Live Stream on Twitch Full Time without Needing a Job!
Live Stream on Twitch.tv Full Time without Needing a Job!
Will you join me in discovering Twitch.tv for live streaming because there are opportunities to do full-time video game streaming live on Twitch and I will help explain exactly how to do that today, as well as take a look at my experience on Twitch and some of the existing streamers on Twitch.
That said Twitch is Amazon’s live streaming platform.
Amazon bought Twitch and it’s not for everyone.
It also looks easy and is easy to get started with, but out of my friends, none have been successful in building a following on Twitch, and for me, I realized I needed to go all-in on live streaming on Twitch and do more, or just give up and quit essentially wasting my time with it.
Twitch is an awesome opportunity.
For the top people on Twitch there is huge earnings every day.
There is a lot of competition on Twitch though because it’s so easy to live stream video games and even other things.
Let’s take a look on Twitch to see what people are live streaming on Twitch. The main thing people live stream on Twitch are video games.
So, if we just go over to Twitch and look around, you can see the main thing we have got on Twitch are video games.
That said, there are lots of other things. You will see people doing real sports, you might say. You will see podcasts and shows.
If we go to browse, you can see some of the categories.
We have got “Games.”
You can also see what’s most popular.
Right now “Fortnite” has 137,185 viewers, “League of Legends” has 113,105 viewers and “Player Unknown’s Battleground” has 82,422 viewers, and there is “HearthStone” after that.
We have got “Communities“ over here.
We can do Variety Streaming, Chill Streams and Fortnite Battle Royale.
We have got “Creative Communities“ with Game Development, Programming and Drawing.
Then you have got specific “Channels.”
The top channel right now has 43,038 viewers at once, and then there is another one with 37,104 viewers.
I believe that’s Korean or it could be Chinese though. It’s fine. I don’t know the language anyway.
The main thing that goes on on Twitch is gaming and most of the viewers are concentrated on the top channels. If you look at the top channels, they have the majority of all the viewers on Twitch.
Therefore, I ask if you want to do Twitch live streaming, what are you going to do to make it an amazing experience for the viewers?
Will you love the actual day-to-day activity of live streaming on Twitch?
I hope this is helpful for you to either go all-in with Twitch and really do it seriously or don’t waste your time with it.
If you are having fantasies like I did about being a famous live streamer, it can be good to get started with that, but what you might notice is the actual day to day grind of doing that might not be that fun.
If you don’t have fun doing the day to day grind, even if you are successful you will not enjoy the results of it. The results of something like being a famous gaming live streamer are not worth anything by themselves.
You want to enjoy the day-to-day lifestyle.
I discovered this myself.
I wanted to be a famous gaming live streamer and I worked on that for about six months, and things were going really well for me, I made the homepage on Twitch.
If you live stream on Twitch, especially if you were a new streamer trying to get more followers, making the homepage, this featured broadcaster that’s on the very front, this is the spot to get.
I hit the home page after just streaming a lot on Twitch for about three months. I got hundreds of viewers on my stream at once and from my video game live streaming fantasies, that did it for me.
Here I am right on the front page of Twitch, and then what I realized is that I don’t enjoy the day-to-day grind. I don’t enjoy doing all the things you need to do to be a famous gaming live streamer. I don’t want to play video games eight or ten hours a day, seven days a week.
If you want to have a shot at the top on Twitch, if you want to be one of these channels that is at the top, it’s absolutely possible.
I know because I was on my way there.
I’ve had 12,000 people come through my Twitch channel, as many as 200 plus watching at once. At one point I had about 2,000 followers and over the last year and a half that I haven’t been live streaming much on Twitch, I’ve lost lots of followers as I’ve done music live streams.
I was on my way to being a top live streamer on Twitch and what I realized is that I had to drop everything else I was doing. If I wanted to be a top live streamer on Twitch, I needed to drop everything else and even cut into my time hanging out with my family and friends.
Now, when I was 18 years old, I had the time and availability to do that.
At 33, well when I made this decision at 32, I did not.
I’ve got a wife and a daughter, I have a business online teaching, and I had the humble realization that there is no point in me streaming on Twitch if I’m not going to aim for the top.
Now, if you just enjoy live streaming, you just like doing it, then go for it.
If you don’t care about how many followers you are getting, go for it.
What I’ve noticed is that my friends do care.
I am pretty good, at least last time I played, at “Call of Duty.” I’m not that good at “League of Legends” I guess, maybe better than the average person, but not compared to the live streamers.
I have world-class skills in “Call of Duty Zombies.”
