Any live streamer can tell you that managing many moving parts comes with the territory. And as your viewership grows, managing a live stream solo can become even more difficult. One solution to this problem is to find a mod (short for moderator) for your live stream. In this article, we'll discuss the benefits of having a mod and how to find one that suits your needs as a streamer.
Benefits of Having a Mod for Your Live Stream
If you've been riding solo on your live stream for some time now, you may be reluctant to ask for help. However, there are several benefits to having a mod for your live stream.
Chat Management: Moderators help ensure that the chat remains a positive and safe environment for everyone. They can filter out inappropriate content, ban or time out users who violate community guidelines, and respond to questions or concerns from viewers. Moderators can also manage the flow of conversation by highlighting important comments or questions and directing them to the streamer's attention.
Technical Support: Moderators can troubleshoot technical issues during the stream, such as addressing audio or video problems, helping viewers with streaming platform questions, and ensuring the stream runs smoothly.
Community Building: The right moderator(s) foster a sense of community among viewers and create a welcoming and inclusive environment.
Benefits of Being a Mod for a Live Stream
There are also many benefits to being a live stream moderator, especially if you're new to the streaming space. Below are just a few.
Building Streaming Skills: Moderating a live stream can develop communication, conflict resolution, and community management skills, which can be helpful when building your own online community.
Networking Opportunities: Being a live stream mod is an excellent opportunity to network with others in the streaming community and build relationships that benefit personal and professional development.
Giving Back: While mods are not typically paid, they may receive recognition and appreciation from the streamer and the community for their hard work and dedication. Many mods find creating a positive and engaging environment for others fulfilling.
How to Find a Mod for Your Live Stream
Finding a mod may sound like an overly complicated task to add to your already long list of to-do's, but it doesn't have to be. Below are some ways you can find a mod sooner than later.
Look Within Your Community
One of the best places to start looking for a mod is within your community. Start by contacting friends and your most engaged followers or viewers and ask if they want to become mods.
Put out a Social Media Blast
Another option is to use social media platforms like Twitter or Facebook to put out a call for moderators. Be sure to include a clear description of the position, requirements or qualifications, and information on how to apply. Compared to going to folks directly, this option may be more rigorous. However, you'll have a wider net of candidates to choose from.
Ask for Referrals
If you have other streamer friends, you can ask if they know anyone who might be a good fit for your channel. They may recommend someone with moderating experience who would fit the bill.
Using Chat Moderation Tools
In addition to finding a person to moderate your stream, consider using a moderation tool such as Streamlabs Cloudbot. Cloudbot is a cloud-based chatbot that enables streamers to automate and manage their chat during live streams.
Some of the key features of Cloudbot include the following:
Chat Moderation: Cloudbot allows streamers to automatically filter out inappropriate content such as banned words or phrases from chat. Streamers can also set up automatic timeout or ban rules.
Loyalty Points: Cloudbot includes a loyalty points system that allows streamers to reward their viewers for their engagement and participation in the stream. Points can be used to interact directly with the stream, redeem alerts, trigger commands, enter giveaways, and play minigames.
FYI, by joining Streamlabs Ultra you can name your Cloudbot and also gain access to Streamlab's full suite of premium creator apps (under one subscription) to help you create better live stream content.
Finding a mod for your live stream can provide valuable benefits for streamers and moderators alike. Moderators can effectively manage the chat and create a positive and engaging viewing experience. Whether you're a streamer looking for a mod or a potential mod interested in the role, approaching this position with responsibility and professionalism is key to building a successful and sustainable streaming community.