One of the biggest challenges you will encounter while live streaming is making yourself stand out. There could be thousands of other content creators playing the same games and doing the same things that you are. So, how do streamers stand out and get more viewers?
The quickest and easiest way to get a step ahead of the competition is through widgets. What are widgets? Easy to use stream add-ons like chat boxes or polls that give your viewers more to engage with. More engagement means more watch time, which means more viewers, which will hopefully mean more money in your pocket.
If you are on platforms like Streamlabs or OBS then these widgets will also work on just about all live streaming services. This means the following tools will work on Twitch alternatives like YouTube and Facebook Gaming.
Here are my top five widgets as well as easy-to-follow links to use all of them.
If you have ever watched a Twitch stream and seen graphics pop up announcing follows and subs then you have seen the Alert Box in action. This robust widget is essential for streamers who want an easy and automatic way of rewarding their viewers for engaging with the stream.
The Alert Box widget is essential even if it does take a while to fully set up. For a full walkthrough of how to set up this great widget head here.
"Just Chatting" screens are a great way to talk with your viewers. An essential part of this is giving your viewers the ability to see what you are reading without making them keep chat open. The Chat Box widget is the best way to accomplish this.
Having the Chat Box widget can help you create better TikTok content. One example might be if a viewer comments something funny and you react to it. Post the clip on TikTok to grow your audience by showing how you appreciate your viewers.
One tip here is to be careful where you put your Chat Box. Some viewers might not like it if the game is being blocked. Learn how to add this widget to your stream here.
One of the best tips I got when I started streaming was to embrace the spam. Sure, it can be annoying, but a barrage of emojis is fun for viewers and sometimes that is what matters most. The Emote Wall widget is your new way of showing off those emotes on stream.
The Emote Wall is a controversial topic. Some viewers and streamers find it too distracting and spammy. This is likely because the widget is often used incorrectly. Do not place this widget on your main scenes where you are playing games. Instead, place it on your going live or just chatting screens. This way viewers have something to do while they are waiting for you to play.
Learn how to use an Emote Wall here.
Ever wanted your viewer's help when deciding the game to play, thing to do, or what to name something? Then the Polls widget is perfect for you. It is also a great way to separate yourself from other streams as many do not use polls.
My first experience with the Polls widget came when I was trying to decide which hero I should choose in Overwatch. My chatters overwhelmingly chose Mei one of the more annoying characters to play as. It became a fun bit on the channel and created a great viewer-streamer relationship.
For a detailed look into getting polls set up head here.
I saved the best for last. This browser source is an all-around winner when it comes to leveling up your streams. You can create an image or video that shows at the same time a link of your choice appears in chat. Plus, IGNTE is also a great way to make money while you stream which you can learn more about here.
Making money is consistently voted as the greatest challenge for streamers on Twitch. This browser source helps to solve that problem without being annoying to viewers. Want to know how much money you could make using IGNTE? Head to the website here and scroll down a little to calculate what your weekly earnings could be.
For a quick walkthrough video on how to make money using IGNTE head here.
For a clever way to see chat while streaming try the Chat Box. If you have already learned how to become a Twitch affiliate and want to thank your subs then the Alert Box is great for you. The Emote Wall will get viewers chatting and the Polls widget will keep them around. Lastly, the IGNTE browser source will get you paid.
Want to learn more ways to make money streaming? Read our How to start streaming on Twitch - 6 ways to make money article.