Many people that are new to Twitch get one or two viewers in their initial streams and often sit for hours with zero viewers. Naturally this can cause a lot of frustration and make them question their decision of becoming a Twitch streamer. If you’re wondering how to get your first 20 viewers on Twitch, we’ve put together a list of things you can do right now to edge closer to those first 20 viewers!
Just get more exposure
No surprise here, exposure is the key to any online traffic. When you are focusing on getting you your first 20 viewers, you need a plan to introduce your stream to viewers and the best way to do that is through social media and forums. A great benefit to using social media is that you can grow your social accounts when your not at your computer via your mobile phone. Don’t forget to announce the fact that your going live on your social media accounts.
Watch your own stream
Some people would call this cheating but this tactic can get you 2–3 viewers. You can use mobile devices to watch your own stream. Remember for every viewer you have you appear higher up the Twitch category page, the higher you are the more viewers you get. Just make sure that you have enough bandwidth and don’t negatively effect your streams performance.
Pick the right games
If you don’t have a strong social media presence or YouTube subscriber count, it’s going to be pretty hard to get viewers if your playing a popular game like CS:GO or LoL. Rather than going for a game that already has been streamed by multiple Twitch users go for less famous games, new releases or games made by indie developers to stand out from the masses which can prove extremely beneficial when you’re trying to get your first 20 viewers on Twitch.
Take advantage of big streamers streaming unpopular games
Continuing on from the last point, sometimes you might see a category with 3500 viewers and inside that category discover that there is only a few streamers and 3495 viewers are watching the same well known streamer. If you own that game and can jump on it quickly you can pick up some of the overflow traffic in that category.
The higher the quality the more the viewers. No one wants to watch a streamer that has low video quality, sound filled with static and no overlay. If you want viewers to actually watch your streams and return every time you stream then you need to make sure that the video quality is clear, the sound is easy to hear and your stream actually has a decent overlay.
The most important thing you need to keep in mind is that you should be having fun! People can easily tell when a Twitch streamer is faking their excitement, scares or enthusiasm. People don’t want to watch you try to be funny, they want to watch you have fun playing a game, so that they can have fun too.
Reach out to others
If you’ve just launched your Twitch channel don’t have high expectations of getting hundreds or thousands of views on your first few streams. You can take part in shout-out events that more popular and bigger Twitch users hold but it’s like winning a lottery. Rather than focusing on bigger streamers focus on smaller Twitch streamers and try to get into their network. They are much more likely to give you a shout out which can result in you easily getting your first 20+ views on Twitch by being hosted by them which will helping you advance your Twitch career.
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Stream Regularly and have a schedule
Your favorite TV show is at the same time on the same day every week which allows people who are free at that time to tune in and enjoy the show. The same is true for Twitch streamers. I also understand that not every one can commit to a regular stream but even if it is just 2 hours per week of scheduled streaming time it will really help your channel create regular viewers.
The Final Word!
Focus on slowly growing rather than stressing about how to get more viewers. Try different things and find something that works for you and then do more of that and enjoy yourself rather than doing it only for the viewers. Follow these simple tips and you’ll surely start getting 20 or more viewers on your Twitch stream in no time.