The Ultimate Guide to Streaming Your Gaming on Twitch

You might not realise it, but there is a huge demand to watch people playing video games online. It’s a concept that sounds bizarre on the face of it. Why would someone prefer to watch other people playing games online than play themselves?

The explosion of the eSports industry has helped ramp up the interest in video gaming, with streaming platforms such as Twitch giving eSports professionals a medium to demonstrate their expertise and grow the exposure of the industry.

The Ultimate Guide to Twitch Streaming
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Today, Twitch boasts over 100 million unique monthly viewers, with two million broadcasters offering everything from laid-back talk shows to professional tournaments. Watching Twitch has proven to be a great way for fellow gamers to learn and improve their skills.

From professional eSports stars to poker pros, streamers can provide a depth of analysis greater than any blog post can. It can also help followers feel like part of a community. For example, thousands of poker fans tuned in to watch a Polish poker player scoop $1 million from a $5 tournament entry to secure the biggest win of his life.

The beauty of Twitch streaming is that anyone can become a gaming celebrity. While only a select few can make it big as an NFL or English Premier League star, anyone with a reasonable and reliable desktop PC or one of the latest games consoles can become a Twitch streamer. Let’s take a look at some of the hardware and software you’ll need to make your video game streaming ambitions a reality.

Firstly, you’ll need a desktop computer that has plenty of memory. Twitch itself recommends your PC has a minimum of 8GB of RAM and operates on Windows 7 or newer operating systems. Don’t worry Mac users – you too can stream from your devices!

If you’re more of a PC gamer than a console gamer, you’ll require a suitable graphics card capable of displaying the latest games in high-definition (HD) quality pictures for streams. If you’re playing and streaming online simultaneously, you’ll also require a high-speed internet connection with fibre-optic connectivity, which is highly recommended to offer the best possible experience for your viewers.

There is an alternative to placing undue stress on your desktop PC when playing and streaming from the same computer. Some of the leading Twitch broadcasters will use one PC for gaming and another for broadcasting.

To provide viewers with the best possible viewing experience, you’ll need a webcam that ideally offers crisp 1080-pixel capture quality. Pick up a gaming headset, too, which will allow you to hear the gaming action and speak to your audience via the microphone.

To get going, you’ll obviously need to set up an account with Twitch. Once your profile has been created, consider including a description of your channel, a custom banner, and an avatar to add some personality that will help your channel stand out from the crowd. Finally, the most important kit in anyone’s Twitch broadcasting arsenal is to have an industry-standard piece of streaming software.

The typical programs used by most Twitch streamers are XSplit, which is a paid service, and Open Broadcasting Software (OBS), which is entirely free of charge. Those wanting to stream their game console action can do so directly from their system, with the free Twitch app downloadable on both the Xbox One and the PS4.

Open Broadcaster Software

The rest is then up to you. You can build your Twitch audience however you wish. Whether you try and tap into a specific niche or prefer chat show-style broadcasts and interacting with fellow gamers, you have 100% freedom to stream whatever you want.

You never know-if you succeed and build a following, you just might be given a cut of broadcast revenues and make a nice second income on the side. What are you waiting for? Get streaming!
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How To Entice Your Reader To Your Way Of Thinking

Countless writing beginners fight over the right words: for an editorial piece of writing, for an essay or merely a business letter. Even though you understand that your main intention is to convince your reader of your proposition and point of view, there appears to be no magic recipe for effective writing.

How to Influence Your Readers

You may slap together your hands in discouragement, reckoning “that some people just have it naturally and others don’t – and  I  don’t.” The point is not to give up so soon. The solution to productive and effective writing lies in the convincing factor.

Envision it as pursuing your sweetheart, or promoting your mom to shop for that spectacular prom attire. Much simpler said than done, you might say. Well, here you get the bones of effective writing tactics, to provide you with a confident jump start on your next piece of writing.


1) Work with facts


Truth is indisputable. Depending on your objective assignment, you could be utterly academic, with quotations from reputable sources of information to support your postulates. Irrespective of the venue (cover letter, essay or whatever), effective writing calls for a solid parity of facts and viewpoints.

Are you after the prom dress, a 20/80 balance of facts versus the emotional aspects might just serve the purpose,  e.g., “It’s on sale this weekend, and I will be able to wear it on many other occasions  after  the prom”, supported by the innocent puppy dog eyes and  other sentiments  which move a Mom’s heartstrings. Expressing your case on a lovely e-card might boost your stand with Mom and enable you to meticulously  formulate your reasoning to best effect.

