So you want to become a Twitch Affiliate but first, need to achieve 3 average viewers on your stream? You came to the right place!
In this article, I will tell you some quick tips to get 3 average viewers on Twitch.
Before we start, here’s a quick reminder of the requirements for Twitch Affiliates:
Over a 30-day period, you need…
- To reach 50 followers
- Stream for 8 hours in total
- Stream on 7 different days
- Have an average of 3 viewers
Once you reach those requirements, you’ll be eligible for Twitch Affiliate and you’ll be able to monetize your Twitch!
Just a couple more things I want to address first…
🚀 This article is part of our Grow on Twitch series.
Does Twitch Count Yourself as a Viewer?
Yes, Twitch will count yourself as a viewer. This is exactly why your viewer count will start at 1 every time and never drop to 0.
This is good for you because that means you only need to average 2 real viewers on every stream in order to qualify for Twitch affiliates!
How Does Twitch Count Average Viewers?
Now the way Twitch counts your average viewers is not as straightforward as you may think.
Some streamers believe if they achieve 3 total viewers on every stream, they will automatically reach the average of 3 viewers per stream but this is untrue.
Here’s what Twitch has to say:
To calculate this number, we check how many viewers there are at each point in time when you are live. The stat in the top bar is an average of this number across all the time streamed in the selected date range.How Twitch counts average viewer – Twitch Analytics
A user on Reddit noted that Twitch seems to break up your live stream in 5-minute intervals and calculates your average viewers based on that data.
Here’s what he has to say:
Twitch records how many viewers you have in each of those intervals, adds them all up, and divides them by how many 5-minute intervals there were (an average). However, Twitch rounds this number down to the nearest whole number. Ex. You have 2 viewers the first five minutes and then 3 for an hour straight, your average viewers for that stream will be 2 once rounded down.u/TheDunkleman on Reddit
This information explains why so many streamers seem to think Twitch is not counting their live views.
In reality, Twitch IS counting your live views but they are rounding them down when calculating your average.
Now that we got those things out of the way, let’s crack open a Red Bull and get to the part of the article you actually came for!
5 Tips To 3 Average Viewers on Twitch
1 Play a niche game
I understand, you may be more eager to play games such as Fortnite, League of Legends, and so on but that is honestly one of the main reasons you aren’t getting any viewers on Twitch.
Actually, scratch that, it’s THE main reason you aren’t getting viewers on Twitch.
Most Twitch streamers expect viewers to come in ‘organically’ and somehow stumble upon their stream (I will address this later...) but how could anyone find your stream, if you’re playing a game as popular as Fortnite?
When you’re playing such a game, you are competing with EVERYONE who is currently streaming this game on Twitch.
Go to Twitch.tv for a second and navigate to the category for Fortnite (or any other popular game) what do you see?
Let me spoil it for you: hundreds and thousands of streamers are broadcasting these games.
If you want viewers to come in organically, through Twitch, you can NOT play these types of games.
The odds of someone finding your stream through the Twitch library when you’re streaming a popular game are close to null.
Next time you plan on streaming, try out an indie game and you’ll instantly see more interest and organic viewers.
Read also: how to find a niche on Twitch
2. BE ENTERTAINING
Hell no! That would be SO boring, right?
Then why oh why is that every Twitch streamer with less than 20 viewers seems to be doing exactly that?
Famous streamers are always either talking to their chat or talking with their friends. These people stream for multiple hours and never go silent.
This is because they know what happens when they stop being entertaining: people leave.
If you’re just starting out, it may seem almost impossible or weird to engage with your chat (especially when you have zero viewers) but that is what you have to do.
And it will suck at first, it will feel weird and silly but as long as you don’t master entertaining, you will never succeed as a streamer.
The biggest tip I can give you is to play video games with friends while you stream and actively mess around with them.
Are none of your friends playing video games? No problem. Go to Twitch.tv, select the game you want to play, find other streamers within your viewer range and invite them to play with you through their chat.
This is the perfect way to meet other streamers, make friends online, and start entertaining your viewership.
Aside from that, you should also check out Twitch communities on Discord, Facebook, and Reddit. Those places (check out our Top Twitch Communities here) are full of streamers just like you who are looking for other streamers to collaborate with!
Read also: how to collaborate with other streamers
3. Watch popular streamers
Getting viewers on Twitch is a journey. Unless you’re already popular on other platforms, achieving success on Twitch is going to take a while.
As with any journey, you will make many mistakes and have to learn from those mistakes in order to improve yourself.
