As one of the hardest platforms to make it big, finding a way to become a Twitch Streamer is hard. We have talked with many different streamers over the years and we have compiled 10 Twitch streaming tips that are sure to get you more followers.
Twitch Streaming Tips
1.Setting Up Your Stream Quality for Success
Stream quality is an absolute foundation for having a successful stream. If someone tunes in to your stream to see a stuttery 360p, you can be certain that they’ll tune out immediately. Luckily, there are a couple of things you can do to ensure you have at least a 720p stream.
Firstly, you’ll need an upload speed of around 5Mbps to achieve a 720p stream at 30 frames per second. Fortunately, it’s rare to have an upload speed slower than this. If you don’t, you’ll need to contact your internet provider and see if an upgrade is available.
Other than this, there are one or two tricks you can do with OBS to increase stream quality. You can adjust your video bitrate in order to maintain your frame rate and frames per second; be careful not to lower it too much, however, as it’ll start to create some video artifacts. As well as this, if your CPU is the bottleneck of your system, you can allow your GPU to do the encoding instead.
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2.How to Effectively Watch Your VODs
VODs (videos on demand) are automatically recorded videos of your stream which you can view at any time; watching and analysing then can be vital to knowing how to change your behavior to be more engaging.
Generally, you want to be using VODs to increase your self awareness. There are a number of questions you can ask yourself to check if you are being as entertaining as you possibly can. Ask yourself if you look bored with the game, and if you look as though you’re having genuine fun. Looking completely zoned out and uninterested can be very unappealing for viewers.
As well as this, you can also use VODs to catch yourself displaying more nuanced behaviors. This could be physical habits, such as breathing loudly or biting your lip when concentrating, or simply getting frustrated in a way which isn’t amusing for the viewer. Small behaviors like these can take a lot away from your stream.
3.Choosing the Right Directory
On Twitch, the directory is what people use to browse through streaming channels, and find one that is appealing to them. Choosing the right directory and tags is both vital and undeniably important to helping people discover your stream. Fortunately, it’s very simple. All you need to do is remember to change them everytime you change games. This can be deceptively difficult to remember when you’re new to streaming, but it will come with time!
4.Add Interaction for Your Viewers
A lot of the most biggest streams on twitch reached their level of success through being interactive with the viewers. It’s undoubtedly the best way to create a community in your chat, and really make your fans feel engaged. This can be done in two simple ways.
Firstly, and perhaps most importantly, you should be talking and responding to your chat. This is especially important when you’ve just started streaming, as it should be easy to respond to every message that comes up in your chat.
Secondly, through using streaming software, you can allow people to send you messages which appear on the stream when they donate. This can be great when your stream gets a bit bigger, when it is impossible to respond to all of the chat. This sort of streaming software can also be used to perform polls in your chat, which can be great to create democracy within your community.
5.Reward Your Viewers
Finally, when you have a bit of a following, you can take viewer interaction to the next level, and carry out competitions within your community. These can be rewarded through giveaways, or with the chance to let some of your viewers play in-game with you. Both of these are great incentives for your viewers to get more involved.
As well as this, there are many ways to reward viewers that are built into the Twitch platform. Firstly, you can reward subscribers to your channel in a wide variety of different ways. For example, access to a private discord, a set of emojis, or a chance to chat with you personally on discord, or at twitchcon.
6.Networking to Build a Community
Networking for Twitch is done through letting your followers know when you are streaming and interacting more widely with your community. This is done primarily through social media, such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Generally, it is a good idea to let your followers know every time you stream on these platforms, an hour before you actually go live.
As well as this, it can be a good idea to use social media more generally; letting your community have an insight into your life can be great to build up more of a character. As well as this, you can ask your community questions, such as what games they want to see you play, or if they have any suggestions for future streams. Networking can be incredibly helpful in building a community around your stream.
7.Building a Consistent Schedule
Having a consistent schedule can be incredibly useful for gaining return viewers, as people are often restricted by their personal lives, work lives, and time zones. Luckily, it’s very simple to work out what times you are available to stream and set up a schedule where you stream a few times a week. This will of course mean that you have to commit to these times,
and make sacrifices in your personal life; however, if you’re serious about streaming, it’s a sacrifice which you will have to make.
While thinking about what time to stream, it’s great to consider time zones. The vast majority of twitch users are based in Europe and the USA; so, it’s good to try and have at least one stream per week for each time zone.
8.Future Proof your Chat
Future-proofing your chat refers to ensuring that your chat will operate smoothly for the foreseeable future – even if you get a sudden unexpected jump in viewer numbers. Making sure your chat is future-proofed is really important; being caught off guard in the middle of a stream can be disastrous for keeping your momentum going.
The most important aim is to get chatbots up and running. This can be done through OBS, or a streaming software alternative. Chatbots are super versatile and useful; they can be used to make announcements, create polls and other things for user interaction, and flag up viewers who are being inappropriate in the chat. Once this is done, you’ll be much less likely to be caught off guard when your stream is going well.
9. Finding Your Niche
Even a short browse through the hundreds of thousands of Twitch streams will show you just how diverse the platform is. You can find someone streaming almost any game at any given moment, no matter how niche the game is. Because of this, it should be clear that, in order to be successful on twitch, you absolutely have to stand out.
This is definitely harder than it sounds; simply playing an obscure game won’t cut it, as it’s likely that there are still many others playing it, and less viewers willing to watch it too. It’s much more effective to try to stand out with your personality. So, try your hardest to be interactive and engaging with your audience. Uniqueness is everything.
10. Take Over the Internet
Making your presence heard in as many places as possible is absolutely key to having your popularity grow. This should include at the very least having a presence on social media websites such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. On these websites you can notify your viewers of future plans, and give notifications for when you start streaming.
Going one step further, however, could prove helpful. For, example, you could make a website using a website building service such as Squarespace. Or, you could start a Youtube channel to upload your best clips onto, or even make more professional videos. The possibilities are endless.
You now have 10 Twitch streaming tips, hopefully some you never thought of. Twitch is an evergrowing platform that will take hard work to get more followers and people tuning in. Just keep working hard and the hard work would pay off hopefully! Comment below our Twitch channel! We will stop by and say hi!