How To Be A Twitch Streamer

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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…

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

A High-End Twitch Setup

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:

  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • 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.

Have Fun

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:)

Jeremy.

 

 

 

 

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14 Replies to “How To Be A Twitch Streamer

  1. I can’t believe some of the money these streamers make. 7 figures?! I like that since it’s live content, you don’t have to worry about it being polished or edited. Very cool – maybe it’s time for a career change 🙂

    1. Thanks for the comment Penelope! Earnings are based off viewers, donations, sponsorships and much more. If you have enough of all of these then you will be quite the happy person.

  2. I play a lot of Civilization 5 and I have always thought about streaming, so other people could see me play but I have never taken the plunge. Your tips give me a baseline, so I can do so. I usually play on my laptop, but I never realized that a solid gaming pc could cost under $1,000. That is wonderful news.

    I do have a question though. With a blog like yours, you create content for your readers. What are some content ideas for a beginner streamer to bring in extra revenue on say something like a YouTube channel? I look forward to hearing your answer.

    Thank you for sharing and I hope you make it a great day!

    1. Hey Alex, beginner streamers could make extra revenue from YouTube in a few ways and you’ll need to do a bit of editing for this.
      – you can link your account to twitch and post highlight reels of your sessions that day, so people who missed out on your stream have some incentive to watch it next time. People who don’t have twitch can also enjoy watching some funny entertaining parts on YouTube.

      -you can trade views between channels and help it grow faster by appealing to both audiences.

      – Ad revenue once you hit 10000 channel views on YouTube will start to begin and you’ll get paid advertising on your videos.

      – use keyword research tools to get the best chance of ranking well on YouTube. So make sure you title your videos with appropriate keywords to help maximise your viewer chance. You can also use social media to boost your following.

  3. Well written mate!

    Too many out there assume they sit in front of their games and recording them playing will make them famous! Quality and entertainment is key, too many forget about that.

    Be unique and first of all, funny entertaining. If you´re not, don´t stream. Actually, don´t YouTube at all 😀

    Have a good one guys

    1. Thanks Manny, streaming isn’t an easy job and it’s not a get ‘instant internet famous’ straight away. That’s why it’s important like anything, to keep working hard and being unique like you stated.

      Have a great day too mate, thanks for the comment.

  4. Hey Jeremy

    Some lovley tips there I often stream and I try to include those certain aspects to my streams.

    On a side note DrDisrespect is an outstanding gamer and most important a very big personality which will then equal revenue.

    Thanks mate great article.

    Andy

    1. Hey Andy, thanks for the comment mate. I find that if you keep at it long enough and stream with consistent quality then you’ll see results!

      Exactly right and it just goes to show how creative you can get with your entertainment and design aspect.

      Have a great day mate!

  5. What is this? Is it watching or playing video games while singing along? The first video was one of the strangest things I have ever seen. You emulate characters? I didn’t understand the fingerless gloves on the guy in the next video. This looked like something out of Boogie Nights and Silence Of The Lambs or some bizarre stuff that is for people who are looking to be original and unique. I’m sorry but I don’t get it but this is coming from a Marine Corps veteran and electrician. I think I missed the boat here but it did give me a laugh and was interesting.

    1. It’s basically like watching tv or YouTube videos, these people are entertainers and provide enjoyement for people wanting to seek a laugh. I guess it’s watching video games but being apart of the experience makes you feel connected in a sort of way, like a community.

  6. Nice! Wow if only we could all be streamers making 7 figures. I guess if you put in the work and have an entertaining atmosphere anything is possible! It’s funny how the audience can get so attached to even the simplest streamers and this in turn brings in great revenue for them! Maybe it’s time to give it a try lol?

  7. I was thinking about getting into broadcasting some of my gaming, but was thinking about YouTube. I didn’t realize there were other options. Twitch sounds pretty cool. I’ll have to check it out!

    Thanks for the great information! As usual you are the guy I turn to for this kind of stuff. Quick question, If Twitch is all live streams do they allow you to archive any of your streaming content? If so, is there a fee? I’d hate to lose the cool stuff. Thanks!
    -Jason

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