Posted on June 10, 2012
Ok, we've added a beta trial for a daily reward on site. If you make 25 comments or more on site you will unlock the Daily_CK page in the menu on site. There are 15 prizes so far ranging from luck, points and pro accounts - The system resets daily at 00:00 GMT.
There have also been some tweaks to the beta html5 player for the favourite/follow buttons.
The management section now shows the users tracks in point order descending.
A quick development update.
Posted on June 8, 2012
Out of the 235 spammers banned so far - 17 were Pro accounts.
We do give people a chance when possible with mails outs to try and get them into a genuine approach to helping others or some people are just plain aggressive toward the admins at Cloudkillers. We have a zero tolerance to the people who try to buck the filters we have in place and have removed people trying to play with the urls to gain an advantage on site.
Most of the features you will never see are some of the coolest. We aim to protect you from so many forms of spam that people come up with (and we add filters daily to combat any new ones we see). In our logs we see better commenting habits by all members and we'd bet people take this ethos away with them in some part to other sites and give a deeper response to feedbacks elsewhere.
We have live admin panels for watching the comments - Just like you also have in the commenting page (the orange bar at the bottom can be opened to see the live comment stream). The live admins can mail users to warn or congratulate users on their commenting (we mark out exemplary users!) to enable quicker responses to new spamming styles - we also love to hear of these over Facebook as even admins sometimes stop watching these logs.
We have masses of other logs we watch. The whole point system is watched, even down to the level of the points moving from users to user, the turbos, the pro users all watched for bugs and later de-bugging. It's a big brother, but benefits the people who play by the rules.
So, we'd like to thank all the people who've helped make this system work so well, you've all done a great job with getting back to us with bug reports on Facebook or the Help & Support system!
Features Under Test
Posted on June 3, 2012
We've added a few more features that are under test.
SKIP is now active in the beta test player (goto user menu > edit account > enable beta & then refresh or goto the commenting page) - It removes a track from your pool forever at the cost of 5 points. The user gets 1 point credited who is skipped. This is being tested, so please watch out for bugs!
The beta player is html5 and apart from a couple of small bugs is looking good for live!
Fiercebark has been integrated - this means users can now vote for their favourite tracks and a new public page will be open soon showing the top tracks on Cloudkillers :)
We are also aiming to add better social sharing options soon!
Affiliate System Change.
Posted on May 31, 2012
The affiliate system has changed. We want to thank all those who have helped us grow!
The current system ended on 31st of May 2012 - prizes & rewards will still stand.
A new system will be started for people wanting to help the community grow stronger & also get help with blogging (an essential part of modern Music Promotion) - There will be strict guidelines and the new links will not work unless part of a blog.
Please hook up with us at - http://www.facebook.com/groups/cloudkillers - for more details or to let us know if you already are running a blog - we will have a dedicated Facebook for bloggers to grab content or share posts around to mesh the network together.
New menu items have been added also, 'Social Media' will lead to blogging and future features we have coming.
The old competition closes soon - and a quick heads up about the new system. The new system will accept old affiliate codes, but anything that comes from SoundCloud spam (either from mails or direct links) will be removed automatically due to abuse and ignoring the warnings not to
We also will have a 'Social Media' section that users can get involved in Blogging (to start with) - we wanted to encourage people to start their own professional promotions in the form of blogs that don't orientate around hard selling of their own music and promote other music they find on Cloudkillers. This is a long term investment in yourself - and we have lots of treat lined up for those willing to put in some time to this!
The bloggers will get their own code they can use, a dedicated facebook page for help/content, a regularly updated page on site linking to their blog and others.
This will be great news for all who use Cloudkillers - people will be reviewing YOUR music possibly, and who knows - in time we may even open this up as a service people can use points for on site to get reviews you can link to for your own promotions.
Spam filters updated with around 60 phrases that the community didn't want on their tracks - logs are showing a great improvement of comment quality already for many users!
The player receives a major overhaul with the move into html5 (faster loading and up-to-date) - This reflects the changes made to SoundCloud new system - There maybe small bugs - please report any you find
There will be a few other tweaks and all this information mirrored in the news section on site when the competition ends and the prizes are distributed!
