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[GAMING] 10 Tips for Running A Minecraft Server

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It’s not exactly a simple task to run a Minecraft server successfully. Given the popularity of the game, there’s already a lot of competition awaiting you if you decide to get involved
It can be pretty difficult and daunting early on in the process. Knowing what to do at first and how to keep it all going – and growing – might seem impossible initially. After tons of experience and research, the following 10 tips for running a Minecraft server successfully have been put together to help you finally get your foot in the door without all the headaches!

Step 1 – Make An Outline!
Whether you want to call it making an outline, brainstorming, or making a plan, this is generally the first step to fulfilling any task. Sit back and figure out what you want. Make a list with good old fashioned pen and paper even. It’s incredibly simple, but a lot of people overlook the usefulness of a basic planning or brainstorming process like this. It helps in all walks of life, and running a Minecraft server is absolutely no exception.

Simple planning when you start out will allow you to figure out what sort of players you want to target, potential themes and modes you’d like to specialize in, and how big you hope to get. Setting all of this in stone will help visualize your goals and more realistically, accomplish them!

2 – Be Comfortable At The Bottom.
The simple truth when starting out in Minecraft server hosting is that it’s not going to take off overnight. A lot of people buy the biggest, priciest hosting plan they can give the expectations. This is an absolutely counterproductive idea. Think of someone that’s just learning to play guitar. There’s no reason to opt into an instrument that’s thousands of dollars. What if the person doesn’t like it? What if they ultimately give up, or if something happens because they haven’t learned to care for it yet? The initial investment will have been a waste.

Apply this analogy to Minecraft servers and you’ll see the issue! It’s in your best interest to start with a smaller, modest plan. Allow yourself to learn and grow with it. You’ll really get a feel for how much more you want to put into it. If you enjoy things at the bottom, then you’ll know you have it in you to push more towards the top!

3 – Limit Your Downtime.
Think about existing servers of games you play, or even your internet connection in general. When it isn’t there for you, you’re most often pretty upset about it. It’s only natural. To make sure your server is available as often as possible, create a copy to test any changes you’re implementing, research the best hosts, and make sure you have DDoS protection!

4 – Back Up The Server.
If you’re putting time and money into building a server, you need to make sure you have everything on it backed up. Sometimes files are loss, and others maps might become corrupt. Those that run a server without any sort of backups almost always run into problems. Murphy’s Law – where anything that can go wrong absolutely will go wrong at one point or another – runs rampant in Minecraft servers, so don’t chance it!

5 – Keep Your Server Updated.
The day to day tasks can be mundane in any endeavor, but they’re always necessary. You can look at making sure your server is up to date in the same way. Whatever files or plug ins you may have need to be updated at all times. New versions come out all the time, so you want to keep on top of that. With problems like hacking unfortunately existing, refreshing everything on your server to the latest iteration will give you the utmost protection.

6 – Dedicate A Unique IP.
You should really look into getting a dedicated and unique IP address that is attached to your server, and your server alone. Your players will be able to access your server through Minecraft’s default port this way. All of the biggest, most successful servers have their own IP. You might not want to start out with this step right away, but once you’re out of the “feel it out” stage represented in steps 1 and 2, your own IP is definitely a must.

7 – Bungee Cord Is A No-No At First!
A lot of people invest a lot of time and resource into Bungee Cord, thinking this is the corner stone of success in the Minecraft world. This is absolutely not the case. Bungee Cord allows multiple servers for your player base. You will only need a feature like that once you’re really hitting it big. Potentially having multiple unique worlds to explore is wonderful, but it’s complete overkill in the early stages of your server hosting career.

8 – Figure Out The Monetization Issue.
Of course, a lot of people are initially drawn to the idea of hosting a server given the potential to monetize it. Again, you have to realize that is something that won’t happen over night. If that’s something you’re interested in beyond the mere fun of having the server however – and it’s okay to given all of the investments you’ll be taking to go this far – then do some research. Look into plugins like Votifier or GA Listener. Check out what other servers do and you might ultimately reap the benefits.

