How I Screwed up my First Live Stream (Top 5 Mistakes)
There are over Millions of Live Streamers around the world… And a lot of streamers ended up having only 10–20 viewers max… or less… sometimes 5… sometimes 1… some times none. And that’s alright. Not everyone can be a star, and I learned the hard way about what a Live Stream should be, not the end result but what the moment is all about.
If you would like to see the Full Experience about my First Major Live Stream and how I f*cked up, the video is above, and if you don’t have time I’ll break down this blog in 3 Sections.
I. Where to Stream
I’ve been asked this questions Several times and there are 3 Major Streaming Platform for Gaming/ IRL chats
- Youtube: Best SEO (Ability to be found by New Viewers), but lowest amount of consistent viewers due to Algorithm [Youtube encourages consistent daily content vs unique different content (Ex. If you post Minecraft videos weekly, and you decide to play Among us for a day, that video will not be promoted as much as your previous videos as recommended videos/ home page)]
- Twitch: Medium SEO (Viewers find you based on the game specifically), but has one of the best consistent viewers because Twitch runs its algorithm on subscription/game preference than on recommended videos like Youtube
- Facebook: The Lowest SEO (Viewers need to know where you to find you), but has a better understanding of their viewers due to Facebook Algorithm (NOTE: As less people use Facebook, the demographic age increases over time, so anyone under 25 would less likely use Facebook to watch) [BIG NOTE: Facebook owns instagram, so technically you can stream on Instagram too, not the best UX, but again that’s where the younger demographic are]
- Online University Classes [This is a sad joke… because its more expensive than all 3 other options… and it’s technically a stream…]
Any of the 3 (not you Online Uni Classes that are too expensive) are great platforms, but knowing your “demographic” is key. And to me, it should be, which community would enjoy your content the most. If you’re playing new games Youtube is great for SEO. If you are playing different games every time you stream, Twitch is great. And if you have a good audience (who are over 25) Facebook is more engaging because you can speak to your viewers as they are more likely using their real profiles vs. YT/Twitch where they typically use usernames.
If you are asking for Tools I use Stream Labs because of its simplistic design, but the biggest draw back is you have to select 1 Streaming output per account. So if you stream sometimes on Twitch and sometimes on Youtube, you have to login and log out, etc.
II. Common Mistakes for Streaming
If you watch the Video there are 5 Common Mistakes I’ve experiences, most streamers experience as well
- Technical Mistakes: Look, no matter how much you prepare technical mistakes will happens. Internet lag, graphic didn’t appear, you forgot to change voting systems, your game crashes… it happens. Just make sure you practice any new tech you are using, and always have a technical error screen if something happens. Other then that just move on 2% of every stream has a mistake. It’s life.
2. Focus on Enjoying the Stream [Not what the Success Could be]
I made this mistake, and the simple question is, why do you want to stream?
Is it for views, is it for a career, or is it because you want to have fun?
Majority of smaller streamers will say for Fun, but then why care about the viewers, why care about making streams about Fall out Guys (… is that still alive?).
It’s ok to say you want to be a star one day… we all do once in a while. But don’t setup a dream stream and expect Hollywood style show reception. Enjoy your game/ your stream, and enjoy the company of those who talk to you. I was so focused on my first show about Sponsors hitting quotas on views, and fan responses I totally lost track of why this show would be entertaining for me.
Here is a quick test to see if you are actually streaming for fun:
- Do you enjoy playing games and creating memories for your self?
- Do you have viewers/friends who like to say hi to you on a consistent basis?
- Do you enjoy taking your time instead of rushing in a game?
- Do you have good lighting?
If all 4 are Yes, then you do enjoy streaming for fun, because who cares if you have 1000 viewers or just 1. You’re creating memories with each other live. Also if you answered the 4th question with no, PLEASE GET BETTER LIGHTING. It’s one of my biggest pet peeves about streamers. It’s only 20$ to get a Instagrammer stupid light bulb, we want to see your pretty face (if you choose to show it).
3. Take Breaks and Talk to Viewers
This may sound weird, but streaming isn’t about the game… but about interacting with the viewers. They’re not watching you to finish the game, they’re watching you as your backup crew (expect speed runners… they’re expecting you to rush in the game and then express relief of rage after your attempt).
Always give you self some time to talk to your viewers, and ask them how their day is and their opinion what you should do during your stream. Every viewer’s opinion matters… even if they’re trolls… you can ignore Trolls but their view does help your channel.
4. Always look at the Chat (and have a MOD or 2)
Brings back to point 3, if you ignore the chat, you will lose viewers (even if they’re friends, you got to acknowledge them). If you are playing a game, your goal is to bring your viewers in and work together to win or progress. If you are focused on the game only, you’re going to end up being alone at the end.
You might as well just upload your run, instead of making it live.
Also MODs do help control chat and notify anyones questions or concerns.
5. Learn more about who you want to make videos for (Discord, Reddit, Facebook — Learn about the community)
This one is a BIG BIG BIG DEAL! If you want to grow your viewers, you have to find where your viewers look for information about things they love. Discord and Reddit are the current two biggest Social platforms for finding viewers and streamers with similar interests.
As a streamer you wear their community like a badge and be proud of bringing them along the ride. Regardless if its Animal Crossing, Among Us, Pokemon, League of Legends, Overwatch, Call of Duty, etc. You need to be in those communities to understand them, and they will come. Because a community always supports their people.
III. Why you Should Stream
Now you’re probably saying, well… I don’t have 1000 followers, I want to give up. And that’s no shame… it’s hard to get viewers, especially if your goal is to be famous. You may be an amazing gamer, or a fun personality… but if you can’t connect with the right community, they won’t support you. That’s why finding a good community, and enjoying your streams as if you are making good memories for yourself will help connect you to these communities.
My personal example would be Animal Crossing. I post guides on Reddit and I link my Youtube Video as optional to view more in-depth replay on how to achieve success on tasks. I established my trust in the community, and became more recognized in their community for posting actively not just my channel, but other things like photos or questions for the community about Animal Crossing.
If you watch my Full Experience about screwing up my First Live Stream, you’ll realize, focusing on the end goal of success will never make streaming enjoyable. Instead it’s about living in the moment. Enjoy your time, and make your viewers laugh… because some may just be a friend just across the internet.
If your goal is to create some memories for yourself. Go stream. And when you want to stop, you can. But by then you can look back, and laugh, and enjoy those moments you had… and you could make a highlight reel sooo… Win-Win!