Step-by-step guide to create your channel on Twitch and be a streamer

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If you want create a Twitch channel and you don’t know where to start, we explain how to do it. Sure you use the tool to see other streamers but you may have wanted to do it yourself. If you don’t know where to start, we explain how to create a Twitch channel step by step, how to start streaming or how to take advantage of the analytics and data of your channel to know what works, what doesn’t, etc.

Twitch has more than a million channels in Spanish and it has become a platform that everyone wants to be on. It allows us to be streamers or broadcast live to talk about what we want: from commenting on a video game game to chatting or answering questions from your followers or subscribers.

Sign up

The first thing you have to do to join Twitch is to sign up, if you haven’t already. You do not need to be registered to watch videos, but you do need to create your own channel. Go to the Twitch page and tap in the upper right corner where you will find a purple button that says “Sign up”. Click here and you will have to fill in the corresponding data to start using the service:

  • Username
  • Password
  • Password confirmation
  • Date of Birth
  • Email

Once you have it, tap on “Check in” to get started.

check in

Select interests

Twitch will then ask you what your interests or things you like.

Sign up for Twitch

Fornite, Gartich Phone, Minecradt, music, sports, chess … Choose all the window options which will appear below. At least one category. When you’re done, confirm with “Done” at the bottom of the screen.

Categories and likes on Twitch

Start broadcasting

You will need to configure the software and hardware… According to Twitch, what you need is the following:

  • The computer or console from which you broadcast
  • Transmission software if you are going to broadcast from a computer
  • Good internet connection
  • Microphone and webcam

You can use several different programs to broadcast from your computer. From a console you will not need any software except to access your account. From your computer, yes. Twitch offers you the possibility to download different programs. All you have to do is go to your channel and the “Transmission tools” menu. Here you will find Streamlabs OBS, Open Broadcaster Software, Lightstream Studio, OBS Live …

broadcast applications

Download the one you want and start using it to broadcast content. We will explain how to do it with Twitch Studio, which the website itself considers the best for beginners, for anyone who has just joined. “Our free streaming software is created from scratch for new streamers looking for a simple setup process and high quality streaming. With its guided setup, its integration into Twitch and a ton of customization options, Twitch Studio makes starting to manage your Twitch channel easier than ever ”, they explain from the section.

Twitch Studio

To cast, you need Twitch Studio. You can open Twitch from the browser, customize your channel and do whatever you want but if you broadcast from a computer you need Twitch Studio software to start broadcasting. It is free and is downloaded from the website itself so you will not have any problem. It will take just a few seconds to download and install and you can start to handle it. First, you will have to give access from your Twitch account, confirming that you are the person who installed it and not someone else trying to impersonate your identity.

Twitch Studio

Set up

Twitch Studio will allow you set up webcam and microphone. Once you have it, you can customize the scenes that appear on your channel according to what you want: main scenes, multipurpose scene in the absence or scene of conversations. Add the background you want, the colors or the emphatic image that you like.

Studio beta

You will have to configure too the quality of transmission. Twitch Studio will automatically optimize the quality of your transmission taking into account the hardware of your computer and the Internet connection. You just have to confirm it and move on.

Start broadcasting

You will have Twitch Studio ready to start broadcasting. If you want to get started, tap on “Start Broadcast” at the bottom of the program window and everything will start. You will see the chat on the right or the source of activities (where you will see your subscriptions, cheers, raids, accommodations …) On the left side you can change the scene or add new ones.

twitch

Create broadcast

When you’re ready, tap on “Start Broadcast.”

Transmission info

You will have to create a title, a live broadcast notification and choose a category, the tags you want and the language of the transmission that you are going to start.

Start Twitch

Customize your channel

Once you have followed the previous steps, you will have your channel created and Twitch Studio ready to broadcast. But before creating the broadcast, it is advisable that you modify certain aspects of your channel. All you have to do is start managing it, personalizing it to have the maximum number of followers or subscribers that will make it possible for you to continue to “thrive” on Twitch.

