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Honestly, streaming to just get stuff for free is a pretty poor way to look at it. Itís fantastic when companies and devs place trust in you to promote their products and content, it can be fantastically rewarding, but not as an end goal.

However, networking with various companies can be a fantastic way to raise your profile, especially when you showcase anything they send your way. You will gain value in their eyes the more of this type of work you do off your own back, without being sent the items for free.

However, ultimately, the best thing to do is to simply ask. Drop an email, a tweet, whatever, introduce yourself and speak about your passion for what they do. Start smaller and gradually grow the size of the companies you target!

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Setting a schedule is a fantastic way to ensure you get repeat traffic from the people that really value your content and want to see you. Without proper scheduling, it gets really hard for people to catch you.

However, if you arenít able to set a solid schedule, set as much of one as you can and throw up a stream whenever and wherever you can. Having a stream is always better than not having a stream! Just donít be disheartened if the viewership is a little lower for the impromptu ones.

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Consider what you enjoy watching and got with what you feel fits you best. I would never recommend presenting yourself in a way that isnít natural to you. If you do, itíll quickly wear thin and either youíll tire of it or your viewers will see that itís staged.

Be you! Your streaming presence should be an extension of how you are day-to-day.

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This is an extremely subjective topic. Everyone has their personal preferences, be it Razer, Corsair, Roccat, Turtle Beach, Blue, whatever! Thereís no definitive answer for it. The best thing that you can do is to find what you specifically need the equipment to do and take that question to someone with expertise with that kind of setup.

Or else, post your exact requirements back here and weíll provide some suggestions!

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This is a bit of a broad question, so itíll be hard to answer it for your specific case. However, the most important thing you can do while streaming is to look after yourself. If you are feeling uncomfortable or unhappy with your streaming, and itís negatively affecting you, deal with that first and foremost!

However, if youíre speaking around feeling like your broadcasts are no good, then try to grow and adapt. Ask your community if thereís anything theyíd like you to change, take some pointers from other broadcasters, watch other streamers you respect, see what theyíre doing well and try to bring an element of that to your stream. Note: Do not try to entirely reproduce what they do. You donít want to be a copy of them!

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This is a difficult subject. Itís extremely easy to fall into the trap of streaming popular games in order to chase those huge numbers. However, the unfortunate reality tends to be that you get lost in the very long list of other people that had that idea before you.

However, if the Ďpopular gameí is one that you love, you shouldnít let the fear of low numbers stop you from playing it. Your passion and enjoyment should show through above all. Thereís no point forcing yourself to keep going back to a bizarre niche title because the directory has no-one else playing it.

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There are two ways you can go with this. Either just take the plunge, do it, and deal with the potential consequences (a temporary dip in viewership, some unfollows) or gradually merge it in.

A general tip given is to have set days for what type of game you play. Letís say you are known as a Minecraft streamer. Mon-Thu you play Minecraft and then on Friday you introduce a random variety game. From here, you start to get a new set of viewers dropping by. Theyíll start to spread across to your other streams and vice versa. You can later assess whether to alter the ratio further or whether youíve found a healthy balance for your channel.

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Hang out! Networking neednít be stiff and formal, neither should friendships. Drop by their streams, hang in their Discords, interact via Twitter, show your support! It shouldnít be any more difficult than making friends with anyone else online, just with a slightly different dynamic as they may not be able to pay attention during casts.

Itís worth noting that it can be harder to befriend larger casters, solely because your voice can get a little lost in the flow of chats and feeds. However donít let this discourage you! If you want to be an integral part of a community, make yourself so. Be friendly, be a recognisable name that appears in as many streams as you can.

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Where Twitch is useful for both putting out content and networking, it's always useful to have other outlets to discuss things with other content creators, viewers, developers and other industry professionals.

One of the most useful and most used social media sites is twitter - a site that allows you to follow the content of relevant people and respond to their messages personally. This is an invaluable networking tool, as well as a way to connect with your audience on a personal level. As far as social media goes twitter is one of the simplest to use and is certainly preferred by the majority of streamers I know due it being so accessible - it allows them to communicate with a wide variety of people from all manner of roles quickly and easily.

There are several other routes you can look at as well, depending on what kind of communication you'd like with people. If you're looking for community driven engagement, try hanging out in streamers discords (or creating your own), building a steam group and using gaming as a platform to strengthen your community or using facebook as an extra promotional or outreach tool.

If you can manage things like Youtube along with maintaining your schedule, this again can give you a helpful boost. Do always be aware however of how much you are committing to. Running a Youtube series can be a real undertaking, and often uploading/recording videos can't be done at the same time as streaming. Make sure you prioritise and only take on as much as you need time for!

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This is a difficult one for sure. In a lot of cases, the best thing you can do to get over a fear of streaming is just to do it. Always remember this is your channel, your chat and your rules. If someone comes in and starts poking fun, you have every right to remove them. Often though these individuals are few and far between, and if you can keep up with streaming you'll find you build a community of like minded individuals.

If you find this fear is holding you back, there are a few things you can try to help you settle in and feel safer and more confident before pushing the 'start streaming' button.

  • Try establishing yourself in various twitch communities first. Friends you make in these communities will often have years of experience with the site, and will support you in starting to stream. Having people who understand the ins and outs of streaming is always really valuable, and often they will help give you the boost you need to start.
  • Get one mod (or several) on board. Pick people you can talk to on a regular basis, who can be at your stream and has an understanding of twitch as well as understands what sort of stream you want to run/what sort of community you want to create. Mods are there to look after you as a streamer. If a troll comes by the stream, they're there to squash them before they are a problem.
  • Start streaming with a game that you are familiar with, or that carries subject matter you can discuss at length. That way you know you have plenty to talk about and discuss with any potential viewers, as well as the safety of content you know and understand to begin with. Content you are familiar with is a great way to let your passions shine, use it as a safety net of sorts!
  • Set up your stream in a way that you are comfortable with. If you're confident with a camera then use one, if not then don't roll with one, that's fine too! Don't put any complicated timers or switches into your cast to start with. Keep it simple, keep it you. Your stream is something you can build over time as your confidence increases.
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There's no single answer to this question. It all depends on what you as a caster consider 'decent'. It also depends heavily on your schedule, your pre-existing community interactions, what time of day you cast and a hundred other factors - not all of which you will have control over.

Depending on all of these factors, building a solid community can take anywhere from a few months to a few years. The best advice given by streamers is often the most difficult to act upon. Don't look at your numbers, at least not while you're on cast. Fill silences and give potential new community members something to interact with or think about, both chatter and lurker.

If you are going to look at your numbers per cast to track growth, there is a rough guideline you can aim for. Best case scenario, you should aim to retain approximately 1% of your follower number as your viewership. So if you have 100 followers, you should only really be looking to get 1 viewer. If you're ahead of that 1% then you're ahead of the game. Keep with that momentum and build, making sure to shape your community as you go. If you're not quite making this yet, don't be disheartened. Don't be afraid to shake things up and change your cast to alter those factors, see if you can achieve your goal another way/time.

I will say that there is one thing you should make sure you keep on top of if you are looking to build a regular following. To reach your goal, ideally you should be keeping schedule consistency at the top of your list. The more people know when to come catch you, the more they'll do so. Think of your favourite TV show (past or present). You always knew it was on at X time on X day. Make your stream the same kind of unmissable entertainment.

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