Stepping into the world of streaming can be a rather daunting experience. Until you get started you don’t realise how much is involved, especially if you’re looking at becoming an affiliate or even partner. As a newly started streamer myself, I’m here to share my tips for new Twitch streamers.
A Big Learning Experience
Now, don’t get me wrong. I had my eyes firmly wedged open about what I needed to do and had a very realistic goal when it came to looking at getting affiliated. What I didn’t expect was hitting affiliate as quickly as I did, in less than three weeks.
Anyhoo, here are a few things I’ve observed as a new streamer and what I recommend to anyone just starting out or those who might be struggling slightly and are looking for anything that might help.
Set Up Your Channel Properly
Personally, I feel that if you haven’t set up your Twitch channel properly then you’re not going to get anywhere. Before you even hit stream you should have spent at least half an hour to an hour personalising your channel.
I won’t follow or even stay on a channel if there isn’t something there to tell me about the streamer. It doesn’t have to be anything overly fancy to begin with, you just need something there so people know you’re a streamer and not just a regular Joe.
So, I recommend that you include:
- A profile image: Even if it’s just a picture of yourself or your cat, just have something that isn’t a generic Twitch avatar.
- An offline screen which can be added in the settings: This is a great way to add a little personality to your channel as well as a way to include things like social media information.
- Basic panels: An “About Me” is the very least you should be adding here. I think three panels make the channel look lovely so maybe also include your Discord link also where else they can find you (Twitter, Instagram etc)
The little headers I used were created using Fotor which is a free to use image site (premium upgrade available), the size I find that works well is 300 x 100 and they’re a great way to add a little personality to your channel.
Ignore How Well Everyone Else Is Doing
Without a doubt you’ll probably venture into one of the many Facebook groups, looking for help and support. My advice is that you don’t compare your stats to their’s, not at all. Every streamer is different, they play different games at different times and they’re online presence is different.
You might start out at the same time as someone else in the group, playing the same games but they shoot up in followers and views whereas you’re lucky to have one viewer. The difference could be that they have a lot of friends who also game whereas you might have no-one else you know. It’s nothing to do with your playstyle or the game you play, just the fact they have an established network.
Comparing yourself to other streamers might end up completely demoralising you and cause you to give up so don’t do it!
Watch Other Streamers
This might sound slightly contradicting to the previous point but do go watch other streamers because the way they stream and how they operate their stream might open you up to new ways.
When I started streaming I had a very basic stream…like play game and stop playing game. I then stumbled upon Doodybeard, his stream showed me that I could offer my watchers a much more interactive stream so I went on the hunt for sound effects, currency and other such things.
Have A Schedule
Now I know that not everyone can commit to streaming seven days a week for 6 hours at a time, unlike some people, but being able to commit to at least one regular time frame is really good for consistency.
If your followers know that they can find you on a specific day at a certain time then they’re more likely to return. Let them know that on this day they can tune in and if there are additional ad-hoc streams that you’ll announce on Twitter (a must in my opinion).
Find A Community & Interact With Them
This tip was the key thing for me. Now, I knew I needed a community to network in and to help me grow, especially being a new streamer but finding the right balance of people and help is the key.
I joined 2-3 of the bigger communities thinking they’d be good for me but within minutes of joining their Discord servers I was overwhelmed, didn’t know where to start and never ended up going back.
I’ve found that sometimes a smaller community, at least in terms of members, can have a huge impact. There is nothing wrong if you don’t click with every community you join but many will help you reach your goals by offering shoutouts, live broadcast notifications and raids.
Some communities to consider joining (with Discord links)
Gaming Guide To The Galaxy – Obviously this is the community connected to this site. A small, friendly gaming community that is streamer friendly. We believe that it’s more important to have a community built around viewers with quality streamers rather than a huge community of streamers, because…well, who’s going to watch you when the streamers are also streaming? The streaming community is called The 42’s and is a supportive group who are happy to help each other.
Sensei Esports – A streaming community who are supportive, friendly and offer a great place for streamers to chat, ask questions and grow. Members are welcome to apply for the stream team which comes with extra benefits from a well-managed community.
So, there are my tips for new Twitch streamers. Not everyone will hit affiliate on their seventh stream, some might be at it for months or even years…it very much depends on the streamer. I hope that these few tips might help you a little and if you have any questions then feel free to pop them in the comments.