30 easy Tips To Grow your Twitch Channel

If you want to grow as a streamer, there are rules because you can’t just go live and hope for the best – that’s just wasting your time. 

Here are over 30 tips that every single creator, not just small ones, should know if they want to grow in this industry. Even scarier, I realized over half of them are crucial to having long-term, sustainable, and adequate growth as a streamer.

Beginner tips

Now even if you’ve been streaming for a while, I’m sure there is something in here that you haven’t done, and you absolutely should.

But the very first tip, I want you to expect to have zero viewers for your first stream or if your first week of streaming, and that is okay. Turn off your viewer count and stream as if you have hundreds of viewers.

There are multiple reasons for this.

  1. You need to practice your skills as a streamer and practice your skills as an entertainer.
  2. The second reason is that you need to think about every single stream as if you are producing content on other platforms.

Many people say, “I’m not going to talk to myself; I’m not going to try to be entertaining when I have no viewers because it’s idiotic.” No, sitting there stone-faced like a zombie playing a video game and not even trying to be an entertaining streamer is more idiotic.

If you’re streaming just to mess around and have fun, go for it. But if you’re streaming because you want to grow, then you need to stream as if you’re producing content for TikTok for YouTube, for YouTube, for YouTube shorts, for Instagram, and every other social media platform out there.

Another reason is that the viewer count isn’t accurate; It takes minutes to update. If someone joins, it’ll still say zero, and they’ll see your stone face zombie, and they’ll just leave. So by then, you’ll try to talk to them, but they won’t reply because they’re already gone.

The second tip might seem obvious to you, but I promise it is not; Use titles, tags, and smart category choices if you want to grow.

You might be surprised to hear this, but the large majority of creators are not titling their streams, and they are just writing the words, chill vibes, or they’re simply writing the name of the game. 

That is literally it, and there is no reason for a person to click on that stream; There is nothing special, nothing unique, and nothing clickable about those titles. And the sad part is even if you did create

a unique title, you are not making intelligent category choices. You’re streaming Fortnite, War Zone, Apex Legends, or any other massive, overly saturated category because that’s the only game you enjoy.

But you will not be discovered in those categories if you have zero viewers and are not producing content on other platforms. You will not be discovered on Twitch. You need to pick a category that you can actually be discovered in.

Something you can sit in the top three rows and then use a unique and engaging title and a nice, solid-looking thumbnail so that people will click on you rather than the person next to you.

If you do this, you’ll start to get a few clicks and a few viewers. And I promise you, just getting three to four viewers is much better than sitting in the War Zone category and streaming to zero viewers forever.

Tip number three, turn your VODs on or, at the very least, record your streams. If you streamed for three to four hours and didn’t record any of it, and you don’t save any of the VODs for later, and there are no clips of it, well, that is gone.

If you didn’t even get followers from that stream, it means you achieved nothing. If you stream to zero viewers for four hours, but at the very least, you saved your VOD, it means you can go back and use the highlighter tool to find all the best bits, create clips, and post them on other social media or in general populate your Twitch stream.

Tip number four is to set up your bio’s, Twitch panels, and everything else. I’m so tired of clicking on streams that have just literally no panels or they’ve just got a donation panel. 

Tip number five, I’m going to give a very powerful tip; If you’re streaming for money, fame, or generally streaming because you want to do it as a job because it seems easy, then you’re probably going to quit.

This industry is ruthless, and you’ll need much more motivation and discipline if you want to grow in it because you get none of that for a long time as a streamer. You get very little money, you get very little fame until you’ve got a much larger fanbase. You’ll be much better off if you’re doing it because you have a passion for it.

Tip number six, please make brand new social media accounts;

  • Don’t list your full name on your social media
  • Don’t link back to your old socials.
  • Don’t use your personal Facebook account.

Seriously, make a brand new social media and stop doxing your full name. Frauds and other people can hurt you if they get that information. Protect yourself, and protect your identity.

Tip number seven set up your Twitch auto-moderation because I found out a lot of you guys have no idea that Twitch has built-in AutoMod and that you can turn it on.

Tip number eight, lock in a schedule and stick to it. Instead of streaming at random hours of the day, random days of the week, and streaming random games with no consistency.

If your only discovery method is going to be Twitch, then you need to lock in a schedule because humans are creatures of habit. Every day at 7:15, when you go live, they want to sit down with their dinner and watch you. If you are not there, they will watch someone else.

This might not be what you want to hear if you want to be a streamer, but you need to start building an audience. You can’t just go, “Well, I can’t have a schedule, so I’ll just do my best.”

Tip number nine, grab yourself an overlay pack. Whether it’s some owned or a free one, just please get something that looks professional. Get something that isn’t blurry, has the wrong sizing, or generally looks scuffed.

Tip number 10, you’ve heard it before, and I’m repeating it because it is the most crucial piece of advice I can give you. Get used to the camera.

Let’s make it actionable; Every single day, get a phone, get a camera, open up your webcam, and hit record. Film yourself for 10 minutes, talking and trying to be as entertaining as possible. End of the 10-minute recording, don’t watch it. Go away and don’t think about it. The next day, sit down, and watch your entire 10 minutes without speeding it up, without looking away, close everything else. Focus on watching it.

You’ll very quickly realize what you need to improve.

