How does the Partner Program work?

There are a couple partner programs that you can join whether you’re an online video maker, or a streamer. The 3 common ones are the YouTube Partner Program. The Twitch Partner program and the Mixer Partner Program.

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They each have their own requirements for becoming a partner, as well as different perks for after you have become a partner. In this article we’re going to dive into the different requirements, perks. Hopefully this will make it easier for you to decide which partner program is best for you.

YouTube Partner Program

The YouTube Partner Program has generated much controversy over the past year. They had it set up so that everyone could join and start making money. Then they changed it so you were required to have 10,000 views on the channel. Recently they have updated the requirements again. Now you need to have 1000 subscribers and 4,000 watch hours in a 365 day period. That means if you go below that 4,000 watch hours in a 365 day period you will loose your partnership.

The nice thing with the YouTube partner program is they allow you to add Tags and descriptions to each video/stream.  That will help you on the discover ability.  I haven’t been able to find any information on the discover ability on the other platforms.

Twitch Partner Program

The Twitch program is a little different. They have the affiliate level and then they have the partner level. Both options, have the opportunity to earn money.

The first level is the affiliate. An invite to their Affiliate Program, you must meet 4 requirements:

  • Stream for 8 hours in the last 30 days
  • Stream on 7 days in the last 30 days
  • Reach an average of 3 viewers per stream
  • Grow your audience to 50 followers

Now this actually seems pretty easy to do. The benefits sound pretty nice as well. As an affiliate you can offer Subscriptions, have access to bits (Tipping) and get revenue from game sales that come from your channel.

The Twitch Partner requirements seem pretty easy. They are:

  • An established and steadily growing audience and chat
    A regular broadcast schedule of at least 3 times a week
    Content that conforms to our Rules of Conduct, Terms of Service and DMCA Guidelines

As a Twitch partner you get the following:

Monetize Your Content You’ll earn a share of the revenue generated from all broadcasts on your channel!

Channel Subscriptions If you choose to enable this feature, viewers can purchase a monthly subscription to your channel in exchange for access to special perks such as:

  • Custom Chat Badges
  • Custom Emoticons
  • Access to Subscriber-Only Chat
  • Exclusion from Slow Mode
  • Unrestricted Access to Broadcast Archives
  • Unrestricted Access to Video Quality
  • Ad-Free Viewing Experience
  • Video Transcodes : Partners will always have access to quality options for their channel. Quality options allow viewers to select the
    video quality that best suits their internet speeds.
  • Broadcast Delay : Delay your broadcast by up to 15 minutes to ensure fairness during competitive play.
  • Cheering : A way for viewers to show you support and celebrate the moments they love within your community.

The Affiliate and partner program actually looks pretty easy to qualify for. There are benefits that are offered for becoming an Affiliate or Partner.

Mixer Partner Program

The last and final Partner Program we’re going to look at is the Mixer Partner program.  Now I am new to streaming, I’ve heard of YouTube and Twitch, however I’ve just recently heard of Mixer.   I did write an article about Mixer , feel free to check it out here

The mixer partner requirements are:

  • 750+ followers
  • Registered viewer count consistently in the 50s through whole stream for at least 2 months, marked sign of growth (raid spikes do not count).
  • 720p or better resolution
  • Following Terms of Service & User Rules of Conduct

A few of the things they offer their partners.

  • A portion of the subscription revenue, and synthesized ad revenue
  • More transcoding options
  • Sub icons & custom global emotes
  • Priority feedback & support
  • Testing of new features when possible
  • Partner specific forum board and chat room
  • Mixer Pro subscription
  • Monthly codes to give away for Pro and Sub
  • Hoodies and other swag
  • Promotional opportunities, with Xbox and friends of Xbox
  • A Partner Manager as a personal point of contact for Mixer
  • So much more!

I have used all of the services for a limited amount of time. However, when I tried Twitch my computer was having problems, so I’ll have to try again.  I’m still trying to figure out what partner program is the best for my needs.  I hope this article will help you make your decision. If you have any questions pleas feel free to leave a comment.  You can also Contact Me and I’d be happy to answer any questions.

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