Live streaming is getting huge, with more than 15 million daily active users and Twitch bringing in 96% of the tipping volume compared to YouTube Live. One large reason for this is how simple it is to get started, you can even use apps on your phone, but learning how to stream successfully is an entirely different beast.
Twitch now has the backing of industry giant Amazon, which paid $970 million on the platform in August 2014, and doesn’t seem to be slowing down. The platform is growing every year with more streamers making the jump from amateur to professional each day.
It’s very tempting to want a piece of the Twitch pie. If you are going to grab on early and ride to fame and fortune, you’re going to want to know how others have streamed successfully.
Going in without any research is a quick way to waste months of streams on zero viewers or troll viewers abusing your ignorance. The are numerous common mistakes and pratfalls viewers see beginner streamers make every day. Those viewers aren’t going to stick around long and they won’t be coming back.
This can become overwhelming and eventually you’ll quit, frustrated and cynical about the whole platform.
There’s a lot to take in and there’s nobody to hold your hand out in the wild west of live broadcasting. Try taking a look at the top of this list and wonder how you’re going to compete with that.
Where do you even begin?
Right here. Right now.
Alright, maybe that was a bit too soon to press Start Streaming!
This article is going to serve as a table of contents of sorts. This is the outline of material I plan on writing to dump the accumulated knowledge of streaming, networking, social network management, design, monetization and more from the stream professionals.
I remember when I started. It took a long time to learn all of this, and some I had to learn through trial and error. Costly errors.
But you don’t have to make those same mistakes! Take the advice from the pros!
That said, I am not a benevolent mega-streamer star writer with amazing looks. At least, not entirely.
I have an ulterior motive.
I want to write a nonfiction e-book to use for my professional portfolio and I’d rather do it for myself and the community of artists and gamers that I love than some random business consultant asshole that’s making 20 grand per presentation and wants a book to sign while he’s shaking hands.
I still have nightmares from ghostwriting that garbage.
I have to write it all first and I might as well kill three birds with one stone. I need the content, I need the book, and I need the activity on my site for google rankings.
Each post will be as detailed as necessary without being nothing but useless filler. I don’t need to hit some arbitrary word-count goal with this and nobody wants to waste time. In addition, they will always be linked below for free. Even when the book is out.
I’m doing this because I know starting to stream isn’t cheap. I certainly wasn’t able to go around throwing dollars at e-books like some government fat cat!
Now, what if you only want to read about monetization? I mean, that’s all you really need, right? Start streaming, monetize everything, swim in bits like Scrooge McDuck.
Go ahead and read parts you’re positive you already know. Not because I’m sooper-smart or I’m trying to trick you, but maybe because another new streamer might have a question you can answer in the comments or some additional insight to add.
We’re a community after all. We help each other.
1. Before Beginning: How to set the Best Goals
2. Necessary Equipment: Best Equipment to Start Streaming
4. Finding Yourself: Choosing Your Twitch Category
5. Going Live: Everything That Can Go Wrong Will Go Wrong
6. Gaining Viewers: Where we Find all These Viewers
7. Networking: Why the Best Streamers are Very Attractive and Funny all the Time
8. Bots and Modding: How to get rid of all These Viewers
9. Affiliate and Partner: We In It, Boys!
10. Monetization: Money!
11. Big Data: Be the Cambridge Analytica you Want to see in the World
That’s it, that’s the end of the first in a series. For homework, start watching some more Twitch or even give a free trial of Twitch Prime a try! Throw that free sub you get out of it to someone who recently got affiliate or partnered and you feel really deserves it.
I’m probably going to have more up, but this will give everyone an idea where I’m heading! If you have any questions or comments or things you’d like to see in this series or in the final book, be sure to place a comment below!