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Tips for Becoming a Twitch.tv Affiliate

Natalie is a writer who works at her local library. She enjoys writing reviews, watching anime and TV shows, and playing video games.

Twitch.TV logo.

Twitch.TV logo.

What Is a Twitch Affiliate?

A Twitch affiliate is a streamer that has reached certain criteria to earn money from ads, subs, and bits. Many streamers want to become affiliates and then become partnered with Twitch to earn ad revenue and turn streaming into a “career”.

In this article, I will give you tips to become a Twitch affiliate and how I got there after about two months. I did have a lot of followers over the years because interact on Twitch channels but I haven’t been able to stream until recently.

How You Get Started

The first thing you need to do is register for a Twitch account. You register an email address and verify it. Then you choose your username and set up the account.

After you set up your account you can set up your profile picture. After your account and profile picture are set up, go click the video producer button.

Click the “Creator Dashboard” button and then click “Streaming Tools”. Once you open “streaming tools” choose the streaming software that appeals to you. I use Streamlabs OBS but there is a variety of streaming software to choose from.

Connect Your Twitch Account To Your Streaming Software

Twitch account to your streaming software by using the Streaming key provided to you by Twitch. Go into your Creator Dashboard and click “settings” and select “stream”, click the “copy” button on the “Primary Stream Key”. Please don’t show this to anyone because the Primary Stream Key is the key that lets you stream to your account. Paste your stream key into the stream key setting in your software unless the software gives you the option to connect to Twitch directly in the software.

Popular games streamed on Twitch.tv.

Popular games streamed on Twitch.tv.

Customize Your Stream Layout

Once you install the streaming software of your choice you can create scenes to add overlays, alerts, the chatbox, and webcam and capture your gameplay.

You can either create layouts yourself or you can choose from free Twitch overlays depending on if they are available for the software you’re using. You can also pay people on the Internet to make you a custom overlay if you feel like investing money into your overlay.

I use Streamlabs and they have free Twitch overlays available on their website along with paid overlays if you subscribe to them. I customized a free overlay that I chose from Streamlabs and I like my layout a lot.

Make sure when you change your audio settings to insert a gain filter on your desktop and microphone audio. I was streaming and I was told by my audience that my voice wasn’t very loud despite having my volume up. I found the grain settings in Streamlabs and made the volume of my microphone louder. I was able to fix my audio and now I don’t have to worry about my volume settings anymore, so you should fix your audio settings and record a test video on your streaming software and listen to it.

Add a new scene to customize your stream layout.

You can add custom alerts to your Twitch stream using a variety of sites. You can use the sites and connect them to your Twitch account and use either the site defaults or customize your alerts using your own audio that you have on your PC.

Your alerts show up on stream when someone follows you, subscribes to you, gifts a subscription to someone in your chat, donates or gives you bits, or buys merchandise from your stream store, depending on your streaming software.

I made some custom alerts that I use on my stream and they look and sound very nice. It took me a day to get everything set up but they work great on my stream. You can change your alerts or add more any time you want, depending on the software you’re using.

Add a chatbox in your scene to show your Twitch chat on the stream. You can customize Where it appears on your stream and how long it stays up.

You can add a tip jar for your viewers to send you bits or donations. It’s a very nice way for them to thank you, but you won’t get tips that often unless you’re popular.

Choose the Game You Want to Stream

So you’ve taken your time to set up your streaming software, your layouts, your widgets, and your alerts and connected your Twitch account via your Stream Key or connected your Twitch account through the software you’re using.

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Now you have to decide what game you’re going to be streaming.

My personal recommendation is to stream something you really enjoy. If people notice your first stream and they come in and see that you’re enjoying what you’re playing, they’ll see you enjoying yourself and they’ll stay and chat and follow you.

If you want to start your stream playing the newest release, that’s fine, but remember that everyone else on Twitch is streaming it too, and since it’s your first stream you’ll be fighting other streamers for viewers’ attention.

Make sure to put the words “First Stream” in your title, it will catch viewers' attention and they might be curious to check you out.

When you pick your game, just remember to have fun. If you are having fun people will enjoy your stream and stick around.

The requirements for reaching Twitch Affiliate are:

  • Reach 50 followers
  • Stream for 8 hours
  • Stream on 7 different days
  • Have an average of 3 viewers

You have to do this consistently for 30 days. Now the hardest aspect of reaching Twitch affiliate that I had was getting the 50 followers and having an average of 3 viewers in my streams. But you might have a different challenge. Just be consistent with your schedule and you’ll be able to become an affiliate in no time at all.

