Much like growing a YouTube channel, gaining recognition on Twitch in 2018 is not exactly easy. The process can take a lot of time, hard work, and most important of all — patience beyond belief. But then again, this goes for building anything online. If you want to succeed in making something that's worthy of people's time, then you have to take it seriously and recognize what works.
Below are five pointers that I've picked up on throughout the past few months of streaming. As of this writing, I have exactly 2,647 Twitch followers. Let's see if we can replicate that kind of success on your own channel. While I cannot promise you exactly the same results, I can assure you everything below is guaranteed to get your channel noticed.
1. Stream regularly.
This is perhaps the most important tip you should keep in mind when trying to grow on Twitch. You need to stream regularly if you expect to make it. Streaming once a week isn't enough. Putting the time in is incredibly valuable, and something that should not be taken lightly. Set an example for your viewers and show them you're in it for the long haul.
At this moment, I stream an average of 4–6 hours daily — aside from Sunday, which is usually reserved for editing the weekend vlog on YouTube. Just recently did I begin streaming a couple hours in the morning, in addition to a few hours at night. Not only did spacing out my streaming hours greatly increase my followers count, but it's also been quite convenient for international viewers. Thanks to the time difference, I am now reaching more viewers than ever.
2. Play popular games.
If you were given the choice of watching a Twitch streamer play Fortnite or Farming Simulator 17, which would you choose? You would likely go with the former, seeing as how Farming Simulator 17 probably doesn't interest the majority of gamers. Is that such a bad thing? Of course not. I'm sure farming simulators are fun to play. But are they popular? No, not exactly — and that's what you should keep in mind when deciding on which game to stream.
Streaming popular games like Fortnite and League of Legends is the way to go. Standing out from the crowd will certainly be tough, but at least you have a chance of being included with everyone else. Giving your stream a catchy title is also a nice way of grabbing attention, so don't be afraid to experiment over time. It only takes one viewer to get the ball rolling.
3. Interact with your audience.
This is key to growing on Twitch. It's right up there with streaming on a regular basis. Interacting with your audience is critical and something that should not be ignored. If someone is taking time out of their day to watch your stream, make their time worth it by saying hello and starting a conversation.
Something I especially enjoy doing is getting to know my viewers by their first name — particularly those who tune in on a regular basis. Addressing viewers by their actual name is not only more personal than referencing user names, but it's a nice way of showing that you pay attention.
4. Set goals.
Have you ever been to the website Player.me? If not, I highly recommend you check it out. Player.me is an amazing website that offers all kinds of free overlays that you can use to spice up your stream's overall look. Overlays can range from simple webcam frames to fully fledged themes that displays all sorts of useful information.
One overlay I've recently become obsessed with is a counter that displays a followers goal. Depending on how long I stream for, I set up different goals for a specific amount of new followers that I would like to gain at a time. Surprisingly, introducing this goal has greatly increased the amount of people that choose to follow my streams, thus further pushing my channel in an upward direction.
Displaying goals within your stream and viewers will naturally want to help. It's a method that works!
5. Share your stream.
Yeah, I know — this should be common sense. But really, every share helps. Whether you have an existing audience or not, sharing your stream with those you know is a great way of quickly boosting numbers. Get your friends to watch, post your link in Facebook groups, and start engaging. Simple as that.
It also helps to join popular communities, such as the Twitch subreddit. Connecting with others is a surefire approach in getting others to notice your channel. Just be sure not to spam. Doing so can quickly turn others away.
Because you made it this far, I invite you to share your Twitch channel in the comments below. Tell us a few things about yourself and the games you stream. Perhaps you'll gain a few followers!