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Whenever somebody brings up the topic of streaming, it somehow seems impossible that the Twitch streaming platform isn’t the first thing that comes to your mind.
It is true that a few years (or, rather, decades) back, it was impossible to imagine that sitting on your ass playing games and/or streaming it all day long can be the main source of your income.
Still, technology evolves making it possible for us to earn money in unconventional ways. So, for those of you who are thinking about trying your luck on Twitch or are already streaming but without success, here’s a special treat!
Stay tuned to discover all the secrets and tips on how to start streaming on Twitch and how to go live on Twitch.
That is, how to do it successfully!
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Basics of Twitch Streaming
So far, we know that Twitch is a streaming platform with multiple opportunities to have fun while gaming, streaming, and earning money in the process.
Most of you will say that this is a simple procedure, but is it though?
Stop for a minute and just think about all the requirements – technical and creative!
Streaming (at least, the fruitful one) is not just setting up the camera and mic and you’re ready to go.
There’s more to it than you would ever think!
Hmm, did I scare you enough?
Now that you are beginning to understand what effort it takes, here’s a comforting note for you.
What lies ahead is a very detailed account on how to start a stream on Twitch, a successful Twitch stream that keeps bringing in new viewers and subscribers.
Among the things to be covered are technical requirements (hardware and software), devices to stream from, log in and set up, the choice of content to stream, and how to gain an audience.
Twitch Community Guidelines
However, before any of that, if you want your stream on Twitch to be accepted by the Twitch community, there are certain guidelines you simply MUST follow!
For one, the content you’re going to broadcast needs to follow certain rules to be in compliance with these guidelines.
So, nothing offensive, racist, violent, or otherwise inappropriate. Also, check out the list of banned words to avoid.
Just as an example, we all remember the case of Dr. Disrespect who was banned for good from the platform. He was known for his racist comments, although Twitch never disclosed the reason behind the ban.
Another example of Twitch’s strict policies in action is banning Brad “BlessRNG” Jolly from the platform.
Due to the confirmed accusations of abuse (and finally, proven to be true) against his ex-girlfriend, both he and the BTTW emote BlessRNG was removed for good.
Guys, it can’t be stressed enough that the Twitch community guidelines are the first thing you need to introduce yourself with before making any actual moves.
If it seems these might be too complicated for you to comply with, you might just as well drop it all before you even start.
Don’t waste your precious time!
Are you really that easily scared?
Now, once you decide to push through these, make sure that these guidelines are always at hand (bookmark them or something) due to frequent updates.
As a prospective regular streamer, you must acquaint yourself with these changes in due time. If not, your content may be banned and you won’t know why.
So, avoid rookie mistakes that will get you disqualified even before you start.
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First Things First – Sign In
Maybe the previous writing seemed a little off point, I am aware of that.
Finally, this is the chapter where you will be able to find some tangible answers on how to broadcast on Twitch.
Your journey into the world of Twitch starts with creating an account and generate a Twitch name.
IMPORTANT: To view and to stream on Twitch you must have an account!
Yes, it’s true. Even if you are coming to Twitch merely to observe, the first thing you need to do is to create an account.
The process itself is a no-brainer. It merely takes a couple of minutes.
You start by opening the Twitch website and then clicking the “sign up” button. This will take you to the registration form that will require you to provide the details as follows – username (be imaginative and creative!), password (to be re-confirmed), date of birth and e-mail, and practically, this is all.
The next step is to verify your e-mail using the account you enlisted.
On the other hand, if you are signing in using your mobile device, first you’ll have to download the Twitch mobile app. In this case, you are recommended to make the initial signing-in with the phone number only and to add the e-mail at a later time.
Mind the catch, though!
Once you decide to make the transition from viewer to a streamer, you will need the 2FA to be enabled. And, the catch is actually that you won’t be able to activate it over the mobile device. This can only be done through desktop computers.
Pay attention to this so you don’t feel utterly disappointed once you get it all prepped for streaming only to be notified that you are unable to stream.
Anyways, immediately after signing up, you can choose the relevant categories of the things you’d like to watch on Twitch. For example, choose the games you would like to play for your followers and something that is similar so in case your first choice is over-saturated you have a similar alternative until you discover something new.
That would be all when it comes to signing up, so we can move on to some more intriguing and useful tips.
Technical Requirements for Streaming on Twitch
The previous writing has probably scared you a bit, for sure. However, don’t give up just yet. Twitch streaming is a rewarding process that will help you thrive all the more.
