How to Stream on Twitch – Ultimate guide

So, you want to know about streaming? In this streaming guide collection for beginners. I show you how to stream on Twitch with the help of awesome streamers that have streamed themselves also. This guide is basically from Streamer to Streamers 🙂

You learn the best settings to use so your stream won’t buffer, you learn the best places to get alerts, how to talk with your viewers, how to use analytics to grow your stream. How to get those really cool looking alerts that all the streamers have and a lot more! So let’s get started and get your stream going! 😎

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How to Choose a Good Nickname for your Streaming Brand?

So that you don’t end up in a situation that many streamers do when they first start streaming i’m putting this first. The name and brand is an important thing to create first since it’s really hard to switch later on. It will cause you to lose followers that you might have already gotten when starting out. So why not just create it from the start?

Important things to think for Twitch channel name is:

  • Is it memorable?
  • Are you happy with it after 2 years?
  • xxKarenXX might seem really good now but how about later?
  • Can you create social media channels for that name?

You can also use this free tool to get some name ideas for your brand and this tool lets you check if the social media channels are available. Use your imagination and choose the name that is suited for you.

How to signup and create an account to Twitch

Now we need to head over to Twitch. You are going to need to signup so that we can start setting up your streaming software. Here is a good run-through of the process of creating your first Twitch account. You can also show this to your Friends and Family so they can follow you also!

How to Setup OBS Studio

Okay, now we are getting into some action! OBS Studio is an open-source free streaming software that is the most popular one to use and for you, it’s really good since there is a lot of guides on how to set it up.

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Here is a really in-depth guide made by GaelLevel about setting up OBS Studio with Twitch.

If you like to learn more about OBS Studio. Check out this Reference list.

How to Setup StreamLabs OBS

StreamLabs OBS is really user-friendly and the most used and active streaming software currently in the market! Which is StreamLabs OBS – or in short Slobs! With Slobs, you can literally get your stream going in couple of minutes. So if you want to get started quickly I highly recommend that.

Streamlabs also offers other features that you are definitely going to need. Like: Streamlabs chatbot, donations, animated alerts, and a lot more. Now you can even create a website for streamer-specific goodies with StreamLabs – Creator Sites.

Streamlabs OBS Beginner's Tutorial: Setup to Stream (2022)
Check out this StreamLabs Beginners Setup Guide from StreamLoots.

If you like to learn more about StreamLabs OBS. Check out this Reference list.

How to Setup StreamElements OBS.Live

OBS.Live is another version of the OBS Studio and quite frankly it is better for lower end pc:s than StreamLabs OBS. It is more lightweight and it integrates quite nicely with the StreamElements huge library of alerts and notifications. You can control alerts directly from obs, play songs and videos on stream. Chat and activity feed is also easily available in a clean format.

StreamElements OBS Tutorial - FREE Alerts / Overlays / Plus more
In this video, you will learn all the basics that you need to know about StreamElements OBS.live. When you are starting out with the software. Created for you by RyTech Gaming.

If you would like to learn more about StreamLabs OBS.live. Check out this Reference list.

How to Make Your Stream Overlay Look, Professional?

One of the most important things in streaming is the look of your overlay the feel of the stream in itself. Creating or finding a professional Twitch overlay isn’t that hard these days!

You have a ton of free options to choose from and you can edit them as much as you need. You can find some awesome places and tools just under the video.

How to choose your streaming overlay style

Think about what kind of viewers you want to get into your channel for example: Minecraft doesn’t need crazy designed layouts most of the time since the game is pixelated in itself.

But if you try to use the same layout for new games it’s going to look pretty fugly. I highly suggest you to check out some of your favorite streamers and mimic the style that they already have.

Stream full of moving teddy bears isn’t really the way that streamers use in their streams overlays. The minimalist style is the most used currently so that viewers can see the gameplay much better.

Editing your Stream Overlays with OBS Studio

OBS Studio - How to Add Game, Webcam, Overlay, Text Sources

Editing your Stream Overlays with StreamLabs OBS

Editing your Stream Overlays with StreamElements OBS.live

OBS.Live - New Streaming Software by StreamElements

Tutorials: How to Create your own Overlays for Streaming

These tools have awesome animated Overlays built-in!

Couple extra tips for DIY folks:

Professionally Designed Custom Twitch Layouts and Emotes

If you want to save your time and get a unique Twitch Layout or Emotes. Check out the Custom Twitch Emotes article. There is the 5 best places for your layout and emote needs 🙂

How to make Your Stream Channel and Tiles look professional

Your stream channel is one of the most important things to take into account. That is what people see and watch when you are offline and where the viewers will go to learn more about you. Good things to include there is: About me, Pc setup, Your schedule, Bot commands and your social media links.

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How to make panels for your channel

Free tools – For creating your Twitch channel tiles

How to Network / Market / Advertise your Twitch stream

Networking and marketing your channel is a really important thing to start learning from the start. You definitely don’t want to end up being The Twitch streamers who spend years broadcasting to no one.

For you, I would suggest getting your hands upon Social Media accounts everywhere you just can. You don’t have to use all of them but it’s good to have for the future. The most important ones are Discord, TikTok, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Pro tip: Create a Discord channel from the start and share it with your viewers from the start. You start to gather more and more people in there and you can share your going live notifications, talk with your viewers and much more! 🙂

You can, later on, start a Steam group and even become a YouTuber. Marketing is such a broad subject that i will cover quite a lot of things for that in future posts. So make sure to check out the Twitch Marketing section on the page regularly.

