SoundCloud has allowed millions of musicians to make their music go global. What distinguished it from others is not only that it allows musicians to upload their music without monthly fees, it also allows them to earn money.
This is why the platform still remains one of the most distinct outliers in the online streaming music industry. For the past six years, it has continued to thrive, even in a market dominated by competitors.
In this article, we will also unveil to you the best way on how you can make money on SoundCloud. The table of contents below gives you an overview of what to expect. Carefully navigate through.
What is SoundCloud?
SoundCloud is an audio distribution platform online that allows its users to upload and share their audio music.
This online platform is powered by a linked community of creators, listeners, and curators on the pulse of what’s new in culture, now and next.
Established in 2007, SoundCloud empowers the World’s audio creators to build and grow their careers with the best tools, services, and resources.
On its open platform, SoundCloud prides itself. Where some music streaming and audio storage platforms may have highly complicated usage arrangements and separate several layers between you and your content,
However, it aims to make it simple and straightforward to upload and download music and audio.
Currently, over 190 million tracks from the platform have been heard in 190 countries from 20 million creators.
How then does SoundCloud work?
To use SoundCloud, follow the steps below.
- Create an account. You can do this either by downloading the app on your device or visiting the official website. Then on the page, go to ‘Create Account’.
- Input a valid email address and choose a password. (ensure you select a strong password that you won’t forget).
- On the other hand, you can sign up through your Google, Facebook, or Apple account.
Now, this is how it works…
Soundcloud platform is open for two categories of people; Listener and Creator. Listeners are people that come to listen to music. As a listener, you can listen to tens of millions of tracks you can’t find anywhere else for free on SoundCloud.
Creators are people that upload tracks. As a creator, Soundcloud offers you three different plans. First is a Free subscription where you can easily upload your first tracks, build your profile, and grow your audience.
With a Pro-subscription, you get exclusive features, extensive stats, more upload time, support, and opportunities. Pro Unlimited gets all Pro subscriptions plus more features and unlimited upload space.
What platforms is SoundCloud available on?
SoundCloud is available on the following platforms:
- Online – SoundCloud.com
- iOS – Free – Download Now
- Android – Free – Download Now
- Windows 10 (beta)
- Xbox One
- Google Home (coming soon)
What are the services Soundcloud offers?
SoundCloud offers various services to musicians. Some are free, while some require a monthly or yearly subscription.
Below is a rundown of some services offered by SoundCloud:
This service is free and limited. Here you will only upload 3 hours of content. Aside from that, you will get online supports and basic reporting.
Pro is another service tier SoundCloud offers. This offer will require a subscription of $6/monthly or $55/annually. Here you will upload 6 hours co content, and you can enable Quiet Mode. Quiet Mode permits you to track comments and stats.
Pro Unlimited level
Pro unlimited allows you to upload Unlimited hour content once you subscribe with $15/monthly or $135/ annually.
Another interesting fact about this tier is that it will enable you to see who’s playing/downloading your tracks, the countries you’re most popular in, and which social networks provide the most traffic or engagement.
Premier is strictly on invitation. With is, tier artists can start making money from the tracks they upload.
How much will you make on SoundCloud?
What you make depends on two factors: how much SoundCloud makes from paid subscriptions and advertisements and how much traction you get from your song and its related profile.
That means if SoundCloud Makes good money, you earn more and vice versa. Generally, a musician’s expected payout can range from $0.0025 to $0.004 per stream. So for every 1000 plays, you’d receive between $2.50–$4.00.
Now let’s talk about how you can make how to make money from SoundCloud plays.
How to make money from your music on SoundCloud
The only way you can make money on Soundcloud is through Soundcloud monetization. Soundcloud Monetization is a feature that permits artists and labels to include audio ads to play during their tracks. Just like YouTube, you can monetize your profile and its tracks.
In this monetization, some facts are behind it. Some of these facts count the following:
Having seen how you can handle SoundCloud Monetization, the next question you should ask yourself is, ‘Is this monetization for everyone?’
The next subheading answers that.
Can I make money on SoundCloud from any part of the World?
SoundCloud monetization is for qualified artists. And to qualify, your tracks must have at least 5000 played in the past month from countries where SoundCloud subscriptions are available. The countries include:
That means, if you have over a million listeners that are not from the above-mentioned countries, you can’t use SoundCloud Monetization. But if your listeners are from any of the countries, all you need to do is monetize your tracks and start earning.
In track monetization, you can monetize your tracks one after the other. This will lead us to answer the next question.
How do I monetize a track?
Once you’re eligible and you’ve signed the agreement, you can monetize just one track or multiple.
To monetize tracks following the steps below:
|S/N||Monetize one track at a time||Monetize multiple Tracks|
|1||Go to your tracks page||Go to your tracks page|
|2||Select the desired track and click the pen icon to edit.||Select all tracks that you want to monetize|
|3||Choose the monetization tab for the track||Click ‘Edit Tracks’ and select ‘Monetization’|
|4||Enable Monetization||Make sure that your metadata is correct and click ‘Enable Monetization’|
|5||Enter necessary details on the Metadata tab||Click ‘Save’|
|6||Save your change|