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Using Twitter to get Twitch followers

I wanted to share with you some of the things I do to get Twitch followers using my Twitter account. I will show you my own techniques that I use to grow my Twitter followers and my Twitch followers.

Get it RIGHT! Setup your Twitter bio like a BOSS!

The first thing you need to realise is that most people wont just find you by accident. You need to help people discover your Twitch channel and you need to tell them to follow you!

Visit my Twitter page and read my bio (Hey, send me a follow while you are there!), you will notice I use the website field to promote my YouTube channel and I use my personal bio to tell people that I giveaway CSGO skins and that it happens very often. Also I include a link to my Twitch channel because people are probably to lazy to type it.

Get Twitch FollowersMy bio is designed to lure people to my Twitch channel and I encourage them to follow me, it really WORKS!

Remember not to lie on your bio, If you are not giving away skins don’t pretend you are. Tell them something else which is cool and true about your channel. I am a CSGO streamer and CSGO players love skins, so this works great for me!

Now your Twitter bio is ready and you can generate interest in your Twitter page!

Archie.co auto favorites tweets!

I used to use TwitFox, but that service was recently shut down because it seems that Twitter doesn’t like services that auto favourite or retweet tweets. My theory in life is people get rich by exploiting loop holes while they exist. I don’t know how long Archie.co will be online but right now it generates me between 25 and 50 new Twitter followers every single day.

Archie.co searches Twitter for specific types of tweets which contain specific keywords and then it favourites them for you. This generates an email from Twitter to the user and other types of notification. Then hopefully they will visit your Twitter profile and like your bio, then follow you on Twitch. It’s a numbers game but it works!

You choose the keyword and archie.co does the rest. If you play World of Warcraft perhaps you can make archie.co look for tweets about “WOW” or “MMO Games”. This helps find people that are interested in the type of games you stream.

Unfollowers.me creates an auto-responder!

If they haven’t already followed you on Twitch after reading your bio, you can now send them a private message via Twitter telling them about your Twitch channel. Hopefully now they will follow you on Twitch.

Go to Unfollowers.me and after you login via Twitter visit the “Automate” tab. From here you need to turn on “Welcome DM” messages.

Create a good welcome message, include your Twitch URL and tell them again why to follow you. Here is my welcome message:

TY for follow, I do lots of CSGO Skin give-aways, Why not follow me on Twitch? http://www.twitch.tv/fivemandown

Now you are fully automated, archie.co is generating traffic to your page and unfollowers.me is telling people about your Twitch channel. This is how you can use Twitter to get Twitch followers!

The Final Word!

BOOM! You are officially a BOSS! As your Twitter grows you also have the ability to send cool tweets to your followers and continue to reap the rewards of your hard work! Remember people need all the help you can give them when it comes to following you, make it easy, make it worth it and be clever about your automation so your social media can work through the night and create interest in your Twitch channel!

Please leave me a comment below – I would love to hear how you have used this article to grow your channel or how you have tweaked this method to get even more Twitch followers!


Twitch – Interacting with Viewers

Being a good streamer is not always just about being really awesome at a certain game. In my opinion I think what attracts people is your engagement with them.

Many of us probably agree and have read previously that certain things can help your stream like interacting with viewers. Also other things like having the Twitch chat visible in stream or having a follower alert where the users name pops up on screen. The reason these ideas work is because they are creating user engagement, the more you engage your viewers the more often they will come back to your stream.

Introducing Reduced Stream Delay

On the 14th of May 2015 Twitch announced that all broadcasters will now have the ability to reduce the stream delay when broadcasting on Twitch. This means that the time between you speaking and the time that your viewers hear you will be lower. This is great for user engagement. Twitch state that enabling the feature will reduce the delay by approximately 33% on average.

This basically means better user engagement, sometimes people will not hang about for an answer, they will be bored and they will simply leave your stream. In theory you can respond to your viewers in almost real-time now.

You can enable this option at any time, but it must be turned on prior to the start of your broadcast to take effect. You can turn this feature on here: http://www.twitch.tv/settings/channel

The Final Word!

I think that the reduced stream delay option is a great feature to increase user engagement, but if you’re worried about being stream sniped in games like CS:GO you should leave this feature turned off. Because Twitch have stated that the reduced delay option does come at a small quality of service cost – particularly to viewers with poor internet connections. If you’re manually adding a delay of 20-30 seconds to your broadcast to stop people stream sniping, it is not worth enabling the reduced delay feature.


Get 300 extra Twitch followers every month!

I am sure you are already using FollowTrainTV but still you are looking for even more Twitch growth, well Twitchstarter is an online community that can help you gain extra viewers and followers. Gamers of all ages and disciplines from professional gamers to people who just found out what an Xbox One is use Twitchstarter. They have many great articles and information which can help you become a better streamer. They have a bunch of cool tools, websites, forums and blogs. It’s really a go to network for Twitch streamers and gamers in general!