2) Read as much as you can


It’s great advice to anyone who wants to become a writer to study the best writers. Hence you should try to dedicate at least 60 minutes daily to reading. It’s highly recommended to start with fiction  anthologies.

The aspiring writer should study setting, style, tone, cadence,  dialect and character development and their approach to writing from masters like Hemmingway, Camus, Faulkner, Wolfe, Kafka or Steinbeck, to name just a few.

Read whatever you can. It will blow your mind when you realize how much of this reading will permeate your conscious mind and will eventually be reflected in your very own writing. The more you read, the more effective writing skills you’ll amass.

3) Be passionate


When you are excited about a topic, the reader will notice. Use for example only such adjectives that accurately illustrate the nuance of the message you are trying to put across. Consider to get a synonym finder and a thesaurus; it will pay off. Often there exist many gradations to the feeling or the ‘flavor’ of a word.

You can find these nuances in your synonym finder or your thesaurus, those precise words that articulate your feelings. (This practice also helps to build up your vocabulary and to improve your writing style and to refine your effective writing technique.

 
4) Maintain a journal


Even if you think that you’re only interested in learning how to write a successful business letter, you might want to consider keeping a journal. But how can a journal help with effective writing?

With a journal, even though you’re writing it just for yourself, in which you detail everyday events which may be or not of particular consequence, you might just experience that certain patterns begin to reveal in your thinking which in the end will help you to be more effective in your writing efforts.

You may, for example, start to realize that you’ve got quite a great sense of humor or you may find that a prevalent sort of whining tone is creeping into your remembrance. Or you may find that you’re too annoying or too timid.

How To Attract Readers Attention


Gleaning these sorts of observances from your journal will benefit you in writing a better business letter, devoid of whining inclinations while utilizing the affirmative effects of a positive attitude. Besides,  your journal will enlighten you on many things about yourself that will expand your understanding of the world at large.

5) Be serious


Nothing will damage your tryouts at effective writing more than insincerity, or a perceived lack of authenticity. Readers see through an insincere voice in a heartbeat.

About the Author: 

Carol James is an EssayLab psychology department writer and senior editor. She has MA degree in social sciences and is an excellent specialist in this field. Carol works with numerous materials on the subject and is eager to share her knowledge with our readers.
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How To Stretch Your Data Allowance

We take things for granted. 10 years ago, Facebook was a new website and the iPhone was something only half of the population had heard of. A decade on, we have a mental model that includes these things as bedrock features of our lives.

Conversely, we now have problems that we never used to : Managing the data in our phone plans (primarily to avoid paying too much) is a new challenge most of us face. Assuming that your starting point is that you have a reliable provider and a decent value plan, here’s what you can do to extend your data allocation. 


Stretching your data allowance


The amount of video we are watching on our phones is rising every year at exponential rates.Video is anything with a moving image – from a YouTube clip to a Netflix video. Recent evidence suggests that people watch 100% more each year!

Before we get in to extending the value you get from your data, it will help to know how the technology works – at a very high level. There is a significant factor working against you in the background when it comes to the amount of vide you consume on your phone. 

The latest 4G phones have capabilities to get download speeds of up to 100 Mbps of data (that’s a lot!) When you’re streaming a video from a website, if the website you’re using (for example, YouTube) will detect a 4G connection and send the highest quality image possible resolution – because the connection is so good !

Manage Your Data Usage


So, the key thing you can do to use less data, it’s to get in to YouTube (or wherever you watch your video on your phone) and make sure it is downloading a lower quality stream. For a screen the size of your phone, 240p should be fine – you won’t even be able to tell the difference.

If there is one other thing you should do to cut the amount of data you use, it’s to install the free Self Service app that your phone company provides. Almost every phone company in the world has one of these now and they’re great. Open it up and you’ll see a simple graph giving you the information you need – the date when your plan renews and the proportion of your data allocation you’ve used. 

Simply having these facts at your fingertips and checking them regularly (I aim to check mine as regularly as I do my bank account – one every couple of days) will have a huge impact on the amount of data you use. Simple awareness of how you are progressing will help you cut down. In the event you are going to go over your allocated data entitlement, you’ll be able to buy more data at the cheapest rate possible, from within the app.

