Twitch provides a platform for individuals to live stream their interests and talents. Whether it is cooking, arts & crafts, gaming, or just chatting, Twitch offers an opportunity for everyone.
However, if you wish to earn from your live streams, your first goal is becoming a Twitch Affiliate.
Keeping It Brief
- To monetize your channel and earn from your live streams, you need to be a Twitch Affiliate.
- However, you need to meet certain criteria to be eligible for the Twitch Affiliate Program.
- We list out the best practices and tips which help you become a Twitch Affiliate as fast as possible.
What Is The Twitch Affiliate Program
The Twitch Affiliate Program is a globally available program that enables streamers to earn an income by live streaming on Twitch.
Streamers who are part of the Twitch Affiliate Program earn money on Twitch via Subscriptions, Bits, Ad Revenue, and Sale of games or in-game items.
How To Become A Twitch Affiliate (In 2022)
Before we get started on how you can become a Twitch Affiliate, we have to let you know it is not a get-rich-quick scheme. Becoming a Twitch Affiliate or Twitch Partner does not guarantee income.
Instead, you have to put in time and effort, be willing to learn and improve in a very competitive atmosphere.
Thousands want to make a living out of their passion, and you have to stand out to be successful.
Set Up For A Successful Start
Increase your chances of becoming a Twitch Affiliate as fast as you can with a successful start. Follow these best practices before you start streaming or aiming to be a Twitch Affiliate.
Your Channel Branding
- Create a basic plan for your channel. What kind of content do you wish to create? What niche do you want to target? What sort of audience do you want to attract? Etc.
- Come up with an easy-to-remember username. The username should match the kind of brand you wish to build. Additionally, register on other social media sites with the same username.
- Create or commission a logo/icon for your channel.
- Create a color scheme for your channel/brand and maintain consistency with all graphics/artwork you create or commission.
Your Channel Emotes And Subscriber Perks
- Be prepared to offer your subscribers with perks. Planning ahead of time incentivizes people to support you and shows that you are serious.
- Brainstorm ideas for your channel emotes. Are you going to base them on yourself, a mascot, or an original character?
- With the introduction of Follower Emotes, you should aim to have channel emotes ready and available even before you are affiliated.
- Moreover, being prepared in advance shows people you are committed and they will be more willing to help you become a Twitch affiliate.
Your Basic Information
- Fill up information in the “About” section of your Creator Dashboard > Channel.
- Create or commission panel graphics/artwork and add panels to your channel. These panels should contain information about you, your channel, your schedule, etc.
- Don’t leave your panels empty. Let those who visit your channel know more about you with the information you provide.
- Additionally, don’t just add a donation panel and call it a day. Doing that would make it look like a shifty cash-grab attempt.
- Setting up your panels and information about you shows others you are serious and committed to streaming. This will help you become a Twitch affiliate as fast as you can.
Eligibility To The Twitch Affiliate Program
To be eligible to apply for the Twitch Affiliate Program, you have to meet the following criteria;
- At least 500 total minutes broadcast in the last 30 days
- At least 7 unique broadcast days in the last 30 days
- An average of 3 concurrent viewers or more over the last 30 days
- At least 50 followers
Now that you know the requirements to be a part of the Twitch Affiliate Program, we’ll help you with a few tips & tricks to meet these requirements.
500 Total Minutes Broadcast
One of the simpler requirements to complete, go live and have some fun! These initial streaming hours are an excellent opportunity to fine-tune your audio and video settings.
Additionally, this gives you the time to get used to your broadcast software, start building confidence, and work on your commentary and stream personality.
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Don’t rush these hours in an attempt to become a Twitch Affiliate as soon as possible. Instead, work and improve on your skills to be an entertaining streamer. Enjoy the novelty of live streaming and have a great time.
7 Unique Broadcast Days
You must broadcast on 7 unique days within a period of 30 days. Depending on your streaming schedule, this can be difficult for those who can only find time to stream once a week.
We’ve seen many streamers have their unique days reset due to the passing of the 30 day period. Have a look at your calendar and schedule days where you will be free to stream.
Even a short stream of 30 to 45 minutes helps you complete this requirement.
Average 3 Concurrent Viewers
This can either be the most challenging or the easiest requirement depending on your existing social media following.
If you are starting your live streaming journey without having any existing following (from YouTube, Twitter, etc.), you’ll have to depend on your friends, family, and random strangers.
Those with an existing social media following can promote their live stream and easily average 3 concurrent viewers. Here’s how you can average 3 concurrent viewers;
- EXISTING FOLLOWING: Share a link to your Twitch channel when you go live and ask people to drop by and say hi!
- EXISTING FOLLOWING: Ask people to stick around and watch your stream for as long as they can. Then, if they need to step away or work, they can leave a browser tab with your stream muted running in the background.
- WITHOUT A FOLLOWING: Share a link to your Twitch channel with your family and friends, ask them to keep your stream open when you are live.
- WITHOUT A FOLLOWING: Mute your stream and leave it running on a browser tab in the background. You can do the same using a phone or tablet. This can negatively affect your internet (bandwidth) so keep an eye on your bitrate via your broadcasting software.
Have 50 Followers
You don’t need to complete this requirement in the same 30 days as the other requirements. Followers of your Twitch Account, even before you start streaming, help towards meeting this requirement.
If you cannot complete the other requirements in time, your existing follower count will help with your next push to Twitch Affiliate.
- Engage with viewers who visit your stream. Introduce yourself, ask them about their day, provide entertaining commentary.
- Do remind your viewers to follow your channel if they are enjoying their time.
- Don’t sit silent when you notice you have 0 viewers. A silent, non-entertaining streamer will not retain viewer attention. Instead, work on your commentary skills and keep talking.
- Do check your VOD’s to ensure your audio and video quality is optimal.
- Twitch has zero discoverability. Therefore, you have to make an effort for people to be able to find you. Share your channel link with friends, family, and on social media.
- Let people you share your link with know they can follow your channel and get notified when you go live.
Most Importantly, Have Fun!
When you have fun and enjoy your experience streaming, your audience will notice that.
A genuine and fun atmosphere will keep viewers coming back and help you build a community to further your career as a live streamer.
So remember to enjoy the little moments and have fun on your journey. Good luck!
How Do I Apply To Become A Twitch Affiliate?
It is a common misconception that you need to apply to be a Twitch Affiliate. Instead, Twitch invites you to the Affiliate Program once you meet the requirements.
However, it can take up to 48 hours for them to send you the invitation e-mail.
Once you get the invitation, you can complete your onboarding process through your Creator Dashboard. For more information, you can take a look at the Twitch Affiliate Program help article.