Thursday, November 30, 2017

Minimum Wage Job vs Full-Time Streamer, a look at the numbers

Full-Time Streaming vs Minimum Wage Job

Do you think you have what it takes to make streaming into a full time job? Here are some numbers you should consider in making that decision.

First up, minimum wage is generally 7.25 a hour, a work week is 40 hours.

Spreadsheet for US Minimum Wage at 7.25 & 40 Hours a week.
YearlyMonthlyTwo WeeklyWeekly
Gross Income$15,080.00 $1,256.67 $580.00 $290.00
Taxable Income$4,680.00 $390.00 $180.00 $90.00
Federal Tax$468.00 $39.00 $18.00 $9.00
Social Security$1,153.62 $96.14 $44.37 $22.19
Total$13,458.38 $1,121.53 $517.63 $258.82

Next up streaming income, the super bare bone basics!

Twitch Revenue Dashboard


Advertisements / Subscription / Bit Income
  • For every 1000 Impressions (not blocked by Adblockers) you earn an average of 3.00
    Twitch runs 1 Ad during the start of a stream and another at the end.
    • Partners have the option to trigger mid-roll ads every 8 minutes in various blocks.
  • For you to make minimum wage you need roughly 2,420 Ad Impressions Per Hour
    • For 8 Hours per day that is 19,360 Ad Impressions
      Note, video ad time play is also taking into account, but I'm not sure how to calculate that metric, I'm leaving that out and just keeping basic ad impressions.
  • If you go by just base entry sub of 4.99@50% split and only that you will need to have around 503 to meet the monthly minimum wage amount.
    • That’s about 16 or so every day for 30 days.
  • For bits and only bits you have to get 125,600 each month.
Some issues you have to take into account for advertising income. First problem is viewers who use ad blockers, Twitch has recently updated the advertising servers to bypass many blocking apps but its not perfect.  Other issues many streamers do not account is for geo viewers, if viewers are located in countries with no advertising inventory (some are discounted ad rates ie 1.00 per 1k ad views), you cant account for that; nor can you account for general advertising inventory shortages. Advertising inventory shortages from my understanding happen alot during off advertising spending months or generally during big platform wide concurrent peeks. - review the best months to stream

Check your broadcaster stats, run it against the above basic data and see if you have at least minimum wage type of potential before going full-time.


Monday, October 9, 2017

Android app blank screen during login fix

How to fix the blank screen when tapping login on the Twitch android app!

So I recently ran into this issue with the Twitch mobile app on a samsung galaxy s4 phone.

Since I haven't used this phone for anything in a long time, some android related updates were missing.

In order to fix this blank login screen I had to go to the app store and update "Android System WebView"


Direct URL Link:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.webview&hl=en


Upon installing the update and trying the Twitch android app again, the login screen worked and I was able to get into my twitch account.

Other options you may consider if still having problems.
  • Uninstall and reinstall the latest twitch android app
  • Make sure to delete all cache from the app in settings

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

When Blizzard promotes your stream!

Ever wonder what happens when a really large gaming company like Blizzard promotes a Twitch live streamer?

So while I was checking out the PC Open Beta for Destiny 2, I noticed in the launcher screen a advertisement for a Twitch tv streamer.



And I started to ponder what type of traffic does this sort of advertising provide. Lucky for us they used a public short url linker which provides public stats.

Here is the URL short link stats from the day of advertising a Twitch tv streamer received.


Over 29,856 people clicked to the Twitch stream from Blizzard's Launcher.

Looking at a couple of 3rd party stat sites that track twitch channel metrics, it shows around 1,000 concurrent viewers, 900+ new followers and around 31,000 channel views for the broadcaster during the time frame.

That's pretty awesome!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Competition mentality

Streamer Vs Streamer - Do you believe you are competing against other streamers for viewers?

Here is a recent reddit post against my channel fueling this sort of a competition mentality.


This reddit user doesn't like that I embed my stream on the sidebar of websites that I run. They say because of having the stream embed its creating a unfair boost and is hurting other streamers.

Here is a great example of why you shouldn't think streaming is any sort of competition from one of the biggest entertainers of all time in Las Vegas, Wayne Newton.

Video Interview from Fox News; Your World with Neil Cavuto.
URL: https://youtu.be/obumip0Q8Wg?t=27m17s
Go to timestamp 27:15

Quote from the interview:
Wayne Newton, "There is not the competition between the performers that people would assume, it would be a logical aftermath of that, the truth of the matter is, the more the big stars come here, like those that you have mentioned, the better it is for all of us, because people will see the show they came to see, if it be one of them or me or whomever and then they say who do we go see next. So the whole town and the whole entertainment industry really derive a great benefit from that talent being here."


Don't fall into the mind trap of thinking you are in a competition against other streamers for viewers.  Focus on creating a brand, high quality content and promoting it out across many platforms and social media avenues. Use the twitch platform as a tool to grow your community and to showcase your content.  Also rather then seeing other streamers as competition, try to collaborate with others and find synergies if possible.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

General video and clip info for Twitch.tv

Listed here are some general info for videos and clips on the Twitch.tv platform.

A while ago twitch introduced a way to upload videos to the platform. What they didn't really make clear is how much of a priority uploaded videos get over highlights and past broadcasts.

If you are searching for videos on the platform, uploaded videos are shown first over other types even if other highlights have more total views.

Here is a example using the top search bar on Twitch and the video game Star Citizen.