9 – Don’t Over Promote Yourself
There are lists out there that promote the servers players can check out. It’s tempting to put yourself on every single list available, but it’s only seen as spam and desperate overall. Google might even penalize your link, burying it further and further in search results. It seems backwards, but promoting too much when there isn’t much substance to what you have going yet is only going to hurt you.

10 – Try To Please The Players
It’s pretty simple, but keep your players in mind when you’re running your server. If you don’t provide a good experience, they won’t stick around. Do your best to listen to feedback and accommodate them the best you can.

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Promo Video: Wolfman Kev – 40oz Bounce

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Yugioh Master & Lord of Poets Wolfman Kev of the FleshEaters released his promo video for his single 40OZ BOUNCE. This track is dedicated to the ones who have fallen, in particular for Wolfman Kev he dedicated it to his friend, Joshua Cory Drayton [a.k.a. “Fro”]. Who had recently passed in February of this year. 40OZ BOUNCE promo video is short but leaves you wanting to see and hear more. Luckily for you guys heres the link to the full track 40OZ BOUNCE. This track goes to show that you need to truly value your friendships, because you never know when they’ll be gone. The visual was shot & edited by @ApetheDirector and the production by Bugseed.

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“You’re forever missed truly, as I’ll remain based and flex this art. Enjoy, and idk, try and value friendship. It’s highly a virtue. Much love. Stay weird. Embrace you. -Wolfman Kev”

[LINKS] TWITTER || SOUNDCLOUD || FACEBOOK || BANDCAMP || YOUTUBE || INSTAGRAM ||

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Artist Advice: What To Do After Getting Feature On A Blog/Website

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After the mission of submitting your content to numerous amounts of sources, now its time to play the waiting game. Waiting for that special feature. When that moment finally arrives it’s now to put in work. For an indie artist you just can’t expect that one feature to make you a superstar over night. It’s all about how many people can get aware of the content.

finn-yellingFor my site, NikkiSiixx.com. When an artist gets featured you automatically receive 1 week of promotion via my twitter accounts. Daily mention of the article and the artist twitter link. I’m blasting the post in order for more people to take noticed.

That same promo approach should be done on the artist behalf as well. Say if the artist, his team, and any fans that want to help push your content. The more people that talk about it the better. Build awareness for your content, and this goes for anything related to upcoming releases. Here are a couple of tips to promote your feature on a website or blog, even including mine:

1- Get TWEETDECK! They have a special feature to help pre-schedule tweets. I use this to help the continuous promotion of a tweet for a week without having to physically tweet it myself. I highly recommend you get it and have your team as well! and this will be able to setup daily tweets for

– WEBSITE and CONTENT Links
– Features on anywhere they feature you
– RT’s or Screenshots of Feedback Given from fans or colleagues

2- How to promote the featured article on twitter:



-You know what these links are creating? They’re building the awareness that site actually featured you. This gives the listeners a good reference to why they should listen to you. And you’re building more awareness for the site that feature you. When sites notice a certain artist brings traffic, they’re going to want to keep building more with you.

3- How to promote via Instagram:

@idioticoddity is a unique artist that mixes hip-hop, pop, and rock within his genre. This presents a wide arrange of sounds that Idiotic Oddity adapted to quickly. You may think is a bit out of the norm, but who is normal nowadays? Oddity’s also does his own vocals, making an appearance on his hooks/chorus. Really catchy! Wanting me to press replay. Idiotic Oddity released his self titled EP Idiotic Oddity. I find this to be a great introduction to who Oddity is as an artist. The refreshing production and melodies reminded me of one of my favorite Indie Electronic Duos The Limousines. With a dancy 80’s synth and 90’s influenced pop. But Idiotic Oddity provides a hip-hop flow to his verses. Idiotic Oddity EP is a five track project, here’s what I thought about my favorite tracks off of it. Read the rest via NikkiSiixx.com || #review #nikkisiixx #nikkisiixxentllc #music #hiphop #pop #rock #spotify #listen #idioticoddity

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What I also recommend when posting it on instagram.