Apart from having a good internet speed for streaming on Twitch, there are other technical requirements you need to think about.
Knowing that you are anxious to find out what you need in terms of hardware and the (best?) Twitch streaming software, let’s get down to business!
What good is software without hardware?
Yes, we will deal with the details on the hardware first.
Some might say this is a pure technicality but is it true?
Are you sure that a Samsung J5 yields the same streaming quality as an iPhone 11 PRO MAX? Are you sure that the first one can stream at all?
I mean, this is just phones! Can you even imagine the fuss behind choosing the right PC or laptop? And, what about consoles?
Ok, one step at a time!
An important and very much liked fact about Twitch is that 4K streaming is not supported (at least, not yet). For you, a novice streamer, this means that that you can easily go for devices of lower quality. But, how low is the lowest low?
For one, you can relish the fact that the newest and youngest CPUs and DSLRs can be forsaken. So, that’s good, to begin with.
On the other hand, encoding and gaming together on a single device? Well, that can really give a hard time to your CPU. So, let’s say instead that medium-quality gear is the one to go for. Of course, if you have some hot, new, cool gear – feel free to use it!
1. Consoles and Phones
Like I’ve said in the opening of this chapter, you can use multiple devices to stream from and they are all legit.
It’s just about what you are used to and what you like the best.
You prefer the PS4 – well, why the heck not?
You have a space shuttle of a phone and you are in a very interesting setting/situation and you want to share it with your followers – feel free to do so!
This is even excellent from a “commercial” viewpoint. You bring diversity into your stream. You avoid being static. This is how you keep your audience anxious for new surprises they can’t wait to be a part of.
Trust me, that’s great for business!
Still, the best thing about streaming through smartphones and consoles is that you don’t need to “bother” with the software and the follow-up gear (mics, cameras…).
However, many a streamer that goes for console gaming prefers to bring a PC into the game for the broadcasting part.
I know you like this one the most!
Let me tell you a (not) secret – we all do!
It gives you a better view and control of what you’re doing. You’re in the controlled setting and there are no unexpected surprises. We know how detrimental these can be to your stream.
Not to mention the fact that you can use extra gear to equip your basic PC setup and make your streaming content all the more appealing to the audience.
Just as an example, you can use multiple overlays or create the scenery as you see fit for the content you are broadcasting. You can use the extensions to download/use anything you like (BTTV emotes, let’s say) that make your broadcast unique.
All of these are way easier to do through a PC.
Being at the start of your streaming career, you probably decided to play it safe and opted for the PC. Hence, here are some “technicalities” you need to bear in mind when setting up your first streaming PC ever:
- Platform – PC, Mac, or even a laptop are viable options as long as they are fit for the purpose.
- CPU – go for the one that can take encoding and gaming at the same time. Otherwise, it’s all a lost cause;
- GPU – just as an aid to the CPU, a graphics card such as Nvidia RTX is an excellent choice since it comes with the integrated hardware encoders;
- Computer(s) – it would be simpler if you can use one, but typically, the setup will consist of two computers for two different actions – streaming and encoding. The one that has a stronger CPU should be dedicated solely to encoding.
In simple terms, this means you can start your journey with 8 GB of RAM and an i5 processor. As time progresses and once you are a skilled streamer, you can invest in better equipment and follow-up gear to make your content all the more attractive.
Now, if we talk about how to use Twitch, or at least, how to use it right, know that it is a complex process we are talking about.
Our Twitch streaming experience through a computer would not be complete with just the basic equipment.
Speaking of which…
Additional Gear for Twitch Streaming
Yes, I’ve said it!
The computers are by far the most popular option to stream from. So, the dummy’s answer to the question of how to stream Twitch? would be, “Well, use a computer”.
However, for the best possible quality and content of the stream, here are some additional tools and gear that are more than helpful. That is true, whether you want to stream privately on Twitch or to have a large audience.
A stream without a camera is not a stream. I don’t what it is, but it’s not a stream.
Presuming that you’ll want your audience to fully experience the quality of your broadcasted content, you will dedicate your time and funds to finding the right camera.
Remember, non-verbal communication is as equally important as verbal. You’re playing a game and another streamer does something stupid – your making a face will sometimes say way more than words.
A picture is (sometimes) worth a thousand words.
