Repost: One of the most effective ways to get your music heard on SoundCloud is to repost tracks from other artists that you admire. This not only helps to increase your visibility within the community, but it also shows other users that you are actively engaged with the platform. When reposting, make sure to provide some context or commentary on the track, so that your followers know why you are sharing it.
Comment on songs: Engage with other artists and fans on SoundCloud by leaving comments on tracks that you enjoy. This not only helps to build relationships with other users, but it can also drive more traffic to your own tracks. When commenting, try to be constructive and provide specific feedback, rather than just leaving generic comments like "great track!"
Send messages to other musicians: SoundCloud makes it easy to connect with other musicians and collaborators. If you hear a track that you really like, consider sending a message to the artist to let them know. You can also use messaging to reach out to other artists about potential collaborations or remixes. The nice thing about these internal messages; you can attach your playlist to do some promotion or you can add one of the artist's track to your playlist and share that playlist to the artist this way. Chances are, the artist will repost your playlist on his/her own page. If you have your own tracks in this playlist, you will get more plays and discoveries of your own work. But, please be sure to put a variety of other people's work in your playlist, not just your own.
Make playlists: Curating playlists is a great way to showcase your taste and highlight other artists that you enjoy. When creating playlists, try to stick to a theme or genre, and include a mix of tracks from established and up-and-coming artists. You can also use playlists to promote your own tracks or upcoming releases. *see also point 3
Be consistent: One of the most important things you can do to use SoundCloud in a successful way is to be consistent. Regularly upload new tracks, engage with other users, and stay active within the community. This will help you to build your following and increase your visibility over time. Every time you post a new song on SoundCloud, do not forget to share your link with your social network (outside of SoundCloud), to draw more potential fans to your music. *see also point 10
Use tags: Tags are an important part of SoundCloud's search function, and can help users find your music more easily. When uploading a track, be sure to include relevant tags that describe the genre, mood, or style of the music. You can also tag other users in your track description to help promote collaboration and cross-promotion.
Participate in groups: SoundCloud groups are a great way to connect with other users who share similar interests or musical styles. Joining groups and participating in discussions can help you build relationships with other users, get feedback on your tracks, and find new collaborators.
Utilize analytics: SoundCloud offers analytics tools (only for paid subscriptions) that can help you track the performance of your tracks and understand how users are engaging with your music. Use this information to inform your strategy and make data-driven decisions about your content and promotion efforts.
Collaborate with other artists: SoundCloud is a great platform for collaboration, and working with other artists can help you reach new audiences and create new and interesting music. Reach out to other artists whose work you admire and explore opportunities for collaboration.
Share on social media: Finally, don't forget to promote your SoundCloud tracks on social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Share links to your tracks, repost tracks from other artists, and engage with your followers to build your online presence and grow your fanbase. Instagram Reels (in combination with Facebook) can potentially be a very powerful tool to reach a lot of fans, in a fast way. The same goes for YouTube Shorts. These small videos grab the attention fast and bring high conversion. But keep your message very concise and simple.