Getting Paid to Play: 6 Steps to Becoming a YouTube Streamer

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Getting paid to play might not be as far-fetched as it sounds. With more people looking to make money on YouTube, more opportunities are available to you than ever before. However, it isn’t as easy as just signing up and claiming your cash. 

Looking at the market, an increasing number of YouTubers and streamers are making a living out of playing games. Many people think that they need to quit their day job and play games all day long to make it big.

YouTube is a fast-growing gaming community nowadays, and if you are trying to become a famous gamer, you need to consider it as your primary gaming platform.

How to Become a Successful YouTube Streamer?

1. Identify your target audience and pick the right game for streaming
2. Use proper software for video creation and editing
3. Make a content creation schedule that will keep your viewers engaged
4. Create a visually appealing channel (take care of your background and thumbnails)
5. Interact with your community regularly (listen to their demands, organize giveaways and meet-ups)
6. Promote your channel on other social networks and gaming forums or blogs

However, this is not necessary. To get started, you need to consider a few things first. Here are six steps to becoming a YouTube streamer and getting paid to play.

Identify Your Niche

If you want to become a successful YouTuber, you’re going to have to think about your niche. What is your channel about? Who is your target audience? What will you be streaming?

These are all questions you should be asking yourself before you start building your channel. To reach the goal of 1,000 subscribers and more, you will at the very least need to be able to answer these questions. 

Start with gaming if you are not sure what you want to stream. It’s a very easy niche to enter, and there are always people looking to watch other people play popular games.

The best way to learn what you’re going to be streaming is to watch other streaming channels. You will start to get a feel for what’s popular on the internet, and you can start to tailor your channel to be similar.

Explore Video Creation and Editing Tools

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Broadcasting yourself to the world is hard, but it can be more than worth it. If you put the time and effort into what you’re doing and you’re able to develop a following, you might be able to make a living of it.

It’s said that the average earnings from a YouTuber’s videos are $2,000, so it’s a pretty good chance that your dreams of being a YouTuber can become a reality. But, to do that, you need more than just a topic and a Youtube channel.

Well, that does not mean that you should invest in a high-end camera and numerous live video editing tools. You need to have access to the tools to create a flawless video. You can use an online video maker with preloaded templates for Youtube and use them to get started.

It isn’t that hard to create a video when using the right software, and many of the programs are free for personal use.

Build a Content Creation Routine

If you want to become a successful YouTube streamer, you need to follow a consistent routine to create content. If you don’t have a schedule, you will have a hard time keeping up with your subscribers and keeping a steady flow of videos.

Besides having a routine to post or stream content, you should also have a schedule for content creation. And the best way to do this is to spend a certain number of hours a week creating content. 

The number of hours will vary based on your schedule and the amount of content you need to create. You can do this by going through the comments, feedback, and suggestions from your previous streaming to evaluate what your audience loves.

Besides that, you could also stream content about popular topics in your genre. Alternatively, you could also host an interactive session with your audience when you do not have a topic in mind but wish to have an engaging session. 

Create a Visually Appealing Channel

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Having a visually appealing channel can go a long way in becoming a successful YouTube streamer. It takes time and commitment to make a channel that people like and subscribe to. The first step is to make a high-quality graphics background for your channel based on what your brand is about. 

It can be a bit daunting. However, it has become easier thanks to the new User Interface and editing features. After that, you need to start creating and uploading videos frequently.

Only when you can have both of these two requirements do you have a chance of becoming a successful Youtuber. 

Engage With Your Audience

Always remember that you’re not a one-man show! Nothing is more embarrassing than a YouTube streamer who only interacts with their community on streams but never off of them. If you want to be a successful streamer, you need to be a part of the community. 

There are all kinds of ways you can do that, too! Host meet-ups and online game nights. Share clips of the streams you do with your followers. Take polls and surveys to get people involved in what you’re doing.

Most importantly, remember to have fun and make sure you’re interacting with your community regularly!

Promote Your Channel Online

If you want to become a successful YouTube streamer, you have to promote yourself online.

Post on subreddits and blogs, make videos, get found through keyword searches, and add a website to your channel. If you’re a game streamer, you can advertise on game sites, talk about your channel on game forums and try to get your channel on a gaming network.

If you are a vlogger, you can make a blog to advertise your channel, talk about your channel on social media, become a YouTube partner and submit your channel to aggregators like Visible.

You can also send the link to your channel to all your friends and loved ones and ask them to follow your streams. That way, you would increase your views and reach better until your organic audience grows.

Besides, your friends and loved ones could suggest how you could do things differently during your streaming to increase your reach and revenue. 

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This blog discussed six different steps to becoming a YouTube streamer and earning money while doing it.

I hope you enjoyed it and that you could learn a bit about becoming a streamer. Don’t forget to drop them in the comments section if you have any questions.

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Stefan Mitrovic

Stefan is a long-time content creator and one of the Stream Mentor's co-founders. He's a tech geek and a Dota 2 player (not even a good one) who wanted to help others become professional streamers and earn from the comfort of their home.