How do I set up my profile on SoundCloud?
Your SoundCloud profile is often the first thing other users see about you (even before they like your track) so it’s important to create a profile that truly represents what you are about. It’s simple to set up your profile but details are important to make sure you get noticed.
How to edit your SoundCloud profile
Sign into your account on Soundcloud.com and look for your name in the top right-hand corner of the page. Click on Profile from the dropdown box. Click on Edit and you will now be able to edit your profile.
The difference between a Display Name and a Profile URL on your SoundCloud account
Your Display Name and Profile URL are two separate but related parts that require attention when you create your profile. These two elements are what other SoundCloud users and the public will see. It’s important to get this part right.
If you are a band – use your band’s name for your Display Name. If you are a solo performer – use the name you perform under. If you are uploading episodes of a podcast – use the podcast name. A Display Name doesn’t need to be unique so don’t use the word “official” or numbers (unless numbers are part of your name). The cleaner your display name is, the better your profile will look on SoundCloud and the more professional it will look when it is embedded on other sites and apps. Importantly, it will also be easier for search engines to find you.
Your Profile URL has to be unique. It will be shared all over the internet. Pick something quick and easy to remember but pick something that will look good as a URL when you share it. If you are building a profile for a doom metal band using something like “soundcloud.com/cutekittens453” as your Profile URL is probably not the best idea you have had. Or maybe it is. Check with your drummer.
How to set up a great profile image
There are two images you should think about here. Like other accounts you have on the web or in apps, your profile photo should be an image that helps fans and other users find you. It’s important to select an image that represents you or your tracks accurately and sends a message about what you represent.
In Edit Your Profile, click on the round circle. Choose a photo or a logo you want to use. Keep in mind that the image you choose will be displayed in a circle on your SoundCloud profile. You can zoom and reposition your profile image during the upload process to get the perfect fit. We suggest a minimum 800 x 800 pixel resolution.
You can add another layer to your profile and make it stand out by adding a profile header image. This is another photo that can cropped or repositioned for maximum impact. This image will be displayed as a horizontal or landscape image so select something that works well in that format. This banner image is a great pace to feature the project you are currently promoting, like a track, EP, album or tour.
This article is part of an on-going series featuring tips and advice aimed at helping you promote yourself as an artist, build a loyal audience, and make the most of your presence on SoundCloud.