Live-streaming is any geek’s ticket to success that allows them to make a living off doing what they love—an obviously great proposition. However, it is not without its fair share of confusion and technical challenges.
As platforms like Twitch, Facebook Live, and YouTube Live continue to pave the way for small-time and large-scale creators to thrive, it’s clear that the platform in question has grown considerably. In fact, the opportunity to get famous, make a large amount of money, and bring joy to the lives of thousands (or millions) with live-streaming has become more accessible today than ever!
Common live streaming challenges (and how you can solve them)
With the number of streamers growing and viewership rates soaring to new heights, it’s easy to see why marketers and industry professionals regard live-streaming as the future of fan-creator interaction. Before you jump on the opportunity to start your new career as a streamer, it’s important to be well aware of the challenges that lie ahead and bear the potential to meddle with your efforts.
In the sections below, we will share two common live-stream challenges that you may face and how you can solve them:
1. Inconsistencies in streaming quality
If you’ve been a fan of various streamers for a while now, you’re probably familiar with how frustrating inconsistent quality is. Well, your stream isn’t going to be an exception from this type of reaction to a similar problem, either. Commonly affecting any type of streamer, predicaments involving unstable or inconsistent streaming flow can significantly impact viewership in both the present and future.
Although webcasting solution providers work night and day to help equip streamers with the solution they need to keep everything running smoothly, this doesn’t change the fact that inconsistent streaming quality frustrates viewers. In fact, it may be an understatement to say that such outcomes make many of them leave live-streams because of how short the patience and attention span of the average viewer is! Especially when there are more options than ever.
Once you set up your streaming page and get the hang of the process from ingress to egress, it’s important that you start working on providing uninterrupted and consistent live-streaming to your viewers. Following this priority alone will already give your live streams the competitive edge that they need to thrive!
2. Bandwidth issues
With the age of the internet seeing more users than ever before, live streamers are at greater risk of experiencing bandwidth constraints.
Today, more content creators are seeing their fair share of struggles during product launches, concerts, and games because many people are using the internet simultaneously. Whenever such a problem arises and progresses, video quality is severely compromised, and the engagement or interaction that a streamer has with their audience can be severely affected!
Thankfully, dealing with this problem and reducing the likelihood that you’ll need to face it all boils down to simple measures that even the biggest of streaming stars use:
- Investing in the best Internet service provider (ISP) and respective data allocations possible
- Using high-quality Ethernet cables and carry-around dongles to act as contingency sources for potential bandwidth-hogging issues
- Constantly updating or maintaining an effective data backup plan that will keep the ball rolling even during sudden changes in Internet speed
Basically, get good internet and plug your PC in with a cable.
As exciting as the idea of starting your live streaming career may sound, it’s important to keep a level head and stay aware of the most common challenges that will hamper your progress if you don’t come prepared. Through this guide’s help, you can give your page and streams the competitive edge they need to keep viewers entertained and happy in the best way possible!
If you want to learn more about growing an audience and how you can turn your passion into something that puts food on the table with the help of YouTube, we’ve got you covered. Get in touch with us at Coaching for Geeks to learn more about how we can help and join the Coaching for Geeks Community today!
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