9 Cool Ways to Support Your Favorite Twitch Streamer

Whether a Twitch streamer experiences success or not is entirely up to you

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Make a Twitch streamer's day by giving them your support. Suzi Pratt / Contributor / FilmMagic

Everyone wants to see their favorite Twitch streamers succeed. Yet, while sending streamers the occasional compliment in the Twitch chat is likely appreciated, there are far more effective ways to show your support that can help boost their channel's popularity and increase their chances of being promoted to Twitch affiliate or partner and start making a full-time career of their gaming hobby.

Here are the nine best ways to support a streamer on Twitch and help take their channel to the next level.

Follow Streamers You Like

One of the easiest ways to show support for your favorite Twitch streamer is to simply follow them. This doesn't mean to just watch their streams though. What this sort of following refers to is taking a few minutes to create a free Twitch account and adding the streamer's channel to your Followed Channels list by clicking on the purple heart Follow button on the streamer's page.

Not only will following ensure that you're alerted of future streams but by helping build up the channel's follower count, you're also increasing the odds of it being promoted to Affiliate or Partner status which would gain the streamer more exposure and additional revenue options.

Subscribe to Twitch Partners and Affiliates

If your favorite streamer is already a Twitch Partner or Affiliate, something you could consider doing is subscribing to their channel. Twitch subscriptions are recurring monthly donations and are one of the most-effective ways to help a streamer pay for their gaming expenses or even transition to streaming full time.

Depending on the channel, there are usually several payment options to choose from and subscribers are often rewarded with exclusive digital items and an elite status in the channel's chat. Subscriptions can be initiated by clicking on the Subscribe button on the channel's page when viewing it via a web browser on a computer.

Tip: If you have an Amazon Prime or Twitch Prime membership, you have the option to subscribe to a Twitch account for free every month. Simply redeem the free subscription as your payment method. The streamer will still earn money!

Buy Some Cheers

Ever wondered about those special animated crystal alerts that pop up during a Twitch stream? Well they're called cheers and in addition to looking cool, they actually support the streamer whose stream they're used in.

Anyone can buy these cheers via the Twitch website and, once they're added to your account, you can use them in a Twitch chat by typing cheer and the number of cheers you want to use. For example, cheer10 would use 10 cheers while cheer2500 would use 2,500. A Twitch streamer will earn $1 for every 100 cheers used.

Make a Donation

Donations are a fast and easy way to give a Twitch streamer a one-off injection of cash that could go towards a specific donation goal like a new computer or can simply be a way for a viewer to show appreciation. One of the benefits of donating to a streamer is that all of your payment (after transaction fees) goes to the recipient. Twitch usually takes a cut of the money made from subscriptions and cheers.

Donations can be made in a variety of ways however each streamer will likely specify which method they prefer most. Some potential donation methods include PayPal, Bitcoin, or a special third-party donation service.

Shop Via Streamer Affiliate Links

Next time you decided to buy something from Amazon, why not visit the site via an Amazon Associate link created by your favorite Twitch streamer? Streamers will usually have links to Amazon on their Twitch profile page and if you click on these links and then make a purchase on Amazon, they'll earn a percentage of the overall price spent.

Amazon Associate links can look just like regular links to the Amazon website but many streamers will mention on their profile if their links support them.

If in doubt, simply ask the streamer in the Twitch chat or via a direct message. They'll be more than happy to help you help themselves.

Buy Twitch Streamer Merch

Something that more and more Twitch streamers are doing is creating their own merchandise to help promote their channels and earn a bit of extra income on the side. Examples of streamer merchandise are official t-shirts with their name or artwork on it, mugs, mousepads, and hoodies.

Official streamer merchandise, if it exists, will often be promoted within a streamer's Twitch profile and during a stream via special promotional graphics on the layout overlay.

Share Your Favorites on Social Media

Any Twitch streamers who are serious about growing their channel will also have accounts on social networks such as Twitter, Facebook, and Google Plus which they use to announce livestreams and promote themselves.

If you want to help your favorite streamers, track down their social media accounts, which are usually linked to from their Twitch profile or promoted during their streams, and follow them. On Twitter, you can retweet their stream announcements while on Facebook you can invite friends to like their page. Google Plus also allows for sharing of posts and all three let you like and comment on anything written by the streamer.

Auto Host Twitch Streamers

Do you have a good number of Twitch followers or friends? Why not add your favorite streamer to your Auto Host list to give it some free promotion?

Once you turn on Auto Hosting in your Twitch Channel Settings, anytime someone on your list begins streaming while you're not streaming, your channel will play their stream and encourage viewers to follow them.

What's particularly great about this form of support is that once it's activated, you don't have to be online for it to work. It's fully automated.

Be Active in the Twitch Chat

Did you know that when considering channels to promote to partner or affiliate status, Twitch takes into account not just follower numbers but also activity and engagement within the Twitch chat? A stream can have over a hundred people watching but if no one's using the chat then it looks like the streamer isn't entertaining or being professional.

This means that it’s not just enough to watch your favorite streamer if you want them to be promoted. You need to be active in their chat during their streams. Some ways to be active include asking the streamer questions, having conversations with other viewers, or even just spamming it with emoticons and cheers (probably the only social network which encourages this). A nice side effect of this is that the streamer will get to know you better and might even invite you to play a game together sometime.