Note : The research suggests that those who use their Self Service Apps are also happier with their phone company. They don’ t have to call customer support as often because they can manage their account from their phones, themselves.

Summing up - managing these things – for cheats!


We’re users, not technical professionals. We shouldn’t have to worry about the amount od data we use. Most people don’t spend long in their settings and neither should they have to. Phones should be designed to do things easily, without instruction.

The truth is that average users can address the data problem in some simple ‘high street’ ways. Upgrading your phone plan can give you the extra data you need, rather than you having to roll your sleeves up and mess around with Self Service apps and YouTube quality settings.

Newer, smaller phone companies often offer the best value when it comes to data. Some also offer helpful facilities that the bigger phone companies don’t. For example, some will give you more data when they raise the data allocation in their plans– without you having to do anything. 

Others offer data rollover or data vault facilities (in which data rolls over eternally – whatever they give you is yours for ever, until you leave!) The reality is that picking the best plan and changing regularly can give you enough data that you don’t have to worry about managing it better.

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The Ultimate Guide to Write Blog Content That Really Rocks

Having a blog is no longer something odd for most people. In fact, the number of bloggers grew significantly over the last years. Therefore, the competition on the market is incredibly strong. You can no longer be good enough. Unless you create content which makes the readers read every single detail of it, you won’t make it in this niche.

So, what every blogger aims for now is crafting the content which will be truly outstanding. The only question remaining here is how one can do this. There is no one answer to it, but we have crafted a list of useful tips which will make your content brilliant.

So, save these recommendations and apply them to your writing. You’ll see that excellent blog posts are something you can do.

How to craft perfect articles for your blog


How to Write a Blog Content

1) Identify your audience.


It might sound like something irrelevant to your blog, but the thing is that each post must be written with a very particular audience in mind. Writers must figure out what their audience loves, hates, believes in, or pursues in life. When knowing these facts, they can compose pieces which will stimulate a unique visitor to become a regular of the blog, and finally a customer.

Besides, if you know what they want, it’ll be easier to write texts which will answer their questions of why they need your product right now. It’s a key to successful business growth, so study your target audience.

2) Make the website user-friendly.


Everything on one’s website must be simple and self-explanatory. Thus, as soon as a visitor clicks on a link to your site and goes to the home page of your blog, they should know where to go to get your contacts in case they have questions they want to be answered as well as a list of the latest topics you elaborated on in the blog.

When it comes to subscription, it must appear on the screen in some bright colors to draw attention and be short not to bore users to death with a long list of questions.

3) Keep it short.


The text you are working on does not have to be long. If you can make it short, do it. Unfortunately, the writers forget that the audience does not have time to read long chunks of information. They prefer lists or other forms which allow the audience to acquire new information in a short but efficient manner. So, whenever there is something that you can cut out without changing the meaning and message of your article, it should be left out.

4) Watch your language.


One of the secrets people might forget about is the language they use here. It’s better if the language one uses when writing is good and proper but not too inflated. Always aim to speak in a way which is acceptable to your audience. Think of how you would talk to a customer in real life and use the same language for your blog. Let it be in the form of a conversation, as it makes everything sound more natural.

5) Add more links.


We don’t mean just any links but rather links to other pages of your blog. Select proper anchors and add hyperlinks to them, so that when readers find an article interesting or want to learn more about a particular subject matter marked in an anchor, they can easily do it right on the page. They say that adding links can decrease a bouncing effect and increase the time a user spends online. So, don’t lose such an opportunity and use every chance you have to encourage readers to stay and read more.

6) Divide it into smaller parts.


Every blog platform has its own peculiarities but depending on the width of the screen, you should adjust the paragraphs and make them shorter. In fact, different bloggers say different numbers but on average an article written correctly should only contain about five lines in each section and lines should be less than eighty symbols. When taken seriously, these numbers can change the whole experience of blogging.

7) Use keywords.


How to Use Keywords in Your Blog Posts


A lot of users have no idea that you are running a blog with the information they need. So, you have a chance to find such users by adding more keywords to the texts. Thus, when going online and searching for some particular subject, they will end up getting a link to your blog. There are special tools which help you generate keywords and most of such tools are free. 

The only task you will be left with then is inserting such words and phrases into your text in an efficient and natural way. But the time you spend on it is a time well-spent, as keyword rich articles get more views.

