How to Promote Your Minecraft Server and Get More Players

Updated on November 30, 2017

Promoting Your Minecraft Server

If you have a great server, then it's easy to get players to stay. The hard part about running a great server is finding people to play on it. Without communities, Minecraft servers wouldn't be as much fun!

This article is going to help you increase the amount of players on your minecraft server by showing you how to promote your minecraft server. The more popular a server gets, the more players there will be lined up to play. We will teach you how to gain more players on your server.

Following all the steps you see listed here can help you promote your Minecraft Server for free. If you have some funding, you can apply additional methods including paid advertising, holding paid competitions, along with upgraded servers.

Before promoting your server, remember to make sure it's ready for the public. If you just started your server and are still in the process of setting things up, your players might not be happy about any delays from playing their game and move on to a different server.

Join Minecraft Server Lists

Another method to help gain users is to promote your server in places that there is an abundance of them. Believe it or not, people are actually already looking for your server! No matter how new, old, great, or rusty it is... There are people out there that want to play it. All you have to do is get the link in front of them.

One of the best ways to do that would be adding your server to as many server lists as possible. There are a lot of servers so be sure to follow the next step and enable votifier as well. You'll want to get your users to vote on server lists because the higher you rank, the higher chance you have of gaining new users.

There are many server lists but the following are some of my personal suggestions:

Enable Votifier

"Votifier is a Bukkit plugin whose purpose is to get notified (aka votified) when a vote is made on a Minecraft server list for the server. Votifier creates a lightweight server that waits for connections by a Minecraft server list and uses a simple protocol to get information about that vote. Votifier is and always will be open-source." - Creator of Votifier

This means that the server rewards voters. In order to sustain a decent spot on a server list some of the top servers have enabled votifier. You should follow by example that votifier really does work and every vote counts.

Promoting and using votifier on your Minecraft Server can increase your votes by a tremendous amount and is a must have for any server. A majority of Minecraft players browse through server lists in order to find new minecraft servers. If players can't find your server, then they can't join. Be sure to take advantage of votifier. Higher rewards result in more frequent voting.

Download Votifier here:

Learn how to install Votifier Here:

Tell Your Friends

Minecraft is one of the most popular PC games to this day. A large majority of people have the game and can be potential players on your server, you just need to get them to join.

If you have social media, then posting about your server to friends and followers would be your best bet to get new players. Plus this makes the community tighter by already having a connection with somebody before playing Minecraft with them.

The only downfall about this method is that sometimes friends and relatives may want a higher level or advantages on your server because they know you. This can be unfair to other players and is totally up to the server admin to determine whether or not their friends/relatives should have privileges.

Paid Advertisements

If you're a more popular server and have some spare cash to improve your server with, then paid advertising is the way to go. There are many platforms that offer paid advertising and you can choose to go directly with Minecraft Server Lists or a more broad network like Google Ads.

Make sure when you're doing paid advertisements you do your research so you don't waste your money. Don't throw money at projects if they're not going to work. Having an advertising strategy can help you immensely.

Join Minecraft Forums

If you're unfamiliar with the Minecraft forums, they're a place where players gather to share information and post about anything relating to minecraft. Plenty of people visit Minecraft Forums and if you haven't joined any yet, you should look into it. Gaining respect in a Minecraft forum is a great way to meet new people with the same interests as you and potentially bring them to your server. Here are a few forums you should join and stay active on:

  1. Minecraft Forums
  2. Planet Minecraft Forums
  3. Minecraft Forge Forums
  4. World Of Minecraft Forums

Be sure to put your Server Info in your Signature feature.

When posting make sure to follow the rules of the forum and post in the right category. Nobody wants to see your Minecraft Server promotion in the mods section and look at it as shameless adverttising

Make A YouTube Video

If you have a video making skill set then you can put those skills to the test by making a video to advertise your server. There are many videos out there already talking about other Minecraft servers. You just have to make one regarding why people should play your server and what's so great about it.

You don't have to do this by yourself and can even ask someone else to do it for you. That way if anyone is searching Youtube for a good server to play, yours will pop up!

Video ideas include a legitimate advertisement or you could get players to make testimonial videos talking about how great your server is. Both ideas work very well. That's not where the possibilities end and if you can think of a better idea then you should go for it!

Get Members To Invite Friends

There is no better feeling than a popular Minecraft player on your server. When popular players come onto your server, they bring their friends. So not only do you have a popular player, but you also get anyone associated with that popular player.

This also goes for groups of friends. When a couple of school buddies invite their school buddies and you suddenly have a daily player count in double digits you feel a sense of pride. Try to promote your server to groups of friends make sure they don't quit. When one friend quits he may take others with him! This is also called 'word of mouth' advertising.

