Are you thinking about starting your streaming career? Then, you chose the best time possible! In 2020, the number of gaming video content viewers reached a record 1.2 billion. And the numbers are still growing (with no perspectives to change this trend). As a result, streaming platforms are becoming more and more popular. They create new features and attract more diversified audiences than ever before.
However, starting is always challenging; sometimes, it may seem even impossible. You have to have vast knowledge and some setup to start. If you feel overwhelmed, don’t worry, we are here to help! Below, you will find helpful information on how to make your stream more appealing to your audience. And if you need more, you can always check out our previous articles with tips and tricks on how to make more money streaming, or how to promote your stream.
Having a good, reliable setup is the first step in the streaming process. This is crucial, as you can’t expect people to watch your channel if you still use a 360p camera from 2005. Or have a microphone that makes your voice unhearable because of the background noise. We are not saying that you have to spend thousands of dollars on your first day. You can still find decent hardware for a small or medium budget. However, it’s an investment that will stay with you for a long time. At least to the point where you start earning some money.
And if you need some inspiration, check out our picks of the live streaming equipment for gaming.
You want to know which software to use and what features it has. The most popular one is OBS and you can find many tutorials that can help you get familiar with it. But why do so many people use it? Well, most importantly – it’s free. It is also well-designed, and it won’t impact your CPU usage as much as other programs. And it has some tricks up its sleeve, which you can use for your benefit.
Twitch was the only reliable platform for live streaming a few years ago, but times they are a-changin’. Nowadays, people can choose between a variety of them. But to be honest, only some of them are not worth thinking about. If you are a beginner and want to know more about pros and cons, you can also check out this article about streaming on Twitch and YouTube.
However, you don’t have to choose only one live streaming platform. Platforms like Restream allow you to stream on multiple platforms at once.
This may be the most crucial advice you’ll find here. When you stream, you have many open programs and a few pieces of hardware that have to work simultaneously. So you need to make sure that it works properly. Check twice if everything is plugged in correctly and that your software will not crash after 5 minutes. It can prevent you from making unnecessary mistakes that may even cost you your audience.
Twitch is full of professional streamers that play League of Legends or Fortnite. It can be tough to grow if you want to do only that. Think about what kind of streamer you would like to be. What type of personality do you want to show as a streamer? Are you a pro gamer? Maybe you’re a community streamer? Choose something and stick with it.
Streaming is not only gaming. You have to do things that will engage your audience and let you grow. To learn how to do that, you can look at other streamers and pay attention to what they are doing to keep people interested. Focus on how you look, what your posture looks like, and keep your voice relaxed but confident. People won’t watch your streams if they notice how scared or intimidated you are.
Social media are an excellent tool to help you find new audiences and keep your existing ones loyal to you. Give updates about your streaming schedule, ask questions, write fun facts about yourself. And do everything you can to keep your viewers happy. Don’t forget to use hashtags; they are super-efficient. Just don’t overdo it. While people like to hear what’s new with you, they don’t want to have their wall full of your shitpost. 1-3 times per day is perfectly enough.
Streaming is a fascinating hobby that can be easily monetised, but remember that Rome wasn’t built in a day. At first, you probably won’t have a buttload of viewers, but they will come in no time with the right attitude.
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