A step-by-step guide to getting started on Twitch (and succeed)

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Want to get started on Twitch, but don’t know how? Don’t worry. We have prepared a complete guide so you don’t get lost along the way.

We go through the entire Twitch process: from pre-planning to monetizing the channel. Get ready to learn the ins and outs of this ever-growing platform.

Before starting on Twitch

Here’s everything you need to consider before you start live:

1. Choose the content

The first thing you should have clear before starting on Twitch is what you are going to dedicate your channel to. The easiest thing to do is to make gameplays of video games.

If what motivates you is to play video games and share time with your community, go ahead! You can focus on specific genres or replay the classics you like the most, awakening the nostalgia of your viewers.

Spanish streamer Illojuan gets tens of thousands of views playing PlayStation classics! Why? Because he enjoys doing what he does, and it shows.

➜ What we mean is: if you enjoy your content, your audience will too

But remember that Twitch isn’t just about video games. More and more streamers are spending time chatting or doing events and broadcasting them live. Innovating is also a way to stand out.

2. Choose a good name

As with other social networks, your name on Twitch does not necessarily have to be related to your real name. To choose a good streamer name, you should consider the following aspects:

  1. A simple, easy-to-remember name is best
  2. If possible, it should be original and unique, different from any other streamer.
  3. Think about what makes you unique. Can it be included in the name?
  4. Make sure the name is available on all social networks.
  5. Finally, make sure it complies with Twitch’s terms of service.

3. Prepare the setup

You don’t need to spend a lot of money to have a good setup (physical place to do the live performance). 

The bottom line is the following:

  • A stable Internet connection
  • A device that records in good quality
  • If you record your live performances at home, make sure you have a clean and tidy background.

If we go beyond the essentials, you should also take this into account:

Good lighting

If the room where you are going to stream does not have good lighting, you can buy ring lights for less than 20 euros/dollars.

A state-of-the-art PC

If you are going to do live gameplays , keep in mind that there are video games that demand certain requirements for the PC. Ideally, you should have a high-end processor and graphics card to play at the highest possible quality.

Brand elements

As you can improve the setup, include elements characteristic of your channel. Some ideas are: 

  • A neon sign with your logo
  • A stuffed animal to become the channel’s “mascot”.
  • A shelf with gifts and souvenirs from your subscribers

A good chair

Another essential element for your setup is a good chair. If you have to spend long hours in front of the computer in an upright position, what better than to choose a chair that is comfortable and ergonomic.

Good headsets

One of the most fun things about Twitch is watching a group of streamers play together. If you also want to enjoy multiplayer or chat with your audience on platforms like Discord, you’ll need to get a good headset with a good microphone.

Eventually, you can also get a condenser microphone and a stand to move it around comfortably.

Creating a Twitch channel

It’s time to take your first steps on the platform. To enter Twitch in the best way, keep in mind the following:

1. Steps to create a Twitch channel

Creating a Twitch channel is not complicated at all. Just follow these steps:

  1. Go to the Twitch page and register here.
  2. To register you need to fill out a form where you will be asked for name, password, date of birth, phone number and email address.
  3. Then, enter the verification code that you will receive in your email.
  4. And finally, you select your content interests.

You got it!

2. Modify the ‘About’ page

The ‘About’ section of your channel is not just a place to put the typical basic description. This section allows us to add buttons of all kinds, whether it is a donation link or a 

Tips for your live performances

Now you can get your live shows up and running! To make them entertaining, we recommend that you follow these tips.

1. Be dynamic…

Speaking into a camera for hours to entertain an audience is an art, and it’s not always easy. The first rule of Twitch is to make sure your viewers don’t get bored. Try to keep a steady pace so that doesn’t happen. 

Some techniques to keep up the pace are as follows:

  • Vary your content from time to time. Do NOT play ALL live hours.
  • Interact with the chat whenever you can
  • Thank you for each new subscription and donation
  • Try to follow a “playbook” of content, but allow that script to vary depending on what happens on the air.
  • You can react to clips and videos from other streamers. In addition to learning from them, you will have a fun time.
  • If you make gameplays, make the chat part of the game. Ask them for advice if you need it and ask them what they would do if they were you.

2. …but don’t get saturated

Rest whenever you need to. Your audience will understand. Otherwise, you will burn out too quickly and that will end up having a negative impact on your live performances.

Another basic tip: choose specific days and times to stream. In addition to setting a schedule for yourself, your audience will know what time they can see you on Twitch.

3. Admit your mistakes

If you want to succeed on Twitch, you will certainly have to spend many hours in front of the camera. It’s absolutely normal to make mistakes, especially when you’re just starting out.

Don’t worry too much. All the great streamers have made many, many mistakes (some very serious) and have managed to pull through. Take it with humor and continue with the stream

4. Take care of your community

If you manage to succeed on Twitch, be sure that your community will be largely to blame. Therefore, be grateful to your audience. Otherwise, they will end up leaving for another live stream.

5. Respect yourself

Don’t force yourself to do anything you don’t want to do to please your followers or subscribers. If you’re unhappy with your content, that will end up translating into a drop in your performance and, ultimately, your Twitch numbers.

BE CLEAR ABOUT THIS: If any viewer engages in toxic behavior in the chat, ban them.

Don’t let anyone disrespect you.

Finally, monetize your channel.

If you follow the above steps and tips, you will achieve regular performance on Twitch. However, one of the basic goals of any streamer is to monetize and make money.

➜ It’s time to take a step forward! We tell you how to do it.

The fastest way to monetize your channel is to join the Twitch Partner Program. This will allow you to earn income in 3 ways:

  1. Subscriptions: Every time a viewer subscribes to your channel, you will take 50% of the subscription price.
  2. Bits: You will earn 1 cent for each bit your viewers use.
  3. Advertising: You will also benefit from the advertising displayed on your channel. You will be able to modify the frequency and duration of the advertising.

What are the requirements?

In order to join the Partner Program, you must first meet the following requirements:

  • A minimum of 500 minutes of broadcasting in the last 30 days
  • Issued for at least 7 days in the last 30 days
  • An average of 3 simultaneous viewers on your live shows
  • A minimum of 50 followers

How can you make money on Twitch?

Apart from the Partner Program, there are many other ways to earn money on this platform. 

Monetize Twitch with Amedia Social

Don’t worry if you see that you don’t manage to reach the minimum number of followers or you see that your numbers are stagnating. At Amedia Social we help you take a step forward on Twitch.

What are you waiting for? It’s fast, easy and safe!

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2 thoughts on “A step-by-step guide to getting started on Twitch (and succeed)

    • arnau says:

      El botón para acceder al chat lo puede encontrar en la parte inferior derecha. Se trata del icono circular azul con una nube de texto en su interior. ¡Espero haberle ayudado!

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