The streaming world arose on the internet not so long ago. But it immediately became the “it” place, just like YouTube. Nowadays, everybody wants to be a streamer and spend their days playing games, creating crafty things, or performing art in front of a live studio audience.
But, do we all, people far removed from Twitch, realize that streaming is a very hard job and highly competitive industry to work in? Becoming a successful influencer on Twitch is hard. But not impossible!
How To Become A Successful And Popular Streamer on Twitch
Today we will talk about the hottest streaming topic: how to become a streamer and not just a regular one, but the biggest star on the platform. Let’s get started, shall we?
Communicate with your audience on Twitch
Working on Twitch is not just about playing games live. First of all, streaming is a way of human communication through games or crafts.
When you make a stream, always turn on your web camera because people would love to see your reactions and comments. If you are playing a particularly hardcore game, it is the best part of the stream for viewers to see how you react.
We also recommend you record video from the website when you are streaming. First of all, you will have the opportunity to reupload this record on other websites (YouTube, Facebook, etc.), and secondly, you can analyze your mistakes and fix them before your next stream.
Be open, listen and answer all the questions.
When you have a small audience and only started streaming on Twitch, it is so much easier for you to create parasocial relationships just by talking to people simply because they are just a couple of dozens of people.
If your followers have any questions, constructive criticism, or comments about your work, do not underestimate the importance of their opinions.
You see, right now, you are forming the core audience that probably will be with you and your channel for years. Showing them that you are open to the conversation and value their contribution (well, they are the ones who will make you famous) will bring you a lot more in return than you expect.
Entertain your audience
People come to your streams for entertainment, and if they feel bored, trust us, they will not hesitate before shutting the browser page down. And never return again.
So, how can you keep everyone entertained during your streams? Simple: just play games you really want to play. You must be the one who is the most excited about this stream, and if you are, people will catch your spirit sooner or later.
If you feel stuck, try something new. For example, download an Xbox one emulator for PC and try some vintage video games. Do not forget to talk to the audience during streams, make jokes and try things a regular person would never do. Experiment, be yourself and be spontaneous, and it will bring you success.
Be dedicated and create a consistent schedule.
A consistent schedule of streams is that one piece of your path to success that should not be ignored. You see, both people and platforms love when you make your streams on time and preferably on the same days of the week.
As for people, they start looking forward to a day when you stream and plan their day around it too. So don’t disappoint them with the schedule that is all over the place.
As for platforms, they love members that show consistency, and their algorithm starts recommending you more.
With all that being said, we advise you to get an online planner, create a comfortable schedule for streams, even before you learn how to start streaming and stick with it.
Streams are just a small part of the picture. When you are finished with streams for today, it is time to promote them. You can promote streams absolutely everywhere you can: on social media, YouTube, specialized forums, and even just tell your friends.
Even Coca-Cola needs advertisement after almost 150 years on the planet, so your young streams need it too.
Create a community
Streams are highly engaging shows, and some of your followers and fans would love to communicate with you at other places too. That’s why we recommend you create a Reddit page, Facebook group, and Instagram page for your online persona.
Every user prefers different websites, so creating multiple fan pages will be much more effective for your communication than just one Facebook group. As a plus, in these groups and pages, you can share other parts of your life. For example, if you are an anime fan in addition to video games, you can talk about your favourite anime streaming websites there.
Creating a community will cement your core audience, those people who will be watching you no matter what. So, communicate with them and make great friends in the process!
Use professional equipment.
Streaming is a job, and it requires proper streaming equipment and video editing software to make it right. We don’t assume that if you don’t have the latest gaming laptop or high-end camera, you can’t become a star on Twitch. Not at all.
What we really want to say is that in this highly competitive industry, having poor audio or grainy video on streams will not give you the result you’re expecting, even if you are a different and interesting person.
You don’t have to have the best equipment, but you should have a great one.
What are you waiting for? Now you know what you need to do to become a successful streamer, and it is your time to shine.
Create a schedule, make a marketing strategy, start building a community around you, and one day, who knows, you’ll be the biggest streamer on Twitch. Good luck!