How To Stream on Twitch
Hey there, I’m Nikitheliger and welcome to the How to Stream on Twitch Guide from beginners to advanced. I have used many weeks and many hours to learn all the things that a beginner needs to know about streaming.
And since all the necessary bits and good tutorials take so long to find. I thought about creating this How to Stream on Twitch Guide that can help you to get started faster. Work smarter, not harder. 😉
Evolving – Twitch streaming guide
This guide is different than any other guide available in the internet since it’s evolving all the time. When i add new articles or find an incredibly good resource that could help you. They will most likely get added to this same page with a -New- tag. Not those bad ones though.. Only the good stuff. When a resource get’s old they will be removed also.
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Table of contents
- Step 1: Creating a Streamer Brand
- Step 2: Let’s make managing the brand easier
- Step 3: Signup for Twitch
- Step 4: Setting up OBS Studio Streaming Software
- Step 5: Start Streaming
- Step 6: Making your stream overlay look cool
- Step 7: Making your stream channel look cool
- Step 8: Marketing your Twitch channel
- Step 9: Twitch Bot – For your Channel
- Step 10: Stream alerts, Follower notifications and donations
- Step 11: To Webcam or not to Webcam?
- Step 12: What game should you stream if you want to grow?
- Step 13: Do you need a Streaming Schedule?
- Step 14: Networking in the Streaming World
Step 1: Creating a streamer brand
So that you don’t end up in a situation that many streamers do when they first start streaming i’m putting this first. The name and brand is important thing to create first since it’s really hard to switch later on. It will cause you to lose followers that you might have already gotten when starting out. So why not just create it from the start?
Important things to think for Twitch channel name is:
- Is it memorable?
- Are you happy with it after 2 years?
- XDXX69DDlolol might seem really good now but how about later?
- Can you create social media channels for that name?
You can also use this free tool to get some name ideas for your brand and this tool let’s you check if the social media channels are available. Use your imagination and choose the name that is suited for you.
I’m Nikitheliger from simple reasons: 1. Ligers are cool 2. I have been called Niki for so long that it would be odd for someone to say something else.: So Nikitheliger 🙂
Step 2: Let’s make managing the brand easier
After you have chosen your brand name i would suggest opening up a free Gmail account with that same name. When we are starting to move forwards on the guide you are going to need that since many of the cool and good tools require you to signup.
And it’s much more easier for you to check all your stream stuff from the same email. There will be a looot! When you get popular. Okay, now we are almost ready to start up your Twitch channel.
One thing we need to take into account is security since if you use the same password everywhere most likely at some point you will get hacked and evil hacker trolls will ruin your success. So i would suggest you to use a free tool called Lastpass.
Step 3: Signup for Twitch
Now we need to head over to Twitch. You are going to need to signup so that we can start setting up your streaming software. I think you already know how to create an account over there so we will not get into it that much but if you are having problems signing up check out this video.
Step 4: Setting up the OBS Studio streaming software
Okay now we are getting into some action! OBS Studio is an open source free streaming software that is the most popular one to use and for you it’s really good since there is a lot of tutorials how to set it up. There is also one really awesome version of OBS Studio that just came out! Which is StreamLabs OBS – or in short Slobs! With Slobs you can literally get your stream going in couple minutes. So if you want to get started quickly i highly recommend that.
Good OBS tutorials:
- Ultimate Guide to OBS Studio
- How To Get – The Best OBS Studio settings for you
- How To Setup – StreamLabs OBS -NEW-
Step 5: Start streaming
Now you are ready to stream! Tap that broadcast button and go ahead and see how it feels. Remember to tell your friends that you are streaming, they are your best resource when first starting out. You can also use these cool steam growth hacking tips to let your friend list on steam now that you are online.
Congrats now you are a Twitch Streamer! Go ahead and stream your first time and get back here a bit later. No need to get too much information from the start. Remember to have fun!
Not so noob anymore
Welcome back 🙂 I hope you had fun in your first stream! Or if you are already continuing this tutorial and are hungry for more knowledge it’s also really cool. But let’s continue!
Step 6: Making your Stream overlay look cool
One of the most important things in streaming is the look and the feel of the stream in itself. It is up to you to choose if you want to appear professional or newbie.
Think about what kind of viewers you want to get into your channel for example: Minecraft doesn’t need grazy designed layouts most of the time since the game is pixelated in itself. But if you try to use the same layout for new games it’s going to look pretty fugly.
Check out this first so you know how to edit stuff in OBS Studio. -New-
If you decided to use StreamLabs OBS – Check this video out. -NEW-
Here is good tutorials how to create your own layouts:
- How to make stream graphics for free with Picmonkey
- How to make an overlay for Twitch – Gimp
- How to make overlays – For Twitch – Photoshop
You can also use online services that include alerts and layouts at the same time
- Streampro.io guide – Custom Twitch overlays, alerts and donations
- Strexm – How to use Strexm for Custom Overlays
Couple extra tips for DIY folks: -NEW-
- You can also create custom layouts with the Twitch Overlay maker by NerdOrDie.
- If you are going to design your own. Check out the current Sizes for most Twitch Graphics.
How about paid services? -NEW-
If you want to save your time and make your channel really unique i suggest checking out: TwitchLayouts and NerdOrDie they create really awesome looking twitch layouts and can help you with branding 🙂
Step 7: Making your Stream Channel look cool
Your stream channel is one of the most important things to take into account. That is what people see and watch when you are offline and where the viewers will go to learn more about you. Good things to include there is: About me, Pc setup, Your schedule, Bot commands and your social media links.
Here is a good how-to tutorial how to create the tiles:
Here is couple amazing and simple software for your tiles: -NEW-
- Canva.com – You can make Twitch Banners and Twitch tiles with this.
