Many content creators like to livestream because it's a fun hobby that allows you to connect with other individuals with similar interests. For many people, becoming a full-time streamer isn’t necessarily the end goal, and that’s okay. But for those who want to turn their passion for live streaming into a career, becoming a Twitch affiliate is your first step on that path, and Streamlabs can help you get there. In this post, we are going to discuss the requirements you must achieve to become a Twitch affiliate and five tips to help you get there.
Let's dive right in.
Twitch Affiliate Requirements
To become a Twitch affiliate, you must first reach the following achievements:
- Reach 50 Followers.
- Stream for 8 hours.
- Stream on 7 different days.
- Have an average of 3 viewers.
Please note: All affiliate requirements must be completed within a 30 calendar day period. Becoming an affiliate on Twitch opens the door to greater financial opportunities for live streamers. As a Twitch affiliate, you can start receiving income by accepting subscriptions from viewers, running advertisements, and enabling Twitch Bits so viewers can Cheer on your channel.
5 Tips to Help You Become a Twitch Affiliate
We’ve talked with top streamers in the industry to gather insight into the ways they are growing their channel. Below are a few best practices that helped them achieve their goals.
Check Your Analytics
Numbers do not lie. It is important to look at data to accurately evaluate how you're doing. You should monitor your progress with the intention of evaluating why you are seeing these numbers. Data can help you formulate actionable insight and uncover something you did that may have helped or hindered your growth.
Let’s say you gain five new followers in one week—this may be good for someone starting out. Ask yourself what you did differently this week compared to other weeks. What games did I play? How often did I stream? Was I engaging my audience more? Evaluate what activities make the largest impact on your goals and adjust from there.
Collaborate and Build Relationships
Collaborations with other creators help you grow, reach new audiences, learn something new, meet new people, and connect with others.
Reach out directly via Twitter or Discord and build a relationship. Ask each other for advice. Ask for strategies. Ask for support. Play together or stream together. Do Instagram takeovers or social media collaborations. Ultimately, you can support each other, and you can create something new.
Create a Community
Make a Discord server for your channel—it doesn’t matter how small your audience is. Someone cares about you and your content, and they want a place to interact with you and others who enjoy your content, too.
You can also use Reddit to join forums with people of similar interests and become a part of an already established community. Being a part of a community of like-minded people is a great opportunity to invite new people to your stream.
Attend Events and Conferences
Attending conferences can bring new business opportunities, contacts, and collaborations. The cost here is obviously higher. However, the potential return can be well worth the expense.
When trying to figure out whether to attend a conference, you should be very deliberate with your goals. Be honest with yourself. Is it to have fun? Or is it to connect with other creators you admire?
Be sure to do your research. If you want to introduce yourself to a streamer, make sure they will be there so that the trip is not in vain. Trying to get sponsored? Try emailing the brand before the conference to lock in a meeting. Once you figure out your goals, you can decide for yourself if the trip is worth it.
Be Active but Intentional on Social Media
Start telling the world about your live stream. Promote your social channels when you stream. Plug your handles when you are live. Include all your links in your Twitch About section with Link Space. Social media acts as a way to amplify your reach when you go live and gives your community a place to interact with you.
These are our five best practices to help you grow your channel and become a Twitch affiliate. What are some things you're implementing while working your way to Affiliate status?