Twitch brought us many amazing work and entertainment opportunities but attracting more viewers to your Twitch channel can be time-consuming and frustrating. So, how did popular streamers like Lirik, Sodapoppin or Towelliee do it? Here are 7 secrets for getting more viewers on Twitch (or any other streaming service):
#7 Form a Community
People want to belong to a group. If you can engage them and let them feel as if though they are a part of a group (aka. your viewers0, they will appreciate it immensely. One example of this is the streamer Forsenlol and his viewers calling themselves “Forsenboys”, but you can also create a clan, like Angry Joe did with his Angry Joe Army or something similar.
#6 Set a Schedule
Habit is the most powerful force known to man. This is why you absolutely must create a consistent streaming schedule so your viewers can form a habit of watching you at the exact same time of the day. Once you succeed, it’s only a matter of maintaining your audience. One streamer who does a great job of setting and sticking to a schedule is Lirik.
#5 Capture the Opportunity
It’s very difficult to have yourself noticed if you choose to stream a game that already has a strong streaming presence. Your best chance is to constantly find new opportunities and expand yourself. This means streaming new games before anybody else does, as well as constantly diversifying so that your channel doesn’t become stale.
#4 Have a great Personality
People enjoy being around entertaining and likeable people. This applies to Twitch streaming too, so by unleashing your creativity, you can attract the crowd and make it watch just to see what you will do next, in or out of the game.
#3 Know your Technology
You can massively enrich your Twitch stream content by adding technological widgets and doodads. For example, text-to-speech feature for donations, sounds when someone subscribes, special counters and alerts, video quality options for those watching on mobile and so on. The most important part is to not get carried away and use something that you don’t understand. Ideally, viewers should never witness you fumbling around with video or sound options on stream.
#2 User Engagement
There are many ways to be engaging with viewers and it’s a no-brainer that the top video game streamers have perfected the artform. Their outstanding ability to provide a great experience for their viewers through giveaways, chat interaction, social media, playing with viewers and the other many ways of engaging viewers, are seeing the most success. Do you see why streamers who are about as engaging as a piece of lettuce aren’t attracting any viewers?
#1 Hone your Skills
If you have the gaming skills that rival or is on par of a professional Esport athlete, you don’t need any other quality from this list, but they do boost your viewership even more. Skill is all you need to magnetically attract viewers and make them watch your every move riveted to their screens. Become someone who people can learn from and say goodbye to anonymity.
We understand that there are hundreds of ways to attract more viewers and all can be considered just as important than the 7 we listed above. In the end, find what works for you and stick with what works. Do not be afraid to experiment with your stream. Learn from your mistakes and you will surely become a streamer that just about anyone could watch.
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