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How To Stream on Twitch

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tiikeri-kadet-alasHey 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: Let’s create a streamer brand
Step 2: Let’s make managing easier
Step 3: Let’s signup for Twitch
Step 4: Let’s Setup OBS Streaming Software
Step 5: Start Streaming
Step 6: Let’s make your stream overlay cool
Step 7: Let’s make your stream channel cool
Step 8: Marketing your channel
Step 9: Let’s choose your Twitch Bot
Step 10: Stream alerts, Follower notifications and donations

Step 1: Let’s create 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 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: Let’s 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: Let’s setup OBS streaming software

Okay now we are getting into some action! OBS is an open source free streaming tool 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.

Good OBS tutorials:

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 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: Let’s make your Stream overlay 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.

Here is good tutorials how to create your own layouts:

You can also use online services that include alerts and layouts at the same time

How about paid services?

If you want to save your time and make your channel really unique i suggest checking out the Twitch Art/Overlay Megathread in reddit. You can also get whole layout packages really affordable rates from fiverr.

Step 7: Let’s make your Stream channel 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 good how-to tutorial how to create the tiles:

Step 8: Marketing your 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 resource for you:

Step 9: Let’s choose your Twitch Bot

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:

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 Twitch Alerts witch 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. 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:

Step 11: More upcoming..

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. 🙂

Hey there! I’m Niko Vittaniemi aka NikiTheLiger. I’m a passionate Twitch Marketing, Growth hacking enthusiastic. Also a total nerd with tutorials and how-to guides to make things simpler and faster. My aim is to build the best resource for Twitch Streaming related thingies with guides that really matter. IRL i create and plan WordPress websites and eCommerce sites for B2B and B2C businesses.

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