- Custom Twitch Panel Maker – Really handy tool for your tiles.
Step 8: Marketing your Twitch channel
Marketing your channel is really important thing to start learning from the bat. For you i would suggest to get your hands up on Social Media accounts everywhere you just can. You don’t have to use all of them but it’s good to have for the future. Most important ones are: Facebook and Twitter most likely.
You can later on start a Steam group and even become a YouTuber. Marketing is such a broad subject that i will cover quite a lot of things for that in future posts. So make sure to check out the Marketing section on the page regularly.
Here is some good Get started resources for you:
- Networking and advertising places for streamers
- 233 Twitch Followers in 7 days – How did we do it?
- How to use Twitter and Instagram to Market your Channel
- 3 Best Twitch Streaming Communities – You should be part of -NEW-
- How to Get your Twitch Streaming brand showing up on Google -NEW-
Step 9: Twitch Bot – For your Channel
Twitch bots can greatly help you out by promoting your content and some kind of bot is pretty important so your whole channel doesn’t get spammed with odd links that can get you banned. For starting out i would suggest you to get a Nightbot that is the most popular one.
When your stream evolves to the point where you need more functionalities it’s time to dig into the Twitch Bots series that could help you out.
Here is good how-to tutorials for Twitch Bots:
- How to get and use Nightbot
- Nightbot – Custom commands, timers and more
- How to setup Moobot
- How to setup – Ankhbot for Twitch tutorial
- The Ultimate Guide to StreamElements -NEW-
Step 10: Stream alerts, follower notifications and donations
Now it’s time to get those really cool looking follower notifications going on. For starting out i would suggest you to use StreamLabs which is the most popular alert system for Twitch Streamers.
Many of the all-in-one bots also include these kinds of systems that you can get working really nicely. So good thing to think is. Do you want to use couple places or do you want to just use one place?
Here is some good how-to tutorials for stream alerts systems:
- How To Setup – Streamlabs -NEW-
- The Ultimate Guide to StreamElements -NEW-
- Gaming for Good – How to use it?
- Ankhbot – How to setup Ankhbot for Twitch
- Streampro.io – With this you can also get overlays
Step 11: To Webcam or not to Webcam? -NEW-
This has been really talked about subject for years. Some twitch streamers start with webcam and some don’t. After checking out many streamers and watching them grow i can honestly say that webcam helps your channel to grow more quickier.
The people in your channel can see your reactions much more better than without one. Which is a pretty huge deal. Marketing your channel is also more challenging without one since you need to create pictures for going live notifications and such.
Nowdays going live notifications that get the most likes, comments and such seem to work the best when you take a selfie or make a little intro video about the stream. So you should you use a webcam? YES! But it’s up to you of source.
Step 12: What game should you stream if you want to grow? -NEW-
If you are planning on streaming the most popular games your going to most likely have problems attracting people for your stream. CS:GO, League of Legends, Fortnite etc.. Usually the TOP 10 played games on Twitch are not that good for starting out streamers.
There is so many streamers on those games that scrolling down the list would take ages and people these days do not have a long attention span. So the streamers on the bottom of that list are not most likely going to get any viewers from that list.
It is doable though to succeed in those categories aswell if you have a good following or you are a master in marketing! I would suggest you to stream games that you enjoy and that are not in that TOP 10 list.
How to check what is a good game and bad game to stream?
Here is a little trick also that you can use also that i call a Twitcheroo – (Switcheroo)
Some streamers do a Twitcheroo by accident and some intentionally. So Twitcheroo is pretty common thing in the streaming world.
First you start to play a game where you get to the top of the list quite easily and start to attract viewers. Then you just stream and have fun. When your stream has more viewers you can do a Twitcheroo.
Which means you can change for another game that has a bigger audience. When you change the game now your stream appears higher on the list so you can get even more viewers!
Be careful though by changing game genres and games you can also lose some viewers. It’s all about planning and trying out. Of source this works best for variety streamers but niche streamers have their own benefits when staying in the same game 🙂
Step 13: Do you need a Streaming Schedule? -NEW-
Yes! Make it. Twitch Streams are like TV. When you start to like some series or a tv show and it comes out at set times on a weekend or day you start to look forward to it. The same goes for streams.
When you create a streaming schedule people will know when you are online and make time to be there to watch the stream. If you stream little bit on the morning, then little bit on the evening. Some viewers might miss some action that they would like to have been part off.
After you have had a schedule for awhile it’s pretty funny when your viewers will start to call you out by being late 😀 But! This is also good since they are expecting your stream which also bring more hype in Twitter and such. But please don’t always be late.. Don’t be that person..
Step 14: Networking in the Streaming World -NEW-
Networking in the streaming world is really important aspect of growing your stream. A lot of starting out streamers just start to post going live links for facebook groups, Twitter and usually they get discouraged since they don’t get any comments, retweets or viewers. It’s usually the case since they haven’t commented or chatted with others posts.
If you want to make use of the power of the social media start to make friends and talk with other people in what they share. Facebook and Twitter works in a way that people see the stuff from people that they have talked to or even liked commented and such.
Here is really good tips from Pseudo_Poise about Networking that will help you out!
How about networking on Twitch? King Gothalion has really awesome tips for that!
Here is couple awesome places to go and start Networking
- 3 Best Twitch Streaming Communities – You should be part of
- Networking and Advertising Places for Streamers
Step 15: Coming soon..
Stay tuned and follow me on Twitter or Facebook so you won’t miss a thing. If you encounter any problems Twitch Reddit is really awesome place to get help.. People are regularly helping out others in there. 🙂