Learning from the experiences of others is one of the best ways to grow as both a Twitch Streamer and a well rounded human being. When I first started streaming I had so many questions (I honestly still do), and I’m sure you have questions too. I’ve gathered advice and other words of wisdom from content creators who have seen amazing growth and success, in this post I have 10 tips from the amazing TwiggieGames.
Twiggie is a Norwegian Twitch streamer with a penchant for horror and mystery games, but she is a variety streamer to the core. She can often be found playing games like Visage, Outlast, Subnautica, and even No Man’s Sky. I met Twiggie in the Small Streamer Community in early 2018, and in the time I’ve known her I’ve learned so much. Through hard work and dedication Twiggie has seen rapid growth in her Twitch stream, YouTube channel, and her own community.
Twiggie’s 10 Tips
Find out what you want to achieve with your stream. Do you want it to be a platform where you show off great gameplay? Do you want to be an entertainer? Do you want it to be a place where you have close interactions with your audience and make friends? Having an idea for what you want to accomplish helps determining how you go about improving your stream. Spend time watching other streamers and figure out what specifically they do that you enjoy. Don’t be afraid to copy them at first, within reason of course! (Tweet This!)
First impressions are key. Spend some time making sure you give a good first impression for visitors to your profile. Upload a decent profile picture and panels, and put your relevant info in your panels. You don’t need to spend a lot of money on professional art for this, you can even make them yourself! Write a little something about yourself, your schedule, what people can expect from your stream, links to social media and a donation page if you have that enabled. (Tweet This!)
Consistency, consistency, consistency. People who want to watch you want to know when they can watch you and what they can expect. Personally, I always take a quick look at someone’s VODs page before following them. I look at things like when they stream, how often they stream, what type of games they normally play… This gives a good idea if this is someone who will consistently be someone I’d want to watch. (Tweet This!)
It’s OK to take a break! Even if it is a scheduled day for you, sometimes you need a day off. It happens! If you feel under the weather, are tired, or just not in a good mood, your viewers will understand. Pushing through it will not do you any services, as you end up not having as good a time, and most of your viewers will notice if you are not feeling like your usual self. (Tweet This!)
Watch your own VODs! Not a lot of people do this, but everyone should. You don’t have to watch the entire thing, but watch a few minutes at random sections of the VOD. This will give you a clear indication of how other people see your stream. Is the audio and visual quality good? Is the video game sound louder than your voice? If you don’t have any VODs stored, do a test recording of a few seconds before going live and review it. This is how you can prevent a muted microphone, bad sound quality or other technical issues without relying on viewers to tell you about it.Take note of how entertaining you are being, too. Do you look or sound bored? Are you doing stuff in game that might seem self-explanatory to you, but that you could explain the process behind? If you have any long stretches of silence, or seem bored while playing, people will get bored watching you. (Tweet This!)
Practice talking, all the time! It doesn’t take a potential viewer long to decide if they want to stay, or if they want to watch one of the thousands of other streamers out there. In other words, you must be engaging from the second they enter your stream to make them want to stay. Narrate what you are doing in the game, your plans ahead, why you are making the choices you are… If you run out of things related to the game to talk about, talk about your day, something you are looking forward to, something interesting that has happened to you…It is your job as a streamer to entertain your viewer, and you need to be able to do that regardless of chat activity. While active chatters are great, one of the most important skills as a streamer is to be able to hold a conversation on your own! (Tweet This!)
You know the viewer count? Hide it. Keep it hidden, don’t give into the temptation to un-hide it. There are no positives to having the viewer count visible. It takes viewers only a few seconds to decide if they want to keep watching or switch to someone else, and the viewer count takes some time to update. If you at any point act as if you have 0 viewers (being silent, disengaging, bored), there’s a good chance that the potential viewer will have left before the count even updates and shows you that they were there. Turn it off and focus on enjoying your stream – and pretend you always have 100 viewers to entertain! (Tweet This!)
Networking. Networking is a fancy word for making friends. Make friends with other viewers and streamer, support and help them out in a genuine way. You don’t want to support them just to get support back, you want to support them because you actually enjoy their content. Watch their stream, hang out in their chat, retweet them on Twitter… People notice and respond well to this kind of help, and they will be much more inclined to help you out back.Joining streamer communities on Discord is a great way of meeting like-minded streamers and getting your name out there, but it requires some effort to see any return. If you spend time becoming an active and helpful member of a community, the people you interact with will be curios to see who you are, and there’s a good chance they will stop by your stream. (Tweet This!)
Engage your community! Getting viewers to find your stream is one thing, getting them to stay and become true members of your community is another. In short, this is about making friends with your viewers. In regard to making friends with viewers, you have to decide your own boundaries in terms of how close you want to get, but there are a lot of things you can do to make sure they feel included and a part of your community.You can play multiplayer or coop games together (either on or off stream), host movie nights or watch tv shows on sharing websites like rabb.it, create a Discord where you encourage conversations, sharing of pet pictures, etc. (Tweet This!)
Have fun! This is perhaps the most important tip. Streaming is supposed to be something you do for fun, and the moment you think of it as anything else, you start the path to burning out. It takes most people a long time to see any significant growth and while it’s perfectly fine to have goals along the way, or a final goal you want to achieve with your channel, you can’t get discouraged by the road it takes to get there. (Tweet This!)
What did you think about Twiggie’s advice? I personally struggle with sticking to a consistent schedule, and I’ve only watched my VODs a few time (I have a lot to work on). Was there anything here that you know you struggle with?
Tell me your thoughts and any additional advice you have in the comments.