You have just set up your stream and go live for the first time. Your mum, dad, sister and best friend are the only consistent viewers for your stream. What do you do next to get to that prized Twitch Affiliate? You have come to the right place to learn things like:
Here I will discuss all aspects of becoming a successful streamer. Note that this post isn't specific to Twitch and also applies for Mixer, Youtube and the rest.
Streaming can be very rewarding. In most cases, it can be very lonely for beginners. But with a persistent schedule, attitude and content, you will find an audience will start returning. The importance of a consistent schedule is larger than you may think. Would you go to the shops if you weren't sure if it was going to be open? Some would say yes, some would say no, that's the same for your stream.
The same applies for your content and attitude. Try and be consistent with your interaction with your audience, and the quality of your gameplay. Just something to keep in mind… Would you keep watching Ninja every day if 50% of the time he was bad to watch?
Three words... READ YOUR CHAT. There is nothing worse than when a viewer feels like they are being ignored in a chat. This is even more inexcusable when the chat is pretty quiet. Keep your chat open on your 2nd monitor. If you don't have a second monitor, open it on your phone. Reply to your chat and call them by their names. By doing this alone you will gain loyal followers.
To create a connection with your viewers, you need to be able to engage clearly. Invest in a proper microphone to clearly project your voice to your audience. If I was to pick a microphone across a few budgets I would choose the following:
Have you noticed how the big streamers use animated transitions, camera borders and panels that all match a certain look and feel. This look and feel is what makes your stream distinguishable and can be the foundation of your BRAND. Try to stick to a specific colour scheme. Remember to not cram your stream with overlays, keep it nice and simple. A great example of this is Ninja's stream.
StreamShift offers a wide range of free and custom overlays, banners and panels for your stream.
If a visitor enters your stream, you have a very short period of time to catch their attention to keep them on for longer. How do I do so? Have you ever seen a popular streamer who sits there in silence? Probably not. Be charismatic, have fun, and say aloud things you are thinking. At the end of your stream, review it and take notes of what to do better/not to do next time.Related Articles | How to set up your StreamShift custom stream overlay in OBS Streamlabs