Advice from the PROs

Tips to Help you Get Viewers and Start Streaming

Whether you’re a new or experienced streamer, we all need a little help sometimes. Streaming is about bringing a community of people together, and when we work together, everyone can achieve more. In the spirit of helping each other out, we’ve asked some of our favorite creators what their advice for new streamers is. Before we get started, we’d like to say that above all else, live streaming is something you should do for the love of it. You shouldn’t expect to become a massive hit overnight. Creating engaging content takes a tremendous amount of time and effort. But with the right attitude and perseverance, you’ll soon develop a community of people that want to support you. Below you’ll find advice from other streamers and content creators that have managed to turn their passion for streaming into a business.

Fuslie:

The biggest obstacle with streaming, especially at the beginning, is getting viewers and how to get people to watch you.


I wasn't super concerned about it when I first started. I remember being excited that there were people, even five people, to nerd out about League of legends with me. Because when I talk about League with my friends, everyone would be like, "no." But online, you get all the support.


But as I started to stream more and more and more, I started asking, "how do I get people to watch me?" And I think the biggest advice I would have is to get involved in a community. Don't just start streaming out of nowhere and expect people just to watch you.

Fuslie on Twitch

If you're involved in a community, other community members may come by and say hi, stop by, drop a follow because they know you from that community.

That's not to say you should only join a community just to get viewers for yourself. But if you are already really involved in one or genuinely part of another, I'm sure many of those other members would love to support you.

Muaaz:

Muaaz on Youtube

I know that YouTube is getting more saturated daily. One of the most popular questions I get is, "can I make it as a YouTube or Twitch streamer or content creator"? Yes, it is getting much harder to find success on Youtube and Twitch. But in reality, you'll never know if you don't try.


I'm sure most of us watching right now know that this does require a lot of time. I'm sure most of you also know you will not see massive success overnight. No matter if you're a YouTuber or a Twitch streamer or an Instagrammer or whatever, it is not going to happen overnight.

If you're only doing it so that you can make a ton of money and get a bunch of views, I can promise you that it's not going to come for a while. Of course, this would be the end goal in one way or another, but if that's your primary motivation for starting, then you're more than likely not going to come off as authentic, and it's most likely just not going to work.

I know that literally every single YouTube or Twitch streamer says this, but honestly, only do this stuff if you truly have a passion for it. Time is your most valuable asset. Only do this if you can see yourself spending your free time focusing on it. Why waste doing something that you don't enjoy when you could be doing something else. You might find success doing that instead. So honestly, only do this if you have a passion for it.

You will draw more viewers if they can see that you love what you do and you're authentic. So please keep that in mind. It's probably one of the biggest tips that I can give you.

GubbaTV:

My advice would just find what makes you unique and go for it. Don’t dive in expecting to have a community at once or to be able to do this full time. If you dive in with that mentality, you’ll be really sad because it’s super difficult. Go into it knowing that it’s not going to be easy and have expectations that you will run into difficulties.

GubbaTV on Twitch and Youtube

If you're involved in a community, other community members may come by and say hi, stop by, drop a follow because they know you from that community.

That's not to say you should only join a community just to get viewers for yourself. But if you are already really involved in one or genuinely part of another, I'm sure many of those other members would love to support you.

Matt Heafy:

Matt Heafy on Youtube

My advice for musicians that want to start streaming: Please don’t play games with the intent that you’re going to become the next best gamer in the world. Because, my friends, we’ve got our other crafts to keep on top.


I recommend you stream your music practice sessions. Show people and bring your audience into your world and see that side of you that they don’t get to see when they see you on stage.

And then stream some shows, stream some practices. And when you want to go to games, play games for fun, don’t try to become the next esports king because if you’re in an active band, you need to be the king of that and keep that craft at the top. That’s what I realized. When I first started, I thought that I need to become an esports prodigy, and I need to crush at games. It’s not going to happen. It’s not realistic for the amount of time that the pro gamers and the pro streamers can put in. They’re able to put in six to eight to 10 to 12 hours a day. They’ve been doing that since there were 13. Whereas us musicians, we’ve been putting those hours for music since we were 12 and 13 and we need to keep up with that.

STPeach:

What I always tell new streamers is to do it for fun. Make friends, enjoy your time. Don’t be so focused on making money. Just have fun with it.

STPeach on Twitch

Lara6683:

Lara6683 on Youtube

I have two bits of advice for people coming to Twitch. The first one would be discoverability can be rough. If you don’t already have a preexisting community on another platform, it can be tough to start from zero on Twitch. So I don’t expect too much too soon. And then the second piece of advice would be, Twitch is very, very different from YouTube. YouTube is evergreen content. You can upload something once a week, once a month, and it stays there, and it generates new subscribers. Whereas for Twitch.

You really have to show up day after day, week after week. You have to show up consistently, put the time in and hold your own because you will not grow your community if you’re not there. And I see quite a few streamers doing great. They’ve been streaming for weeks, maybe months, and then they kind of start to peter out because it is quite a time investment. You just have to keep on coming back. Of course, you can take breaks. But it really is day after day, week after week, to grow. Of course, it also depends on what your streaming goals are, but that is my advice.

Jimmy Broadbent:

My advice to people just starting would be to make sure you’re enjoying your time when you’re aking videos and streaming. I think many people don’t understand the amount of time and effort that goes into actually making a video or streaming for four or five hours. If it’s something to do with the racing, it is actually quite physically demanding. So make sure you’re enjoying what you do. If you’re doing it just to make money or just to become an influencer or whatever the hell you want to call it, then you probably won’t get very far. It’s got to be a passion project.

Jimmy Broadbent on Youtube

Nvad3:

Nvad3 on Youtube

I would say hide your view count. And the reason why I would say that is because a lot of people's energy depends on if they have people watching them or not.


You never want your energy to be based on people watching. Because when you're starting off, the chances of you having people watching you are not high. The last thing you want is for somebody to come into your stream, and the first time they see is you're just sitting there without any energy, or you're not having fun, or you're not talkative or whatever.

Focus on making friends in the community or whatever platform that you're on. Don't focus on how you can mutually benefit from each other or anything along the lines. But how can we just be friends and play together? How do we bring our communities together and work on growing together? Because the truth of the matter is you can't do it alone. Nobody's been successful playing by themselves the entire time.