“How Do You Get More Viewers?”
“How do you get more viewers?” I’ve had a lot of people ask me this question and I always answer back with a similar answer every time. Then I got to thinking…why don’t I write about it a little?
I am in no way shape or form a big streamer. I am a small time streamer and content creator but recently I became partnered on Mixer and I started getting this question more and more. I can talk all day long about how I got to where I am however it’s different for everyone. You just have to find what works for you and run with it.
I’ve been building an online presence for about 8 or so years now. It started around the time I was playing Everquest 2 and then Rift. I got a Twitter account and started making friends in games whom I followed online and as I talked about my gaming experiences, my following base grew. In Everquest 2 I raided hardcore and wasn’t making content just yet however once Rift came out and I started getting better equipment for gaming, I started getting into making videos of runs we did. A while later I started streaming on and off to Twitch, and then later Hitbox. Before Mixer I streamed for probably about three years on and off. I didn’t really have a schedule, I just streamed once a week if that. Definitely not enough to build a consistent following base but I did have quite a few friends that hung out with me regardless.
Once I started streaming on Mixer (about a year and a half ago), I really liked the atmosphere and I decided to start streaming more consistently. First I streamed about three days a week and then I increased it to five days a week. Mixer is when I started taking streaming a bit more seriously and wanted to do more of it than just creating videos. I enjoyed hanging out with everyone and I loved watching streamers on Mixer. Then after streaming for a year on Mixer, I got partnered. I know people who got partnered within a few months of being on Mixer. Others, longer than I. There is no one way to do it.
So how do you get more viewers? Well it’s all about consistency, social networking, persistence, passion, and having fun. When it comes to being a streamer, you honestly only stream 50% of the time. The other 50% of the time you need to get out there and meet people. I spend most of my time on social media sites, Discord communities, and hanging out on Mixer. Get out there and show your support to other streamers. Get to know them and let them get to know you. You really don’t have to tell people that you’re a streamer. Once they get to know you, they will check out your profile and see what kind of things you’re into so make sure you have information about yourself and what you do on your profile.
DO NOT go into people’s streams and promote yourself! Once you get to know the streamer, they will probably shout you out at some point. Plus just you being there hanging out with them, other viewers will more than likely check you out just by how you act in chat. It is very rude to go into someone else’s stream and tell people to check you out. The only thing you will get from doing that is probably a ban from the channel. Viewers also get turned off by that and will more than likely go to their own channel and ban you from it as well. Going into other streams and promoting yourself will only make people avoid your channel. Don’t do it.
DO NOT hang out in a stream and then say that you got to go because you are about to stream yourself. That is also frowned upon since it’s a more subtle way to advertise yourself. Just say you gotta go.
Raiding is a great way to show that you care about other streamers. Once you are done streaming, try to find someone and send your viewers that way. Make a little raid command that people can post when they get to the channel and then hang out with that streamer. They will be grateful for the raid. Make sure to check their title first though…if it says DNR, it means they don’t want to be raided so please respect their wishes. Also please don’t get into the habit of going to someone’s channel and spamming 1 man raid especially if you weren’t streaming…I have seen quite a few people who just go around all day to different channels and spam 1 man raid and they’re not even a streamer or they haven’t streamed for a while. That is another cry for attention and people won’t let it go on for long.
Make a stream schedule and put it in your description. Consistency is key to getting viewers coming back to your stream. It’s okay if you can’t stream often. Even if it’s only once a week. Set a day and a time and stream during those times. If people know your schedule, they are more likely to come back to watch you again. Random streams are fine as well, just make sure you have something consistent.
Make a Discord for yourself. It might be quiet there for a while but it’s a way your viewers can keep up to date with information about you. Twitter is a great place to post updates however tweets get lost when people follow many people. Promote your Discord while you stream so your viewers know about it and might join. Turn it into your own community where people can meet other people and stay up to date on you.
Trying to meet people can feel overwhelming on Twitter, Mixer, and other platforms. There are a lot of people. A great way to get started is to find a streamer you enjoy, join their Discord, and then start meeting people there. Streamer Discord communities are a lot smaller than Mixer itself and you can make it a bit more personal. Get to know people and the streamer there, and let them get to know you. A lot of streamers also have their own stream teams. Check out the requirements and then apply to the team. If you get on the team, check out the streamers on the team and get to know them. Hang out in their channels and they will probably check you out as well once they know you more. You have to start small. Joining communities and stream teams will help you meet new people without feeling overwhelmed and then branch out from there.
Keep streaming. Growth is different for everyone. Some people blow up and get big overnight but most people have to keep working at it for a while. Also a good practice is to not look at your viewer count in general. Stream and chat as if there’s a big audience even if it’s just you. You never know, someone might drop in and find what you’re talking about to be interesting and they will chime in. Give people something to respond to even if there isn’t anyone there or there are people lurking. A lot of viewers that lurk are watching, they’re just busy working on something and if you say something that perks their interest, they will say something. The more interactive you get with your audience, the more people will respond to you and the more it will keep people in your channel once they’re there.
I hope these tips help you in some way when it comes to streaming and creating content in general. There is a lot more to streaming than just streaming. It takes a lot of time, effort, social networking, and consistency to grow your viewership and there isn’t one true way to do it since everyone is different. Good luck and keep working at it!