Hi there! Here's a bunch of tips for getting started in streaming on Twitch. If you need help- ask me! And most of all... HAVE ALL THE FUN!
I highly recommend Streamlabs. You can stream directly from there, manage your look and feel with fancy templates, get donations, lots of things.
Panels. Make sure you add some panels to your twitch channel, like About Me, Rules, Schedule, etc. NerdorDie has some customizable panels to get you started.
Banner. Adobe Spark can help you make some nice graphics. Recommended Image size is 1200 x 380 and less than 10 MB.
Music. Use Twitch approved playlists in Spotify or Soundcloud to make sure your archived stream does not get muted for copyright infringements. See https://music.twitch.tv/ for more info.
Join communities. Start with Niceclan Community and Small StreamerCommunity. Make sure you join the related discords! You can be in 3 communities, so I recommend a niche community for something you are passionate about like Extra Life or Girlstreamers (You can join a community simply by going to your dashboard & typing the community's name under communities. Make sure you go to that community's page... if you aren't sure what other communities to join, browse them at https://www.twitch.tv/directory/communities)
Link your Discord & your Twitch Accounts and then enable Discord Streamer Mode. That way STREAMING will show under your name in discord when you are streaming. And any discords with streamer bots should be able to pick up that you are streaming & promote you in their stream channels.
Networking. Add your stream link to your social media profiles in instagram, facebook, twitter, etc. Make posts inviting people when you are going to stream. Make sure you tweet about your stream through out the day because one tweet might not make it to everyone. Sticking to a schedule is helpful too.
Follow people in Twitch from your communities. Actively tell them you are just getting started & ask them to follow you back. Set streamers that you really like to autohost on your channel.
Having rules is important. Some bots will post your rules into your stream chat.
Chameleonhidden has some specific advice on this:
- I have viewer goals and what happens when we get there. I did a 12 hour stream for 200 followers and I have another 12 hour stream set up for when I get to 400 followers. It isn't about the numbers, it is about the loyal followers you get to start and how they are going to help you push your channel. Don't worry about one dick head that comes in and tries to ruin your fun, ban them and move on. No viewer is worth the harassment. Play games that you find fun, playing the most popular games gives you views and follows but when the game changes your viewers will expect you to have the latest and greatest.
Noobits has a good philosophy that helped him get Twitch Affiliate:
- Don't look at the numbers is something I have been going with.
- One thing I noticed on peoples' channels, besides talking to your stream and individual people, don't mention how many viewers you have all the time or at all and don't talk about streaming while your streaming. It makes viewers uncomfortable and they want to see your gameplay/personality they don't care about your numbers. If that's all you say all the time, no one will sit around and watch. Basically negativity is something most people don't want to sit around for, unless that is your thing.
FrostMyFlakes offers his advice:
- Always be talking even if no one is there. So when someone comes into the stream then they would see the streamer has a topic to talk about and energy of communication.
Bot ideas for twitch
https://www.twitch.tv/stay_hydrated_bot type !hydrated yourname
Bot ideas for mixer
Make sure you visit and follow and chat with Niceclan streamers & hopefully they will return the favor! <3