. The next step is tagging:
Record labels with similar bands
Bands who sound similar to you
Radio stations that play your music
For DJs; tag the producers and artists you sample
This is a case of more tags being better, but only if they’re relevant. Don’t tag yourself as “Drake” if you sound like Justin Bieber. Actually, don’t tag yourself at all if you sound like Justin Bieber. We already have one and that’s plenty, thank you!
7. Make your profile visible on search engines.
As I’ve said earlier, you have to think of a username that is easily remembered and typed. And since this is online, you should also think of a name that will be easier to find online. This way, you can optimize Google search and compete with other SoundCloud users. SoundCloud also suggests that using your display name as your profile URL is also effective. Adding the links of your other social media accounts such as Facebook and Twitter can also be helpful for search optimization.
8. Use a call to action to follow in your header image.
One of the things that you can do with that custom header image includes a call to action in it for followers. Something as simple as ‘New album out soon, follow us for the latest tracks!’ can do a lot to help your account grow.
Above you can see Miley Cyrus letting her fans know that she has a new album out called Malibu. The most important aspect of your current music promotion strategy should go in here.