8) Show, don’t tell.


You are probably familiar with this principle: you should not simply state some facts but rather paint a picture using the words. The principle behind this is simple: you should focus on involving all five senses your readers have. For instance, if you are describing some situation, don’t merely state some facts but add details connected to one’s hearing, smell, sight, touch, and taste. Thus, readers will walk in your shoes and get a better perspective of what it was like to be there.

9) Only choose engaging topics.


There is no chance people will read the information they are not interested in. So, put yourself in readers’ shoes and write about things you would want to hear about. Besides, we strongly recommend you not using themes which only come in two colors: black or white. 

There must be room for discussion, so rather opt for something people might have different opinions about. And from the beginning make sure you stated your position clearly and encouraged other people to have a discussion with you right after they hear out all of your supporting arguments.

10) Craft catchy headlines.


Think about it: every day we get to see so much information, but we cannot familiarize ourselves with all of it, as it might be detrimental to one’s mental health. Moreover, we don’t have that much time. That is why we normally select only information we find important. How do we identify whether we want to read something or not? 

Right, we figure that out from a headline of each individual article. So, instead of choosing some vague title for your next blog post, select something brilliant and catchy. Think of what might make readers interested in reading the whole piece and make it your headline.

11) Add more visual materials.


People tend to like pictures, Infographics, and videos more and more these days. We explain it with the fact that they have to absorb so much data each day that not being able to take it anymore, they opt to watch a video rather than to read an article. For instance, watching a video is easier, and takes almost no effort to deal with while reading might take more time. So, to draw more traffic to content on your blog, add visuals.

12) Make it flow.


There is another thing writers must take into account to increase the quality of their texts. This thing is called “readability.” To put it short, it is a complex of the pace an average reader has when reading it as well as the level of complexity of a piece. 

It is better to keep your text simple without using obscure words or phrases an average visitor won’t understand. Besides, it is always better to use short sentences instead of long, complex ones. So, we are not saying that you should talk like a first grader in your articles. However, you should consider turning difficult things into simple words and phrases.

13) Use professionals to edit your posts.


If you work hard enough on each piece, the chances are that you might get so used to your style and common mistakes that your brain will ignore them altogether. However, when one seeks professional help here, people who have the qualification in this area and see this text for the first time can fix errors in no time.

Nevertheless, if you don’t want to pay for such services, you can always use technological solutions like Grammarly for this purpose or ask your friends for help. It does not matter what you opt for, have someone else edit and proofread it for you.

14) Call to action.


You should always make an ending of a piece vivid and memorable. There are several options how one might do that. You might call readers to a particular action regarding the information just learned or ask them a question which will guide their thoughts in a particular direction. Whatever you choose, don’t lose a chance of persuading the readers for the last time in the end.

We hope that you will find these tips helpful. They’ve helped so many bloggers that we are sure that they can bring your writing to a new level. So, save them and let us know how they work for you!
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Freedom Debt Relief Reviews: Managing Money In Your 30’s

While pop culture teaches us to dread turning 30, it’s actually an exciting and usually revolutionary period in our life. Whether you’re getting married, having children, starting your own business, or buying a home, there is a lot going on. But keep in mind these are huge life changes that often require a lot of money.

Freedom Debt Relief Review


Freedom Debt Relief Reviews

Life is eventful enough without constantly worrying about money. Not to mention, getting a grip on your finances can change your life and your family’s for the better. Freedom Debt Relief reviews financial tips to put you in control of your finances and wealth building.


Spend Less Than You Earn


Not a little bit less, a lot less. Many people live their lives spending just about everything they earn each month, putting a tiny amount into savings, and thinking they are doing great. Cue a big unexpected expense or desired lifestyle change and they are shocked into reality.

The best way to create wealth is to save and invest your money. You can’t do that if you spend all of it each month. Investments mean your money is working while you sleep and compound interest can make you very wealthy over time.

Freedom Debt Relief reviews take a big picture perspective and think about coming life changes you’ll want to be able to afford. The time to start saving for your first home or child is yesterday, but today will do.

Avoid Lifestyle Creep


You just got that big raise and you are feeling flush. Finally, you can afford everything the neighbors can. It’s tough to avoid spending more when you have more. But this is lifestyle creep and is not a recipe to build wealth.