I literally got number one in the whole world on the leaderboard on the last “Black Ops 3 Revelations Map” on PlayStation the day it came out.
I’ve got world-class video gaming skills because I’ve played video games 10 plus thousand hours in my life and now I’ve got the maturity combined with Twitch. I’ve got the reaction still plus the mental maturity of a professional.
That said, do I want to do video games all day?
Because if you care about your following, if you want to make money off of live streaming on Twitch, if you want to be one of these top channels on Twitch that has thousands of viewers, that gets tips, where you don’t need to work a job or you don’t need to do anything else to make money, it requires acting like a full-time streamer to start with.
It means going and live streaming all day every day, not going to work, not doing anything else except perhaps some time with friends and family and just live streaming. If you really want to build your following, if you really want to be one of the top channels on Twitch, and you don’t need to be the top, just having something like several hundred viewers live every day is enough to probably earn enough money to live on.
It might look easy, but it’s not.
I would say you need to live stream 8 to 10 hours a day 5 to 7 days a week on Twitch, especially if you are not doing video games. I would probably say video games is the best odds of doing it, but you might be able to find something else that you could do.
I don’t know if this stream at the top right is a video game with this background or what this is.
You will notice that most of all the top channels are video games and if you have played a lot of video games already, if you honestly know that you have got top 5% skills in gaming and/or you have got some other way that people will watch, for example, if you are funny, if you make people laugh on your live stream, that will work. If you can be hilarious on your live stream, if people love interacting with you, that will work.
If you think you are just going to put up a live stream and get followers, and have a chance to be at the top, no way.
It’s just like everything else in life. You put the time and energy into it, you get it.
I’m one of the top teachers in the world online and you know why?
I’ve made three thousand-plus videos. I’ve dedicated the best of my work time for the last four years to doing this. I’ve got a big blog following. I work full time at home because I’ve dedicated the last six years to my own business.
I quit my job. I gave up thousands of dollars a month, I gave up health insurance to do my own business full time before it was profitable.
If you want to make the most of Twitch, I think this is what it takes. It takes giving up all that other stuff you are doing that’s not what you love.
Now, you can just test it out if you want to.
I tested it out for about six months. I live streamed on Twitch part time essentially. I did probably an average of an hour or two a day. Realistically, probably about 3 to 5 hours a few days a week, and while I was able to build a following because I already had a following from doing gaming videos on YouTube for years, for doing all these online classes for years, while I was able to build a following on Twitch and make the home page after something like 20 years of experience video gaming, I saw that I had to do more or I was wasting my time.
In my opinion, if you are not going to aim to be the best in the world at what you do, and that doesn’t mean that you need to be the best according to everyone, if you are not going to be the best in the world at what you do, then why do it?
Each of us has a unique set of skills.
I’m intending with this to make the best live-streaming course in the world, that no other course in the world is this helpful for live streaming.
That’s what I do.
Now, if you want to be the best “League of Legends” gamer, the funniest “League of Legends” live streamer in the world, then the key is to isolate one particular direction you can go in, one thing you can do that you will be the best in the world in.
My niche that I was working on is that I would be the most inspiring, the most enlightened or whatever “Call of Duty Zombies” player or I would be the most coached “League of Legends” player. I was testing out both of those angles and on Twitch the “Call of Duty Zombies” was doing better.
“League of Legends” was doing better for me on YouTube.
The first-person shooters for me on Twitch did much better because I have a lot more actual skill at those because that’s mostly what I’ve played.
I asked, “Do I want to play first-person shooter video games as the primary thing I do in my life for work?”
My answer was no.
I don’t want to do that.
I want to do what I have the least competition for. I want to do what I have the most enthusiasm and excitement for. I love just learning and teaching. It allows me to do about anything I want to.
I hope this has been really helpful for you because so many of my friends have live streamed on Twitch, had these ideas, been frustrated about building viewers, and then gave up on it.
It essentially was a bunch of wasted time. Time spent looking at the viewers, feeling not good enough, not enjoying the game because there weren’t that many people watching.
Essentially, if you just enjoy playing video games, live streaming games might actually ruin that experience for you.
I hope this is helpful for you to learn from all my experience and all that I’ve seen and if you feel the call to be one of the top streamers on Twitch, to know what you need to do up front.
With eight or ten hours a day, five to seven days a week, you have a very good shot at being a top streamer on Twitch assuming either you are good enough at the game that people will want to watch or you have got some other angle, you have got a personality people like, you are funny, whatever.
These are the top streams on Twitch, I’ve scrolled through in the background.