One of the best ways to confront yourself with the mistakes you’re making is by checking out popular Twitch streamers.
You should start studying other streamers and pay attention to what they are doing. Grab a notepad and note down exactly what stands out.
How do they act? How often do they engage with their chat? How is their body language? Do they play with friends? Do they crack jokes? What do they do to entertain their viewers?
You’d be surprised how much you can learn from others when you start studying them.
The best artists in the world have always studied OTHER artists. The richest people in the world have always studied OTHER rich people.
If you want to be a successful Twitch streamer, you should study those that you deem successful.
Studying someone successful allows you to notice things you otherwise might not discover until years of trying yourself. Take advantage of that!
Tip: Pay attention to streamers such as Ludwig
One streamer to study (I know I have) is Ludwig. Ludwig has managed to grind himself to the top of Twitch in just a bit over a year.
It’s not surprising that he’s popular if you hop in on one of his streams, his enthusiasm and charisma are through the roof.
But aside from his class-clown personality, he has mastered creating a community, engaging with viewers, building up a brand beyond Twitch, starting from a small niche (smash bros melee) and so much more.
Love him or hate him, his growth on Twitch is truly impressive.
4. Grow a following online
Earlier I talked about how many streamers seem to believe they will somehow attract viewers organically…
That’s just not how it works.
If you study any popular streamers’ road to success, you’ll notice that their Twitch following grew at the same time as their following on other platforms.
They didn’t one day start streaming on Twitch and become famous the next day…
Twitch isn’t some miraculous potion that turns people into celebrities overnight… Popular Twitch streamers worked hard to establish a following online and promoted their Twitch to this following.
I can guarantee you that the large majority of their viewers in the early stages came from OUTSIDE sources and NOT from Twitch.
That’s why it’s important that you start creating a brand around yourself and master your social media game.
TikTok, Instagram, and YouTube are the best platforms to establish a following online.
If you want to grow on Twitch, you have to start posting actively to those types of platforms and establish a following which you can then send over to your streams every time!
Imagine you have 1000 followers on TikTok and Instagram, that’s 1000 people who can see your story EVERY time you go live!
You’d need to convert less than 1% of your audience every time you stream to get 3 average viewers on Twitch!
5. Stream consistently
You cannot expect to gain viewers on Twitch if you don’t keep a consistent streaming schedule.
Imagine someone came to your stream and decided they like your style and would like to watch your streams more often but then you don’t stream for another week and this person has completely forgotten you exist.
That would be a shame, right? Viewers expect you to stream consistently and once you start streaming consistently, you will start to see return viewers.
Aside from building your following on the platform, you will also improve a lot as a streamer by broadcasting on a consistent schedule.
Tip: Pay attention to streamers such as xQc
Love him or hate him, xQc knows how to stream consistently.
He streams every single day for over 10 hours, that’s crazy.
And it’s not something I would recommend doing persé but there are some things to learn from it.
His crazy consistent stream schedule has not just increased his exposure it has also allowed xQc to build a strong community with people from all over the world.
Whether you live in North America, Europe, or even Australia, you can be sure xQc will be live while you’re awake.
This isn’t the case for most streamers who oftentimes have an audience that is limited to their timezone.
Here’s what you SHOULDN’T do
Now I know it might be tempting to cheat your viewer count but in reality, those things will always come back to bite you in the ass.
Someone might report you, Twitch might ban you or it simply might lead to you not taking Twitch seriously because of the lack of achievement.
Don’t use a viewbot
Yes by buying a viewbot you can easily reach the 3 viewer average on Twitch… But that wouldn’t be fair to yourself.
Finally becoming a Twitch Affiliate should is an achievement for everyone, if you cheat this step by using a viewbot, it will never feel right with you. You will always feel like a cheat.
On top of that people KNOW when you are view botting. It’s simply so obvious when someone has viewers but no one is using the chat function… Stay away from viewbotting it will do you far more harm than good.
Don’t create multiple accounts to cheat your viewer count
Some people will cheat by creating multiple Twitch accounts and watch their own stream from different browsers or devices, sure this can work but… Don’t.
Do you really want to achieve the 3 average viewers on Twitch by cheating the viewercount…?
What sense of achievement will you feel? Zero. Nada.
Now it’s your turn
If you implement these 5 tips, you will eventually reach 3 average viewers on Twitch and beyond!
Keep streaming consistently, build your audience off-twitch, study other streamers and work on being more entertaining in general.
You’ll be a Twitch Affiliate and looking at our Twitch partner guide before you know it. 😉