Did you know that you can make money on Twitch and not be part of the affiliate programme? If not, find out how right here!
Lots of people are aware of how vloggers earn money through YouTube, or even how content creators make a living off of TikTok and Instagram. One platform that isn’t so widely understood is Twitch.
Popular with gamers who like to stream their sessions, Twitch is one more avenue creators can make money from their video content. However, the more obvious way of generating revenue is by being part of the Twitch Affiliate programme.
You can become a Twitch affiliate if you meet the requirements. To meet these, you need:
- 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
Whilst you’d hope to meet these requirements as your Twitch channel grows, what about in the meantime?
Other Ways to Make Money on Twitch
Fortunately for new creators, whilst you’re aspiring to more followers and higher concurrent viewers, there are other ways to bring the money in.
All of these first rely on your content being the best it can be, and reaching the right people. So, foremost you should nail your streaming setup and chosen the perfect streaming and screen recording software. Then, you need to think about how to title streams in order to attract your dream audience. Adding great music to Twitch streams will help give your content that professional feel, and keep viewers engaged and entertained.
Got all this covered? Then you’re ready to start making some money.
There are actually multiple ways to do this without being an affiliate. Choose whichever one suits you best – or even pick a couple and boost your chances at a Twitch income.
Ask for Donations
During your streams, viewers can give you tips much like in a restaurant. If they’re enjoying your content, they can show appreciation by sending some dollar your way.
Donations are a common concept nowadays when it comes to content creation. If someone supports the growth of your channel and wants you to keep doing what you’re doing, this is their way of helping to ensure that.
Viewers can donate directly from your channel, but you’ll need to use a third party site in order to set this up. Popular ones include Donorbox, Streamlabs, and PayPal. You’ll then be able to add donation links to your streams, making it super simple for people to give you tips.
Being too full on about asking for donations doesn’t always go down well. You should still make it clear that donations can be given, however. Do this by promoting links via the chat, or highlighting it in your channel’s About Me section.
If you’re unfamiliar with Patreon, it’s a platform where you can share exclusive content with fans who pay for the privilege. Having a Patreon campaign is incredibly useful for indie creators looking to fund projects or make what they do viable. Bands have used Patreon to fund whole albums before.
This option only really works if you’ve already got some loyal followers. Also, it’ll require you to create additional content to the stuff you’re streaming on Twitch. If you’re happy to do this, then you can set your own rates for different tiers of subscription for your fans.
Technically, this method won’t be you making money directly through Twitch. But, you can use your Twitch content to generate revenue on YouTube, so there’s no need for making extra content.
You can take highlights and best bits of your streams and share them as standalone videos on YouTube. Monetising your YouTube content does require you to meet certain markers though, much like becoming a Twitch affiliate. You’ll need at least 1000 subscribers and 4000 hours of watch time over the last 12 months.
Doing this is a good way to spread your content and boost the chances of you making money through it.
Don’t forget to add awesome royalty free music to your streams! Make sure your videos are entertaining, without entertaining the idea of copyright issues.