Like many forms of social media, Twitch offers you the opportunity to truly change your life by doing something you love. Regardless of whether you are a gamer, musician or another type of content creator, the tips below will help your channel to grow. Expanding your audience isn’t easy – There is no ‘get rich quick’ schemes that bear fruit, so putting in the work and being patient while on your journey is essential. Implement as many of these tips as you can and be ready to grind towards affiliate and Twitch partnership!
Consistency Is Key
The most effective way to grow your Twitch following is undoubtedly consistency. That doesn’t necessarily mean streaming every day, but ensuring you are live at a set time if possible. Your audience is most likely on Twitch at a similar time each day, so you being live during this window allows you to pull more viewers, which in turn helps your channel visibility throughout ‘browse’ pages. Decide on a schedule for your channel, put this in your Twitch bio, Twitter Bio and wherever else you can – Sticking to this schedule is the key to growth.
Some streamers want fancy keyboards, mice with little response time and a monitor with insane dpi, but will these improve the quality of your broadcast? If the main pull to your stream is your game talent, then maybe the answer is yes, but most content creators rely on personality and interaction. Think about upgrading your microphone, web cam (if you use one), graphics card (to offer better quality to your viewers) and maybe even a stream deck for easier transitions.
Be Active In The Community
You’d be surprised at the amount of growth (and friendships) you can gain through simply being active in various Twitch streams. Head over to the game category you stream the most often and hop into streams with a few viewers. Send a few messages and actively watch your favourites – Before you know it, you’ll be broadening your community and gaining a handful of useful contacts.
Take Time With Your Profile
When a new viewer comes to your channel, your profile will often be the first thing you say. Make a good impression by filling out everything as much as possible. Utilize free Twitch panels or use a website like Canva to make your own, while also including as much information as you feel comfortable with. You could also buy a custom offline screen for a few bucks on Fiverr, along with an overlay for when you’re live. Make everything look great and growth will follow.
Do Longer Streams If Possible
Obviously the more you stream, the more possibility you have for growth; but there’s more to it than that. When you’re grinding for affiliate and partnership, your average viewer count is a huge factor in determining your eligibility and when you start your stream, it’s going to take a while for your viewers to show up. Some smaller streamers only stream for 30-40 minutes at a time, which doesn’t give any time for your viewers to arrive, or for Twitch to log them. Try to stream for a minimum of 1 and a half hours if possible.
That rounds up our list of tips and tricks for growing your Twitch channel. Our final words for this article are to NEVER self-promote in other streams – You won’t gain anything from doing this and often, it will earn you a negative reputation within your chosen community. Happy streaming!