Are you looking to start streaming in Just Chatting?
14 Tips For Just Chatting Streams
In part one of our guide to Getting Started On Twitch, we go through what you need to do as you press the ‘Go Live’ button and go live for the first time.
Let’s get you started!
Are you looking to start streaming on Twitch? Welcome to our first guide for complete beginners. This guide will show you everything I’ve learnt you need to know when it comes to starting your first ever stream.
Streaming has become a huge industry, with over 4.5 million unique broadcasters every month on Twitch alone. YouTube livestreams increased 45% in the first six months of 2020 and Facebook Gaming grew by 79 percent during the first Coronavirus pandemic lockdown in 2020.
These are some incredible numbers and it’s highlighted a huge demand from audiences for live streaming content.
While gaming is the dominant genre for live-streamed content, the rise of Just Chatting, travel vlogging and educational content have been fantastic to see. No longer are platforms like Twitch limited to playing League of Legends or Call of Duty. You can do (almost) anything!
I started creating educational content in 2017 during lunch breaks at work. What started off as three individual guides have grown into a full website with over 2.3 million views and 65 in-depth guides for streamers.
Let’s see what you need to begin with.
There are 6 main options to choose from
Next, you need to think about the equipment that you need and whether you are sitting comfortably. We’ve created a recommended section of the website with the best webcams and microphones to get you started.
I know it kind of defeats the point of this advice, but honestly, it is important to not worry about your gear.
Some of the best and biggest streamers started off with computers struggling to render the games and with no webcam, and today even Lirik uses audio-only and no webcam!
Now you have your software installed, you need to find your stream key:
Go to your Twitch account, and click Dashboard. Then select ‘channel’ on the left-hand side of the navigation. Click ‘stream key’ and copy and paste it into your respective tool.
Don’t go live yet! You still need to go through the tough decision of building your profile, selecting the right things in options, what to name your stream and preparing to go live!
So, let’s start with designing your Twitch channel.
We’ll show you the basics such as designing a standout profile picture, why you should use Twitch Panels and make sure your profile is optimised for growth.
Design and branding are a whole area which you are going to need to learn about. At least the very basics anyway! While we’re not here to give you an in-depth course, you do need to consider how your profile picture, logo, overlay and alerts make your viewers think.
Design and branding are complicated topics full of split-second decisions, colour psychology and creating an experience for viewers. It influences what we think and can subtly affect the decisions we make. It can help people find your content, grow your viewership, and give you sponsorship opportunities.
The first thing to think about your stream design is whether it can be considered ‘consistent’ with your Twitch ‘name’, your profile picture (logo), your cover image and the overall ‘tone’ of the channel.
If you are a loudspeaker who plays Call of Duty and Apex Legends, you likely don’t want to use calm pastel colours in your brand, a picture of a tree as your picture and water splash sounds as your alerts.
Consider what a potential viewer will naturally expect to see when they click on your channel, and then be creative with ways to stand out.
For example, every Twitch Advice website when I started out used a black background with bright red or blue as their colours. It felt like an esport team! So I decided to switch it up by using a pinker-red colour and orange. It gave this website a cleaner and softer design which hopefully helps people learn better.
If not, it still stands out compared to everyone else!
Hopefully, this colour guide breaks it down for you and makes it easier to understand what you need to do.
And now you know why every esport and sport team use red…
Twitch design includes:
Profile settings and channel design are key for branding and helping your audience understand exactly who you are.
Your Profile Picture —a logo or a photo of you / your face – this must be no more than 10MB. This is recommended to be at least 800 x 800. Test it first and make sure it is clear on mobile!
Banner/Cover image — You can either either select the generated one (using your name) or upload your own custom image. Alongside with your logo, your banner image is key to make your ‘brand’ stand out. Make sure it is consistent and (if possible) use the available space to show your schedule
Biography — At 150 characters, your bio comes in just over a tweet length, so keep your description short & sweet. For new streamers, make sure you say who you are, what you like and when you stream, eventually it can be whatever you want.
For a full guide to writing your Twitch bio, read more at our website: How To Write A Twitch Bio – The Emergence
Twitch Panels — Twitch panels are found at the bottom of your info tab on the app, or below your stream on desktop. These can be either an image or text. They are commonly used to give further information on who you are, what you like to stream, your schedule and advice on community/chat standards and donations. They can also be used to provide links to your website or social channels. Make sure your Twitch Panels are consistent with your branding.
Offline Image — When you are offline (and not auto-hosting anybody), make sure viewers know when you will no longer be online by using your offline banner (found in your settings). Also use this to communicate your schedule so potential viewers know when to expect you. (Please provide more than EST or GMT timezones — Twitch viewers are worldwide).
Profile Accent – You can also change the accent of your profile to your ‘brand’ colour. This helps keep everything consistent alongside your logo and banner.