You see there is room for you.
There is room for your live stream in these top streams, but all these other streamers also want the viewers. I’d say, all of these streams have enough followers, enough viewers to earn enough to do full time, to not need to work.
You can do this absolutely, if you want to.
If you look around and you don’t want to do video games, you can browse to see what other things are done. I just passed one that’s “24/7 Crypto World News.”
That’s one angle you could do.
If you can be the first to start something that you’d like to watch, you might have an opportunity with a lot less competition.
Thank you very much for learning an introduction to live streaming on Twitch, plus seeing what in my opinion is necessary if you want to have a realistic shot at doing Twitch full time.
I love you.
You are awesome.
I hope this has been helpful.
Thank you for reading this tutorial, which was originally filmed as the video below.
Best Twitch Tips to Earn Followers Daily without Struggling?
How do we make the homepage on Twitch and build a following over time that’s big enough to allow us to earn enough money that we don’t need to do anything else besides Twitch?
If we get honest with ourselves, isn’t that really why we care about how many people are following us?
I mean if we just enjoy playing a video game, then who cares how many people are watching?
Our egos will automatically adjust to whether it’s one, two, five or ten.
Aren’t we really hoping that we don’t have to work or do something else, that we could just be a full-time live streamer, that we can literally just play video games and earn enough money to survive at first and then maybe to be comfortable?
I know for me as a gamer since I got my Gameboy when I was six years old around 1990, I’ve had fantasies about being able to earn money playing video games.
Therefore, the question becomes, on Twitch, how do we build a following on Twitch?
What are the things that have worked for me to build a following on Twitch?
I haven’t even hardly done anything on Twitch lately and I’ve got 12,000 people who have been through my channel. I’ve got 1,700 followers and I’ve had the opportunity to see what works on Twitch while I decided I didn’t want to go all in live streaming on Twitch.
Because if you want to make enough money to do Twitch full time, you really need to go all-in on it, and that means putting the time and energy. Ultimately there’s no substitute if you want to build a following on Twitch to live streaming on Twitch.
There is no substitute.
Now, it sounds simple.
“Well, of course, Jerry. It’s obvious.”
Well, how obvious is it?
I live streamed on Twitch for about six months to a year and I did it mostly part-time, a few hours here and there and I built up from 0 to about 2,000 followers in a year because I already had a following and I’d already been uploading a lot before that on YouTube and some of my followers from YouTube came over also.
I had about 2,000 followers and since I’ve less consistently live streamed and since I’ve switched from gaming to music, I’ve lost a lot of my followers over the last year and a half.
You see, I’ve done it both ways. I’ve live streamed consistently, done video games I was good at and that I loved playing and I built a following.
Now if you want to start from zero especially, it’s essential to live stream frequently and to interact with every single follower that comes across. I’ve got several friends who have tried to build a following on Twitch and the one thing that’s in common is a lack of streaming consistently and I did the same thing, a few hours here, a few hours there.
I’ve got over two million followers online now and the reason for that is that I’ve been consistently posting stuff every day now for over five years. I’ve been on YouTube for over seven years and for years I’ve been consistently sharing new videos, new blog posts, live streaming games and not the last year and a half with the games.
It’s showing up repeatedly. There is no substitute for that.
I hope this is helpful because once you see this, if you want to be one of the top streamers, if you want to do Twitch full time, and in my opinion, that’s the only reason it’s worth doing.
If you want to just live stream occasionally, I think there are better places to do it than Twitch.
For example, I think on Steem if you just want to do a live stream once a week and you also do things like blog, there is a lot better opportunity to earn some money out of that, live streaming on Dlive.
If you want people to watch your videos it’s much better to live stream on YouTube because when you live stream on Twitch your video isn’t there for very long. I’ve done a bunch of live streams on Twitch, but if you go on my channel you can hardly find any of them.
I’ve only got five videos now on my channel because those are the only live streams I’ve done within the last month or so.
Therefore, in my opinion, Twitch is only a good option if you want to go all in, to do live streaming full time and to earn some good money back from it, then Twitch is a good opportunity.
I’ve told my friends this and they haven’t listened.
I’ve said if you want people to watch your streams do them on YouTube because your live stream can get watched indefinitely. I had a live stream on YouTube that only five or ten people watched at the time and then almost a million, something like almost 800,000 people have watched it over the last year and a half.
That won’t happen, or it is not very likely to happen, on Twitch because Twitch only keeps the streams right now for about a month. Therefore, if you want to build a following on Twitch, it’s essential to be able to live stream and just to be online every day for long periods of time consecutively.
