We continue with our guide to success in Twitch. Last week we talked about the technical side. That is, what equipment you would need to get started, your internet connection, etc. Now, we’ll focus on the most important part of this and any other platform: the audience.
There is no point in having the best equipment and the best internet in the world if you don’t get more visitors, more followers and more subscribers on Twitch. And this is where part 2 of our guide begins. Do you want to be seen by thousands and make it to top twitch clips? Then you need to follow these tips to increase your audience on Twitch.
How to increase your audience on Twitch.
Before I start:
Before I start with the guide I want to make it clear that the advice and “strategies” I wrote down below are not based on my experience. They are tips that people who do know about Twitch have published.
They speak directly from experience, they know what they’re talking about. Me? I’m just trying to get the best advice for you, hoping to help you in the process.
How to grow up in Twitch?
If you are or want to be a streamer, you have probably asked yourself this question over and over and over again. In a world with two million streamers, how do I stand out? Well, even though there is no perfect recipe for growing up in Twitch, there are some factors that will influence the audience you will receive. There may be more, but these are the most basic:
- The language of Stream: It seems obvious, but in case you haven’t noticed, the main language of Twitch is English. The advantage we have is that Twitch recommends first the channels that are in your own language. It will give you a better chance of being seen.
- What you’re playing: The games you show on the stream will have a lot to do with the size of your audience. Because if you’re playing Pepsiman, you won’t have the same amount of interested people as you would if you were playing Mario Odyssey or some other game that’s current. But you don’t want to be in a game that’s too crowded either. If League of Legends is your passion, you can play it, but you should know that there are hundreds of other streamers in the same game.
- Consistency: One thing they mention in Tom’s Guide is that your channel on Twitch is like a TV show. All the people who go to your stream expect to see you at the same time (usually with the same game) for the same amount of time. Sure, you’re the one who will say how many hours you’ll be on your stream or what days you’ll be “on the air”. However, you can’t expect to grow up in Twitch with only one stream a week.
Tips to increase your traffic on Twitch
1. Find your niche
An important part of any stream is finding your niche. That is, what is it that you want to do that will make you stand out on Twitch. Maybe you want to do a video game show. Maybe you want to draw, do speedruns, play MOBAs. It’s about doing something that you like, that attracts visitors and that makes you stand out.
2. You have to be interactive
The best part of Twitch is that you can talk to anyone in the world in real time. That’s one of the basic features of Twitch and what makes it different from platforms like Youtube. For the same reason, if someone goes to a channel expecting to interact with the streamer (unless they are lurkers) it is very likely that you have other streamers in your chat. Ask them how their stream was, what they played, things like that. And besides being active on your channel, you have to be active on other channels. Go and interact on other channels that you like. Not just because you say you are a streamer, but just because you make friends and support another streamer.
3. Make friends with other streamers
The magic of Twitch allows you to grow with your other streamer friends. The possibility of getting more followers and visits to your channel increases if you work with other streamers. But you don’t have to work with other streamers to become more popular. Just do it to have a good time with other streamers, make friends and help each other. And to help each other out, there are three ways you can do this.
- Raids: When you finish your stream you can make a raid to send all your current viewers to another channel.
- Host: When you’re not doing a stream you can do a host to another channel. Your followers will see which channel you are “hosting” and can go watch it.
- Multitwitch: Several streamers may be playing a team game, either cooperatively or in a versus. With this, streamers can grow their views and visits with the help of multitwitch or just by playing together. Making friends with other streamers will ensure that both can grow their audience as long as they do it properly.
5. Use your social networks
A good way to promote your stream is with the help of your social networks. A tweet or video on Youtube to let your followers and friends know that you are starting your stream can help you get more views from the start. It can also work the other way around. Placing links from your social networks on your Twitch channel so that your followers can keep up with your life on other social networks will help you have better contact with them and will also help you grow on other platforms.
6. Be patient and positive
Taking the example of a one famous Youtuber, it took 3 years to get your first Youtube check. Now, it has 4.4 million subscribers and is still growing. Don’t be discouraged that in your first streams you don’t have any followers or visitors. This is a marathon, not a race. Be patient, stay positive and always be consistent.
Another important thing is not to do it for the money. If money is what you’re after, then you should get a paying job. This job isn’t about getting a paycheck the first month. It’s about building your own community, continuing to reinvent yourself and being as creative as possible. Doing things you haven’t done to get things you’ve never had (I don’t remember who said this, but it sounds right now). Don’t give up. If this is something you really want to do, you’ll find a way to make it work.
This is our second part of our guide to increasing your audience on Twitch. Do you have experiences with Twitch?