Streaming has it’s ups and downs however the biggest down you’ll experience when starting out will be dead streams. You should not be discouraged by this however as your content is being constantly viewed or could be viewed by potential new viewers as you continue to stream. Viewers aren’t going to stay if you provide a silent stream with no interactivity at all. As a streamer it’s your job to keep viewers entertained and the best way to do this is to interact with viewers even if they’re not there because if a new viewer joins and you’re silent they will leave as quickly as they joined. I don’t claim to be an expert, but one thing I feel I can share are some tips on how to bring the silence in your stream to an end. To put it another way, when you’re streaming you have but a few seconds to entice a new viewer. From the moment they enter your stream and the few seconds it will take them to decide whether to stay or move along.
When I browse around Twitch to find new content and new streamers to enjoy, the most important thing for me is that they are constantly keeping the chat entertained regardless of viewcount. Time and time again have I gone into a stream and seen a streamer say nothing for 30 minutes a time only to complain later on that they have no viewers. Sure the game you are streaming is awesome and part of why a viewer would be there, but just watching your face isn’t adding anything to the experience.
Okay, then let me give you some pointers on how to stand on your own against the silence in dead streams hopefully you can take some of these pointers and apply then to your stream to help attract new viewers.
Speak what’s on your mind:
This is perhaps the hardest thing to get used too but easiest thing you can change to help battle silence. Humans have thoughts that we all listen to in our head as we live out our lives. They are for us alone to hear. We laugh, cry, and scream in our heads. This is especially true when playing video games. This inner monologue can become the perfect material to use to battle silence in your stream. If you are thinking it then just say it out aloud.
The monologue in your head is your thoughts and who you are; it’s your persona. This is what people like seeing online. It’s what they want to hear and ultimately get attached to. It’s time to speak what’s on your mind so you can share the experience with others.
Music can move one’s soul:
There is a saying “Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent. ~Victor Hugo (1802 – 1885)” Music is just one of those things that can appeal to people in general and that includes potential new viewers. I can easily use the music I have on my channel as a talking point when I feel I’ve nothing else to say: “I remember this song”, “I wish I knew more music like this?”, “Do you guys like this kind of music?” etc. You can use your music as a topic of discussion or if there is no discussion, simply throwing out statements about the music can spur conversations and even pull out some lurkers. People are passionate about music, and it can be that little something that can bring people in.
Your day is important to more than just you:
This one might not sound obvious considering you will be talking to strangers online, but this is another natural thing for humans to do and that is to learn about one another. Talking about yourself, how your day was, how your life is going and so on. Don’t presume viewers are there just because of the game you are playing, you are wrong if you think this. I’ve learned that many of my regulars became regulars because they like me as a streamer. The games might be a big part of how they found you but doesn’t mean it will be the reason for them to stay. If you watch streamers on Twitch and pay attention to the chat you will find communities who genuinely care about the caster more than the game. I am not saying you have to give them your life story but be more open. You’ll be surprised how easy it is to kill dead air if you talk about what you know best which is yourself.
Bring your friends:
Starting out can be hard, you’re not going to find a following straight away. It will take time. Having people in your earlier streams with you can be a great help. It allows you to practice your commentary in front of people you are comfortable with and they can help you clear dead air by starting topics or asking questions for you to take part in. I myself have some real life friends who frequent my stream to show support and help create chat activity. However you still need to be mindful of your friends’ behaviour. Being your friend means they are more relaxed around you and are most likely up for banter which is fine but it can get out of hand – you wouldn’t want them to give off the wrong impression. Another thing to note is try become friends with your viewers, like you they are gamers who are on Twitch trying to enjoy what you enjoy. This means you will have a lot in common why not get to know them better maybe play some games off stream or invite them to games on stream.
That’s all folks. Hopefully this guide will help you wrap your head around what you can achieve even with no viewers in chat. It might not be useful to everyone but hopefully these tips are put to great use. Just remember to practice and get used to talking while streaming and you will be fine.
Questions, comments, concerns? If you’re still confused and need more guidance feel free to leave a comment below and I will reply to it as fast as I can. Happy Streaming!
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