How does our Search feature work?

  • 6 January 2016
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Why do some profiles or tracks display on top of Search results? Why

Our Search function is dependent on an algorithm we call 'DiscoRank' (short for Discovery Ranking). DiscoRank pulls the search results based upon a variety of variables such as the wording of your search, the content of your track and profile descriptions and the popularity of profiles.

All of these factors work together to give the most popular and relevant results for a search. This is why, for example, if an exact Profile URL was put into search (maybe your own), there may be profiles which have a wider network of popularity which will rank higher than an exact word match.

If you would like to give feedback on this feature then please get in touch here.

Cheers,
Gina and Mathis

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Hi guys! Your service is great, using it on mobile and desctop for a long time.
I have only one question - what problems with your search?

Realy, practicaly everytime searching on soundcloud is annoying.
For example I am serching for "amsterdam dance event 2016" in playlists and it shows "amsterdam dance event 2013" 3 year old playlist as 2nd result! But there are a lot of more results thar match better. For example on 4th position. And there are no searching settings - ordering or advanced filters like date.

As i see there are a lot of users who's facing search problems. So do u plan to improve search feature at Soundcloud?
Realy, searching is one of the key feature for me - i like to listen fresh music, but your search shows me very old results, which i have saw for many times.
This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled I can't find my self when i type my artist name in the search bar.

I'm a artist with 1070 followers, when i search my name i see people with almost no followers or content. So it doesn't show my artist page when im searching for it, it only shows some tracks that I've released and a bunch of random people. This is quite annoying as you can imagine. Is there a way that my name pops up when people search me?
This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled when you search my display name is doesn't come up, it only comes up if you write....

when you search my display name which is 'AZÜRA' is doesn't come up, it only comes up if you write my actual name which is Sammy McGlashan? how do i change this so that people can find me by the name AZÜRA
This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled my cover picture doesn't appear when I search my profil without account.

I have uploaded a cover picture (the one on the top), it doesn't appear when I search my account name ROANAH in search bar. However it's appearing when I search from google "ROANAH soundcloud" and when I send my profile link to friends.

But the link in the adress bar is always the same: https://soundcloud.com/roanah

I have cleaned my browser cache but it doesn't changed anything.

When I created my account I changed my url https://soundcloud.com/ugo-r to https://soundcloud.com/roanah

It's really weird, does somebody know anything about it ?
This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Profile Disappears OFTEN.

Often when I click links to my playlist, a particular song, or my profile it is unavailable, and says it can't be found. This also happens from the Google result link. It has happened several times from multiple different devices, and others have not been able to access my profile through shared links. This has been happening consistently for the past few weeks, and seriously limits music exposure. There's also been times that I couldn't log in.
This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled I Don't Show Up When Searched.

If you search "Kato," my account doesn't show up, not even if you scroll way way down. The only way I can find my account is by searching my url, "katoboy." Could I possibly be moved up the query? I'm more active than all other accounts with my name and I'm more popular than most of them. Why am I still non-existent?
This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled I uploaded a song with the hashtag #FLSong and it does not appear in that categor....

I uploaded a song with the hashtag #FLSong and it does not appear in that category or collection. Any ideas, suggestions?
This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled My name dosen't show up at all when it's searched by other users. Please fix this....

I've been getting a great amount of attention for my music but when people go to look me up, my account doesn't show up at all. This is a huge issue that i desperately need fixed.

thank you
This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Track disappeared from search results.

For the entire summer my track has been the first track that came up if you searched 2016 dancehall mix or dancehall mix 2016. I didn't have the most plays but my track was in the top 5 in terms of plays and likes and reposts, but I had more comments than the others. The other day my track just disappeared from the search results. It's still on my profile and I still get likes and plays, but not as much. I was getting round 4k per day (from searches most likely) and not it has dropped to around 1500. It's not as if some other tracks became more popular than mine and pushed mine down a few spots or even 20 spots. My track simply is no longer in the search results. At all, and I scrolled down pretty much 20 pages, and passed many tracks that were just posted or have less than 1k total plays and a little bit of likes. My track has now 230k total plays and thousands of likes as well as reposts and comments. My track was in the soundcloud dancehall charts for about a week before this happened and peaked at 30 I believe. Other tracks that were in the search results before are still there but mine has vanished without a trace. Does anyone know if there is a reason for this or if there is anything I can do to get my tack back in the search results?
This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled when people search for my account/profile it dosnt show up, i want people to be a....

My profile dosnt show up when searched for, It limits the experience and the possibility to share my taste in music. Ex: when people want to find my profile and search And-R in the search typo at the top of the page, nothing comes, only other names, not even close to my profile name..
I want to search in my own uploaded tracks but obviously you do not offer this functionality. WT...! Really? The "Search" in the topbar gives me everything else, but not my own track. How can this be possible for an audio hoster? 🤔
This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Hi When i search myself as Ivy Ray i dont come up neither do my tracks why is t....

