It wasn't too long ago that I talked about the rewards program for uploading custom content to Bukkit
, where modders and texturepack artists could make money off of their downloads without third-party advertising services. However, did you know that maps were included in the list of "stuff I make that can make me money
"? It's true!
Great, so now you have uploaded your map to Bukkit, and are ready for those sweet reward points to start rolling in. How do you tell people around the forum about your awesome new map, complete with easy download links? How about a custom forum widget?
A widget like this one!
You can use this custom widget - complete with your map name, game version, download numbers, and download button - anywhere on the Minecraft Forum! Put it in your map thread, to streamline downloads for users. How do you use the widget? It's a lot easier than you think!
Still, what are the exact
steps for getting your map out there, and earning points? Let's break it down.
Uploading and Sharing Your Maps
- Visit this link, and fill out the form to upload your map
- Start earning points automatically - you don't need to enroll, or do anything to start earning points
- As you earn points, spend them on Amazon gift cards or cash in the Bukkit Store
That's it, nothing more to it! Points are automatically earned from downloads, and spending your points on cash rewards is super-easy. In addition, future front-page articles spotlighting maps will use your forum widget, so other players can download your map with ease, and you can earn the points you deserve!
Map makers, like many community content creators, have used third-party advertising links for their work, to give players a way to show their support without having to donate out of pocket. Still, third-party advertising links can be unreliable, or even disruptive, to the downloading process. The advantage to players who want your maps is clear - click a link, get your map, no annoying pop-ups along the way! You get supported for your awesome creation, players get your awesome creation hassle-free, everyone wins. What are you waiting for? Upload your maps
, and start earning real money for your work, today!