Many people are looking towards streaming as a way to earn income or just to do as a hobby, but it has been pointed out that it isn’t as easy to grow an audience as quickly or consistently as possible. Here are some tips that I have learnt along the way for streaming.
Don’t focus on the numbers
As much as you want to get 100 or 1000 number of views, there will be times that you don’t get a single person in your stream. The key is not to get disheartened because everyone starts somewhere. Even when you are streaming for one viewer, stream like you are streaming to 1000’s because you shouldn’t let the amount of people in your stream decide how you act. If you have no one and you are sat there silently if someone drops by and is too shy to speak and you are just sat in silent or just complaining the whole time then they won’t want to stay.
If you are looking to stream to earn money, this isn’t the place for you. Although the affiliate program is a good place to start, it won’t guarantee you money. Twitch takes half of subs money and you must earn at least $100 to get paid a month or it carries over to the next month. So, don’t make money your goals when streaming.
I would recommend playing the games you enjoy, although there is the temptation to stream a popular game it means that you will be lower down in the recommendation of the game, which means it will be harder for your stream to be found. If you are streaming a game you enjoy it means you will be giving off a much more positive energy which will mean people are more likely to watch.
The best way to grow is to stay positive, play what you enjoy. So don’t try to please everyone else, just enjoy the game you’re playing and be yourself!
Written by Jessica Clarke – Associate Writer Intern for Dart Frog Gaming