7 Things You Need to do to Make Twitch Streaming Your Full Time Job

INDIE - Dan Long
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5 min readJan 26, 2018
Wouldn’t you love to make streaming your full time gig?

Turning your passion and favorite hobby into your career is the dream of a lifetime! How amazing would it be to have the chance to leave your current job and turn your Twitch live stream into your main source of income?

It can be done and you can do it.

This is not a “get rich quick” thing with a short path to success.

It is a grind. It is a marathon, not a sprint.

Here are 7 things that you need to do to turn your Twitch streaming hobby into your full time job.

1. Be entertaining.

What exactly does that mean?

Well, entertaining is speculative meaning that what one person finds entertaining, another person won’t. What you need to do is watch some successful streamers that you find entertaining and get some inspiration from them.

Don’t steal their ideas. Use them for inspiration to come up with your own original ideas.

You need to find your niche and go with it!

Many people say that when you stream, just do what you want, play what you want to play, but if you want to be successful, this isn’t the way to think.

If you want to make this your career, you need to find what works and push it to the extreme.

Find out what your audience wants and do that. Remember, you are on a stage here and the whole point is to entertain your audience.

Set a Schedule

2. Be consistent.

Pick days and time to stream and stick to that schedule. Don’t show up late or not show up at all. People will expect you to be there and they will plan their day around your show, don’t disappoint them.

If your audience gets disappointed, they won’t stick around and you really don’t want that at all.

3. Build your community.

Your community is your success so work on your community, treat it with love and help it grow and flourish. There are so many ways to do this and the big one right now is to have a Discord server.

You must be active with your community and interact with them. Do giveaways, have special events specifically for your community and always treat your community with respect and attentiveness.

In return they will do the same and want to help you grow.

Get on with your bad self!

4. Have an active online presence.

This goes right along with being active in your Discord server. Get on social media. Whatever that is, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, whatever. The platform that works best for you, go with it!

You don’t have to be on every social media platform, that’s just way too much work and you will end up spending way too much time on there. Pick a few and stick with those.

Sure, there might be some new kind of social media popping up and you can try it out. It just might work for you, but you really need to focus on what’s working and put your energy into that.

5. Have your business email visible.

So many broadcasters don’t have, or hide their business email for some strange reason. There have been so many times that I have been looking for streamers for a paid promotion and there is no way to contact them, so they just get passed up. You don’t want to be this person. You don’t want to miss opportunities that lead to your channel’s growth.

Have your business email everywhere. Have it in your Twitch panels and in all of your social media’s profiles. Also, respond quickly to all the business inquiries that you recieve. You would be surprised how small the gaming industry is and how quickly word gets around if someone isn’t professional.

Stream Spread can help you GROW!

6. Grow your numbers.

You definitely want to grow your social media channels and extend your reach but the main thing is to grow your community which means grow your twitch channel. You need to gain followers and keep them coming back.

Twitch has an amazing user base and a huge audience but there are so many thousands upon thousands of streamers out there, it’s tough to not get lost in the crowd.

A great way to get eyes on your content is to look outside of Twitch for people to watch your stream. Stream Spread embeds your Twitch live stream into hundreds of gaming websites and can get many people watching your stream.

Keep Your Viewers Happy!

7. Keep your viewers happy and interested.

You would be surprised how many times someone has come into your stream, said nothing, watched for a few seconds and then just left.

It’s up to you to keep your viewers engaged and interested. You have to remember that you only have a few seconds to impress someone and then they move on.

The same thing goes when using Stream Spread. Stream Spread can literally get hundreds or even thousands of eyes on your stream, but it’s up to you to engage those viewers, get them to follow you and be an active community member that sticks around.



INDIE - Dan Long

Influencer, Social Media, Marketing and Community Management, PR, Partnered Twitch Broadcaster www.twitch.tv/indie. Contact me at indiefromtwitch@gmail.com