How to Network and Grow PROPERLY on Twitch

How to Network and Grow PROPERLY on Twitch

What’s up guys, welcome back once again
to the Gaming Careers YouTube channel where we aim to teach you everything you
need to know to make it as a successful streamer or content creator in the
gaming niche. so today we’re going to be looking at 5 tips to help you network as
a Twitch streamer and I know that networking, that word just makes me think
of LinkedIn and CV’s and emails and things like that because it’s such a business-ey
word, but it really is an important skill that you’re going to need to learn
to grow as a Twitch streamer, because it will really help you grow as long as you
do it right. So today we’re going to be covering five tips, let’s jump in! Tip number one is to be genuine, and you can apply this tip across all of the other
tips I’m going to be sharing in this video. There is no point networking
unless you are being genuine, it is not about racing up the ladder and trying to
get yourself to the top of the Twitch directories, it’s about building bridges
and actually building real relationships and friendships with other people in the
community who may in turn help you as you help them. Trust me there is no
bigger turnoff than somebody coming into discord or you know messaging you on
Twitter and saying hey can you check out my channel, can you promote it, can you
share it? If you’re just going to be spamming your Twitch URL or your
latest video to people, people are going to see straight through that.
You’re just trying to help yourself, you’re not honestly trying to build a
real friendship and a real relationship and that can end up damaging your brand
rather than helping it. If however you are genuine and you’re building real
relationships and friendships with people then over time these people are
going to be helping you as much as you help them, so really I want to drill that
point home, the biggest takeaway from networking is that you have to be
genuine and not spammy and just trying to promote yourself. Tip number two is to
be active on at least 3 different platforms and for me I recommend that
those are Twitch or whatever website your streaming to but I imagine most of
you are streaming to Twitch, Discord and Twitter. I think these are the key
three to have in your tool kit because that is where I believe the majority of
the community are socializing, hanging out and active.
So let’s cover those in a little bit more detail. So first of all Twitch, that
might sound a little bit strange because you’re already streaming to Twitch so
maybe you know I’m already active on Twitch, but I’m talking more about the
other people that are streaming on Twitch.
Maybe you stream a small game that only gets you know a couple of thousand
people watching across the whole directory. Really find those other
channels that are streaming your game go and hang out in those channels, take part
in the chat don’t just be promoting yourself but actually be genuinely
interested in the people that are streaming it. Ask them questions and
hopefully they’ll ask you questions back, remember this isn’t a short-term
hang out on their stream once and then send them your link at the end of
the stream. I really want to discourage that, it’s more about finding people that
you really enjoy watching, hanging out in their chat and actually making a real
friendship. Secondly let’s look at Discord. Now Discord has only been
around for a few years but it’s kind of hard to imagine streaming and gaming life
without it. It’s had that big of an impact. A lot of your favorite streamers probably
have their own Discord channels that are busy and bustling with lots of people
talking, even after the streamers ended people are still talking about things,
movies, whatever but that is the sign of a great community that the
streamer has built one that keeps going even when the stream is down. So what I
want you to do is to get involved in some of these streamers Discord’s. People
that you genuinely do like, get in there and talk to people, help people out, people
are always having questions about streaming or whatnot and if you can help
people out you’re gonna get recognized in that community and it’s all about
getting your name out there, because you know one day maybe they stumble across
your stream and they recognize the name. Again, as always please do not just join
Discord servers and spam people or message people with your link asking
them to check out your stream, it’s gonna damage your reputation more than it’s
going to help it, and maybe a quick tip is if you haven’t yet joined the Gaming
Careers Discord, there’s so many people I think over 600 people now all talking
about streaming and helping each other out so there is an opportunity to chat
in there as well. Eventually you might get to the point
where you want to start your own Discord server but that might be a little bit
further down the line. I would encourage doing that when you know you’re gonna
get quite a few members and there’s going to be quite a lot of
chitter chatter, because if you’re doing it right from the beginning and you’re
only getting a few people joining they’re probably going to leave when