-TAG The Blog, The Writer, and anyone else who had involvement with the content.
-Hashtag keywords relevant to the post and anything regarding your campaign.
-LINK the article to your Instagram link on your bio! Fastest way to get instagram users to view the content. Have this up and promote it for a week straight.

what_should_i_write_by_vanillycake-d5dfp99_zps07a557a64- If you have a website that has a press section (this section will have every link that has ever mentioned you). I find this to showcase to anyone who wants to see how many features without having to do a complete Google search. Its right there ready for the viewer to peek and look at your references.

5- Create your own custom images for post by viewing my article Top 6 Apps for Music Artists. I recommend some pretty dope apps to give you the presence you need online.

6- Don’t just retweet one time the link from the blog. Think about it, they probably took from 2 hours to couple of days to get the post ready and review the content genuinely. Well, I know for sure that’s what my contributors and myself do for all the posts. When you show real love it’s only expected 10x more. Also, when other sites see you pushing the content they made for you. They’ll expect the same push for what they’ll write for you. That’s when sites will become aware that you support the sites.

7- I recommend to push article features for more than a month, twice a day (AM+PM). Reason why when tweeting at different times of the day, is because when someone sleeps another is awake, and vice versa. This doubles your chances in reaching different people than always the same people at the same time everyday.

Those were couple of tips I recommend for Artist to do after getting featured on my site or any other site. When you’re an indie artist, your fans will only know when they see you mention it. If your fan doesn’t follow my site and you don’t mention it. How can they support and promote you when they didn’t find out from the artist themselves?

Feel feel to comment below or send me a tweet via @NikkiSiixx

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Artist Advice: Avoid Being Just Another Soundcloud Rapper

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NIKKISIIXX: This time around I had artist SM to bring his point of view for this week’s Artist Advice Article. SM is also a new contributor here at NikkiSiixx.com. SM’s topic of choice was AVOID BEING JUST ANOTHER SOUNDCLOUD RAPPER. Take it away SM –

Inside_Recording_Booth2So can we all agree that damn near everybody and their uncle can rap and that all of them with access to a computer are most likely recording a mixtape as I write this? OK, now that we agree on that let me give you an example of a scenario that plays out much too often. Let’s skip pass the small talk and fast-forward to the day the rapper’s project is actually here. This is the day all of their friends and family receive that “Check out my music” text or email. The day complete strangers on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram get hit like an Uzi with the rapper’s music link. Often times begging us to check it out or my favorite line, “Click on the link in bio.” The music is uploaded. The cover art is uploaded. While everything seems ripe and ready for the rapper to catapult to stardom (in his or her mind), the Soundcloud numbers are saying, “Don’t quit your day job!” And from that point on, all this rapper seems to do is promote his or her project on Soundcloud. Why stop there? Why let your career stall and lose momentum? I’m going to tell you a few ways you can avoid being just another Soundcloud rapper.

Let’s be clear, Soundcloud is a great platform for artist; however, it takes a lot more than that to be successful. For instance, shooting a music video is a very important part of promoting your project. Per day, 1.5 million views on YouTube are for music videos alone. Artists are now getting signed off the buzz and number of views from their YouTube Channel. Songstuff has a great article online you should check out called “Tips For Making a Music Video”. People want to see you, so get in on this action immediately.

social-media-dataAlso, you need to hire a reputable publicist or music promotion company to help get your project out there. Your occasional tweets, posts, and status updates are not enough. Put your project in the hands of people with experience and you will see much better results. To learn more about the benefits and what to look for in a Publicist, check out David Robert’s article “9 Questions You Should Ask Before Hiring A Publicist“. Another thing I suggest is getting your project out there offline. That means getting off your ass and off your computer or off your mobile device and actually network with other human beings face to face. Press up physical copies of your project and give them to DJ’s, you know the drill. Let’s not pretend like we don’t know how to operate without the Internet. Of course there are more ways and ideas you can use, I’m just scratching the surface. If you have any ideas feel free to leave a comment below and we’ll take a look. Ultimately, it’s all on you the artist to make good music and get it out there.

SM is an Author and Artist from NYC currently residing in Atlanta, GA. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram.