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How to Network and Grow PROPERLY on Twitch

How to Network and Grow PROPERLY on Twitch

Resources for Networking and advertising your Twitch stream

How to Setup – Twitch bot / Chatbot for your stream

Twitch bots can greatly help you out by promoting your content and keeping your stream chat clear of trolls and odd links. Setting up your first twitch bot is pretty easy also these days!

They are already pre-filled with commands that help you and your moderators. You can of source edit these commands and add your own commands. Most popular and oldie goldie that everyone has used is Nightbot.

When your stream evolves to the point where you need more functionalities it’s time to dig into the Twitch Bots series that could help you out.

How to setup tutorials for Twitch Bots

How to Setup – Stream alerts, Follower Notifications and Donations

Now it’s time to get those really cool looking follower notifications going on. For starting out I would suggest you use StreamLabs which is the most popular alert system for Twitch Streamers.

Many of the all-in-one bots also include these kinds of systems that you can get working really nicely. So good thing to think is. Do you want to use couple places or do you want to just use one place?

How to setup – Twitch stream alerts software

Is Webcam required to Succeed as a Streamer?

This has been really talked about the subject for years. Some twitch streamers start with webcam and some don’t. After checking out many streamers and watching them grow i can honestly say that webcam helps your channel to grow quicker.

The people in your channel can see your reactions much better than without one. Which is a pretty huge deal. Marketing your channel is also more challenging without one since you need to create pictures for going live notifications and such.

Nowadays going live notifications that get the most likes, comments and such seem to work the best when you take a selfie or make a little intro video about the stream. So you should you use a webcam? YES! But it’s up to you of course.

Setup your Mic and Get It Ready for Streaming

Microphone is one of the most important aspects in your Twitch streams. Nobody want’s to hear all those clicks as it’s really annoying. There is an easy fix though! You can either get a mixer where you can adjust your voice in real-time or you could use a free program called Voicemeeter Banana that everyone uses.

How-to guides – For Mics and Software

How to Talk on Stream and get Your Chat to Chat

Awesome! We got those annoying clicks all ready away. Now it’s time to learn the talking aspect. It’s actually pretty easy when you get the hang of it. No one really likes to watch a stream that is all quiet.

Well, maybe some really PRO e-sports stars can get away without one but are you one? Silent streams are like watching TV or movies without sound. That would be horrible and not so interesting at all.

How to talk to yourself and chat / Get followers on Twitch

How to Guide – For Art of talking in Streams

What Game is Good for Streaming if you want to Grow on Twitch?

If you are planning on streaming the most popular games on Twitch you are going to most likely have problems attracting people for your stream. CS:GO, League of Legends, Fortnite etc.. Usually the TOP 10 played games on Twitch are not that good for starting out streamers.

There are so many streamers on those games that scrolling down the list would take ages and people these days do not have a long attention span. So the streamers on the bottom of that list are not most likely going to get any viewers from that list.

So what you can do? What Game Should You Stream on Twitch?

Best Games to Stream for MAXIMUM Growth on Twitch in 2020!
In this video you will find really good tips and places on where you can check what should you stream by Stream Scheme.

How to Grow your Twitch Channel by using Twitch Analytics

Growing Numbers On Twitch? Best Ways To Check Your Streamer Analytics!
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How to check what is a good game and bad game to stream?

BONUS! If you really want to make a name out for yourself in the TOP 10 tier.

It is doable though to succeed in those categories as well if you have a good following or you are a master in Twitch Marketing!  I created an example for Streaming and Advertising with Apex Legends.

That you can use to start the climb. Succeeding in the top 10 tier games is not that easy but it is possible through planned and targeted marketing by using already existing places that viewers already are.

If you also start to create niche guides for that specific game in YouTube you most likely are going to stand out a lot more than the others. Please remember that succeeding in the streaming world is a marathon not a sprint to the top.

BONUS TWO! Here is a little trick also that you can use also that i call a Twitcheroo – (Switcheroo)

Some streamers do a Twitcheroo by accident and some intentionally. So Twitcheroo is a pretty common thing in the streaming world.

First, you start to play a game where you get to the top of the list quite easily and start to attract viewers. Then you just stream and have fun. When your stream has more viewers you can do a Twitcheroo.

Which means you can change for another game that has a bigger audience. When you change the game now your stream appears higher on the list so you can get even more viewers!

Be careful though by changing game genres and games you can also lose some viewers. It’s all about planning and trying out. Of source, this works best for variety streamers but niche streamers have their own benefits when staying in the same game 🙂

Do You Need a Streaming Schedule?

Yes! Create it at once. Twitch Streams are like TV. When you start to like some series or a tv show and it comes out at set times on a weekend or day you start to look forward to it. The same goes for streams.

When you create a streaming schedule people will know when you are online and make time to be there to watch the stream. If you stream little bit on the morning, then little bit on the evening. Some viewers might miss some action that they would like to have been part off.

After you have had a schedule for awhile it’s pretty funny when your viewers will start to call you out by being late 😀 But! This is also good since they are expecting your stream which also bring more hype on Twitter and such. But please don’t always be late.. Don’t be that person..

Be awesome and have a LIVE Countdown + Stream Schedule in Your Twitch Panels

LIVE Countdown + Stream Schedule in Your Twitch Panels!

More coming! Did you know this guide gather-up has been evolving since 2016?

If you didn’t know. I have been keeping this gather-up updated since 2016. The setups have changed, the marketing side of things has changed, new software has come out. Quite a lot of things change over the years! I’ll try to update these guides a couple of times a year so you get the latest information out there.

If you find a good video or an article that definitely should be added here. Please let me know about it. You can let me know about it through the comments down below or PM:in me via Twitter.