My streams that did the best generally were three or four hours long. When I made the homepage on Twitch, which is where you get the chance to build a whole bunch of followers at once, when you hit the home page, I made that being online for several hours at once and live streaming consistently and having made videos for years before that on YouTube and built a following.
Therefore, if you want to build a following on Twitch, there is no substitute for live streaming, every single day is ideal. I would say, if you want to have a chance to be one of the top channels on Twitch, 8 to 10 hours a day, every day.
If you are not up for that, don’t waste your time with Twitch because if you are like my friends who weren’t up for that, if you are like me, I wasn’t up for that, and I already had a following, I was able to get followers.
For my friends who live streamed the same way I did, they got nothing. Almost no one ever watched their streams besides their friends, and then they weren’t even that excited about one or two people coming in occasionally.
You see, when you live stream eight to ten hours a day on Twitch, I’ve done a lot of things 8 to 10 hours today online and when you do that every single day, you build massive momentum.
I did video courses eight to ten hours a day or so. Maybe five or six hours a day, seven days a week. I did video courses for two years like that. I made over a half million dollars doing that within that time and I’ve made more since then.
I’ve done Steem every day and I’ve made almost a half million dollars doing that as well.
You see, there are gigantic rewards when you go all-in on things. You get almost nothing for just doing it how other people do it. If you want to build a following on Twitch, there is no substitute for eight to ten hours a day, five to seven days a week.
So, what I’m going to share with you, assuming you do 8 to 10 hours a day, I will give you a few tips that will help. If you don’t, you are not very likely. You might be the exception perhaps, as one percent of live streamers can get away with doing maybe an hour or two a day, or one day a week.
My friends certainly were not in the 1% and I wasn’t in the 1% either even if I already had a following and I brought them to Twitch.
Now, if you want to have a chance to do Twitch full time you need to act like you do Twitch full time before you get full-time money. In everything that’s worked for me, I’ve done that. When I started teaching video courses I had a hundred thousand dollars in debt. I borrowed more money, so I could teach full time, so I could drop everything else I was doing and just film videos to make video courses and upload them on a website that later banned me, and it paid off massively.
I did the same thing with Steem. I went all in on Steem, I invested as much as I could and I started doing it every day, and I focused on doing nothing else as much as I did Steem, and that has worked out really well.
Now, assuming you do that, then it helps to have some concrete tips.
So, here are a few tips if you are going to do 8 to 10 hours a day and you want to essentially make the most of your time.
First, make sure you engage. That means interact with every single viewer that comes across your channel. Set your streaming up, so you can see the chat and very easily respond.
On my live-streaming setup, my camera and the chat, everything is all set up so I can see the chat very easily in real time and respond to it, and that’s one of the things that helped me build followers when someone commented on my channel. That’s one of the things that makes a smaller viewership stream worth watching.
You see, when you are looking around at these channels with massive amounts of viewers and you are wondering, “Why would anyone watch my channel instead of some of these channels?”
The reason is, for the interaction.
Let’s take a look at the top channel right now on Twitch.
40,000 viewers are live and the chat room on a top channel generally rolls so fast that the live streamer is lucky to see even a fraction of the comments, and the live streamer can actually turn things on to indicate whether people are subscribers, and in fact I’d imagine a lot of the top live streamers require or make it so, you can only post if you are a subscriber in the chat to limit the chat, or if you have got like a Twitch Prime, you can limit things like that as well.
The viewer interaction is the one angle you can work really well as a smaller streamer.
So, if you are wondering why anyone would watch a smaller channel, it’s for the viewer interaction, because the bigger your audience gets, and I’ve experienced this myself for streaming when I had several hundred people watching at once, I could barely respond to 10% of the chat, which makes a less interactive stream.
The main angle you have got to work when you are a smaller streamer is the back and forth. I discovered this when I was starting streaming on Twitch. I found a guy playing “Call of Duty,” he had ten people watching, it said on his stream that he was a former NFL player. He was very good at the game. I was able to learn how to play “Call of Duty – Advanced Warfare” better watching his live stream, and then he was very interactive.
When I said something in the chat, he would respond immediately to whatever I said and everyone else he would give shout-outs. That’s why smaller streams are worth watching. That’s why people watch streams that have smaller amounts of viewers and that’s the secret to snowballing into having a bunch of viewers.
What you may not see when you go to some of these streams that have a ton of people watching on them, what you may not realize is that the live streamer has been interacting with people for years more than likely.
