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How To Start Streaming
So you want to start streaming on Twitch? In this guide we will take you through the step by step process, with the help of some awesome streamers along the way. From setting up your account, to using the best settings in order to optimize your stream, we have got it covered.
Choose A “Brandable” Name
Choosing a “brandable” name is the very first thing you need to do. The reason for this is because once you have chosen your Twitch name, its rather difficult to change it later on, so you need to make sure you get it right first time. Not only that, if you do decide you want to change it later on, you could end up losing some valuable, loyal followers when you started out. So its best to get it right from the start.
Important things to consider when choosing a Twitch name
- Is it brandable across social media platforms?
- Will you be happy with it 2 years down the line?
- Is it easy to remember, and easy for users to type?
- Does it reflect your personality?
There are some great tools out there on Google for coming up with a Twitch name, but my personal favourite is the Shopify business name generator, after all, if you are going to make it big in the streaming industry, your brand will be a business after all.
Sign Up To Twitch
Once you have come up with the perfect Twitch name, its time to sign up to Twitch. You can sign up here – sign up. The sign up process is pretty straight forward, but if you have any problems, here is Twitch’s “Getting Started” guide. There is also a good run through video by Coded Games below.
Where To Find Your Stream Key
Twitch are always moving their pages around so sometimes old articles will send you to the wrong places but we will try to keep this post updated as often as possible. You can currently find your Twitch key here.
Now that you have your Twitch account set up, and you have accesed your stream key, its time to set up your OBS Studio, which is an open-source free streaming software. OBS is one of the most popular streaming software you can find, its easy to use for beginners and there are plenty of tutorials too. Download OBS here.
You should also check out How To Set Up OBS – Twitch & Mixer
How To Make A Professional Looking Stream
One of the most important things you will need to do is make sure your stream looks professional. You need to make sure that your stream looks appealing to any viewers that find themselves at your stream for the first time, but also for any loyal viewers you have picked up. You also need to consider the type of things/games you will be streaming. Whatever that may be, your overlay should reflect it in some way.
Finding and creating Twitch overlays is pretty simple these days, just a simple search on Google should bring up some results. Of course, there will be a difference between free overlays and paid overlays. If you are serious about becoming a Twitch streamer, i would suggest investing in a decent overlay which you wont have to keep changing and you can stick with for a good few years. One of my personal favourites is Placeit who have a fantastic reputation for providing high quality, easy to use overlays. You can find them here – Placeit.
Creating Your Own Overlay
Of course, if you consider yourself to be the creative type and know your way around programs like Photoshop, you can always create your own. Below are some articles which can help you create your own overlay. Check out our article on How To Make Overlays For Twitch – Photoshop.
Stream Panels And Channel
Your stream panels (underneath your stream) are also very important. They should be kept neat and organised. This is where people will see all of your information such as your “About Me” section, your schedule, bot commands, social media links etc. These can be seen at any time whether you are online or offline so its important to make sure that you can still gain some followers even when you are offline. Again, Placeit is a great place to find some amazing stream panels.
How To Make Panels For Your Channel
Free Tools For Creating Your Panels
Canva.com — You can make Twitch Banners and Twitch tiles easily with canva. Canva has also added more options for you so you can even make offline screens with it!
How To Network And Market Your Stream
There’s an old saying i once learnt many years ago when starting out as an entrepreneur – “Its no good having a beautiful shop with amazing products if nobody knows you exist”. The same applies not only to retail, but all types of businesses and services. You could be the funniest, most appealing, likeable streamer in the world, but what good is that if nobody is watching?
Marketing yourself and networking is something you should be doing from the very beginning (once your stream is all set up and ready to go). The first thing you need to do is start getting on those social media accounts and connecting with people. DO NOT SPAM your stream channel links, but do get active. Start conversations, engage with people, help people out, visit other streamers channels, post interesting content. Every now and then you can mention your own channel, or once you have established yourself, post a link or two.
Another great tip is to set up a Discord channel from the very beginning. You can chat with people, and let them know when you are going live. Below is a great video on how to Network on Twitch.
