If you currently have a stream on Twitch and you’re looking to increase your viewership, you’ve come to the right place. When you first start out, you’ll find that you start with only yourself and Nightbot as your two viewers. Gaining a following isn’t difficult, but it’ll take time and effort, especially if you want to monetize streaming. Below, we’ll go over five different ways that you can successfully increase your viewership on Twitch. And the best part? All of the ways are simple and easy.
Guide by Mackenzie Peters
1. Be Consistent
One of the first things that every Twitch streamer needs to understand is that you won’t be able to increase your viewership if you’re not consistent. If you pay attention to other streamers, those with the most followers and viewers are the ones who have a stable streaming schedule and they are usually the ones who stream every day. While you may not be able to dedicate all day every day to your stream, you should sit down and think of a time frame of when you can stream and let your followers know. Once you set a schedule, stick to it.
2. Interact with Your Viewers
Why have a stream if you don’t interact with your viewers? Your viewers can chat with you while you stream and viewers like it when you read their comments out loud and talk to them in real time. Of course, you don’t want to read the vulgar and obscene comments (unless you’re into that), but answering your viewers’ questions and helping them learn how to play the game will gain you more viewers. Side note: if you notice too many people within the chat appear to be sending scripted messages or you think that there’s a chatbot in your chat room, you can change the defaults and require chatters to have a verified email address with Twitch before they can chat with you.
3. Create a Viewer-Friendly Interface
When we talk about the interface, we are talking about the part of your stream that your viewers see. This interface should be engaging and fun for those who are looking at it. The best way to do this is to make sure you use a high-quality webcam and microphone. Next, consider adding some graphics, such as overlays, to your stream and simultaneously play music to help keep your viewers engaged. If you’re using Twitch as a platform to make money, consider doing something fun and exciting each time someone new follows your channel, subscribes, or donates to you.
4. Hold a Contest or Do a Giveaway
Viewers LOVE giveaways and contests. While you don’t have to give away real money of any sort, you can have a contest or two and give away inventory within the game or offer a session where you coach a viewer on how to play a game. The more you offer these things, the more your current viewers will tell others and the more others will tune in to watch you.
5. Have Fun and Be Yourself
Lastly, have fun with your stream. Your viewers want to see YOU and they don’t want to watch someone who seems fake or someone who tries too hard. Be empathetic and express yourself as you would with your “in real life” friends.
Follow the steps above and you’ll soon be on your way to hundreds and thousands of viewers.
Hey, I’m Mackenzie – a business major by day, and hardcore gamer by night. With Twitch.tv becoming more and more popular, I decided to turn my love for business and gaming into a website where my team and I help streamers enhance their channels graphically by supplying them with some pretty awesome pre-made and custom graphics. You can find us over at www.streamplaygraphics.com.
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