Posted on April 3, 2012
This month we are running a big competition for the people referring users to Cloudkillers
Here are the prizes:-
1st. $150 + 4 FAT500
2nd. $100 + 3 FAT500
3rd. $50 + 2 FAT500
4th. $25 + 2 FAT500
5th. 2 * FAT500
6th. 1* FAT500
7th. Super Time Saver*3
8th. Super Time Saver*2
9th. Super Time Saver*1
10th. Time Saver*1
The competition ends on April 30th and please check the terms of the competition on site!
For more information or general help with the site - please contact us on our a Facebook!
The last competitions have been a huge help - many thanks to those who gave up time to help!
Posted on March 29, 2012
Small heads up! - the server will be going into a long maintenance tonight - will post details on Facebook and Stuart will give some announcements if the European team is asleep . We will send a mail out once the server is back up and running and hopefully we can stress test it as soon as possible!
The label system will be overhauled at the same time. It will no longer support multiple artists as it's become apparent that it just confuses people as to the whole setting up process and we are going with the fact that most labels would have the tracks on their own soundcloud anyway - So majority rules! - The new system automatically sets up the label for you and gives you instant access to all your tracks to promote without even clicking anything. The wording should be simpler and Pro users will see their new area on login when it is rolled out. Over the next few days i'm going to work on the points system for it to make it so you can bypass the 'bank' that holds points also (that was another problem point for people new to site) - Thanks for all the feedback & complaining - the new system should be much friendlier thanks to YOU. xxx
Posted on March 23, 2012
www.cloudkillers.com - SoundCloud Music Promotions
We've tripled the server resources to get us through the next couple of months and are planning ahead for a move to a much larger/faster server once we hit capacity again - we will aim to roll this out during a quiet time and apologise in advance for any disruption to service.
We are currently over-hauling the premium area and aiming to smooth the flow for pro users. There maybe some cosmetic changes while we do this and we will aim to automate the trickier parts for the users to get promoting faster than ever! A lot of the changes will be aimed at larger labels that want to just promote music as fast as possible without getting wrapped up in learning to use the site.
During the next months we will also be developing & looking at:-
- Genre filters
- Cloudkillers charts for public sharing
- Publically sharable widgets for social media
- Public Cloudkiller pages
- Steamlining the Premium area
- Community site admins
- 'living forum'
and a host of other features we will slip in :)
Posted on March 22, 2012
Just to let you all know our server service is being migrated to a much more powerful one within 12 hours.
There maybe some minor interruptions to Cloudkillers during this time, but we hope to minimise these as much as we can.
It just shows what a great community Cloudkillers is, as we only upgraded the servers a couple of months ago. Good news all round.
Posted on February 29, 2012
Just thought we'd swing by to let you all know what we've been working on behind the scenes. Here is a snippet of the numerous fixes and features improvements we've been working on...
- Fixed community chat to announce Pro users and gave it more space. Fixed the double postings.
- Turbo point cost changed and sped the service up - The label and free turbo feature are now very, very fast.
- Increased the protection from spam filtering.
- Looking into tracks being disabled (Due to SoundCloud outages).
- Fixed iPad/Firefox display issues.
- Announcing 'Fiercebark' - Community & Public feature goes into development & design phase 2.
- Announcing 'Live Stream' We have been developing a section for live comment stream - users will be able to report good & bad commenting 'on the fly' - this is in final testing and to be released soon.
- Announcing 'Ranking' - users will be able to open features by commenting lots over time - We've added a Rank leaderboard so people can track this.
- Various user help panels added.
- Label/Premium owners can now stealth tracks from the Leaderboard and turbo each track individually.
- Added a 'Banned' page to let people know when they've been naughty.
p.s. watch out for a new competition starting shortly.
New Stuff happening to a Cloudkillers site, near you
Posted on January 14, 2012
New site changes (you may need to logout/back in or hit refresh to see these)
We've started overhauling the Labels section. It's going to be rebranded, scouts removed and soon the menu will be laid out in a better way to clear up all the confusion.
It should be a a bit clearer/simple in the labels section now - on screen help coming soon.
We've added Artist 'tiers' - soon you'll be able to apply for 'Expert' or earn 'Legendary' titles that put you to the top of the list and give you a funky look on site.
We've added prizes for people that comment. You'll find points and pro accounts during your journey on Cloudkillers now! (very, very rare!) - this gets announced over the server chat channel for all to see.
We've fixed the doubles problem - a few people may see some again - but we promise, this should be the last of it now.
We've fixed an exploits where people could be getting services they shouldn't and going into negative figures.
Just a few nuggets to keep you going until the big stuff!