Minecraft is a sandbox game that has seen many creative and adaptive uses for both recreational and commercial uses. As a result, Minecraft server hosting has become popular. However, it costs quite a bit to run and maintain your own servers. Here are six ways to raise money from being a host for those of you who are finding it difficult to maintain your server.
Ads on your website
If your Minecraft server has its own popular website then installing advertisements on the website would be a start. Several companies can help place advertisements on your website but none of them are as competent at providing targeted advertisements as AdSense. It is very easy to set up on your website and owing to its popularity among advertisers the earnings got out of it is better than any of AdSense's competitors.
Ad fly is a service that helps shrink a URL and then inserts a 5 second advertisement before redirecting the user to the destination of the link. Once a map that you have designed is uploaded on a file sharing website, shrink the download link using ad fly. The more visitors that stumble upon the link, the more money you get, so you should promote the link in forums.
Sell attractive maps to other servers
Some players might be good web designers but might find it difficult to create maps or building. So try to develop attractive maps that you can introduce on YouTube. Minecraft server hosts will pay for quality maps to play on.
Most Minecraft servers commonly use file sharing websites to share maps and other related files. There are several sites that offer file sharing services, Filefactory is quite popular among users. This is because users can make money by sharing files on the website. Filefactory offers $20 per 1000 downloads through a rewards option. It's also a good option to have for your map downloads since it has a capacity for maps that exceed 200 MB.
You can search for people who will pay you to embed YouTube videos as advertisements on your server. The biggest problem with that is that in some cases, until you earn $100 you are not paid anything. So it's important to be careful. In addition, playing copyrighted music may not work since such videos get removed.
Many people are willing to donate to a server they enjoy playing on. Work hard designing extremely good texture packs and maps. If your server has a strong community you can invite donations from players in exchange for implementing suggestions. Moreover, server hosts can offer in-game bonus for donations. Small bonuses such as titles and colored names are a nice way to thank your donors too.