Hence, you’ll need a camera. If you’re broadcasting from your laptop, you’d think to use the in-built camera, but still, give a chance to some of the cameras we’ll mention here:
QUICK OVERVIEW: Best Webcams
One might easily ask – why the heck do I need the mic? I’m just gonna play games and let people watch.
I know this is what you’re planning. But, plans go awry, don’t they?
Trust me, before you know it, you’ll be sharing your kitchen (non)skills with your viewers, and you’re gonna wish for a mic to be there.
But, primarily – let’s be candid all of us here – you’re still not that awesome a gamer. So, you will need something to keep your audience engaged.
Merely playing games and not giving any audio feedback will soon become boring and you will see lesser viewers by the day.
This is why a good microphone is a must to keep giving comments and genuine reactions during the gaming course, or whatever that you are streaming.
If you’re still not sure why this definitely is a good idea, just imagine this. A tennis match without the commentator?
Just the players screaming and panting?
Thanks, but no, thanks!
So, get a microphone. This will give your stream a personal note. It will help you bond with the audience. It will help them get to know you. Eventually, this is what will get them to stay and subscribe to your channel.
Cause, that’s the ultimate goal, right?
Not to mention that you will need your audience to clearly hear what you are saying, without muffled sounds or anything.
Now that you are fully convinced on what to choose, here comes another dilemma – which mic to go for?
Ask five people, they will give you ten different options. Consult the stores and salesmen; they will push the most expensive one. I know that these are the dream, but remember, you are trying to earn money with as low starting budget as possible.
Yet, you cannot afford the quality to suffer due to your unwillingness to spend a few tens of dollars.
I know the headset with the integrated mic is the first thing that comes to your mind, but I’d strongly advise against that. To spare you the further trouble of overthinking, here’s a list of good choices for a streamer beginner:
- Blue Snowball
- Blue Yeti X
- Samson G-Track Pro
- HyperX QuadCast
- Maono AU-04 USB Microphone Kit
- Zalman ZM-Mic1
I know you might still have some cons, but just imagine having to reply to each question by typing out the answers!
Why on earth would you do that to yourself?
Get a mic, dude!
Now, let’s say you opt for the cheapest options (Logitech HD Pro C920 + Zalman ZM-Mic1), this will cost you some 100 bucks. I think this is pretty solid for starters. It’s a fair price compared to the final outcome – a happy and satisfied viewer.
However, if this is still too big an investment for you, there’s no other option but to forsake one of these (at least temporarily). In case you decide to do that, forsake the mic. The camera is more important, trust me.
Still, don’t leave your audience wait for the mic for too long, or even better, try not to let them wait at all!
QUICK OVERVIEW: Best Microphones
We can all agree that alongside the computer you will need the microphone and the camera.
However, for the optimum streaming quality, there are some additional factors to pay attention to.
Specifically, this is what I have in mind.
- Game capture card – an extremely important asset to those streaming using two computers or a console+computer. You can go for internal or external but bear in mind that you won’t be able to find a good one for anything less than $150. Sorry!
- Green screen – a handy tool for adding/removing the background. In this way, you don’t need to worry about the mess in the room. Just put it on the screen and you’re good to go.
- Lighting – this is not a crucial asset, to be candid, but it will be a valuable one. It will give a better vibe to the overall setting so your stream will look more professional. To avoid too much inappropriate lighting, go with an LED system since it only enhances the existing light, without the interfering yellow rays. Also, beware of the angles how you place the lights – you do not want your face to be lit too much and you do not want to be in the shadow either.
With this, we’ve covered the most relevant aspects concerning the hardware you can stream from.
This means that we are coming to the most important part.
Here it comes!
Let me be perfectly honest with you here – everybody chooses software to their own liking. Maybe it’s because of the outline, maybe it’s because of the navigation. However, all of that is just fine as long as the software does the job.
As you probably know, there is a variety of streaming software out there. However, the Twitch beginners should go for the software encoders (it’s kind of an unsaid rule). With hardware encoders already in the game, you might just as well skip these.
When you come to think of it, the reasons for such a set up are pure logic – they’re affordable and simple to use. Hence, they are an excellent first choice for the beginner Twitch streamer opting to stream from their PC.
Finally, the typical choices made by eager new streamers are as follows:
- OBS (Open Broadcaster Software®) Studio – open-source and free to download, included cross-platform compatibility.
- XSplit – this is a paid one, so be prepared to spend some dollars to see this one actually work.