  • Tap in the upper right corner of the screen
  • Choose the Channel option in the menu
  • Go to Edit “

Here we will access the channel configuration where we can change some data, photos or add events to the calendar or featured content.

Profile settings

Choose username, public name and add a bio of less than 300 characters that says more about you. What are you going to talk about, what do you like, etc. You can also add links to social networks so that they can follow you on your Twitter, on your Instagram account or on any other social network that you are interested in promoting or linking from the channel you just created.

customize Twitch profile

Mark

At the top we can touch on “Brand”. Here you can choose an image to add to your profile (your photograph or avatar) and you can choose the detail color of the profile.

Twitch Profile Photo

It will also allow you, at the bottom, customize home page background of your channel: you can choose a background generated by default in the color you want or a custom image (it must be JPEG, PNG or GIF with a recommended size of 1200 x 480 and with a maximum of 10 MB)

Brand and colors

Calendar

The Twitch calendar allows us to let viewers know when we are going to broadcast, what time they have an “appointment” with the platform to see us. The time zone is located automatically so you only have to place the events in your time zone and it will automatically “translate” to the time zone of the person who is seeing you. So everyone will know exactly when a broadcast is scheduled. The calendar is not something that many streamers use on Twitch since, in most cases, the broadcasts do not have a scheduled day and time. But it can be useful or you can go back to see what was broadcast yesterday or two days ago, for example.

To add transmission we have to go to the channel settings and to “Calendar” in the menu tabs at the top. Once here, tap on “Add transmission”.

Here we will have to fill in a series of data and information:

  • Summary of content, limited to 140 characters
  • Category of what you are going to broadcast
  • Time expected to last (from what time to what time)
  • Frequency, if any (every Monday, every Tuesday …)

Twitch schedule

Automatically the event you just created will be added to your calendar. You can follow the same steps above to create as many events as you need.

Add stream

Channel data

From your Twitch channel you can access a series of information that will help you to have more details about how you are doing it or what you are getting. Go to the menu and settings and open “Data” on the left side of the screen.

Twitch data

Channel analysis

In the channel analysis tab we will see, by default, lthe data of the last 30 days. We can move this period forward or backward using the arrows that appear next to the current date and so you can choose a custom date range to see how your channel is doing these days. On the right side you will find a drop down where you will see the date range in days, weeks or months as you need at all times.

The first thing we see in the channel analysis are the statistics and a summary of each of the data. Just touch on the data itself to display the corresponding graph and have all the details of those thirty days from the graph.

Twitch data analysis

  • Average viewers: Average number of simultaneous viewers in your broadcast. The statistic is the average during the time transmitted in all that selected date range, the average number of viewers you have had.
  • Live views: Total views of your broadcasts.
  • Follow: The number of users who have followed your channel.
  • Subscriptions: Subscriptions you have received (including level, gift …)
  • Income totals obtained
  • Minutes viewed by all your viewers
  • Total time issued
  • Peak viewers achieved in all your transmissions
  • Unique viewers: number of unique people in total
  • Spectators from accommodation or raids
  • Chat participants
  • Etc

Beyond seeing all the data, you can export it.

Income breakdown

From this section you can also see where does the income received come from during this selected time period. You will be able to see the subscriptions that there are and its level, you will be able to see what part comes from announcements, gift subscriptions, etc.

Twitch income breakdown

Streaming summaries

In “data” you will also find your summary of transmissions that gives us statistics and information about audience, popular clips, achievements, etc. It is a summary of each of your broadcasts and you will have the details to know how to improve, for example.

The data provided by this summary are the following:

  • Statistics of the recent transmission: viewers, followers …
  • Graphics with the average number of viewers, followers, etc.
  • Most popular clips of your transmission
  • Where the visualizations come from: their origin
  • What is the video of the transmission and you can highlight it
  • Achievements achieved during the broadcast

Achievements

From the “Data” section of your profile you can also achieve a series of achievements that will give us the possibility of being an affiliate or being a partner. You will have to go unlocking achievements like starting your first broadcast, exploring your dashboard, updating categories, getting five people to chat, getting 50 followers, broadcasting for more than eight hours, etc.

achievements

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