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My Experience With Soundcloud

Discussion in 'Social Networking Sites' started by zealotmusic, Jan 1, 2014.

  1. zealotmusic

    zealotmusic Junior Member

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    My experience with Soundcloud, the biggest online audio site.


    When I started my Soundcloud career, I maybe got 10 plays a week, no followers, no response, nothing. It`s like that at the start anywhere, I know that. I have runned my Soundcloud account now for nearly 2 years. Overnight success does not come overnight. That`s a fact. I have gone from nobody, to actually be somebody. It's all about promotion in the music industry. Of course, good music is also a must. More important for sure, but if nobody listen to your music, what then...


    When I started in the summer 2011, I was naiv as 90 percent rest of the musicians/artist out there. Just waited for something to happen, well it did not.


    - In March 2013 we was soundclouder of the day, and that was the start of my boost. Got around 20k plays during a 3 days period because of headliner at their facebook page, where they have 5-6 millions followers.


    So what did I do...


    - I created a account at addmefast for SC followers (1-2 years ago). I stopped that when it came to 7k followers. I did it slow so it did take time. Now I have 13k followers. The 5k last followers are legit and followers that actually care about my music. They started to follow just to follow after I reached 7k followers. Logic.
    - I have one account for my main profile, and also created a profile/sub profile for reposting the tracks I like. This is proven to be an awesome way to get new followers, likes, shares. It's like a stone did start to roll. I then like the tracks with my main profile, then likes and repost with my sub profile. I do not care if the music is good or not. Some tracks I dont even listen to. But who cares, I cant see why it hurt to like. It's only a button anyway. And when i did notice the boost I got from this, its worth it.
    - I have my home site, Facebook and twitter. All these did the last year get a main boost, because of the back links from Soundcloud.


    Right now I have 13k followers (around 6000 legit and active listeners). Every song I release do get around 3-4000 plays, 300 likes and around 60 shares after 2 weeks. When I started that was just a dream. I also gets loads of musicians that want to take part into my project, do a remix etc.


    I have stumbled upon stupid things. The one thing I did like at the start is Cloudkillers, but not anymore. Of course you get lots of comments, but when I see the comments, it's not worth it.


    So, the thing to success at least for me was of course:


    - Good music
    - Start a follower boost at addmefast, then stop it. When it comes to 7000 followers, people just follow you for the follow ;-)
    - Start to mass like many tracks, even if you don't like them. Also give a comment now and then.
    - make a sub profile, based for re-posting and likes only. With back links to your main profile.
    - when you release a song, be extra active. Soundcloud has a algorythm on the chart/explore section. If you get around 300 plays, 100 likes, 30 shares during the first 2-3 days, you will enter it. You get minimum 3000 real plays from fans there as a bonus.


    Dont even think og getting plays thru some social exchange sites, or cloudkillers. Do it this way. It will get you real plays, likes, shares, comments. Loads of them!


    I now have 90000 plays overall in 2013. No fake plays!!! This is a legit, good way to handle your Soundcloud account. Trust me. If you have questions send me a pm.


    Happy new year to you all
     
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  2. xmyth

    xmyth Regular Member

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    great post very usual information for 2014...thanks
     
  3. Panther28

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    Do you make any revenue through this?
     
  4. zealotmusic

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    Well, I am not, since I am an artist and make money on selling my music. But there are big opportunites for people in here. Soundcloud are not only about music. There are news, stories, everything, and the masses there are huge. So, if you follow my strategy and create a audio file about your products, speak of them, with backlinks to your store, I guess you will have a great future also on that site.
     
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    So your making revenue by selling your songs then? what places do you sell them?
     
  6. zealotmusic

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    Yes sure. I have backlinks to my homesite, iTunes and Spotify. Started with that few months ago. For me music is my life, so my strategy at the start was to get people to actually listen to my music. Did start with free downloads, and continued with that until October 2013. I will get to that point as well, but needed to concentrate about building a fan base first. Took me 1-2 years. So, next now is labels and opportunites in 2014.
     
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  7. Dennyy

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    This thread is pretty inspirational for me. I have the same mindset as you, make good products (in this case, music) worry about revenue later.

    Mind if I ask you a few questions?

    How old are you? I recently got into singing roughly 10 weeks ago, and I'm wondering how long you've been living the music life.

    What do you promote on SC? I was going to promote myself singing cover songs, would SC be ideal for that? I know YT is, especially when we make actual music videos.

    Btw, Happy New Year!
     
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  8. zealotmusic

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    Hi and Happy New Year :) I am soon 42 years. Been in the music industry for 20 years. But 2 years ago I started my own music project. Before that I have been members of several bands in pop, rock, prog/rock style. I promote all my music. I am not into genres, so its little bit of many things. Pop/Rock/Funk/House/Electro, even ambient ballads. I know that overnig success is not an option, so when I see new unknown artist put their music our on iTunes even before they have provided free download for buliding a proper fan base, I just laugh. They do not make it in the long run. They think they are beeing millionaires, but when they see that they only sell maximum 100 copies, they fall back.

    I did have a long run vision with my new music.

    - Build a fanbase ( 2 years )
    - Now its time to contact labels, and also link to paid music.

    If you doing cover songs, of course its a good place to put them. Soundcloud is HUGE. But you need to do an effort for it. I see 90 percent of the artist everywhere, think theire music are awesome, and just release their songs, without doing anything. What happens.....nothing ;-)

    If you make actual music videos YouTube are awesome yes, but not for music with only pictures. Thats a killer the negative way.
     
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  9. Dennyy

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    Thank you so much for your response!

    Wow, so you see most artist everywhere huh? That means I need to get myself in kingoftheweb, reverberation, and a few others!

    I am guilty of putting my audio tracks on for sale instead of it being free. I will definitely make my cover albums free whenever I get done with vocal school.

    I too learned the hard way that I need to build up a fan base before I can just "think" I'm awesome, haha :)
     
  10. zealotmusic

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    Yes, it`s a good idea to start there :) I did see a thread in here where a musician asked how he could get more legit stats. He did boost the plays 50000 with a bot, and he could not have just 1 like, hehehe. He needed at least 100 likes, he said. Then of course people came up with "Make 100 accounts" , "Buy likes and shares"......WTF....forget it!!! He just fool himself. Do a little effort, then he would easily get 300 likes and 100 shares on his track, plus thousands of legit plays. Viral on Soundcloud without any bots. It is better to get 10k legit plays, than 50000 bot plays (where are the ears).
     
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    very very great post! makes also good sense in different ways how you just explained it. wish you the best of luck ;)
     
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    This is good mate, will utilize for my online product (non-music) and post to soundcloud. Why not post your video voice over to SC? Like another YT but for creatives. All you have to do is think of what creatives want/need/desire and post..

    PPD/PPI/Traffic, gah the list goes on, think creatively on how you can apply to your business model

    ;)