From sleeping to naked body painting, these ‘Just Chatting’ streamers have found creative ways to rake in major cash —you can too!


Twitch’s ‘Just Chatting’ category with over 13 million followers.

On any given night if you head over to Twitch’s ‘Just Chatting’ section and find a plethora of scantily clad women, lone podcasters, and folks walking around outside raking in tons of cash.

How do they do it? And why are they earning so much?

1. Paid Subscribers (But free with Amazon Prime)

The biggest and most reliable source of revenue for Twitch streamers is paid subscriptions. Viewers can opt to subscribe to a channel they like in exchange for special perks like emotes and badges next to their names.

Many streamers go to extreme lengths to incentivise subscriptions. Some popular methods include hot tub streams, subathons, and sleeping streams.

Recently a streamer by the name of Jakenbake pushed himself up to over 3200 subscribers with a spicy and fun-filled hot tub stream featuring himself, 2 girls, and VR characters.

Twitch streamers earn $2.50 per subscriber which means Jake is now earning over $8,000 per month on the platform from subscribers alone!

Source: Twitchtracker.com

So between scantily clad women asking for you to subscribe and the many clever tools and perks Twitch has engineered, it’s quite easy for broadcasters to get viewers to click that button!

🛑 IMPORTANT: Emojis are huge on Twitch. They will be one of your main selling points and reasons people subscribe. It’s up to you to design some great ones or hire somebody to help!

Custom emotes from Ninja

Use https://twitchemotes.com to browse, download, and research emotes.

You should also familiarize yourself with frankerfacez.com and betterttv.com as these are the more ‘meme-friendly’ emotes that people use. Twitch has a whole subculture around this.

2. Twitch Bits (Great For Sound Effects)

Twitch bits allow viewers to donate the equivalent of 1 cent per bit to their favorite streamer. The broadcaster is then rewarded the full amount of bits since Twitch takes their cut upon viewer purchases.

What viewers see when they go to buy bits.

Streamers can encourage viewers to cheer bits by linking sound alerts to a certain amount of bits. Twitch makes it super easy to do this via the Sound Alerts plug-in that lives under your broadcast.

Once you install the plugin you can set up sounds and how much you’d like viewers to pay to play them live.

3. Twitch Ads (To Monetize Non-Subscribers)

Streamers can run pre-roll ads on their channel as well as trigger ads anytime throughout their stream. Viewers who are subscribed however don’t see them.

This encourages those who don’t want to miss out on the action to subscribe and allows broadcasters to still monetize the ones still reluctant to click that button.

4. Direct Donations (Text to Speech & Media Share)

Viewers can directly donate to viewers using their credit card, Paypal, or even cryptocurrency! These tools make it easy and fun for viewers to contribute to the channel.

Broadcasters can enable Text To Speech which allows their message to be automatically read aloud upon donating. There’s also a tool called media share which allows viewers to donate money to play YouTube content on the channel.

Setting up media share is quite easy via Streamlabs or Stream Elements. You simply activate it in settings and then paste a URL widget into your overlay software — either Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) or the Streamlabs or Stream Elements phone app.

Simply setup media share and then copy the link into your app or OBS window.
Viewers can then copy and paste the video they want to play live on your channel!

5. Affiliate Links (Panels and Nightbot)

Twitch allows you to put custom panels under your channel where you can promote affiliate links.

Another great way to earn some cash is by sending people to go buy products either from Amazon or from websites you’ve partnered with. The best way to do this is via the panels under your channel or via Nightbot links that automatically post in your chat.

Since most of the action in your channel goes on in the chat, this is the best place to put in your affiliate links. Just don’t go too crazy because viewers will get angry if you spam your links too often.

The Nightbot timer interface where you can set up your affiliate links or other things you want to promote in the chat.

6. Patreon/Onlyfans

Twitch has strict rules against sexual content and promoting Onlyfans and Patreon, but there are lots of workarounds! Some of the workaround include promoting your Twitter where you can post Onlyfans content/nudes, using Linktree, Twitch’s email feature (where you can email subscribers), and Discord.