A great way to avoid lifestyle creep is committing to investing a certain percentage of your income. Freedom Debt Relief reviews that way, when you get the raise, you’ve already predetermined how much will go into savings and investment accounts.

Review Your Finances


As mentioned earlier, you need to take a big-picture perspective when it comes to your finances. This means blocking out times every month to sit down to think about your finances and make long-term plans. Extra money won’t magically appear when you need it.

Freedom Debt Relief reviews sit down with your significant other and try to imagine timelines for events like children’s college, retirement, or a first home purchase. Knowing your goals allows you to make strategic investments that allow you to achieve those goals. Different goals have different time horizons. You’ll need a specific investment vehicle that will allow you access to the funds when you need it, without sacrificing the advantage of investing for an extended period of time.

Spend On What You Care About


A bit more on the life advice side, but this is still good financial advice. The more money you make, the more you’ll have available to spend. With more options, you’ll need to choose wisely. The best way to spend your money is on things that actually matter to you.

Freedom Debt Relief reviews this is highly personal to you. Think about your core values like family, community, or education. Trying to match your neighbor’s fancy vacation will not only waste your money, but it will waste your time. You won’t be as fulfilled spending money just to keep up appearances as if you spent that money on something really important to you.

Enlist Help (Or Don’t)


Professional financial guidance can save you from making unnecessary mistakes. Find a financial advisor who works as a fiduciary 100% of the time (this means they’re legally obligated to act in your best interest).

A financial advisor can be a great way to get your finances in order so that you don’t have to worry about it. 

That being said, some people love taking care of their finances personally and are good at it. Those people may not need a financial advisor. Just make sure you take sound advice rather than chasing get-rich-quick schemes. 😊
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How to Read Other Peoples Text Messages Android App

Text messages have been around since the beginning of the cell phone and while the world no longer uses phone with brick keyboards and small screens, the function and use of the good old text message is very much prevalent – even with the technological advances from cell phones to smart phones and the increase in social media and chat apps.

How to Secretly Monitor Someone's Text Messages on Android


How to Secretly Monitor Someone's Text Messages on Android

The availability to phones by people of all age ranges, genders and races means that the standard text message has extended its reach and convenience for billions of people and as a result of this wide spread use, the ability to track text messages was born and this ability has been taken a step further by companies who have created new apps that are not only able to track text messages but also have a whole host of features and plugs that make it possible to do so much more than simply track text messages.

The obvious but rhetorical question is why would anyone want to read other peoples messages, this is quickly answered by the clear and disturbing truth that while humans crave privacy and security, they also crave the ability to be able to encroach on others privacy and get a view or glimpse of the other person’s life. While every aspect of this notion is true, there is so much more to the ability to track and read other people’s messages than simple curiosity and greed.

For example being able to read other peoples text messages allows institutions and people such as the government and private investigators to use the software for legal purposes or, alternatively parents who wish to monitor and track their underage children’s text messages to protect them from potential threats.

So now that you know why people use text message tracking apps, perhaps you have your own reasons, you then need to know the best apps and software that will enable you to do just that and depending on your phones operating system, this varies.

Android is one of the two most popular phone operating systems and the Play Store is chock block full of different apps that claim to be able to track text messages and finding the best one is a task and a half. You no longer need to worry because doing this is as easy as three simple steps and here is how to read other peoples text messages with an Android app.

  1. Choose the app
  2. Install the app
  3. Use

Being able to read other peoples text messages with and Android app is easy but the determining factor of whether you have a good experience or not, whether you are able to properly read the messages or not and whether your entire mission is successful mainly depends on which kind of app you select and there are many apps that are supported by the Android platform such as DDI Utilities and Surepoint Spy but the best app that is also specifically created for the Android system is Auto Forward Spy.

How to see Whatsapp messages of others

With Auto Forward Spy you are not only able to view the text messages, you can also read old and deleted ones as well and the app manages to do this by going through the phones logs and system and retrieving the texts before they are overwritten. All text messages also have the date, time and receiving number on them.

In addition to this, Auto Forward Spy allows you to record both sides of a call conversation, monitor social media, track the phone via GPS monitor and record email, see call activity, access contacts, view the browser history, remotely take photos and generally observe all activity related with the phone.

If you are interested in snapchat spy then you should know that there are a few snap spy apps that have shown some great results in doing so. You can spy snapchat accout and get photos, videos and pictures free with the help of Snapch chat app.

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