You don’t need to be a Twitch Affiliate to start earning money while live streaming. Here are 3 Affiliate benefits without being a Twitch Affiliate.
Keeping It Brief
- If you wish to make streaming on Twitch your full-time job, you’ll need to become a Twitch Affiliate and unlock monetization options for your channel.
- However, you can also earn money and gain some benefits of being an Affiliate without being a Twitch Affiliate.
- This article will explain how you can get 3 Affiliate benefits without being a Twitch Affiliate.
What Are The Benefits Of Being A Twitch Affiliate?
We’ve gone in-depth on the benefits of the Twitch Affiliate Program in our Is Twitch Affiliate Hard To Get article.
To put it simply, once you are part of the Twitch Affiliate Program, you get the ability to monetize your channel and are provided other tools that help you build a community on Twitch. However, you can get some of these benefits without being a Twitch Affiliate.
3 Affiliate Benefits Without Being A Twitch Affiliate
Why would you not want to be a Twitch Affiliate? Well, for starters, Affiliates are not allowed to stream on other platforms simultaneously and must keep their live content exclusively on Twitch for twenty-four hours.
Additionally, Twitch takes the highest revenue cut from creators compared to any other platform. And as a creator, you may not want Twitch to take 50% of your hard-earned money. There are plenty of reasons not to become a Twitch Affiliate.
Let’s take a look at how you can get Affiliate benefits without being a Twitch Affiliate.
Twitch Emotes Without Being An Affiliate
A big part of the Twitch culture are the emotes used on the platform, especially channel specific subscriber emotes.
But did you know that you can have channel emotes without being a Twitch Affiliate? Additionally, your viewers don’t need to subscribe to your channel to use these emotes!
Better Twitch TV (known as BTTV) is a browser extension that allows you to add emotes to your channel and improve your viewing experience on Twitch. You can add up to 15 channel specific emotes, and 15 shared emotes on BTTV for free.
How To Add Emotes To Your Channel Using BetterTTV
- Log in to BetterTTV using your Twitch Account.
- Navigate to your Dashboard using the main navigation bar.
- Upload unique and exclusive “Channel Emotes” via your Dashboard.
- Select and add “Shared Emotes” from BTTV’s library of emotes.
And after a few simple steps, you can have up to 30 emotes available on your Twitch channel! Additionally, with BetterTTV Pro, you can add up to 50 channel emotes and 50 shared emotes, and you get additional emote slots the longer you stay subscribed to BetterTTV Pro!
However, there is a drawback to using BTTV to add emotes to your channel. In order to use these emotes, your viewers will need to install the BTTV extension on their web browser. Without installing the extension, the emotes will appear as plain text.
Furthermore, viewers using the official Twitch mobile app will not be able to use emotes added using BTTV. They will have to use third-party Twitch mobile apps to be able to use emotes on your channel.
Twitch Subscription Without Being A Twitch Affiliate
Subscriptions on Twitch allow creators to earn monthly recurring income from viewers who wish to support them. However, Twitch takes a 50% cut of every subscription. Thus a streamer only makes 50% of revenue from each subscription.
Creators on Twitch are demanding better subscription revenue, but until Twitch revises their revenue sharing model and for non-affiliates to earn subscription revenue, there is a great alternative.
Streamers can set up and use Streamlabs Monthly Tipping, a service that helps streamers earn consistent monthly income. What’s great about Streamlabs Monthly Tipping service is that creators earn 100% of the monthly income (barring standard PayPal fees).
Viewers can choose how much they would like to contribute each month and can redeem alerts with every repeating monthly tip, just like subscriptions on Twitch. Streamlabs also plans to add a leaderboard function and custom badges for monthly tippers.
By providing emotes using the BTTV extension and promoting users to support you via Streamlabs automatic monthly tipping, you replicate Twitch’s subscription service. Except, here, you get to keep 100% of your hard-earned money.
Twitch Channel Points Without Being A Twitch Affiliate
The idea of “loyalty points” had existed long before Twitch introduced the Channel Points feature. Rewarding users who watch, chat, donate, host your channel, etc., with “points” is possible using any available chatbot.
Furthermore, viewers can redeem these points by triggering sound or visual alerts, reminding the streamer to hydrate, or whatever creative redemptions the streamer comes up with.
You can also allow your viewers to gamble, participate in giveaways and set up other fun elements through which they can spend their loyalty points.
- Navigate to your Dashboard > Cloudbot > Loyalty tab to find the settings to set up your own Channel Points.
- Then, set up your redemptions through Cloudbot > Store.
- Navigate to your Dashboard > Loyalty > Loyalty settings to set up your own Channel Points.
- Then, set up your redemptions through Loyalty > Stream store.
Setting up your loyalty points/Channel Points in this manner offers you more customization and control compared to Twitch’s Channel Points feature. However, it isn’t as easy to use as Channel Points due to the lack of visual integration within Twitch chat.