I have been using the Twitchstarter service now for several months. I have been a premium member, I have paid for banner adverts with them and I have used some of the free tools they have to offer.

If it suits your budget I would recommend trying everything you can, the thing about streaming is something may work for you even if it didn’t work for someone else and vice versa. You have to simply try things and see what works. I also have a bunch of Fiverr gigs that can generate you a lot of followers on Twitch. Check out some of my customer reviews, I am very proud to say I have many happy customers!

How can you get 300 extra Twitch followers every single month for free?

This is easy peasy and it just takes 5 minutes per day. There is a tool on Twitchstarter called ‘Followers Club’ this is a follow for follow exchange system. This means you will follow 10 new people per day and in return you will receive 10 new followers. This is almost guaranteed that you can get 300 extra Twitch followers every single month. You just have to dedicate 5 minutes of each day because there is a maximum of 10 new followers per day.

Visit the Follower Club here: http://www.twitchstarter.com/free-twitch-followers-club.php

At the time of writing this article I have been using Twitchstarter for several months, nearly as long as I have been streaming. I have 10k in followers and over 100k in views on Twitch. According to the data on my Twitchstarter dashboard they have sent me 1705 followers and 290775 views.

It is common that people will follow and unfollow so the exact amount of followers I currently have from the figure above is probably a little less. Also I assume the view count is something to do with my Twitchstarter profile and not to do with my Twitch video views. But I think you would agree it’s been a great help to me and my stream.

The Final Word!

Many people have said to me that followers are not important but what is important is concurrent viewers, this is true. But having lots of followers increases your viewership and it also shows people that you are someone who is worth following.

Even now when I already have 10k in followers I still try to use the Followers Club every single day because the more followers I have the better, it is as simple as that!


3 ways to make Twitch video highlights

Making video highlights from your Twitch stream can be a great way to gain extra viewers and followers. Video highlights are online 24 hours per day. When you are sleeping in your bed there is a chance someone, somewhere could be watching a video highlight from one of your streams. They may instantly fall in love with your charisma, wit and wonderful charm, then they can visit your channel and follow you, eager for your next stream!

Making Twitch video highlights is like putting money in the bank and leaving it there, Twitch video highlights are a solid investment.

Activating past broadcasts videos on Twitch

First things first! How ever you choose to make your video highlights you should edit the settings on your Twitch account to automatically archive your past broadcasts. This requires zero work and automatically creates content for potential followers to view. It also makes creating highlights easier.

By always recording your stream it will be easy to make a highlight when cool things happen on stream. Plus your regular viewers can re-watch your previous streams when they miss a broadcast and your offline.

How to activate automatic recording of past broadcasts

There is a great tutorial on the Twitch support site, rather than re-invent the wheel I will just link to that article.

http://help.twitch.tv/customer/portal/articles/1575302-videos-on-demand

Users can not upload videos to their channel, it is for previously streamed content only.

1. Create video highlights using Twitch

Past broadcasts can be found on your Twitch Profile.

http://www.twitch.tv/<Your Username>/profile/past_broadcasts

Select a video from the list and then under the video player there will be a small gear icon which will allow you to “highlight” a clip from that stream.

Use the yellow sliders to locate the clip then fill in the form and click “Create Highlight”.

2. Create video highlights using YouTube

This way works in a similar way to the above method. You will use a previous broadcast or a video highlight and export it to YouTube. Once you have exported the video to YouTube you can edit it there using the YouTube video editor.

First you will need to connect your YouTube account to Twitch.
You can do that here: http://www.twitch.tv/settings/connections

After you stream you can visit your past broadcasts or video highlights and in the same way locate the gear icon but this time you should choose “export”.

After you have finished exporting the video it will take sometime before the video is uploaded to YouTube. You will get an email when the export is ready to be viewed. I recommend setting the video to “Private” when creating an export and then manually activating it on YouTube when your ready for it to be live and seen by your channels subscribers.

3. Create video highlights using OBS and video editing software

For the highest quality videos and for those of us with a lot of time you can record your streams using your video streaming software. If you stream with OBS you can easily record your streams and use them to make highlights on video sharing websites.

Just do the following in OBS:

Click “Settings > Broadcast Settings”

Check “Automatically save stream to file”

Set the file path to somewhere you can locate the file later. The video file can easily be imported into a video editor like Adobe Premier, edited and uploaded to YouTube, Vimeo or any other video sharing site you use.

The Final Word!

Video highlights are like money in the bank, you need to create them to grow your following!

I recommend that you use both Twitch and YouTube. There is no harm in having similar content on both sites and there is also no harm in having different content on both sites.

There more clips you can create the better.