1. Twitch should be treated like a hobby at first, do it because you love to do it. Don’t go out and buy a bunch of expensive equipment for your broadcasts if you’re not sure if you’ll stick with it. You can get a pair of Sony Headphones, but you’ll have to figure out how much you want to spend when it comes to a camera. As far as mics are concerned, I use the MXL 990 Condenser Mic with Blue Microphones Icicle Converter and a standard pop filter.
2. Be consistent. You won’t become the next “TheSyndicateProject” overnight. Rome wasn’t built in a day either, so if you want to build an empire you’re going to have to focus. Start by playing weekly, if not daily. The more often you’re on, the better chance your channel has to be viewed.
3. Have a go to game, series, or genre that you love to play and never get tired of. There are plenty of areas in gaming to focus on from the obvious genres like RTS and FPS, to Co Op and Retro Gaming. Do this and you will build a following that is interested in the same type of games you enjoy playing instead of every new game that comes out.
4. Don’t get me wrong, new games can be great to stream sometimes too, but you have to understand that the people who rank higher on twitch will be listed before you if they are streaming the same new game that, let’s say 500 other Twitchers are also broadcasting. So until you have a loyal following that will tune in to your broadcasts, stream new games on your own behest. Look for something a little more obscure, or something that not many people are playing at the very least, but make sure it’s still fun and engaging.
5. Interact with your audience and encourage them to follow/subscribe/donate. Although I wouldn’t suggest the latter option until you have built up a decent size fan base, encouraging followers is just part of the game, and most viewers understand this. If people are watching, but not chatting, try talking with them and see if they open up.
6. Always make sure to have good energy when broadcasting. The last thing you want is loads of dead air while streaming. Don’t get me wrong, it’s perfectly acceptable to be quiet if no one is watching or you are recording clips to export to Youtube, but if you’re putting on a show you need to act like a showman.