Livestreaming is one of the hottest career choices and hobbies in our modern, digital era. And, with Twitch.tv being the fastest growing platform, it’s the go-to choice for everyone interested in such an activity.
That being said, starting your first Twitch livestream is very exciting, but it does take a bit of decision-making, preparation, and tinkering.
If you want to go live on Twitch, and it’s your first time doing so, the guide below will help you learn how to do so in a few easy-to-follow steps.
Step 1: Get Familiar With Twitch’s Policy And Rules
Although it sounds like the most tedious part, and it’s so tempting to skip it, it’s a smart move to read all the rules before starting your first livestream.
Doing this will ensure you won’t get in trouble with Twitch’s Terms of Service, so you can stream care-free for a long time without worrying about getting a restriction or a temporary ban.
Step 2: Creating And Securing Your Twitch Account
Now with that out of the way, it’s time to create your Twitch account. If you already have one, feel free to skip this step and move to the next one.
Creating your Twitch account is easy, but there are a few things that need to be addressed.
- Take your time to craft a unique and “catchy” username- it’s worth it.
- Setting a secure password is extremely important.
- Adding a 2FA (Two-Factor Authentication) to your account is a must.
Many Twitch streamers weren’t optimistic when they first created their accounts, but if your content ends up becoming popular, you’ll be glad you secured your account the right way when you first started.
You can begin the process of registering your Twitch account here. Once you log in, you’ll be required to set up Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) before starting your broadcast.
If you are unfamiliar with the 2FA concept and you want to learn more, Twitch has an official article covering this topic in detail.
Step 3: Choose And Download A Streaming Software
There are multiple broadcasting programs you can download, all with different styles. Since the aesthetic and ease of UX rely heavily on personal preference, the choice is yours to make.
However, Twitch officially recommends a few streaming software.
If this is your first time broadcasting, it’s wise to choose a streaming app used by many streamers and has broad online coverage in terms of guides and tutorials. If you ever encounter a problem, you can quickly find the solution on YouTube.
OBS (Open Broadcaster Software) is one of those programs. It’s open-source and used by many top-tier Twitch streamers.
This video guide will help you set up your broadcast and go live using OBS.
Step 4: Setup And Personalize Your Channel
In one of our guides, we cover the importance of other elements, such as hiring a chat moderator, creating a streaming schedule, and organically growing your channel.
Other “smaller” details, such as creating custom emotes for your Twitch channel, helps to keep your viewers and fans entertained, and it’s a solid long-term investment for your streaming career.
You can learn more about creating custom Twitch emotes in this guide.
The more you personalize your channel, the more attractive it’s going to be to new viewers. Adding custom intros and outros and setting up donations to maximize revenue are both wise ideas.
Step 5: Begin Your First Broadcast
After you’ve completed the previous steps, you’re now ready to go live on Twitch. Of course, the exact process of doing that will vary based on your broadcasting app of choice.
If you’re using any of the apps recommended by Twitch, it shouldn’t be a problem to find detailed step-by-step tutorials on how to set up your broadcasting settings.
Bonus Advice For Optimal Channel Growth
By now, you’ve probably already completed your first broadcast. But, regardless of how it went, if streaming is your passion, you should be persistent and optimistic.
Chances are you won’t get an impressive number of viewers on your first stream, but that’s how everyone once started.
Here are a few tips on how to grow your viewers and improve your future streams.
- Content is king, but investing in professional gear (microphone, soundboard, greenscreen, etc.) will make your streams more attractive and enjoyable to viewers.
- Copying what other, more popular streamers do is smart to some extent, but being original is still the single most important trait of a successful Twitch entertainer.
- Seeking collaborations (joining a streamer group or an organization) as well as squad streaming with other well-established streamers every once in a while can yield a lot of success.
- Don’t be afraid to promote your channel on social media. Every bit of attention matters, even if that means creating a Reddit or Instagram post with a quick edit of your highlights. You never know who might see and like that edit or feature it in one of their videos.
- Analyze the peak hours for the type of content you’re trying to stream. If you notice your channel gets the most viewers in a particular timeframe, try building your streaming schedule around that.
So there you have it. Going live on Twitch isn’t as complicated as some might think. By following the steps listed above, you should be able to set up your broadcasting software of choice and launch your first stream without wasting too much time.
If you run into any difficulties, contacting Twitch’s support team is always a good choice.