Twitch being the top streaming platform for gamers as well as people with creative hobbies. People love to watch what they like the most. So while enjoying the stream, they can even donate you via Twitch Donation whether you are streaming the most famous game (like Grand Theft Auto, Fortnite, and PubG) or playing a musical instrument live. If you have a large audience base watching your streams, then you can earn a lot of money by donations.
A lot of people still think that video games are for fun and to pass your boredom. For all those people here is the list of streamers who are earning millions of dollars only by streaming. You cannot earn millions of dollars overnight. But if you are doing well and engaging with your audience, then no one can stop you. Just try to make them come back to your streams, and your job is done.
So if you are planning to set up the donations on your account, you are at the right place. This guide will help you to set up donations on your twitch account. Let’s begin….
Ways you can set up donations-
- Twitch Bits
- 3rd party websites
The easiest way to receive donations on Twitch streams is by setting up a PayPal donation button to your Twitch profile. You can set up the donation button by following these steps.
- Go to the Twitch website and login to your account.
- Land on your channel page and click on Edit Panel on your channel.
- Once done, you will see a Plus Icon on the next page, click on that button.
- Click on “add text or Image panel”. There you have to add a catchy title and description followed by your PayPal account link.
- Once done, save the setting and check if the button appears on your channel page or not.
You can also show your PayPal.me link on your streams and verbally address your link to your audience. This will alert your viewers to donate if they don’t know how to support streamers via donations.
Meanwhile, having PayPal to receive donations can also give you a headache sometimes. There are a lot of scammers who are seeking good streamers and donating massive amounts. Once the donation is made, they wait for a couple of months and then raise a dispute. In this case, you as a streamer can’t do anything, and the scammers get their money back. The streamers can be in big troubles as they have spent some of the money and now returning it can demotivate them.
Twitch Bits also knows as cheers are the Twitch’s official currency for donations. But it’s only available for Twitch affiliates or partners. So basically, these digital currencies are purchased by the audience to support their favourite streamers. They buy Bits by paying real money to Twitch and then spend it by donating to the streamers.
Every 100 Bits received is equal to $1. These Bits are used in the Chatbox of the streams. Using Bits can reward the viewer a special badge beside their name in the chats. You can easily purchase Bits from Amazon payments or PayPal. Also, these emoticons are visually appealing too.
You can enable the Twitch Bits by following this path-
Twitch account> Dashboard> Partner setting> Bits and Cheering
Once done, you are all set to receive Bits on your streams. Also, viewers can donate Bits by typing Cheer, followed by the number of Bits they want to donate. For example, Cheer100 for 100 Bits likewise Cheer10000 for 10000 Bits.
Also, these Bits are protected by Amazon Payments. So your money is secured, unlike PayPal where you do not have a 100 percent guarantee of securing that money. That is the reason big and experience streamers are using Bits as their primary source of receiving donations.
3rd Party websites
There are a lot of websites that can help streamers to receive donations from the audience. Websites used for donations are Muxy, StreamLabs, Stream Elements, Limepay, Donerbox, etc. To set up the donations via these websites, you need to create an account on these websites. After that, create a Payme link. Once the URL is created, paste a link in description while creating a donation button on your channel page and that’s done.
How to convert viewers into Donors?
So you are getting a lot of viewers, but only a few of them are donating even after you are creating good content and entertaining viewers to your best. No worries, we have a list of things that you can do to engage with your viewers and educate them on how to donate on streams if they are new to Twitch.
Create a small tutorial on how to donate on Twitch
In this step, you can make a small guide on how to donate on twitch and show it in your streams. In this way, your viewers can get a quick idea about donations, and they can try to donate on your stream for the first time.
Make a list of Top donors.
The list will surely catch the eyes of the viewers when they see the top donors on your channel page. It will create a healthy competition to reach to that list of top donors. Also, this will boost your donations. Try to be creative, announce the top donor’s name in your streams, and make them feel special. After seeing this, many viewers will begin to donate and try to be the top donors.
Make sure to thank your viewers.
When a donor donates that seek the attention of their favourite streamers, but if you are not making them feel special that they become the One Time donors. It may lead your audience to leave your stream with a bad experience. So even if you are getting a single dollar, do thank every donor creatively and acknowledge them every time because every donor is essential.
Tell them where you are using their money.
Viewers are donating money for your creative content, but if you give an aim to your viewers, then they will try to achieve it. In this process, you will see an increase in donations then you are getting in your regular streams. For example, if a new game is launched and if you are trying to get that game, then you can set a goal for your viewers and once the goal is reached you can complete the task by purchasing that game and create a stream by playing that game.
Also, if you are new to streaming want a full guide on how to stream on Twitch then read our article on Twitch streaming Full guide.