Well, now that you clicked the link, I have some unfortunate news for you. It’s not easy. It’s a slow grind. It is extremely fun, though! So, here are some tips to help you get started in the right direction.
First, have fun. Only play games you actually have fun playing. Don’t play games just because they’re popular. This may not be the best way to reach a large audience, but it is the best way to keep an audience. This part is probably the easiest to do, since it’s literally just playing games, so let’s more on to the next topic.
Use social media. That’s Twitter and Facebook mainly, but feel free to use others as well. Twitter is probably the main one you want, since Facebook is a more personal platform for real life friends and family. So, how do you use social media, you ask? Well, just tweet. Anything, really. Especially Tweet when you’re live. I like to Tweet screenshots of interesting points in my game when I’m live, as image Tweets do have a higher engagement rating. Don’t spam too much, as that’ll most likely be seen negatively to most people, keep it sensible and Tweet once every 10 minutes or so. Again, screenshots from your game and a link to your Twitch, along with relevant hashtags are very helpful with this. When you’re not live, still send those Tweets, though, updates on your life, and whatnot, which will allow you to connect on a personal with your fans.
Stream panels. Set them up with some information and links to your social network profiles, website, etc, include some info about yourself, but don’t go overboard with overly long panel sections. Keep it sensible, you really can’t go wrong with this, as *most* viewers will probably not even look there.
Bots. Use one. Bots are like condoms, if you don’t want aids, you better use one. Using more than one isn’t necessary, but if you have reasons for that, it’s fine. I use CoeBot and AnkhBot myself as there are useful features I want of both, but just one isn’t enough. (CoeBot has better host features, commands, and is set up better, but I like the point/hour tracking of AnkhBot, plus the ease of adding commands and such.)
Wait? How does that last one help with growth? Well, it doesn’t, I don’t know why I turned this into a general help topic.
Be live. Well duh. No one will watch if you’re not live. Think of it this way: You can be live with no one watching (but there’s potential!) or not live and have no one watch (with no potential!). It’s clear which one you should go for.
If you already like watching other streamers, then feel free to join yourself with their chat family. (It’s hard to explain how, but don’t do any self promotion in their chat, just about their stream, and not about you, at all. Don’t follow, host, subscribe, or donate to anyone just to get noticed. It won’t work. Legit join the chat families of streamers you already like.
Go to conventions and actually meet the people who run Twitch at their booth. I’ve never done it, and it’s unlikely to help you grow, but at least you become known to them, possibly allowing you to become partner earlier than the 500+ concurrent viewers they say you need.
Anyway, the most important thing is using social media, tweet, with pictures, and everything. It will be a slow grind, but if you’re cut out to be a streamer, you should have a load of fun every step of the way!