- Streamlabs OBS (SLOBS) – available for Windows, so make sure your operating system supports this one.
- vMix – trust me, as a beginner you shouldn’t even give consideration to this one. I am not insulting or anything; I’m merely saying you don’t want to complicate things more than necessary. You’re welcome to go for vMix once you are a tested and confirmed pro streamer.
Keep in mind that this is not all, of course. The Twitch platform is very interactive with its users, always striving to prevent potential doubts and to help its users become valued members of their ever-growing community.
This is why they also made a list of recommended software for broadcasting that you will find more than useful. They prepared some basics about each entry so this is a perfect heads-up for all of you considering joining the Twitch community.
Moreover, Twitch is offering its own broadcasting software (Twitch Studio) that is as aesthetically appealing as affordable and functional. It is great for all those who are just stepping into the Twitch world.
Now, before you make any further steps get informed about each of these, see what they offer and what will work best for you.
And, just to get the gist of how it’s done once you download the software, let’s check a practical example.
Installing the Software and Getting Started
In the attempt to tackle the issue of how to stream to Twitch, one of the first practical steps, the one that yields “tangible” results is installing the broadcasting software.
Let’s say you opted for the Twitch OBS, i.e. OBS Studio for whatever reason(s).
I am sure you’ve installed a variety of software so far, but I’ll walk you through the process step by step anyway.
The first step will be to download the program and install it. After that, you will be asked whether you’d like the OBS Studio to run the automatic configuration wizard. Now, being very impatient, I allowed this for the first time, depriving myself of the chance to get familiar with how it all works.
So, sometime later when I replaced my old PC with a brand new one, I decided to go for the manual setup. As a novice, you will find this very helpful in understanding some crucial points of streaming.
Once you’ve chosen the manual setup option, go to File > Settings > Stream in OBS Studio. Here you will be asked to choose the streaming service, so naturally, select “Twitch”. After this, you can either connect using the stream key or by connecting your Twitch account to OBS studio.
To spare you the potential doubts, if you opt for the activation with the key, go to Settings > Channel and Videos. This is where you will find the primary stream key. Copy it and then paste it into OBS Twitch.
If you opt for the second available option, use your regular login info to connect your account to Twitch.
With this, we are one step closer to answering how to stream on Twitch with OBS.
Related: Best OBS Settings
As we are answering the question of how to start a Twitch stream here, before any of that, know that you have to have adequate sources to stream with.
1. Video Sources
Hmm, you do get that a stream without a video source is not a stream?
To add video sources to the streaming content you’ll be making, click the “+” button you see in the “sources” field (the main panel of OBS Studio).
Here you’ll find all sorts of sources, such as games, cameras, images, web pages, text files, etc. Make sure to add as many as possible since you never know when these might come in handy.
2. Audio Sources
What any sane streamer likes about the OBS Studio is that it automatically recognizes some of the sources you want to use in your stream. Most specifically, it’s the audio sources we are talking about.
Should this not happen, there’s no reason to panic. You can add them all manually, and very simple for that matter. Just go to File > Settings > Audio and make sure to find all the devices you’d like to use as audio sources.
However, there are two lines of thinking here – bear in mind that you need different audio sources, one for your desktop (i.e. PC sounds, like the ones heard inside the game you are playing) and another for the sound you want to make (the mic to make your comments heard).
So, mics, cameras, desktop, even the games you want to play need to be added into OBS Studio. Don’t skip any of these since these are here to make your streaming content worth watching urging the viewers to come back for more.
I mean, let’s be straightforward here – streaming on Twitch sucks without the sound. It’s highly impersonal and will cause the viewers to lose interest in your content rather quickly.
Wouldn’t you want to hear that magnificent blast when you finish someone off in a game? Come on, don’t deny your viewers this!
3. Make the Settings Work for YOU
Streaming is all about you making quality content that keeps people coming back for more. So, how to Twitch stream and have your viewers happy with what they see and hear?
Well, with the proper set of settings.
Naturally, you choose these based on the gear and equipment that you have at your disposal as well as the content you want to broadcast.
Let me be perfectly clear – you need to be aware of the possibilities with the equipment at hand.
Don’t be an overachiever. It’s not good at the very start!
Rather, get well acquainted with the upload bandwidth at hand and the encoder power. These will have the greatest impact on the content you’d like to stream. Naturally, the higher the bandwidth and the stronger the processor, the higher-quality the settings.
