Broadcasting can be very addicting and fun. Your viewers are what makes a broadcast a success. Everyone wants an active chat when broadcasting and there are some things that you can do that may help your broadcast become a success.
The first thing you will want is to establish are some rules for your channel. Please keep in mind that the fewer the rules the better. I am not a big fan of huge list of rules, to many rules can and will intimate or antagonizing viewers into purposely breaking rules. The most common rules I have are:
- No Advertising
- No Hating
- No Links with Out Permission
- No Excessive CAPS
- Ask Permission to PM Someone
Next you want to appoint someone you trust as an OP to help moderate the channel. One should be more than enough till your broadcast becomes popular. The biggest mistake people make is adding too many OPs to quickly and it’s hard to let them go if you need because you don’t want to hurt their feeling and some OPs tend to be emotional about their status. Also, when new viewers enter your chat for the first time and almost all your people are OPs is a major turn off and they will leave without even saying hi.
As a broadcaster, it’s your job to keep your channel entertained and let your Op(s) moderate the chat for you. Plus you won’t have much time to study the chat, just trying to answer questions can be more than enough for a broadcaster to handle. Also, some people join streaming sites to interact with someone in front of a webcam, this said it’s nice to have a cam facing you directly so people see who you really are. Some broadcasters may prefer to broadcast music and so you will see a live image of their music equipment.
The most important rule in a successful broadcast is communication, communication, communication. I have asked many times from different people “Why do they come back to my chat?” Answer is super simple, they liked being greeted by the owner or Ops when they entered, makes them know they were recognized and are welcomed to the chat.
Some things that don’t always work is 24/7 broadcasts, unless you are life casting or broadcasting something to watch other than you, these usually have slow or quiet chat rooms. Many channels boasting broadcasting 24/7 don’t do nearly as well as real live broadcasts. It takes a long time to build a successful and busy chat, especially ones where the broadcaster isn’t streaming on cam atm and the chat is still scrolling by.
Being consistent with your broadcasting times, make a simple schedule and post them somewhere on your broadcast site or website. By being consistent, your viewers will know when your show is Live. Also, create a bot for your channel for extra entertainment or if you have never created one, invite one a bot already programmed into your channel, most are free.
On a serious note, it is very important not to have any personal information available to viewers, no matter how friendly they seem, you never know who’s watching. Some even watch with out logging in, I refer to them as lurkers. I’m not saying this to deter you from broadcasting but as a precaution for your own protection.
So basically, be kind and courteous, Upbeat, with a smile, keep your channel clean and HAVE FUN!