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Artist Advice: How To Approach A Producer With Or Without A Budget

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For this article, I asked my Instagram followers for ideas for the next artist advice column on my site. What would they like for me to write about. I based my topic off their suggestions regarding promotions, blogs, anything related to music. This week I chose – @illtalbeats with his comment: “Do an article on how rappers should approach producers for beats (Especially for artists that don’t have a budget) lol” || Thanks illtalbeats this is the perfect topic! Here’s what I have to say about approaching producers with or without a budget. 

I know for an up and coming artist it can get really pricey in order to put a really solid project together. From the cost to purchasing a beat, to paying an engineer to mix and master it, hiring a graphic designer to create the cover art work, acquiring the licensing, trademarking and copyright. Placing your first order on printing physical cd’s, which need packaging sleeves or cases (plus the graphic designer to create the overall look). Creating and stocking up on merchandise, and then online promotional campaigns you get from official websites that support you’re kind of music. Phew! Remain Calm.

Key is to be able to manage your finances to the best of you’re capabilities. If you need to save, you save. But first things first… when it comes to creating any music content you need to find the heart to you’re song. This is where the producer plays a huge part. Because if the producer is a talented individual, who is capable of multiple genres or a new sound you’ve been searching for. Then your song comes to life, with a heartbeat to the music.

Lately, I find the best ways to find a producer is through Soundcloud.com, Twitter, and even Instagram. On Soundcloud, beat makers upload their beats and even instrumentals they’ve been working on. In hopes to finding an artist who will be interested in collaborating on something new. Networking is key when it comes to building new relationships. Comment, Share, and Like what you hear. Showing support goes a long way, especially when you’re really feeling the music.

Best ways to search for producers are through hashtags! Here’s where the producer who puts #Producers #FreeBeats #HipHop #Music while appear before your eyes. Don’t forget to follow them and become a familiar face. Once that, obtain their contact info; usually an email address, phone number, or straight through a direct message. Let em’ know how you’re interested in working together and how can it be possible? Here’s where it comes to whether or not your wallet comes into play.

Producers work in many different ways when it comes to selling their beats. They can set a price for the track, lease the beat, or accept royalties off any sells/plays. When a producer sets a rate for a beat, you have to understand and respect it. You can either pay in full or even make payments in order to own the music, rightfully. I’ve heard producers leasing beats for a certain amount of time. But this might be helpful for an artist who might not be completely sure if music is the right path for them. But hey! Reader, right now if you’re an artist who knows for sure what they want and their going to work as hard as possible to make it happen… Continue to read Right? Cool!

So, next option is accepting royalties. Royalties occur when you’re content is registered with BMI, ASCAP, or SESAC. For example, BMI has connects with licensed holders who use/play your music; such as radio stations, television stations, clubs, and restaurants. These license holders maintain a monitoring system that provides licensing fees in order to get you paid. 50% of a song is credited to the songwriter and the remaining 50% is left to the publisher.

Once you’ve selected the beat, picked which type of purchase choice, then it’s time to make a payment. When making a transaction, make sure the producer sends you an invoice for exactly what you agreed upon. This will guarantee this service or ownership of the beat you wanted to purchase. You also have to take into consideration any fees that may take place such as Paypal. You should pay to make the difference so the producer fully gets the amount he/she asked for. 

Say, you don’t have a budget. You’re an independent artist and all funds goes towards maintaining your life and your living situation. This is where networking and friendships come into play. I would say search for a producer who’s starting just like yourself and you feel a common base in music and interests. Proclaiming how you really want to work with them on a small scale when it comes to collaborating on music. You two can select a certain amount of beats and then you come with the verses, and then a project is born. A free project, this will help promote both parties. With heavy online promotion, you’re definitely guarantee to gain more fans this way. Now the producers followers, friends, associates become familiar with you as an artist as well.

Also, during the recording process you should have the producer present. Build together on the sound the project will have and hook them up with their favorite goodies as well during the session. Drinks, Snacks, Coffee, and even some funny smokes. Positive Vibes = Amazing Music. After working together.. when you’re in works on any future project, they might possibly hook you up with free beats.