Now, without taking any credits for the wise words that come right ahead, I will refer you to the guide prepared by and available on the Twitch platform which says that a bitrate of let’s say 3000 kbps and a basic 720p@30fps stream will do more than fine.
If you’re not sure what this means, the simple version is that you will need the upload speed of 5 Mbps. This is just enough for a rather solid quality stream for someone who’s just entered the streaming world.
Related: Best Twitch Bots
4. Other Options
The previous subheadings were there to tell you all there is to know about the basic settings in OBS Studio that will get you through your first stream.
However, if you want to cover up the fact that you are only a beginner (trust me, you do!), there are some other pretty useful options that will help you out.
To begin with, there is the option to add scenes that will be displayed when starting and finishing the stream or while chatting with your audience.
For this purpose, you can use your webcam or the current capture from your desktop or you can even make a combo of the two. Moreover, you can go for the pre-installed scenes from OBS Studio that will also do the job more than fine.
Also, highly recommended for you as a toddler streamer is to prepare some stand-by scene so the viewers don’t have to look at your desktop or an empty chair while you are away or doing something that is none of their business.
Next, another useful tip is to use Twitch overlays and Twitch panels. They allow you to add a professional look to your streams. You will find them under Sources.
The reason why they are a good choice to add to the screen is that they will display some basic data on the screen during the stream. With this, the stream itself will be more appealing to the viewers.
Moreover, you can import emotes (with the BTTV extension). There is a variety of these to choose from and they will be an excellent addition to your communication with the audience.
We all like to see an emote here or there!
Of course, this is just to get you covered for several starting streams, so they wouldn’t look bland. As time goes by, you will discover a plethora of other possibilities (banners, logos, panels, etc.). You make the decision which ones you are going to use for streams.
5. Go Live
Ok, here I’ll assume that you know what you want to stream (a little help coming up right next!)
Note that before you officially decide it’s time to go live, make sure to check the following:
- the software is properly installed and the settings are right,
- the cams and mikes are properly connected,
- the background is all set,
- you know what type of content you would like to stream,
- make sure the door is locked so there are no sudden interruptions.
If all of these are in order, then it’s truly time to start the streaming live, and this is how you can do it.
Ha-ha got ya!
No more steps; just a step!
Press the “start streaming” button you will find on the dashboard.
Congratulations – you are going live!
As you can see from the practical example of how to make your OBS Studio software functional once you install it on your PC device, I also answered how to stream on Twitch pc.
Now it’s time to discuss several other streaming possibilities.
How to Start Streaming on Twitch from Consoles / Smart Phones
Ok, you prefer the console or to stream from your smartphone.
No judging here!
TBH, with these, you can completely omit the software setup, i.e. re-organizing your PC so it’s only good for gaming. And, indeed, why would you do that if you have a fully functional console at home?
Or, you prefer the compactness of your smartphone in your hand?
It’s all legit, but let us see how does that works in practice.
Streaming from Consoles
Having in mind that streaming from a PC is our main point of concern, let’s go briefly through the main steps on how to start a Twitch stream from the console.
Without any further due, let’s go further into the topic.
1. Set Up the Console for Streaming on Twitch
There are several relatively important settings you need to check and set up before you start streaming on your console.
- Disable the HDCP – you can easily find it in system settings. Turn it back on when you want to view content from platforms same or similar to Netflix.
- Prepare communication devices – plug in your camera, headphones, or speakers with a mic
- Enable the audio sharing – to do this, you need to click “share” on your PS4 controller and then go to Sharing and Broadcast Settings. Now, under the section Broadcast Settings, check the Advanced Settings, where you can easily find the Audio Sharing Settings.
- Set up the chat – here you can find the options “Display Messages to Spectators and Spectators’ Comments”, which are listed in the Advanced Settings sections in previously mentioned Broadcast Settings.
2. Connect the PS4 to your Twitch account
After you complete the initial setup, you will be asked to choose the platform on which you intend to stream After you select and confirm Twitch as your choice, the next step is to make the relevant connection between your Twitch account and your PS4.
You can do this in two ways:
- By using the QR code you can see on your screen, or by
- Visiting the Twitch website from your PC or some other device and using the code which you can find on the screen.
After these, you are more or less ready to start streaming. Just make the final check, connect and enable a separate camera, pick a name for your stream, and this is it.