they see that it’s not that active in the Discord, so I would encourage being
active in other people’s Discord’s before building your own as you grow your
audience. The final of the three platform that we’re going to talk about is
Twitter, now I have held off on Twitter for such a long time, when I started this
channel I decided to make a Twitter account and I haven’t really done that
much with it until recently. Over the last three to six months I’ve really
understood what Twitter is all about and there’s so many streamers on there
talking and messaging each other and including each other and mentioning each
other’s streams and things like that. It’s such an important community to get
yourselves involved in, there’s some great hashtags to follow like support
small streamers, there’s hundreds of people that are
going through the process of getting affiliate and partnership and this is a
really great way to network with different people and you know ask
questions and really involve yourself. Pretty much every streamer has a Twitter
so if you go and check out somebody on Twitch you’ve really enjoyed it why
don’t you just send them a tweet afterwards saying really enjoyed
watching your stream and tag them. People love seeing themselves mentioned in
Twitter comments so I would definitely recommend getting active on Twitter,
follow Gaming Careers whilst you’re at it, we try and share some motivational
posts on Mondays and Wednesdays as well as loads of useful information so get
yourself a Twitter account. Tip number three is to take advantage of hosting or
auto hosting on Twitch. For those of you that don’t know, you can host other
channels when you’re not online on Twitch, so say somebody comes to your
Twitch page you’re not online, you can actually be hosting somebody else’s
stream so they’ll still get to watch somebody else’s stream through your page
and Twitch makes it super obvious that they’re not watching you and you’re
watching somebody else and that you’ve chosen to host that person. But it’s a
really great way not only to show your support to fellow Twitch streamers,
people that you’re networking with, but also to keep the live entertainment
going after you finish your stream. Twitch actually made it even easier with
a feature called auto host which is somewhere in your settings in the
backend of Twitch, you can basically fill out a list of streamers and Twitch
will pick from those anybody that is live as soon as you finish streaming, and
automatically host one of these other streamers. Another great way to help
others and grow your channel. Tip number four is to interact with other streamers
on these platforms and I’ve kind of covered this but I want to really drill
home a point here. If somebody comes into your stream and maybe you’re a brand-new
streamer and you don’t get many viewers, but somebody comes in and they start
talking to you on chat, find that person on Twitter and tweet them after they’ve
finished watching your stream and just say thanks for stopping by.
People love seeing that kind of thing, it doesn’t matter if it’s a viewer or
somebody that subscribed maybe or somebody that hosted you, just be
involved in thanking them through these social medias or add them to your auto
host list. It’s really about helping others as you would like to be helped
yourselves, and don’t expect anything back, you’re purely doing that because
you enjoyed them stopping by your stream or you enjoyed them hosting a stream and
you wanted to say thank you, and that’s all you’re doing, is being genuine and
thanking them later. I’ve put a couple of examples on stream now of some of the
Gaming Careers community that I see doing this and they’re doing it really
well. People love seeing these mentions on Twitter and some of
them will retweet it or like it or however they want to show their
appreciation. Tip number five is all about helping newcomers as you would
have liked to have been helped yourself. Twitch is a scary place for newcomers
and maybe there are some streamers that are coming into your directory that have
lower view counts than you. It’s not all about going for people that have higher
view counts and trying to network with them, as I said this is about building
real friendships with people so reach out to a newcomer, help them out,
maybe they have some technical questions about OBS or all sorts of things like
that. You can really make a difference to
somebody stream and if people see that you’re doing that in a genuine way, it’s
only going to help you. Maybe write a guide on Medium or on Reddit or
something like that, help somebody in some way, people are really going to
appreciate that and are much more likely to reciprocate in some sort of support. I
could keep going forever with these tips about networking and in particular I’d
love to talk a bit more about networking at conventions and meetups and things
like that especially as Twitchcon isn’t that far away, but I’ll probably save
that for another video. So thank you very much for watching, as always thank you to
our patrons for supporting the Gaming Careers YouTube channel
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that out if that’s something that you’re interested in, and subscribers I’ll see
you in the next video. Peace! [Music]

