Being a full-time Twitch Streamer is no easy feat and requires many hours of sitting, entertaining, playing games, interacting and trying to obtain sponsors.
However, with enough hard-work, dedication, balance and management. Anything is possible.
Streamers like ‘DrDisrespect’ and ‘Summit1G’ are Twitch superstars, pulling in 7-digit figures yearly!
Therefore, to reach such ludicrous heights, I put together a few tips and tricks to help any aspiring streamer along the way.
Tip #1 Quantity Over Quality
The great thing about Twitch over YouTube, is the ability to stream for as many hours as you want. You don’t have to worry about editing or having the correct upload length because it’s LIVE.
Consistency is perhaps the most important aspect in growing a Twitch channel. The more you stream, the more you are able to engage and build a fan base.
The more people watching = the more potential revenue and sponsorships to be made.
Quality should then be your anchor, to make yourself memorable to your audience. People like to be entertained, so make sure you have a stream that’s watchable and provides a decent level of visual quality.
If you ever get stuck with idea’s, research and watch what other big Twitch Streamers do. I always find that learning from someone who is more successful in your current field, can provide a huge boost to your potential success.
Above Video: Dr Disrespect Entertaining Gillette Intro Dance.
Which brings me onto my next tip…
Tip #2 Essential Equipment & Design
If you are planning on streaming daily and working-hard to achieve your dreams, then comfort and the right equipment are essential to get ahead of the pack.
You won’t need the super high-end PC or spend tons of money when you first start out. However, there’s a minimum that should be at least met…
- Standard Gaming PC: can be purchased for a rather reasonable price ($800-$1K) and should include an Intel i-5, 8GB Ram, NVIDIA GeForce or AMD graphics card and at least 300GB of storage space. Check out more on affordable gaming PC’s here.
- Streaming Software: Open Broadcast Software (OBS) is perhaps the most popular streaming software out there. The best part? it’s full of rich features and is completely FREE.
- Microphone: Your audience will need to hear your crisp, beautiful, fluent voice. That’s why you need a quality microphone. I use a Snowball Ice but you can also pick up a ‘Blue Yeti’ for a very affordable price too.
- Green Screen: You won’t necessarily need this straight away but it’s nice to set the scene and background environment. Check out some prices here.
Once you have your equipment it’s time to create your own style and express the channel that you want your viewers to be a part of. You can do this in several ways:
- Describing what you and your channel is all about. This will help build a connection with your viewers on a personal level, creating trust and loyalty.
- Create banners and pimp out your channel. Visual representations can be very useful in attracting potential viewers, so make sure your channel art is beautifully stunning and reflects your vision. You can create free banners at Canva.
- Camera shy? develop an online persona or character. Similar to artists like Marshmallow and Deadmau5, becoming a character creates mystery and sets you out to be a Hero or Villain figure. If done well enough, people will enjoy watching this and the entertainment/revenue will show.
Above Video: Dr Disrespect Explains His Origins And Overcoming Shyness.
Tip #3 Manage Your Time Effectively
This is a must. Sitting down or remaining still for hours on end, can result in many health problems later on down the track. These include increased risks of:
- Heart Attacks
- High Blood Pressure
- and much more.
Set out a sensible streaming schedule and stick to it.
Make sure to always get up and stretch during long streams. You could also make an event out of it and have your viewers join in on your little (or big) yoga class. This will help keep the blood flowing and your joints mobile.
Standing-desks are also a viable option and can help mix things up during streams.
Above Video: Stretching With Dr Disrespect.
The most important thing though, is to have fun. Enjoy what you are doing and don’t let unnecessary negative attention get to you. If you put in the hard yards, you’ll reap the rewards!
I hope you guy’s enjoyed this article, if you have any questions please leave them in the comments below!
Have a great day and take care:)