10 surefire ways to build your Twitch following
1. Stay regular
Having a regular broadcast schedule will let your viewers become aware of when a session will be happening; this is the quickest way to build a following. Be sure to post the schedule everywhere, the more people are aware, the more likely they are to show up.
2. Go live, go long
You might be tempted to dip in and out of broadcasting, but Twitch works best as long-form entertainment. If you can find the time, get comfy and settle in for the long haul – you’ll quickly build relationships with anyone willing to sit with you through that ten-hour session.
It can be a little daunting at first, but be sure to keep the camera and microphone on and active if you can. People want to see and hear you! It’ll increase your viewership, simply because it’s easier to engage with someone you can see and speak to.
4. The art of conversation
Don’t be shy, talk until your throat goes dry. Sure, people are coming to watch a game, but they will stay for the conversation. Talk about everything and anything, it doesn’t have to be game related, just find a way to engage with your audience.
While you might be tempted to jump right in with every game under your TV, if you want to be successful on Twitch, you might do well to specialize. Sticking to a genre will not only let viewers know what to expect, but it’ll help your confidence.
6. Be yourself
It’s estimated that the average viewers spends an hour and a half each day viewing streams, they are looking to engage with a community and have some fun. If you’re not having fun, neither will your viewers! Be honest, it’ll help people connect with you.
7. Monitor the chat
It can be tough, but try to keep an eye on the chat stream. If people ask questions, answer them! Ask questions back, this isn’t the Spanish inquisition after all. Oh, and don’t be afraid to swing the banhammer from time to time, after all, jerks will be jerks.
8. Right atmosphere
This might be a no-brainer, but make sure the environment is right before you start broadcasting. Expecting a call at 7PM? Don’t start streaming at 6:50. Similarly, if you have loud or invasive housemates, maybe wait until they aren’t around before you start.
9. Get Involved
Spend time watching other streams and join other channels. Don’t be worried about giving your ‘rivals’ hits, that’s the wrong attitude; be worried about becoming part of a community. If you get into a circle and make friends, you’ll start getting crossover viewership.
10. Don’t be an arsehole
Remember, everything you do here is being livestreamed. To the world. Live. Acting like an ass, playing Justin Bieber music or otherwise being rude to your audience will not only give you a bad reputation and lose you viewers, but you’ll also risk a Twitch ban.
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