Streaming from the Smartphone
Should you opt for streaming like this, be warned – streaming gaming content from your phone is not a good idea. So, you can stream anything else but gaming.
In any case, these are the simple steps on how to do it right:
- Download the application to your device and make sure to install it properly.
- Log in with your regular sign in details (don’t forget the 2FA!).
- Tap the profile photo, which can be found in the upper-left corner, to see the “go live” button.
- Click on this button to start the live stream on your phone.
- Set up the stream and check everything, such as:
- Choose an attractive name for the stream.
- Choose the desired category from the menu.
- Choose video and audio devices.
- Share the link to the stream through the apps on your device.
Now, all that is left to do is to click on the “start stream” button.
That would be all, folks!
When it comes to technicalities, at least.
Ages ago, I said how streaming to Twitch requires both technical and creative skills. Just think of it – you want your content to be viewed and you want your viewers to come back.
The first step here is to provide them with the best possible content quality technically – the right setting, sounds, camera.
But, all of this is in vain if your content lacks this one thing that will keep the viewers riveted to their screens.
This one thing I am talking about is creativity. No, it’s not enough (at least, not anymore) for you to play games and keep the viewers coming for more.
I know you’re good, but you’re not THAT good.
Now that I got you pretty scared, I will not let you chicken out. Instead, I will walk you through the process of how to create interesting (read, lucrative) content.
The Best Content to Stream
If there’s one thing we don’t lack, it’s content.
Just look around – everything you see can be made into the Twitch streaming content. However, what is the BEST content to stream?
There are multiple approaches to answering this question. However, here’s what you need to pay attention to.
1. Subjective “feeling”
Obviously, gaming is the main reason you came to Twitch and decided to try your luck earning money through their affiliate program.
Hmm, there are people who are not that great at gaming, and doing it would just result in the utmost frustration. The quick fix, in this case, is to find something else.
I know – you are now thinking “well, to find what? Twitch is for gaming!”
But, is it truly so?
- Full body make-up
- House tour
- Working out
- Culinary expertise
- DIY (fixing around the house, planting, or like, anything that comes to your mind)
Do I need to go on?
Still, the key here is to find what you’re good at, what you feel comfortable doing.
If it’s forced, it ain’t right!
Don’t underestimate your audience. They will see right through your attempt to present yourself as something that you’re not.
So, whatever your guts tell you to stream, give it a try.
2. Research, Research, and More Research!
I would be lying to you if I said streaming is an easy task. Don’t be fooled. This is not easy money for a beginner.
Even if you have all the right hardware and software, you still need to know what to stream on Twitch If your gut isn’t telling you anything, then it completely unfathomable that you will try with anything that comes to your mind.
No, you need to do some serious thinking about the contents to post and where to find them. So, if your immediate environment isn’t giving you any ideas, you can always resort to research.
Just as an idea, here’s what you can do.
Spend some time as a Twitch viewer
Seriously, this is an excellent idea if you want to gather all the dos and don’ts in Twitch. For example, follow a couple of the most popular streamers, the ones with average ratings and the ones with the lowest number of viewers. Now, just observe.
See what you liked them doing, what annoyed you, what you thought was inappropriate. This is how you will gain a better understanding of your audience and what appeals to them (cause, you are the audience). Being merely a viewer for a while tells you what your future audience wants to see and be part of.
Mind the saturation
Ok, you’re (kind of) good at Rust, LoL, or Fortnite. But, do you really want to do that? There are so many streamers out there doing the very same thing. This is your guarantee that nobody will pay attention to you.
Find something similar, something that is gaining momentum, something that is only to come. This will give you the necessary skills for later on and you’ll be better than the rest. Not to mention that it will give the audience a very much needed diversity.
Read the forums
And, feel free to take part. This is not a joke but is actually a perfect way to find new topics. The threads on forums such as Reddit will be an eye-opener. This is where you can find all sorts of ideas on the streaming content. Besides, people are very open here with displaying their views of different topics, Twitch included, so consider these as an endless source of streaming ideas.
The obvious conclusion after all this writing is that the best content to stream is the one that you are comfortable with. No game will make you a followed streamer if everybody’s playing it.
How to Keep Your Audience Interested in Your Twitch Streams?
Truth be told, the most important aspect of any stream is the audience. Without them, all your efforts and creativity are in vain.
The second universal truth I will share with you is that the audience is utterly spoiled these days. If not everything is about them, then there’s no point watching.
So, you need to tiptoe around them to keep them on their toes.