Click image to enlarge

All the top listed videos are uploads, even thou the default filter for "popular" is listed its not working as intended. Another thing to note about upload videos is monetization, how that works is a mystery.  I speculate it only will do a pre-roll ad but nothing else so be aware if your creating hour long videos.

Uploaded videos also get the top spot in some game directories. Looks like any uploaded video from the past week or two are displayed.

Here is a screenshot from the videos section on battlefield 4 showing the trending uploads.




A quick tip that many streamers probably don't realize is happening on Twitch in regards to videos. At the end of your videos, it will automatically transition to the last "past broadcast" your channel has available.


Go investigate many of the top broadcasters on Twitch and see how most of their long session "past broadcasts" have thousands of views. The more you can syndicate short videos on twitch and around the internet that get consumed will help overall in boosting numbers for that video and past broadcasts. This is what generally is occurring for many top tier streamers.

Clips
Check clips that viewers generated during your stream session and combine them into a montage for uploading. Delete the clips afterwords so all views go to the uploads and not the clips. Clips from what I have seen are not monetized and create in a way leaks leading viewers elsewhere.

This is a major difference from creating highlights or uploads which when finished autoplay your last broadcast. 

Another option that clips can be very handy for is for use on twitter. Since downloading clips is very easy, this offers you a quick way to get some video content onto your twitter.

VodCast
Everytime someone is watching a VodCast on your channel, the video that is currently playing will get a view and also your channel's total viewcount.

Realtime viewer numbers during VodCast is exactly the same as if your live, if people are watching the VodCast, the viewer count will show how many are currently doing that on the channel

One thing to note, transition from VodCast to Live or Live to VodCast resets the realtime view count even if you time it to switch between each session really fast.

Personally I found extreme success with VodCasting and having the channel going for almost 24/7.  I previously was on the playlist beta, which was similar to vodcast expect that you were not listed on the game directory and view counts didn't count for the videos.

With the latest mobile app changes using VodCasting during times where your not able to stream can potentially gain you a major amount of followers.

Here is a peek at my channel stats from when the mobile app changes happen.


The app changes started around 6/30 - note the yellow marker on the image. Follower count has skyrocketed from what I usually have been receiving on the platform. Majority of this is happening during vodcasting sessions.

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Ok well thats all that I can think of at the moment for this topic! I hope someone out there gets something useful from this post. If you have any questions or comments fill free to write them below. 

Sunday, July 2, 2017

New Twitch app auto follows streamers

Did you know the new Twitch app for ios and android auto follows channels based on which 3 games they have to pick in the start screen?



So this is something new that I haven't seen happen on Twitch before via their app.  I loaded up the new Twitch Andriod app on bluestacks to test it out to verify. Bluestacks is a android emulator, which is very handy for testing apps.

After you login (I used a freshly created Twitch account, this may make a difference), you have to pick 3 games to follow. For my test I picked EVE Online, Star Citizen and Elite Dangerous.

Here are the listed streamers that the app automatically followed for each game:

Elite Dangerous Auto Follow Streamers:

Star Citizen Auto Follow Streamers:

EVE Online Auto Follow Streamers:


Twitch Support tweeted out the following:

Interesting keywords here is "new-user onboarding flow" which I believe for the app is to get users to quickly see the benefits of following games and streamers.

At first glance it seems to pick channels with the most viewers most followers that are currently online for the game.

Update 7/7/2017 - Its picking the top three streamers in the game directory now, not most followers.

Update 7/25/2017 - You need at least 10 Viewers to be included in the top 3 of the game. If the top channels are all under 10 viewers, no one will be auto followed.

Tip:
Knowing the above fact makes this exploitable via the vodcasting feature. If your channel has generally more viewers (total followers) then others who are currently streaming the game you will benefit from the twitch app auto follow system.

Update 7/25/2017 - The tip above is no longer available, Twitch removed Vodcast streams from follower onboarding.

Twitch Support tweeted out the following (7/24/2017):
Mobile App Vodcasting avoidance


How do you feel about the Twitch app basically follow botting certain channels? Leave a comment below, thanks!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

How to stream with one monitor?

Guide on how to stream with just one monitor using ghost screening.

Here is how I currently stream using just a single monitor with being able to see chat, webpages and other things at the same time without effecting the game capture.


First off the monitor needs to have dual inputs, the one I'm currently using has 3 different inputs: VGA, DVI and HDMI.



Next your video card has to support the two different types of input.

I'm using a 1080 GTX, it supports both DVI and HDMI.



I plug in both of the different types of connectors to the monitor.  The monitor can switch screens between DVI or HDMI. For my setup I use DVI at 1920 x 1200 native, the max supported resolution for this monitor (its a couple years old) and HDMI at 1920 x 1080.

Since both DVI and HDMI connections are plugged into the video card, it will show the system as having 2 monitors.



I made monitor #2 as default (make this my main display) and monitor #1 is where all the games go for screen capture.

Here is how the desktop looks with the game running, OBS and a webpage with the twitch chat viewing.


Basically you put the game on monitor #1 which is really a ghost screen (not there) and then you use the OBS monitor window to play the game while its on the ghost monitor. And since its in a window you can load up webpages and other apps to monitor chat and whatever else you like during your streaming sessions.

Using only 1 monitor, saves power, creates less heat and doesn't strain your head and/or neck muscles as much since you dont have to keep checking to the sides if you were using a multi monitor setup.