The rise of streamers has been astronomical in recent years whether this is video game streamers, esports, or real life streamers. It can be a brilliant way to share your passion, talents and interests and a way to connect with people from all around the world. Not only this, but you could also monetize your stream which would allow you to earn money from your passion. Sounds good, right? Well, it can also be relatively easy to get started with streaming. Then it is a matter of providing quality content and growing your network.
Here are a few tips for beginners:
You first need to make sure that you have the right equipment, which should also be high-quality in order to maximize performance. This will include:
- A high-quality PC or Mac with a good graphics card
- A video game console (if you plan on streaming console games)
- An internet connection with an upload speed of at least 3MB per second
- A microphone and webcam
Many streamers use two computers to lighten the load so that you have one for gaming and another for broadcasting. This is certainly worthwhile considering if your computer is not up to the task and if your budget permits.
Setting Up On Twitch
Next, you will want to set up an account on live streaming video platform Twitch, which is free. This should include a profile with a custom avatar so that people can learn a little bit about who you are. Additionally, you can make your profile pop and stand out from the crowd with a free OBS stream overlay to up the production value.
It is then a matter of picking your source (monitor, gameplay screen,etc.), choosing a layout for your stream, and then synchronizing with your Twitch account.
How To Attract Followers
Once you are set up and running, you will want to start attracting followers. This is a huge challenge and can take a long time, but there are a few important tips to keep in mind which should help you to garner a following quickly.
- Always showcase your personality during streams
- Make entertainment a priority (humor and/or great skill is the best way to do this)
- Try to create a fun and friendly environment
- Find a specialty
- Always interact with followers
- Be consistent
- Have fun
If your goal is to monetize your stream then there are a few ways that you can do this:
- Ad revenue (you can change settings in the Broadcast Dashboard)
- Sponsorship (you will need a large following for this)
- Donations from subscribers
- Sell merchandise
It is incredible how popular streaming has become in recent times with some names now as famous as Hollywood celebrities. If you want to become a streamer for whatever reason, then this information should help you to get set up and running and help you to start to attract a following.
It can take a while to gain a large following but it important to remember to have fun with your content and to use it as a chance to share your passion with the world. Who knows, you could become the next Markiplier!