Everyone dreams of becoming the next Ninja or Shroud but only a handful of people reach the epitome of success on game streaming sites like Twitch. What differentiates between the people who succeed and people who don’t? How can you become a successful streamer on twitch? We will answer these questions in this post. We will share some of the secret tips and tricks on how you can gain free followers on twitch! So, sit back and keep reading.
Before you start streaming
If you are thinking of starting a twitch channel then consider these things before you start.
Visit the graveyard
The media and people only talk about the successful streamers on Twitch. No one will tell you about a failure story. No one will tell you about the guy who failed to even get the first 100 followers and never streamed again. Only the success stories are going to reach to you. This can sometimes create false hope in your mind, a hope that you also can succeed like these successful streamers. But in order to take the right decision, you should also consider the people who failed. People who streamed for years without having a single follower. I am not trying to demotivate you. My only purpose is to make you aware about the hardships and obstacles that you are going to face on your journey.
Choose your game
Choosing the right game can make or break your Twitch career. I will suggest you choose a game that’s is trending right now. Doesn’t matter if you are a pro in that game or not, you can always become one. But if you choose a game that is not in the trend right now, you will never get followers or viewers. Games that are trending as of now are:
- League of Legends
- CS: GO
So, if you are already familiar with these games then its well and good. If you are not, then do consider giving them a shot before you start your Twitch channel.
Get the right rig
Let’s admit it, FPS plays a major role in determining how well you are going to play a game. And in order to get a good FPS (at least 100+ for competitive gaming), you need a good rig. Trust me, your viewers are not going to like any number less than 60 in the FPS counter. Streaming takes some good amount of computing power so getting a good rig becomes important. Also, don’t forget to get a mic and a webcam (a good one).
Now you are ready to move on to the next step i.e. starting your Twitch Channel. So, let’s have a look at some tips to optimize your channel for the right audience.
Starting with your Twitch channel
Before you start streaming on twitch make sure you have set up everything that you are going to use for promoting your Twitch channel. Let’s have a look.
Use the Social Media
We all are pretty much aware of the powers of social media nowadays. One viral video can bring thousands of followers on your Twitch Channel. That’s why it is highly recommended to set up your social media accounts. Don’t leave any social networking sites. Get a twitter account, Instagram page, Facebook page and an account on any other social media site you can think of. You have to post your live stream link every day on these accounts. You can use websites like IFTTT or Buffer to manage and post your live stream links on these accounts.
Invest some bucks in a good twitch layout
You have to look professional at every step in your Twitch career. So, investing a few bucks in your twitch layout is going to help you further in the long run. A good layout makes you look professional and makes your live stream more interesting to the viewers. Don’t forget to add those special widgets that display the name of any new follower or donator. This will encourage the users to donate/follow.
Ask your friends to follow you
Use your existing social media accounts to promote your twitch channel and ask your friends to follow your twitch channel. Make a Discord group and keep adding new players that you meet while playing in that group. Once the group gets around 100 members, request them to follow your channel. It is a great way to gain popularity in the early stages. For the next few months, your friends are going to be your only viewers. So, make sure you have a lot of members in your discord group and make sure that each and every one of them follows you on twitch. You can also use this discord group to get views on your live stream.
Let’s get into the action!
It’s time to go live for the first time! Don’t be too excited though, it’s highly possible that you might not even get a single viewer on your first live stream. But stay focused and keep working to reach the epitome of success. Let’s have a look at some tips that you can use to get more followers on Twitch.
I know it’s hard to stream regularly when you know that no one is going to watch. Think of it in this way, you don’t have to worry about whether someone will watch or not, instead, you just have to do what you would have done anyway i.e. play your game! If you think like this then it is going to be much easier for you to stream regularly. All you have to do is start your stream and do what you do the best. Viewers will come eventually.
Have a great personality
Obviously, how well you play the game is a big factor in deciding whether you are going to get followers or not. The other factor that many people overlook is their own personality. Nobody would like to watch the stream of a player that rages a lot, abandons the match in between or abuses a lot. People are sub-consciously judging each and everything that you do in front of the camera. Actions as simple as saying thanks to your new followers or anyone who makes a donation, being humble and talking to your viewers whenever you find time in the game are enough to get more followers and fans.
It’s time to use your social media accounts. Do giveaways and ask your viewers to follow your channel/share the channel on their social media accounts/follow your Facebook, Instagram, Twitter pages. And give something back to any random winner in return. VideoGame giveaway is the most ideal giveaway that you can easily do. So, try giveaways if you want more followers on Twitch.
Attend meetups and events
Connecting with your fans, followers and other streamers is a great way to gain more followers on Twitch. Every year, a number of Gaming meetups and events take place, for example, TwitchCon, SupaNova, MineCon etc. Attend these events and try to connect with other streamers. You can also create your business cards having your twitch channel URL, Facebook page URL, and other details written and simply hand them to other event goers. A great way to get more followers on Twitch.
Last but not the least – Play Well!
Every tip mentioned above can fail to bring you more followers if you just suck at the game you are playing. So, try to give your best every time you go live on Twitch. Nobody wants to view a streamer getting wrecked by opponents. Your viewers are on your channel for some epic content make sure you provide them with what they want.
So, that’s it for this post! I hope you liked these tips on how to get more followers on Twitch. Stay tuned for more such tips and tricks. Thanks for reading.