You’ll have to put effort into becoming an affiliate and it’s always the first step that’s the hardest to get through.

Requirements to Reach Affiliate

Be active in the communities of games you like to play. I play the mobile game Fate/Grand Oder so I am very active in that community, I watch a lot of streams and watch a lot of Fate/Grand Order players. I also play other games but I only watch streamers that I’m interested in.

I interact in that community a lot and I have had some people that I have streamed follow me on Twitch, and sometimes people that I watch raid me. It’s nice to be a part of a community before you start streaming, people will recognize your name if you’ve watched a lot of streams.

Be active in your game’s community and they will show up to watch you if they see you are in other people’s streams. I will warn against being too self-promotional in other people’s streams, I try not to promote myself too much because I don’t want to seem pushy.

Other streamers’ Discord servers will have a “self-promotion” section of their Discord so you can go promote yourself there.

Twitch Studio beta for streaming on Twitch.

Twitch Studio beta for streaming on Twitch.

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Have a Schedule

Have a schedule and if you regularly stream you will grow your audience. Set a schedule that works for you. There’s also a vacation option so you can let your viewers know that you’re not streaming on Twitch. Just make sure you don’t give out unwanted information about yourself.

Make a schedule that works for you so you don’t turn streaming into something that isn’t fun for you.

Be Active in the Communities of the Games You Play

Be active in the communities of games you like to play. I play the mobile game Fate/Grand Oder so I am very active in that community, I watch a lot of streams and watch a lot of Fate/Grand Order players. I also play other games but I only watch streamers that I’m interested in.

I interact in that community a lot and I have had some people that I have streamed follow me on Twitch, and sometimes people that I watch raid me. It’s nice to be a part of a community before you start streaming, people will recognize your name if you’ve watched a lot of streams.

Be active in your game’s community and they will show up to watch you if they see you are in other people’s streams. I will warn against being too self-promotional in other people’s streams, I try not to promote myself too much because I don’t want to seem pushy.

Other streamers’ Discord servers will have a “self-promotion” section of their Discord so you can go promote yourself there.

Your Followers Will Come

You might not see a lot of progress when you start, it might take some time for you to get the required amount of followers to become a Twitch affiliate. Don’t be discouraged, people will come if you’re consistent and stream often.

Set a schedule for yourself and if you want to take a break you can change your schedule to fit your life. As long as you are consistent you will be able to become a Twitch affiliate.

There is a vacation mode to let your viewers know when you’re on vacation, just a reminder when it comes to your personal information, make sure to keep yourself safe and not reveal too much personal information about yourself.

Just keep streaming consistently and your followers will come and stay for you and your channel.

Tips for After You Reach Affiliate

Do Fun Things For Your Audience

As a streamer, you should do fun things for your audience. Set channel point goals for your chat so you can do something for them. It doesn’t have to cost money, but many streamers do giveaways for their audience, usually in the form of gacha rolls for mobile game streamers or digital copies of games or other things.

Make sure to keep your audience entertained but don’t feel you have to spend a lot of money to do it. If you can come up with fun, free activities and ways to keep your audience entertained then they’ll enjoy coming to your streams.

Do Fun Things For Your Audience

As a streamer, you should do fun things for your audience. Set channel point goals for your chat so you can do something for them. It doesn’t have to cost money, but many streamers do giveaways for their audience, usually in the form of gacha rolls for mobile game streamers or digital copies of games or other things.

Make sure to keep your audience entertained but don’t feel you have to spend a lot of money to do it. If you can come up with fun, free activities and ways to keep your audience entertained then they’ll enjoy coming to your streams.

Don't Rush Your Journey To Twitch Affiliate

If you’re just starting to stream on Twitch, don’t rush your journey to becoming a Twitch Affiliate. Streaming on Twitch as a job sounds like a “dream job” for some people. But streaming requires that you be able to consistently keep your audience coming back to regularly watch your streams.

Don’t feel you have to rush to get to affiliate, if you interact with the gaming community on Twitch and aren’t overly promotional people will want to come to your streams. I try not to be overly promotional in other people’s streams because I don’t want the streamer to feel that I’m in their stream to just promote myself.

Your journey to Twitch affiliate might be long or short but if you work hard and do just enough to get viewers’ attention, you’ll be able to earn ad revenue, Twitch subs, and bits eventually.

Just do your best and have fun, and you’ll eventually do enough to become a Twitch affiliate.

This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

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