As soon as you finished watching that 10 minutes, hit record and film another 10 minutes. Don’t watch it; come back the next day and repeat.

Technical tips

Tip number 11; take time to familiarize yourself with OBS or Streamlabs

OBS. It doesn’t matter which one you’re using, sit down, close the software, open up guides and start reading and watching.

You need to understand what OBS is, what Streamlabs is, and how to use them effectively. These are your tools as a streamer for making

your stream polished, professional, and look good. Don’t get distracted by your music, stop replying to Discord messages, and close down your YouTube videos. Just seriously spend time studying OBS and studying Streamlabs.

Too many people hit Go Live without understanding how to use their software, and they’re plagued with technical issues and things that should not be fixed while you’re live but before you go live.

Tip number 12, learn about your GPU and CPU resources and where you can find the information about them inside Streamlabs and inside OBS.

The number of people who say that they’re dropping frames when they’re lagging frames, skipping frames, or vice versa is kind of insane.

Tip number 13: check your canvas, output, FPS, and bitrate, and make sure they all work together.

Tip number 14; check, check, and triple-check that your microphone and your filters are correctly leveled.

The number of times I see people talking into the wrong side of the mic, or it’s far too quiet, or they’ve got all this background noise, even though it is so simple to fix these things.

I think the most common issue is people have their music or game audio way too loud, and it’s overpowering their voice, and they could fix it if they listened back to their stream or audio.

Tip number 15, always check to make sure there’ll game capture and your game settings will actually work with OBS and Streamlabs before you go live.

Doing technical fixes while you’re live kills your momentum and throws people off, so make sure you do it before you go live.

But number 16, please turn on low latency mode if you want to ensure you’re interacting with chat as fast as possible.

Super easy but super important to do. It’s insane, the number of people who come into my stream and say, “How do you reply so quick?”. It’s low latency. Just make sure you have the internet to support it, of course.

Tip number 17 is the tone on disconnect protection.

If your internet cuts out, then you’re going to be able to have disconnect protection for at least 90 seconds while you try to get yourself back online.

If you don’t have this on, everyone gets kicked straight out of the stream. And it makes it look like you’re offline. It’s much harder to recover from that than from disconnect protection.

Tip number 18: If you use a webcam, please make sure you turn off all of the automatic webcam settings.

Turn off your autofocus, turn off your auto white balance, turn it all off and learn how to use your tools properly.

Tip number 19 is an extra one for the cameras. Please make sure when you put your webcam on the screen, make sure you put your webcam in the middle on the left or anywhere on the right. Don’t put it in the top left or the bottom left.

Why? It’s because your thumbnail has multiple overlays that will block your face when you look at a category. You need to have your face nice and visible so people are willing to click it at a pleasant glance.

Choose between being on the right or being on the left; it comes down to where your eye line is.

Our 20th tip and my last tech tip before we get into our growth tips; you may not want to hear it, but if your PC and your internet cannot stream, stop trying.

Growth Tips

Tip 21; watch your VODs back.

You might think this is strange, but the number of people who don’t watch their VODs back is wild. You need to watch your VODs because instantly, you’ll understand where you need to improve, whether your mic sounds okay, and whether or not you’re entertaining.

Tip number 22; discovery on Twitch is complicated. The platform has specific ways you act and certain types of content you need to make to be discovered.

Adapt to what works on those platforms and use it to your advantage when starting. We don’t get to fight against these giant machines and these giant algorithms. We have to play the game.

Tip number 23, speaking of external platforms, it’s time to pick your social media and how you will use them for your niche.

I want you to pick one that is good for engagement and then one for discoverability. The most common one for discovery is YouTube,

and the most common one for engagements is Twitter or Discord.

Spend time learning about the platform, and read guides like this on how to use them to your advantage.

Tip number 24; use Discord.

I want you guys to set up a Discord template server. Even if you don’t invite people to it or have no viewers, set it up and start learning how it works.

Tip number 25; get viewers to use the chat.

Twitch released a stat saying that 50% of the people who chat for the first time in a stream are more likely to return to the stream again. If this is true, we need to set up a reason for someone to talk in your stream when they join.

If you have a bot such as a streamlined cloud bot, then you can set up timers, commands, and more to help engage viewers. You just need to give someone something to talk about.

Tip number 26, spend time planning out your content.

Many people these days just go live, wing it, and just play a game. But you need to think about what you want to talk about, what kind of jokes you want to make.

I’m not saying script everything, but have a small page of fun things you want to talk about because otherwise, it’s easy to get lost and stop talking.

Tip number 27 is finding a unique selling point for your stream and content.

I’ve talked about how you should always make your titles and thumbnails clickable, but take it a step further.

So number 28, stop finding excuses and saying things like, “Large creators are only big because they’ve been doing it a long time. They’re boring, and they suck.”

Tip number 29, join streamer communities and Discords that focus on education, collaboration, and don’t allow go-lives or any kind of spam.

Tip number 30 might be controversial, but you must be consistent with your category, game, content, and style.

The reality is when you start, you cannot be a variety streamer. You have to pick a niche and stick with it.

There is a reason why people can get 5,000 followers playing one game and have 120 average viewers. It’s because people follow it for one type of content, and they enjoy that type of content.