Those of you who have come across the recently introduced Explore feature of SoundCloud will have noticed our new categorization: highlighting the latest music & audio that the SoundCloud community is loving within specified genres. The aim of this post is to help you understand how to get your music heard via Explore.
If you’re an artist using SoundCloud to share your music, now is the time to start thinking about what you can be doing to get your tracks featured in Explore and help optimize your profile so that users can easily find you.
We briefly touched on this in an earlier blog post on tagging your sounds in which we mentioned that in future discovery developments we’d be utilizing tags to help users explore new and related sounds on the platform: Explore is part of that new development.
First things first: make sure your profile is fully optimized with all of the relevant features filled out. Check out our Profile 101 for a full guide on profile optimization.
The new version of SoundCloud is very visual and image led so selecting a good quality avatar at the recommended 800×800 pixels will ensure your profile stands out and that your tracks look great when they’re displayed in Explore. Add in your website and social links in the Advanced Settings section of your account and fill out your bio to let listeners know who you are and where else they can find you on the web.
Take a few minutes to browse the Explore pages for a list of relevant genres and ensure you’re using them in your tagging: for example, “Technology” is a tag that Explore will locate and surface, while “Tech” is not. This is the most important thing to remember: getting your metadata in your tracks and tagging them correctly.
The categories, or genres, in Explore are such a prominent discovery tool in a listener’s journey on SoundCloud so it’s vital to be smart with your tagging, ensuring your content is surfaced to these listeners.
For more information on Explore and how it works head to our developer blog: Backstage.