Discord is an essential tool for keeping in touch with fans between streams.


Starting on Twitch can seem daunting and you may be unsure how you’ll facilitate growth and maintain an audience. Here are some tips and strategies to help…


It sounds like a lot but it’s the norm. You can head over to https://twitchtracker.com/ and check how many hours some of the top streamers average per week. Try to match or beat them with your uptime.

Don’t worry about talking or being interesting the whole time. Twitch is an endurance test. It’s way more important that you’re live and consistent than anything else.

Most big streamers average at least 40 hours per week uptime or more.


Don’t expect to just sit there and rake in the subs even if you’re good looking and/or likable. You’ll need bread and butter tactics that generate hype and excitement. The key is to get people addicted to vicariously experiencing something with you.

What will you be known for and how will you brand yourself?

Bread and butter content strategies include cosplay/hot tub streams, IRL vlogging, body painting, Youtube reactions, and DJ sets.

Here’s a few people to study and get inspiration from…

Cosplay/Hot Tub Streams: indiefoxx

IRL Vlogging: robcdee

Body Painting: MCroft07

Youtube Reactions: hasanabi

DJ Sets: djmisshelton

Put your own twist on what some of these people are doing in a way that compliments your own skills, talents, and leverage.

3. Collaborate. Collaborate. Repeat.

If you’re not friends with other successful streamers you simply will not make it. You need to be able to collaborate with other streamers regularly and frequently to pick up fans and be remembered.

Collaborate at least 5 times with each person you can. One appearance will not be enough.

The streaming community is very small and territorial. Better be politically savvy if you want to get in and keep in good standing with other streamers.

Don’t trash other streamers unless you both plan to use it for drama/hype.

Get used to calling other streamers ‘your friends’ even if they’re not.

4. Make Friends With Twitch Staff, Mods, and Admins

Twitch is insanely corrupt behind the scenes. It’s well-established, documented, and proven that those with Twitch staff ties get banned or punished way less than those who don’t.

Further, a lot of Twitch employees stream on the platform themselves and try to use their influence and relationships with partnered streamers to grow their own channels.

Streamers with close Twitch staff ties often get special treatment and do not get banned for things other streamers get banned for.

If you can help a particular admin or staff member grow their channel they are much more likely to help you in any way they can. Twitch has local offices and staff members in almost every country they operate in.

5. Build Your Cult On Discord And Livestream Fails

A streamer who doesn’t use Discord isn’t a streamer for long. Discord is a powerful tool for cultivating community and promoting other content. It’s basically mandatory for anybody hoping to grow a community and a large following on Twitch.

You’ll need your discord fans and moderators to help you make clips, fan art, and hopefully do other work for free. Ask them privately to post clips for you on r/Livestreamfail — the most popular subreddit for all things Twitch.

Before and after your streams you’ll need to spend time on Discord with your fans. Many streamers even do things like movie night and conference calls on Discord’s voice channels.

Plus this serves as a backup channel in case you get banned from Twitch.


One of the smartest things you can do on Twtich is take a ban and hope it gets a lot of publicity. Break a Twtich rule in a subtle or seemingly innocent way and take the ban for tons of exposure and new fans.

If you get banned and need to generate publicity, be sure to post on r/LivestreamFail, Email editors at Dexerto, and Kotaku. These are the biggest hubs for Twitch-related news.

People will be desperate to know how and why you got banned and will flock to your channel in droves.

Hopefully this is helpful. If you have other questions feel free to leave them in the comments! Some of these tactics may sound crude or cliche but this is the reality of Twitch.

Additional Resources

IRL WIKI: A repository for the streaming community’s collective knowledge on streaming, devices, and ideologies.

Psynaps: This is the ORIGINAL Cloud OBS Stream Server system used by top tier IRL Backpack/lifestyle streamers for a production quality live stream.

Devin Nash: Often gives advice and tips to streamers as well as commentary on streaming culture.

Stream Scheme: Useful and practival technical advice for streamers.

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