Im not showing up in a search Help! I just opened an acount Ivy Ray and uploaded to tracks. Im on my page, tracks play all is good. Though tested and search myself just as Ivy Ray and I dont show up Why is this? Pls help many thanks
I see a lot of people in this thread complaining about their most popular tracks drowning out their less popular ones, but whenever I search for my profile on Soundcloud, it seems that the top search results are always very old, obscure tracks of mine with very few plays. I have no idea why this is happening, as I have tracks with 6 or 7 times the number of plays that are buried 50 results down.
This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled I don't find my page when I enter the name of my page in the soundcloud search ba....

I've a pro account, and when I try to looking for my own page on soundcloud, I can find.. The only way to find my page is to enter my full name, Jimmy Delavay.
This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled I Pay for soundcloud pro and i have more followers than everyone with the same na....

I Pay for soundcloud pro and i have more followers than everyone with the same name. When searching for my name, numerous accounts with far less followers are above me. i think this is kinda ridiculous considering i have the most followers and soundcloud pro.please help fix
This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled my music cant be searched when i put the name in search bar.

i uploaded a new song happy birthday flirt but it doesnt come in search bar under happy birthday or even when i put the whole title in search engine.
This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled My Profile does not show up in Search.

When I search for “Odd Beat” my profile does not appear. But instead of my profile i see other profiles with similar names.



Can someone help me ensure my profile shows in the Search?

Best

Odd Beat
This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Why doesn't my artist page populate near the top in the seach tab if I have more ....

Why doesn't my artist page populate near the top in the seach tab if I have more "hits" on my page than the ones that do? Trxth is the name of the page.
This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Cant find my profile in the search bar.

Hello out there!
I have a problem with my account.
I can't find my self when I try to search for Meevalex I dont show up :((Are there any logical reason for this or am I bugged?
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Cant find my profile in the search bar.

Hello out there!
I have a problem with my account.
I can't find my self when I try to search for Meevalex I dont show up :((Are there any logical reason for this or am I bugged?

Hi there,

I can find your profile just fine actually.



Please see above to learn more about how our search currently works.

Cheers
Mathis
This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Can't easily locate my profile in the search engine.

I'm having issues with locating my profile in the search engine on SoundCloud. I followed the instructions on the help forum so that users can search for my name easily, but it's still not working.

My display name is: Andrea An
My profile URL is: andreaan My name should be the first username that shows up in the search engine, but it's not. I don't even appear on the "Everything" tab, however, I show up on the "People" tab, but I'm #91 on the list.

If I type in "andreaan" in the search engine, then my username is the first one to show up. However, my artist/display/real name is Andrea An, and I want it to be easier for people to search for me on SoundCloud by searching, "Andrea An" in the search engine. I'm assuming that I can't be located easily because my last name is so short? But regardless, I would appreciate it if this issue could be resolved. I don't want this to be a matter of having a popular account to improve my algorithm - I know some SoundCloud users who aren't remotely popular and yet their username is the first one to show up on the "Everything" list.

Thanks, and I look forward to hearing from you!

http://www.soundcloud.com/andreaan
So I still don't have a reasonable answer why, I MotorHome Music as a paying customer for nearly 8 years, don't show up as the first search result when a Motorhome Music, which is a new and unpaid account with very few followers shows up on the top of the list. Needless to say, I am a bit annoyed.. I've messaged the other "Motorhome Music" to ask them to change their info but the account is pretty much inactive while I post music almost weekly' The search results on the Mobile app are even worse.
This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled What should I do to appear at the top of the list when I tipe for my nickname?.

When I try searching myself on soundcloud, my profile is at the end of the list. I'm VECTOR (soundcloud.com/vector) and there are a lot of other users with this nickname, what should I do to appear at the top of the list when I tipe for ''VECTOR''? Thank you! Greetings from Italy 🙂
This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Recently when searching for my profile on another persons phone, I came across an....

When I searched for my (MotorHome Music) profile on anther users phone in order to point them to mine, I found anther (newer) Motorhome Music profile pop up as the default search.. I've had my (paid) account for 7 years while this one is pretty new.. How do I have the other removed or have mine pop up as the default in searches?
This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Problem searching artist's name (SIDEWALKS AND SKELETONS).

On the mobile app there is a problem I have had for quite some time now. The artist's name is SIDEWALKS AND SKELETONS and every time I have attempted to search and click on this artist's profile it will shutdown/kick me out of the app. I do not have this problem with the website only on the app and this has only happened to me when searching this artist and no other. I am wondering if this is just me, if it is a problem with the app it's self, or the artist's account. If you could look into this and fix it then that would be great. Thanks!

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