If you love playing games and streaming the content for everyone to see, there may be a few ways that you can start to make some money off it while being able to do something you love. While it may not be enough money to do it full time, a bit of extra pocket money for doing something you would probably be doing anyway is not something to complain about. Here are a few ways that you can begin to make some money from streaming games.
Build up an audience
It may take some time to build up a loyal audience, but this is one of the ways that you are guaranteed to start making money. If you have an audience that wants to watch, there will be people who want to pay you so that they can take advantage of the audience that you have. It may seem like a big task, but there are a few things that you can do to make sure you build an audience who wants to stay.
- Ensure that you have a good internet connection.
If you have a rubbish internet connection, your stream will be lag and may disconnect, which can be annoying for whoever is watching. If you have a good internet connection, there will be nothing to stop your audience from enjoying your content, making them more likely to stay if they are like what you are doing.
- Put content out consistently
It is important to put out content consistently, on regular days at regular times so that the people who watch you know when to tune in. If you stream whenever you feel like it, your audience may still grow, but people will not be able to plan their day in order to tune in.
- Find your gaming niche
You’ll want to decide what types of games you want to stream so that your audience knows that if they choose to watch you, they will be choosing you because you make that particular type of content.
Once you have built an audience, you may be able to make money from advertisements around or during your streams. Different streaming websites will do ads differently, but many will work on pay-per-click (PPC). It is always worth learning a bit more about PPC marketing so that you can use it to your advantage.
Some streaming services offer viewers the opportunity to support you by paying money to you monthly. Content creators will usually offer incentives for getting a subscription by doing things especially for these subscribers. You may create exclusive videos for them, or allow them to view your stream without ads. However, you decide to reward monthly payers, many streamers will usually take the time to shout out, acknowledge and thank some of the contributors during their streams.
It is rare that you will be able to start making money from streaming straight away, but if you have the drive, personality and a love of gaming, you may be able to build up an audience doing something that you love.