Interested in learning how to get an affiliate on Twitch? Wondering what the benefits of affiliate status are and whether earning money on Twitch is something you could do? The Twitch Affiliate Program was launched to give content creators worldwide the opportunity to cash in on their streams.
Playing a game on Twitch as an affiliate is about more than just entertaining your audience. Depending on the number of viewers you attract and how engaging your streams are, you could transform your output into a reliable source of income.
But how difficult is it to become a Twitch affiliate? Is it something anyone can do, or are there requirements that need to be met to qualify?
How to Get Affiliate on Twitch – In Brief?
The basic process of becoming a Twitch affiliate is fairly straightforward:
- You receive an invitation to apply for affiliate status
- You provide the basic information needed to process your application
- You submit your payment details to collect your revenues.
- You begin earning money by way of your preferred business model
Of course, the whole thing isn’t quite as easy as this, as not everyone can sign up as a Twitch affiliate. As with all social media platforms, only those who meet specific requirements are able to monetize their content. Though it has to be said that as far as eligibility requirements go, Twitch keeps things fairly simple.
Requirements To Become Affiliate on Twitch
Affiliate eligibility is assessed on the basis of streamers’ recent output. The chances are that if you are already active on Twitch on a regular basis, you will probably meet all requirements pretty quickly. As things stand right now, this is what you need to do (or have already done) to apply to become an affiliate on Twitch:
- Have at least 500 minutes broadcast in the last 30 days
- Have a minimum of seven unique broadcast days in the last 30 days
- Have an average of three concurrent viewers or more over the last 30 days
- Have at least 50 followers for your channel
As you can see, these are not particularly strict or complex eligibility requirements. The chances are that through the normal process of content creation and streaming, you’ll be on your way to qualifying quickly enough.
Even so, there are steps that can be taken to encourage more people to watch your streams and earn affiliate status as fast as possible. A few of which we’ll be taking a look at a little later, which could come in handy if you’re in a hurry.
How to Apply For Twitch Affiliate?
Upon meeting the eligibility requirements above, you will receive a notification from Twitch. This is an automatic invite sent out to all creators who are eligible to apply for affiliate status. However, there are times when this e-mail either isn’t sent or isn’t received.
In which case, it’s a good idea to keep an eye on your achievements, so you know exactly when to apply. Here’s how to check whether you’re eligible for affiliate status, even if Twitch has not yet notified you:
Step 1: Access your Creator Dashboard and make your way into the “Insights” and Achievements section.
Step 2: Check the status of your achievements and see whether they meet the current minimum requirements.
Step 3: If so, you’ll see a button appear on your Path to Affiliate achievement, which you can click to “Submit” your application.
After which, there are just four things you need to do to get your affiliate account up and running with Twitch:
Step 1: Complete the application form and provide Twitch with the basic information they need to “Register Your Affiliate Account.”
Step 2: Read and sign the Twitch Affiliate Agreement, ensuring you are happy with all of the terms and conditions set out.
Step 3: Provide your tax information by completing both the Royalty and Service Tax Interviews (TIMS) – all revenues generated on Twitch are taxable.
Step 4: Choose your preferred “Payment Method” and enter the information needed to process your payments.
Payment methods currently accepted by Twitch are as follows:
- Direct Deposit to a bank account
- Hold Payments
With the above steps completed, you will now officially hold Twitch affiliate status. This means that you can start earning money right away and keep an eye on your progress via the Creator Dashboard. Select the Hamburger menu icon, then Community, then Channel Points in your Dashboard Settings to see how much you are earning at any time.
Best Practices to Become Twitch Affiliate
Again, the basic requirements you need to meet to become a Twitch affiliate are fairly relaxed. But if you want to speed things along, there are a few things you can do to accelerate the process. For example:
1. Stream More Often
The best way to get more eyes on your content and more followers for your channel is to simply stream more often. This will help you meet most of the affiliate program’s requirements faster, which are based on output level and viewership.
2. Promote Your Streams
Spread the word about your streams as far and wide as possible. Include links on your other social media pages, promote your streams in your blog posts and generate as much interest in them as you can. Here’s our detailed guide on how to promote your Twitch stream.
3. Showcase Your Personality
Always remember that Twitch is as much about personality as it is the actual content you are streaming. Let your personality shine, be authentic, and work on building an extensive audience of loyal followers.
It’s worth remembering that after becoming an affiliate, the size of your audience and the quality of your output will influence how much money you make. Even if you’re already well on your way to meeting Twitch’s eligibility requirements, it could still work in your favor to enhance your output and get more followers on board.
Twitch Affiliate Revenues
After becoming a Twitch affiliate or a Twitch partner, there are three ways you can start making money:
One option is to provide viewers with the option of choosing a paid subscription. The idea is that those who do are rewarded with custom emotes and other exclusive benefits, which regular viewers don’t gain access to. Even a simple shoutout here and there can go a long way to keeping paid subscribers happy on Twitch.
It’s up to you to choose how many ads appear in your output. Ads can be great for generating revenues, as Twitch hands a share of the profits they generate to the streamer in question. However, it’s important to avoid crossing the line into overly-promotional content. Keep things balanced and ensure that most of your output is strictly non-promotional.
Every Bit is currently worth 1 cent, and your viewers can throw as many of them your way as they like. This might not seem like much, but the numbers can quickly stack up when streaming to thousands of people on a regular basis. The more people there are cheering your channel, the more you stand to earn with Bits.
Signing up with the Twitch Affiliate Program is a real no-brainer. If you’re going to putting out quality content anyway, you may as well get paid for it. Exactly how far you take things on Twitch is entirely up to you. Some broadcast purely for fun, collecting modest sums of bonus cash for their efforts.
Others take things to extremes, streaming on a near-constant basis and earning a small fortune. Either way, becoming a Twitch affiliate is surprisingly straightforward. Just be sure to keep an eye on your progress in the Insights and Achievements section of your dashboard, just in case Twitch forgets to notify you!
Frequently Asked Questions
Check out the FAQs below for further insights into how the Twitch affiliate program could work for you:
1. How Do I Check If I Qualify For the Affiliate Program?
To find out whether or not you are eligible for the affiliate program, access your Creator Dashboard and make your way into the Insights and Achievements section.
2. What is the Difference Between a Twitch Partner and an Affiliate?
Partner status brings more benefits than affiliate status, but becoming a Twitch partner is more difficult. Additional perks and privileges include extra emotes, 60 days of past broadcast storage, dedicated financial support, and more.
Along with satisfying the basic requirements to become a Twitch affiliate, Twitch will also evaluate your channel based on the following:
- Average concurrent viewership
- Stream frequency and schedule
Twitch is pretty selective with regard to who makes the grade, but it’s worth looking into if you think your content is up to scratch.
3. In What Countries is the Affiliate Program Available?
The Twitch affiliate program is open to creators worldwide, with no specific geographic restrictions.
4. How Long Does It Take To Become a Twitch Affiliate?
It depends entirely on how long it takes you to meet the program’s eligibility requirements. Technically speaking, you could become an affiliate just 30 days after launching your channel. The more eyes you get on your streams and the more followers your channel attracts, the quicker you can start making money.
5. How Much Money Do Twitch Affiliates Make?
The truth is, most Twitch affiliates don’t rely on the program as their main source of income. Most casual streamers who broadcast purely for fun earn fairly modest amounts – usually less than $100 per month.
Elsewhere, those who take their streams seriously can earn more than $800 or even $1,000 per month. Plus, it’s worth remembering that the more popular your channel gets, the easier it becomes to get paid sponsors on board.