Infinite Quality Streamer 101
Key to growth is exposure. If you want to be a growing streamer you need to select games that allow you to be found. This means knowing your current average viewership and selecting a game that puts you in the top 10-15 positions. This will be a huge change for many of you who view yourself as a name-your-game-streamer. The harsh reality is that if you want to be a top game streaming channel you have to make smart choices for a long time before you can. This is a marathon. If you are not in the top 10-15 positions on the game list you are not streaming to grow, you are streaming to stagnate. When you outgrow a game move on. You can love what you play without insisting on playing what you love.
Hour and Schedule Selection
Tell people to Follow
in viewer count. Combine this with NEW viewers and your average goes up week over week. This moves you up the chart and lets you select new games.
Read chat out loud
them and makes them the focus.
Talk to chat in a general sense
more general way at all times. It can prevent a single chatter from blocking others out. It broadens the conversation. Engage with individuals AND the ambiguous chat box.
"Any of you guys ever see this part before? I love it!"
"Ugh, if that ever happens to any of you, you KNOW how I feel!"
Identify chat danger
If someone mentions personal info that could be a TOS violation put yourself against it, and explain that it's against TOS. A good example would be:
noobsauce2006: I am 12 years old
you: I sure hope not because that's against the Terms of Service! If that's a joke, awesome! Welcome! If not maybe check those rules out!
noobsauce2006: No I really am 12!
you: Alright well we can't have you here since I know that now! sorry man! Have a fantastic evening!
Then remove the viewer. This could be about drug use, violence, or any number of things. Protect your channel. A single viewer is not worth it when the TOS is so hard to navigate. Show you are trying to follow it.
Don't practice L4L or F4F Fake growth is not growth.
The effort you have to put into Lurk for Lurk and Follow for Follow outweighs the benefit. You will grow in follows, but follows and average view count mean nothing without true engagement. They stop the second you stop. It's also clear if you practice it, and anyone who is familiar with Twitch will look at you as a number faker. Spend your time and effort improving your showmanship, not talking other people into typing L4L in your chat every 15 minutes.
Consider your preview image
Make sure you can be seen. If possible prefer the right side of the screen so you aren't blocked by text. Have a visual element that distinguishes you in that small little box from the ones above or below. A graphic behind you, a bright colored shirt, anything that makes you the person to get the click. This is your first impression. This is meeting your date's father and shaking hands.
Consider your Stream Title
This is your second impression. If you are not big enough to meme, don't.
I HATE THIS %^$# VALK"
Will probably not work for you.
Use professional titles that imitate the style of the big streamers. Don't mention the game name in the title. It takes up space. "Blind|Hardest|Valkyrie Queen" Is a good title. It sets an expectation of a professional streamer being on the other side of that click.
The exception is if you are using automation tools like ITTT and Zapier, two tools we will discuss at some point, you can use your starting title populate information on other websites. Connecting outside websites and content is key to general social media growth.
You can starting your stream with a title that will populate those tools and then near the beginning of the stream renaming your title for new viewers.
Us not I
You are not the entire stream. The viewers are the stream as well. You are the entertainment with them. You are the movie screen as well as the the audience. They, including you, are the thing that matters. Without you they still exist. Without them the stream does not. Get rid of phrases about you when it makes sense to. People need to feel involved and there is no better way than welcoming people to "our" stream. Seeing it as Our stream is what makes it their place to hang out. Speak about it like it is. It helps it feel like the reality it actually is.