This is how to do it.
- Brim with confidence – the audience wants to see someone who knows what she or he is doing. Even if you are a beginner, make sure to cover up your inexperience as best as you know. This brings me to…
- Be honest – the audience can tell when you are just beginning to stream. So, if you are aware that you reek of inexperience, tell them. Also, express your hopes and expectations that they will be there to laugh with you, root for you, and cry with you, if necessary. Also, writing a good Twitch bio can help here as well.
- Listen to what they have to say – no need to explain further.
- Choose what kind of streamer you want to be – here I’m referring to the options of streaming one type of content only or you want to go into different topics. Let the audience know this ahead and stick to your choices.
- Be consistent – this means that you need to stick to your streaming choices and that on the other hand, you need to have streaming consistency. If you say you will follow-up on the same topic in the stream, make sure to really do it exactly when you said it.
- Go easy – your first streams should be as simple and easy as possible. Go with something more demanding once you have acquired the skills. The audience does not want to come to your first stream to watch you struggle with gaming and chatting at the same time.
- The surprise factor – every once in a while, organize a surprise stream. Give them something to talk about.
- Easy-going is the way to go – laugh with them at your mistakes. Don’t be stuck-up. Make fun of yourself and the mistakes you make. The audience will appreciate you more.
- Engage them – make the audience something more than just an audience. Ask them to suggest the next step in the game or ask them plainly what topics they want you to cover next. This will make them feel acknowledged and appreciated. In this way, they are transitioning from observers to active participants.
- Be polite No. 1 – rules of etiquette should be obeyed every step of the way. Avoid excessive cursing, however hard that may be sometimes. A juicy swearword will escape every once in a while, but try not to make it a habit.
- Be polite No. 2 – not to say, say “please” and “thank you”! Always say “hello” when you are just starting the stream, say “goodbye”, let them know that you cherish their presence, and make them believe you are doing this for their benefit, not yours.
- Make use of social media – this will be a great tool to keep your audience engaged even outside Twitch. Plus, more people get to see and hear from you.
- Make use of other streamers – things are sometimes better if done in two. Co-stream with others to make the audience all the more interested in what’s coming up next. Who knows, perhaps you will get an invite to join a popular Twitch team at some point.
- Protection of the competition – whether you like it on, if you are planning to earn money through Twitch, you should have the decency and the general etiquette not to advertise yourself in somebody else’s streams. That is so not OK. You will turn out to be a pretentious ass.
- Use the software to the fullest – we covered the basics of streaming here. Still, there are so many other options that you can discover as you go. Start adding these (overlays, copyright music, scenes, emotes…) to make your stream more interactive and appealing to the audience.
- Always check things – that is, before any streaming session, check the hardware and gear, check the setting and settings too, take a look in the mirror, and only then go live. This will spare you the potential embarrassment and will make your audience know you made an effort to have everything look decent.
I think this pretty much sums it!
Follow these rules and you will surely build your own little Twitch community before you know it!
So, is Monogamy a Thing?
Well, I’m afraid it is.
The point of all the previous writing was to get you acquainted with how to start streaming and with some basic Twitch streaming setup.
However, I am aware that there will be times when you would not want to limit yourself to Twitch only. It’s a large community and it is fairly easy to target your audience. Still, you and I both know that there is plenty of fish in the sea.
On the other hand, once you become a Twitch streamer (Affiliate or Partner), you are seriously frowned upon if you stream the same content somewhere else. Of course, you won’t even be able to this during streaming and 24 hours afterward.
Frustrating, I know!
However, there is an option to re-stream your content. Believe it or not, it is called Restream. We are talking about multi-streaming software that can help you out in broadcasting your content on other streaming platforms too.
This is where you can find a chat, broadcasting, and analytics in a single place. And, the best thing is that it’s easy to set up and you can try it out for free.
So, no, monogamy is not a thing!
This article is meant for all those of you who are struggling with getting the highly needed audience for your stream and all of you out there who are still thinking whether it’s all worth it.
What we learned here was how to stream, more specifically how to join the Twitch streaming community and to make a profit out of it.
You got the basics on what kind of gear and hardware you will need, the type of software, how to set it all up, and more importantly what to stream
and how to gain an audience and to keep them coming back for more.
Now, it’s up to you to heed the counsel of the wiser and reap the fruit of perpetual success. For any question you might have, see Twitch FAQ, or shoot us a message!