Here are some more resources on how to network and market yourself
Twitch bots are fantastic at helping you promote your content, social media, and generally keeping the trolls at bay. Its pretty easy to set up your first Twitch bot, which are usually preset with a list of automatic commands which will help you and any moderators you have. These commands are easily editable and you can even add your own commands. The most popular Twitch bot which almost everyone uses is Nightbot.
You will start to need a bit more functionality as your stream grows. Check out one of our articles below.
Stream Alerts, Follower Notifications And Donations
Now we need to get those stream alerts set up for when you get any new followers, receive any donations, or subscribers. For starting out, i would suggest StreamLabs. Its simple to use, which is why its the most popular for Twitch streamers. You can check out our recent article on How To Setup StreamLabs With OBS.
Do You Need A Webcam?
Trust me, this is a debate that has gone on for many years in the streaming community. Everyone will have their own opinion on this, but the problem is that those who say you dont need one, dont use one themselves, so how could they know? Its usually a defensive arguement to justify their belief that they dont need one. Personally, i think you do. Viewers want to know their “performer”, they want to put a face to the personality. They want to see your facial reactions to events in the game. Marketing yourself can also be quite challenging without one. Just ask yourself, how many full time professional streamers do you follow who dont have a webcam? Of course, as you are just starting out, its not as big of a deal right now, but it is definitely something to think about in the future.
Preparing Your Mic For Streaming
Now it goes without saying that you absoloutely DO need a mic for streaming. Not only is it important for your viewers to hear you, your opinions on the game, events in the game, your reactions, but its also important to make sure what they DONT hear too. If you’re a PC gamer, there is nothing more annoying than watching a streamer and hearing those annoying key presses. But fear not, there are some easy fixes out there. You can either get a mixer for adjusting your voice and background noise, or you can use some programs such as Voicemeeter which almost everybody uses.
Engaging With Your Viewers
One of the hardest parts of streaming when you first start out, is talking consistently on stream, and getting your chat ACTIVE. There is nothing worse than watching a streamer who doesn’t talk. It’s like watching a movie with no sound. The good news is, once you get the hang of it, it becomes easier and easier. Check out our article on The Art Of Talking On Stream. You can also watch the video below which will give you a nice head start and something to work with:
Grow Your Stream With Twitch Analytics
Im not going to go into to much detail in regards to Twitch Analytics, because quite honestly, i don’t know enough about it. I do however know that it’s important to know your audience and use those insights to help get a better understanding of who you are working with, what is working, and what isn’t. So here is a great video about Twith Analytics:
What Games Should I Stream?
First and foremost, you should try to play games which you are passionate about and enjoy playing. This is where your true personality will come out, and thats what we want the viewers to see. Saying that, it is always good to know which games are doing well, and which games not so much, in terms of viewership.
A neat little trick which some streamers like to call the “Twitcheroo” (a wordplay on switcheroo), is to first start playing a game where you can get to the top of the list quite easily (games with a low amount of streamers). Then once you have a good few viewers watching, you switch to a game with a bigger audience. If your viewers are still interested in watching, you will climb higher on the list in the new game because you brought your followers with you! But i would advise you to be careful of this tactic. Some viewers may have joined your stream because not only do they enjoy watching you, but the game also. This tactic can be a double edged sword.
Is A Streaming Schedule Important?
Im going to jump in straight away with this answer and say YES!
Set up a schedule at once. If your viewers like your content, they look forward to watching you again. Not only will your schedule fit in with some of your viewers schedules, but they will always know exactly when you will be on too. Its like watching a TV program. I have found it really annoying in the past when i have found a good streamer and look forward to watching them, but they start streaming at random times on different days and i never know when they have gone live.
Sometimes it can also be a good idea to split your stream into two sessions during the day, once in the morning and once in the evening. This way, any viewers who are unable to watch you in the morning can still watch you in the evening and vice versa.
I hope you got some good information from this article. Im sorry if it was a bit long winded. But i wanted to provide as much information as possible. In order to help you get the best out of your stream. I wish you the best of luck with your stream and i hope you get everything out of it that you could have dreamed of. Remember, if you dream it, stream it.