Author: Kevin Mason

100 thoughts on “How to Network and Grow PROPERLY on Twitch

  1. and another tip; dont quit your day job. Stream because you love it, dont do it because you think you'll make money. It takes years to build a solid, supportive community.

  2. Your videos are the best! Do you stream on twitch or youtube yourself? if so what's your channel for streaming

  3. Hi GC, do you mind me asking what font you’re using for your thumbnails? Looks like bignoodles but a bit confused lol

  4. Dude i come here for all my questions and Answers. I have been stuck on my twitch and YouTube around 183 subs and it would never move. It wasn't until i actually as you said stated tuning into other streams and just being genuine and start making friends that i'm now starting to a little go up. Thanks for everything you do and i will continue to be a loyal sub to you.

  5. Hi, I,ve only recently found your channel and I love it 🙂 very clear and precise information. keep up the awesome work, thank you!

  6. thanks this really helped grow my twitch channel i would recommend this to new streamers
    if you would like to follow me my twitch is AeroGuardYT

  7. I love your content. Does anyone know if he streams? Couldn't find his channel link in the description. I'd love to see him play an intricate or complex game and give tips and tricks as he plays. Play Tarkov or something!

  8. Great video as always you are quite literally the only reason I was able to setup my twitch. I even made a Twitter account >.> but thanks a bunch man!

  9. Channels like yours are awesome man, actually teaching people how to make advancements on the career aspect of gaming. Thanks a lot!

  10. Great video dude. This has definitely opened my eyes to being more active on Twitter in thanking those supporting the stream. Thanks for the video!

  11. sorry for saying this quite late but I think u should make a video on multiple monitors as it benefits a lot of small streamers.

  12. Edit: I've fixed my problem (With your help ofc.)! Your videos are incredible! Keep em coming! Still looking forward to your stream/a link!

  13. I agree with the points in this video. I however have a hard time streaming cause I know that no one is watching. anyone else have this problem?

  14. Everything Pete is saying here is so CORE to building your channel and making genuine connections… whatever platform you're on. These are words to live by.

  15. Great video, it's great seeing people willing to take the time out to help us new comers. Thanks for all that you do.

  16. Just wanted to say thanks for these how to videos and tips. Just started on twitch creative and your obs video helped more than you could know.

  17. Amazing video man. Great tips & overall a great guide to becoming a successful streamer/content creator. Looking forward to seeing your channel grow even more once you're finished with your job! Onward and upward!

  18. honestly this helps so much, this video was amazing. A few personal friends and i both started streaming around the same time and we used the auto host list and it helped all of us hit affiliate and start growing at the same time. thank you

  19. 1. Funny you’re not mentioning YouTube in your key comm channels. Why? (Perso, I think it’s crap).
    2. Twitter is 40% fake accounts. Long term, I’d avoid it as it might be bought by tencent, but’s a perso opinion.
    3. Genuine yes. But I think the key to success is creativeness.

  20. Help!!! Please. I have set up New follower, sub and last donated . When ever the name of the person change I have to go in OBS and resize it because it doesn't do it automatically . Can you suggest a fix?

  21. hey so ive been setting up my stream with restream but i havent really figured out how to add my steam broadcast when i read up on stream broadcasting on the steam help pages it said that broadcasting starts when you start playing the game automatically as long as you have a friend that request's you to broadcast a game. how do you add steam to restream?

  22. Hey! First time streamer. I haven't published just yet. Trying to do my research before I get out there. Thank you so much for your videos!!! They have been helping me so much with this process!

  23. The past two days I’ve watched several of your videos and u do a very great job at explaining things. Thank you so much for great content, I’m looking forward to more. I just joined your Discord with name “JohnTheFierce.”

  24. The main problem is even joining discord and being active in both social media platforms and other user's streams, is generally, they don't GAF to return the favor anymore.

  25. I will do my best to follow these tips, this was an awesome video but like you said, the term "networking" is scary. I hate it. I know I need it, but I hate that I do.

  26. This is a great video! I found it very helpful and you have earned a thumbs up and new subscriber! Thanks for the video!

  27. Some people are actually building new platforms for this reason, especially since a lot of the default platforms are already crowded with people screaming from the rooftops about their stream.

    I built one called Umbrella Gaming, and our unique angle is that we separate streams based on not just game title, but also on streamer qualities like technical skill, humor, viewer engagement, etc. Those qualities are based on votes from your viewers and from Umbrella Gaming users.

    We are betting that voting is more legitimate than tagging, and that sorting streams into ever more granular segments can help with the 1st page problem Twitch currently has. We also think that the qualities we capture in votes are what viewers actually want out of a streamer, but which unfortunately take a lot of viewing time just to find out (unless you use a system like ours).

    Check us out:

  28. hey there thanks for making this video. I recently thought of giving twitch a try for once finally this year after having my account to watch my favorite streamers for years, and would love to stop by n say thanks for these helpful tips i will keep them in mind when i give it a go. 🙂

  29. You want real advice? Don't make people fall asleep during your streams, damn.. your videos and streams are so. fricken. boring.

  30. Hey Gaming Careers, is this info still valid? Since it's over a year, I'm wondering what you would change about this advice. Thanks!

  31. Something I think is very important is knowing what social media platform your game is most active. For example I started an Instagram for my pubg focused twitch channel. After a few months I noticed growth was not happening, because the activity for pubg was all mobile on IG. I made a twitter a few weeks ago, and have 4x the followers I do on IG

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