If you’re a video game geek, you’ve more than likely visited the live-streaming platform on Twitch at least once. The pioneering site allows users to start their channel and broadcast content of their own. Video gamers have dominated the platform as of late, but there are other subjects to be found on the platform.
In February 2021, Twitch had approximately 9.52 million active streamers. If you want to get in on the fun — and the potential money-making opportunity — here are five tips for launching your Twitch channel.
Create an Attention-Grabbing Logo
A channel on Twitch is only as good if it attracts viewers. One way to help this process is to create a unique logo that represents your channel. In fact, the value of an on-site sign is the same as 24 full-page newspaper ads each year. The logo should include the name of your channel and should communicate the personality of your channel. This could be done via the colors your select and the images your select for your logo. There are many tools out there, such as Canva, where you can create these logos on your own if you have the skills.
Create a Content Plan
Yes, a majority of streamers on Twitch are pairing their personality with their gaming skills, but almost all have some sort of unique angle, approach, or personality. What will make your channel unique? What will make your voice on Twitch unique? Before you launch a channel and start working to attract users, you need to come up with a plan for what kind of videos you will create — are you going deep into instructions, are you debuting new games with followers or are you going head-to-head with fellow gamers for the fun of it? Having a plan for your videos will help you build something viewers want to follow — and that will be unique to your channel.
Add a Donate Button to Your Account
For a group of Twitch users, livecasting via their channel has become a full-time job. And the benefits are undeniable. Not only can be a real moneymaker, but it can also add to ease of life. No longer will you have to deal with a traditional 9 to 5 job, you’ll also cut out on stress and the daily commute. About 82% of telecommuters reported lower stress levels, according to one study. Adding a Donate button to your channel will help you collect money from viewers who appreciate your content and want to help you keep the content you are livestreaming coming.
Gather the Right Equipment
To live stream from your Twitch account, you’re going to need the proper equipment, including a microphone and camera. Audio commentary will help to keep your audience engaged and helps to show off some of your personality, provide tips and tricks for follows and give step-by-step instructions for how to beat a particularly challenging level or world. Before making a camera or microphone purchase, do some research so that you know you’re getting something that will provide quality audio and visuals — and that will last. Once you’ve gotten this basic equipment, you can begin to invest in other equipment, including a green screen, specialty chairs, and headsets.
Decorate Your Streaming Space
Homeowners remodel more than 10.2 million kitchens and 14.2 million bathrooms annually. Why shouldn’t your Twitch streaming space be treated the same way? Spend some time decorating your streaming space so that it’s not only comfortable for you — but also so that it’s visually interesting for your followers. This is also another chance for you to add your brand or personality to your channel.
Twitch is a great way to stream your gaming adventures or other hobbies. If you put time and effort into your channel, your viewers will be able to recognize that and your channel can grow.