Succeeding on Twitch takes time, effort and lots of networking. Those first two things seem easy enough, but if you are like most people, the word “network” makes you cringe. But fear not my friends, in this article I will teach you how you can network on Twitch to grow into the big, beautiful streaming butterfly you always knew you could be.
How to Network on Twitch?
The four best ways to Network on Twitch are:
- Being Active in Other Streams Besides Your Own
- Reaching Out to Others on Social Media
- Being Helpful in Forums
- Be Active in Other Streamers Discords
These are the four best ways to network on Twitch. Networking using one of, or all of these methods will give you the best results when networking. Networking and reaching out to others on Twitch will help you grow your stream. It can also help you to answer any questions you may have about streaming such as how to improve your stream quality.
Now I want to go into more details about networking on Twitch, but before I do that, if you are on Twitch, stop by my stream and give me a follow by going here. I appreciate the support and I hope my articles are helping you on your streaming journey.
How to Network on Twitch by Being Active in Other Streams
To network by being active in other streams means to visit other streamer’s stream, being positive in chat and building a relationship with the streamer. It does not mean going into another stream and spamming your stream.
Spamming your stream in other streams is not a winning strategy. You may get one or two people who accidently click on your link, but it won’t last long. Nobody will like you and you will build a bad name for yourself and your channel. Not to mention if you do it enough times you will probably get banned from a few streams.
What you should be doing instead is going into streams of streamers you like, or streamers who are streaming games that you like, and interacting with their community.
Think of it like going to a party. You go in, you greet the host, you get to know people at the party. You play it cool. You don’t go in raging and being all loud and obnoxious. Don’t even mention that you stream. Mentioning you stream right off the bat is the same as that person that goes in and talks about their job right off the bat. Nobody likes that dude.
If the streamer asks if you stream then cool, answer them. But honestly it shouldn’t get brought up by you. It’s called building a relationship and then maybe one day this streamer is looking to raid/host someone and they see your name pop up. Or maybe you play with them one stream and get your name out there. That’s how you do it.
Also, be cool with the other people in the community as well. Just build a good reputation for yourself and your brand. If you are super annoying in chat do you think anyone will want to follow your stream or be your friend on Twitch? The answer is no.
One last thing about networking this way is that you should try to network with streamers who have streams your size or slightly bigger than your stream. You will waste your time trying to network with huge streamers. You just don’t have a lot to offer them when you are new.
It’s also more difficult to build relationships in these streams because there are thousands of people chatting and so it makes it more difficult to connect with other people.
So network with streamers you like, who are in a similar place along the streaming journey as you are and you will see some good results.
How to Network on Twitch Using Social Media
To network on Twitch using social media, you will want to use both Twitter and Instagram to reach out to and connect with other streamers. These two social media platforms are the best platforms for networking on Twitch because it is what most streamers use.
Although Facebook is a major social media network, it is not commonly used by streamers. Yes, there are groups of streamers and gamers, and Facebook does have its own live streaming platform called “Facebook Gaming”, but it is just not as popular as Twitter and Instagram when it comes to streaming. It’s just not.
Now let me break down how to network on each of these platforms.
How to Network on Twitch Using Twitter
Twitter is the most popular social media platform for Twitch streamers. To network on Twitch using Twitter, you will want to add streamers who stream on Twitch and work with them to support your stream as you support their streams as well. There are also several threads on Twitter where you can post your Twitch link for people to follow you.
On Twitter there are a ton of streamers you can follow and network with. Many streamers on Twitter are willing to follow your Twitch channel as well as help you with any questions that you may have about streaming.
Like I already touched on, there are also a ton of threads on Twitter that people create that help to support small streamers. On these threads, streamers can go and post their Twitch links for people to follow their channels. There are also many Twitter pages with lots of followers that will retweet your tweets if you just tag them in it.
When I first created a Twitter account (click here to follow me on Twitter) I did not have many followers on Twitch; however, through posting my link in different threads and following other streamers on Twitter, I was able to quickly get close to 100 followers on Twitch in about a week.
I stopped doing that for now because I want to build my following in a more organic way, but I am just letting you know that this is an option for you.
Like I mentioned, streamers on Twitter are very supportive of Twitch streamers and using Twitter is a quick and easy way to get followers on Twitch.
Twitter is also a great resource to find new streams to visit. Like I already explained, going into other streams and being supportive is part of networking and Twitter helps you to find streams to visit.
What I like to do is comment on other streamer’s tweets and then visit their streams later so they know who I am and recognize me when I visit their streams later in the day. And sometimes these people will come by and support your stream as well.
Lastly, Twitter is also a good place to find people to stream with and game with. Don’t spam comments asking people to stream or game with you but rather once you have enough followers on Twitter, send out a Tweet and see who wants to game/stream with you. See who responds and then go from there.
I also don’t recommend messaging people directly everytime they follow you or you follow them. This just comes off as spammy and can actually make people annoyed with you.
How to Network on Twitch Using Instagram
Instagram is the second most used social media for streamers. Instagram is great for posting some of your gameplay and to give others an insight into your personal life. Using hashtags on Instagram also makes it easier to find others and easier for you to get discovered.
Instagram is good for super cool clips. If you use Instagram then you know it is more for catchy pictures and videos. In my personal experience, I have had a lot more success networking on Twitter than Instagram. Like a lot more.
Instagram is not as good for networking as Twitter, but it still can be a great social media tool that you can use to meet new people and connect with streamers who have similar interests as you. Just like Twitter, the best thing you can do is find streamers and visit their streams. Maybe even offer to play with some of the people you meet.
As you know, it is always better to game/stream with other people than it is to do so all alone. Don’t be afraid to reach out and see who wants to game.
How to Network by Being Helpful in Forums
Being helpful in forums is a great way to network on Twitch. If you are able to help people in forums such as reddit, they will be more likely to visit your stream or to help you with something that you may need help with.
This is actually proven in psychology that when you help someone, they feel obligated in a sense to return the favor. It’s science bro!
So if you are part of a Reddit forum or a Facebook group, do all you can to be helpful. And sometimes you being helpful could be inviting that person to your stream to show the person what you are trying to explain to them.
Maybe they need help beating something in a game. Maybe they need some streaming help. Have them pop in so you can help them.
Be friendly, and be helpful. That is really what networking is all about.
How to Network With Discord
To network in Discord, you will want to visit other streamers Discords and just be as friendly, supportive and helpful as possible. Build relationships in the Discord. Don’t go into a Discord and spam your links everywhere as this could get you removed.
If you have a small stream with not a ton of followers then it doesn’t make a ton of sense to start your own Discord. Unless you have a few loyal followers who can be active in the Discord, I don’t think it is worth having a Discord just yet.
However, this is not to say that you shouldn’t be active in other streamers Discords. You should absolutely try to visit and support the Discords of other streamers so that you can build relationships and get your name out there.
Discord is cool because there is usually less people in the Discord than there are chatting in the stream and so this allows you to more easily to talk to and get to know people. Again, not to sound like a broken record, network is all about making connections and getting to know people. Discord is just another tool to do this.
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The word network can make you feel all cringe inside. It’s understandable. But try to make an effort to break out of your comfort zone and really get to know different streaming communities.
If you want to grow on Twitch, you will have to learn how to network.
Good luck streaming my friends and may all of your streams come true!