The live streamer has been going back and forth talking with viewers. The live streamer has been reading the chat and responding to it. The live streamer has been making an amazing viewer experience for a long time.
All you really need to do if you want to build followers on Twitch is to do something you love. I haven’t even mentioned that yet, but that’s kind of assumed. I will mention that in a minute.
Do it a lot, and then be good to your viewers. Interact, make a live stream that’s fun with your viewers.
If you don’t make a live stream that’s interactive with your viewers, if you don’t love every viewer that comes across your channel, it’s difficult to succeed. I never remember my friends who were live streaming on Twitch, they were asking me, “How do I get more followers? How do I get more people to watch?”
None of them ever mentioned any viewers they ever had on their Twitch channel. Any interactions they had was like, “Wow, this viewer came on and I was really excited.”
It was always about, “I got to get more. I got to get more. How do I get more? How do I get more?”
If you don’t appreciate the people you already have, even if you get more, you won’t appreciate it.
You see, I’ve gotten here to be with you today because I appreciate you that you are here and no one else needs to be here. Just you and me, that’s fine.
I might just be talking, I actually am talking to myself as I film this. There might not even be anyone else, but in the greater spiritual sense we are all one anyways. You get the point.
I appreciate you being here and you know that.
You can feel that I appreciate you being here.
When you go to a channel and the gamer doesn’t notice you or appreciate you being there, that’s a big missed opportunity and I’ve done that a lot on my channel.
I’ve missed the majority because a lot of the people who have come through my channel, I’ve missed the chance to build a deeper relationship.
That’s why it’s so essential to live stream for so much time. The eight to ten hours a day gives you a chance for people to hang out with you. People who are lonely and they are in their bedroom, you want to be able to very clearly picture who is going to watch you.
People who are lonely at home on the couch, at work, the kids, 13-year-old kids who their mom and dad are divorced, their moms are at work all day. They get home from school, they don’t have anything else to do and they like to play video games, but they are tired they just want to relax and they go on your live stream and you really talk with them, you listen to what they have to say.
They can talk to you back and forth, and they have fun. They even are able to hop in and play the game with you sometimes. That’s what makes watching a live stream worth it. That’s what gives people the love and that’s what keeps people coming back.
Now, I’ve tried tricks like giveaways on my channel that works to get more viewers and it gets more followers, but it doesn’t work to keep people coming back. Ultimately, if you want to do well on Twitch, and YouTube is awesome if you just want to do part-time streaming. Steem is awesome if you just want to make a little bit of money and you don’t want to live stream all the time, but you just like to have a few people watch and earn a little bit of money.
Steem is great for that.
If you just don’t want to even care about building a following and want to live stream to your friends, Facebook is much better for that.
Twitch is really a full-time opportunity and Twitch is one of the best places to get live viewers without prior experience, but you have got to keep those live viewers coming back.
If you want to learn about it watch some of these people’s live streams, especially the ones that are not at the very top. You might try some or watch some of these in the middle where there are hundreds of people watching them that still are more interactive.
Now, if you are a girl, I would imagine you have a bit of a better chance to have a live stream where you build viewers because a lot of viewers are guys.
But that doesn’t mean if you are a guy that you can’t build an audience. You will notice a lot of the top live streamers are guys.
I think it also helps a lot to have your picture with a green screen like I’ve got on the camera and on the live stream because if you want to build followers, it helps to look like a pro streamer.
You look like a pro streamer by having a green screen.
You look like a pro streamer by having a good microphone.
You look like a pro streamer by being able to throw banners up. If you have got banners, you look like a good live streamer by being able to put up a banner or if you have got equipment or something to just throw that on the screen.
Now, there are tools.
If you’d like to see the tools to do this, will you please go to Jerrybanfield.com/resources because I’ve got all the equipment and software listed to do this.
If you want to build a following it helps to look like a pro streamer because someone who’s just on their PlayStation and doesn’t have their camera, whose got a crappy microphone and doesn’t respond to viewers, you are not going to get a good interaction with viewers.
If you want to do well on Twitch, if you want to build a following, look like you deserve a following.
If you want to build a following on Twitch, look like you are worth following.
Make that extra effort.
You will see that a lot of these streams have a picture of the streamer on them. A lot of these streams have little banners on them. A lot of these streamers I’m sure are very interactive with their audiences.
Now, given all of that and I’ve given you a lot of tips here that apply generally.
Specifically, you are asking, “Okay. Well, which game do I play?”
Which game to play?
That’s a whole other topic.
Thank you for reading this tutorial, which was originally filmed as the video below.