FREE BEATS?? Yeah, it’s possible. When you network and play your cards right. But don’t forget to give credit to the guy who created the song that inspired the lyrics to the best song you’ve ever written. It takes from hours till days and even months to get a beat sounding the way it does. Take into consideration, they deserve the credit too. Screen Shot 2015-06-11 at 2.52.50 PM I’ve received music submissions from the artist himself and he did not give credit and not even mention the producer at all. How rude is that? The producer should always get mentioned on anything related to the track/project promotion, getting tagged in every photo of the cover art, and getting notified when the track gets featured on a popular website. This also will benefit the artist because now you have an extra individual who will help promote it because they are involved. This concludes my take on how artist should handle approaching producers on purchasing their beats and even sometimes working without a budget. Any comments or suggestions, provide them below.

NikkiSiixx Do’s and Dont’s: Submissions 101

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From a bloggers perspective, submitting music should be something simple and easy to do. But sometimes the artist, manager, promotional agent, and friends don’t promote the content accurately and appropriately. I know the whole key is to have as many people listen to the content. But if they’re doing it with a wrong approach, it will lead your music to fall on deaf ears. If you don’t want this to happen you should definitely check out below my Do’s and Dont’s in SUBMISSIONS 101.

DO: Usually the way a blog or website wants to receive submissions from the public is through they’re email. Review the site you want to submit. Make sure the site is relevant to the artists and that the site features other artists in the same genre. This guarantees that there are people who would like similar music and will take a listen.

DONT: Submit your content to a site that literally has nothing to do with the genre or topic. I’ve received submissions for country and religious genres. Obviously these submissions won’t make it on to a Underground Hip-Hop site, but I see that they’re just trying to spread the word, so they can get any feature. It’s also a waste of time submitting to sites that there’s no way the music will be on there.

DO: The sites have a list of details of what they need from you the submitter to properly review the content. My site offers this here: nikkisiixx.com/submissions. I basically broke down what I need from you from any category I have listed on my site. From music-video submissions, project reviews, event coverage, or inquiry about anything else. I’ve visited other sites and I’ve seen what they’ve requested. It’s plain out simple. But unfortunately submissions don’t come out right.

DONT: HALF-ASS details you can provide about the artist! Lacking a bio, discography, producer credits, photos, and even social media links. Should get the submitter a slap on the wrist for not including these valuable details that a blogger would need to generate the best post about you. I’ve received emails saying “yo… check out my music. youtube link . pz” Really? Yes Really?! How can I take this person seriously when they’re not taking themselves seriously. There is no way this content will get posted anywhere. You’re lack of information will lead to no exposure.

DO: It’s always good to try and touch base with the site prior to submitting you’re content. At least the site is aware of the incoming email. You can let them know when you’ve already sent it. And maybe a week after submitting to follow-up with the status.

DONT: Contact the site/writer on a daily basis on the status of the post. By you’re constant harassing this will lead them to have a bad taste in their mouth about the representation and the actually artists. When this happens usually the writer will not not have a positive outlook on writing this post since of the constant reminder. Us bloggers don’t need this. We have more on our plate then what you can expect. Especially it’s a site in supporting Underground Hip-Hop Artists from all over. If you haven’t notice there’s thousands of you.

DO: Create an excel sheet and generate a list of music bloggers. This will need name of the site, link, email, contact name, twitter, date sent, reviewed, follow-up 1, follow-up 2, Notes. These columns will help out because all the information you need will be right there. Fast way to view status on submissions, if you have this as up to date as possible.

DONT: Discredit sites for not posting you’re content. By showcasing this negativity in public this can cause a backlash of other blogger sites to not support the artists. I know at times it may seem no one is supporting you but you got to have a bit more patience. Especially when we’re overwhelmed with submissions. I have to mention this more than once because it’s a lot!

This should cover the basics of SUBMISSIONS 101. Be genuine! Providing more information is always better than to have less. The more you give the more we have to work with.

If you have any questions feel free to HASHTAG #ASKNIKKI101 and mention me @NikkiSiixx. I’ll be happy to help out with any questions. & please don’t let these question be about posting your content. That would clearly mean you didn’t read my article above.