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Work Hard

Finding new players for your Minecraft server can take a long time. Server admins should be patient and watch their servers slowly grow after daily promotions. Don't expect to have the next big server overnight.

If you dedicate a fair amount of time into finding new players then eventually they will come. It helps if your server is unique and has a lot to offer. Make sure you're meeting players needs in order to keep them playing on your server.

Start A Community Based Website

If you provide players with a friendly and open environment to play in, they will want to stay forever! Perhaps this isn't true, but they will definitely want to play. Gaming with friends makes a game plenty more enjoyable so you want to promote your players bringing their friends!

If you want to run a community website, you can start off on enjin or wordpress (these are both free platforms), but have the option to upgrade to paid.

Your website is the heart of your server and where people can go 24/7 for all of the information they need. It also provides them a chance to get in touch with players they may not have otherwise played with.

Questions & Answers


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        Carson T 

        21 hours ago

        Hey! My name is CarMan08 and I own a minecraft server called VexedPVP!

        It is a new server and I am in need of players, Moderators, Admins, ect. right now.

        We have,

        - Working Buycraft(For Ranks and stuff)

        - Working and balanced kits

        - Balanced Kit PVP!

        If you guys want to join, use this IP in minecraft 1.8 - 1.8.9:!

        Thank You All For Reading!

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        5 weeks ago

        My server has around 0-20 players! It's big bungeecord server there are many games to chose and many coming out soon

        It's 24/7


        SkyWars, BedWars, Survival, Factions, PvP (kitpvp and more) and more coming out soon!

        Thank you!

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        Eaz Beaz 

        5 weeks ago

        Heya! Me, Eaz, and a few of my awesome friends have created a roleplay server. This server is STRICTLY for people who have read at least one book in Warriors by Erin Hunter. We're very low on players, and anyone who wishes to roleplay Warriors is very welcomed. This server, as of when I'm typing this, is not 24/7. HOWEVER! For EST (Eastern Standard Time) it is usually up during the day. If you try and get on, and it doesn't work, do not fear! Try and get on later. Thank you for reading.


        Planet Minecraft:

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        2 months ago

        Hi, this is my favorite server. We normally have 5-12 players online and everyone is really nice and helpful, I put the server description below and I would love to see you on!

        Join us today for the most unique & best Towny experience!

        Server Features:

        - Server online 24/7 - Always up.

        - TOWNY

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        - MCMMO (nerfed & made more compatible with PvP)

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        - Well trained staff, helpers, moderators, admins to help with your needs.

        - A player driven market that you can buy and sell on!

        - Great donor packages


        Btw, You will be amazed of how good the server is when you come to check it out.

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        3 months ago


        My name is Satchiko, I am the owner of Trinity HQ.

        Trinity HQ was a huge server in 2015 but it slowly died, but we are back now!

        We are currently looking for members and staff, if you're intrestested you can join us at: !


        What games can we offer you?

        - Skyblock

        - Creative

        What games are we working at?

        - Bedwars

        - The Pit

        - SkyPvP

        - Skywars

        When will all the games release?

        Me (Satchiko) and our team are working as hard as possible to make all games aviable! We would love if you came and help us in our staff team, or by just playing on the server. If we see new members on our server we would be really motivated and work even faster!

        What are we exactly looking for?

        - Admins

        - Moderators

        - Ambassadors

        - Donators

        - Players

        Are there any ranks?

        Not yet, we are working to get our old ranks back.

        We now only have the VIP rank available, when the ranks release everyone with VIP rank (€5) will automaticly be promoted to the highest rank on the server!

        Trinity HQ

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        3 months ago

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        5 months ago

        Come stop by our survival server

        great community, brand new!

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        6 months ago

        Join my Faction Server ip is up 24/7

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        Dat BOI 

        13 months ago

        Hey guys let's join a server no I don't advertise like everybody else on this website

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        17 months ago

        join legendcraft we are a survival factions server with many fun and amazing plugins. ip:

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        2 years ago

        anyone offer creative server, its in a high demand

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        2 years ago

        Just a survival server but worth playing! Ip:

        We have lugins such as: Slimefun, Jobs, Chestshop

        Hope to see you on our server!

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        2 years ago

        Hey guys! Do YOU like RP? Then join my server!

        IP: Port: 25314

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        2 years ago

        Hey Guys This Might Be Ur Type Of Server Like Skywars? SurvivalGames? OR SkyBlock? Or Survival - Vanilla ?? Creative Or Even GTa Plus an awesome Team Of Staff ? and Great Lobby No Lag U Might Wana Join Now :) and Share This

        Version: 1.8.8


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        2 years ago


        Great staff drop partys crates factions mob arena have fun

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        katten bak 

        2 years ago

        wij hebben een spel serever survi

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        3 years ago

        Google Communites could help too ^-^


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