Amazon has the best-known affiliate program in the world. Amazon owns Twitch, so it makes it particularly easy for Twitch streamers to work as an Amazon affiliate. Amazon calls the affiliate program, Gear on Amazon. Streamers can showcase Amazon products in a widget on their page. Any fans who click on the widget are redirected to the relevant Amazon sales page for the product.
You can then promote it in your feed and direct your fans to your online store. Many short-run manufacturers are happy to create customized “fanboy” merchandise you could sell. You can ask your followers for donations to help you spend more time entertaining them on Twitch. Although Twitch has a type of mini donations called Bits, you have to be an Affiliate or Partner to have access to these.
You could make a direct request for donations on your page. To do this, you will first need to set up a link using Pay, Pal, Stripe or some other online payment processing system. You would then make donation requests in your stream, giving the Paypal or other payment details.
One word of warning, however. There have been quite a few cases where scammers have made fake donations. They make their donation, but later file a chargeback, leading to the streamer losing the donation. So before you celebrate that “larger-than-life” donation make sure that you see the cash first. Twitch is the live streaming site of choice for gamers and enjoys many keen, enthusiastic viewers in the genre.
In reality, this option will generally be restricted to professional gamers, or people in pro teams, as it will be to difficult for average gamers to beat them. Smaller players may be able to join tournaments on ESL or with Game, Battles by MLG and earn some money – broadcasting your battles for your Twitch fans as you play, of course.
A viewer can Cheer with his Bits. When a viewer Cheers, he uses his Bits to pay for the right to participate in a chat on a particular gamer’s chat channel. He can also use Bits to buy emotes he can use in the chat – with the bigger, more animated emotes costing more Bits.
The more a viewer chats in a channel, the more Bits he spends, and over time he can earn a better Cheer Chat Badge. You can set the minimum number of Bits needed to send a Cheer message in your channel, so people don’t spam your chat with multiple uses of single Bits.
99, $9. 99 or $24. 99 per month. The money collected is split 50/50 between Twitch and the streamer (although a few top streamers have been able to negotiate a higher percentage). As soon as you sign up as an Affiliate or Partner, a Subscribe button will automatically appear on your page.
You can start the process by requesting they consider you, however. There are no published criteria on how Twitch select partners. They do admit, however, that the following factors affect their evaluation: Content – Twitch expects their partners to produce the best possible content for their audience. Average concurrent viewership – channels with high viewing levels are more likely to be offered an opportunity as a Twitch Partner.
Stream frequency and schedule – Twitch expects their partners to broadcast at least three times per week at scheduled times. There are a few additional ways that Partners can make money on Twitch on top of all of the other sources. Twitch Partners can sell games and in-game items from their page.
Partners can also sell t-shirts in the official Twitch t-shirt store. Twitch Partners can opt to run ads on their steam. They can select how often they want ads to run, as long as they leave at least eight minutes between commercials, as well as ad length, (from 30 seconds to 3 minutes).
The more money Twitch receives from advertisers, the more they pay you. Twitch pays you a flat-rate CPM (cost per 1000 views). The CPM changes depending on the time of year. Gaming companies happily pay more for ads at certain times, for instance during holiday seasons or when a product launch.
You can choose from pre-roll, mid-roll, or post-roll ads. You should probably experiment to see which types of ads resound best with your audience. Many Twitch broadcasters prefer to bypass using video ads. They realize how much their fans dislike ads, and they can make sufficient money from the other less intrusive income sources on Twitch.