14 Tips For Just Chatting Streams
Are you struggling to get people watching your stream? Maybe there are hundreds of other streamers doing the same thing as you, and your stream information isn’t persuading potential viewers to come to watch you?
Go to your Dashboard and you will see the following options:
Title — The title of your stream, consider what will attract viewers to click through and watch you, how do you stand out? Should you use a funny quote? Should you clearly explain what you are doing?
Please never refer to the amount of followers, viewers or subscribers you have…
How to title a Twitch stream? – Always put the most important information first. A lot of streamers also add the language of their stream at the beginning so viewers know what to expect.
Now with the new redesign, it doesn’t say the game you are playing, just a small logo on the bottom right, this makes it important to add the game in if you are a variety streamer. Many suggest that you put the name of your game at the end of your title.
Are you looking to make a better stream title? Here’s a guide to creating a stream title that stands out.
Some example stream titles
If you want more examples, click the button above this!
The best piece of advice I have seen on stream titles is the following found on a Reddit thread.
Some more features on the Twitch stream dashboard include:
Tags — Twitch Tags are the newest way to group content and genres (and therefore viewers together). Tags are adding to a stream automatically or by the streamer and allow viewers to create filters (similar to how you’d search for a new t-shirt by colour, price, and size).
Language — Choose the language that you are going to be talking in, some streams will use the title to say their language to stand out or explain they are using two languages (for example JAP/ENG). You are able to limit your chat to the chosen language but as you are just starting out, I would not recommend this, you can always just tell them you don’t understand or use Google Translate on your phone and attempt communication (which could end up being quite funny and earning you a follow)
Game/Category — the most important choice. Do make sure to name it the game you are actually playing, or else nobody will find what you are doing (or they’ll be very confused as to why you are playing Stardew Valley when they search through H1Z1 games)
Next up, go to settings/options and make sure you have selected:
While Automod is a fantastic tool from Twitch. It doesn’t give you the full options like a moderator bot does. While my favourite to use is Nightbot, there are loads of others you can easily install and set up.
Luckily we reviewed over 9 of the best ones here:
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Too many times I have seen a streamer make a mistake or something breaks while they are live, and they have to go offline to fix it… losing all their viewers. So let’s get you ready so your first stream goes amazing. The more prepared you are, the better it will go and the less panicking you will be doing when you are live and can’t do much about it.
Be sure to share the link to your stream on social media channels
There are a number of things you can do before your stream to make sure you are as prepared as you can be.
I’ve created the below graphic to be as useful as possible!
Other things to consider are the games you are playing, your schedule and what topics you are going to talk about.
Other streamers have previously said they use a couple of post-it notes on their desks of questions and conversation starters to engage chat throughout.
While other streamers now plan full shows into their streams. For example, Lugwig does this perfectly.
Check out this breakdown thread I wrote about one of his streams!
Now it is time to go live! GO GO GO!
So that was it! How did it go? Did you enjoy it?
Watch back and review your footage, making sure it is saved (see how to do this in the settings above).
Make notes on what didn’t go well on your first stream, were the audio levels okay? Did your computer struggle during the graphic-intensive moments of the game?
Was there any standout moments that you can make into a clip and share on Twitch and across social media? Can you export your video to YouTube?
Look at the stats and see how popular you were! Hey, here’s our complete guide to Twitch Stats!
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There are so many different ways to promote your streams and stand out among the 4.6 million different channels (February 2021 data) vying for attention.
While my advice gives you some ideas, strategies and foundations to follow. A lot of the streamers who have blown up in the past few years have done it by doing the opposite of what everyone advises. So, as long as you are not hurting anyone, be creative and do it your way.
At the very beginning, a streamer will likely make nothing from streaming. Twitch does not pay you, and you are ineligible to make money from YouTube ads, nor do you have the attention to start asking sponsors for money. While you can get donations, without a loyal audience straight away, this will be unlikely.
This will be the same across all forms of content creation or in business. You have to put in the work first before you can start making money.
Sometimes the desire to make money as quickly as possible will ruin your chances of making even more money later on. Some streamers don’t even set up a donation page until somebody asks them “how can I donate to you?.”
Nothing is going to happen because you just ‘want’ it to, unfortunately, none of us are entitled to reach these goals through luck and sporadic work. You need to plan, find your niche, constantly engage, work hard, take streaming seriously and endure patience in order to reach these goals.
Be patient and wait until the opportunity feels right. Then you’ll start to be able to transition this to a business.
But how can you start making money and getting paid on Twitch money?
While you can add donations through tools like Streamlabs straight away, with a small audience, you are unlikely to make a stable revenue from streaming. Once you are a Twitch Affiliate, you do unlock their own currency (Bits) which makes it easier for some to donate to you and subscriptions (a monthly payment which Twitch Prime subscribers get for free). Twitch has features like Hype Train that helps increase engagement for your viewers.
Other methods of earning revenue from streaming include:
There are many ways to make money, but it still requires you to put in a huge amount of work and build an engaged community.
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