My other articles lay out how to create your own private World of Warcraft, how to make them public, and even how to modify the objects in your private World of Warcraft server, however, now you’re going to need a way to get more players. Not everyone has hundreds of friends that play Warcraft, and not everyone actually wants to play private World of Warcraft.
Before you start recruiting people for your server, know exactly who you’re looking for. Do you want players that are going to play by the rules? Players who prefer to play on blizz-like rates? Or players who want to play on an instant 80 server where the content of the game is based strictly around player vs. player? In any case, make sure you’re going to the right place.
Try forums of other, more popular private realms. This works wonders. Since there are many people that play World of Warcraft private servers, there are definitely some servers where there are tons of players, many of which aren’t completely satisfied with their server, ever. All servers have problems and people are usually willing to give something else a try. Find the most popular private realms, and make some forum posts. Tell people how to connect to you, and make sure they make contact with you to have you create their account and what not.
Build a website. Nothing looks better than having your own website. Even if it’s a small, free website hosting service (try freewebs.com), you can pull in people much more easily if you have a website you can send everyone to, and avoid trying to explain everything to each person individually. My website simply lists a few server facts and how to connect, nothing more, and it saves both me and them a ton of time. Keep it simple.
Try friends, social networking websites. You’d be surprised about how many people you know actually play World of Warcraft. Many of the people I hangout with play the game, or would like to play the game and I would have never suspected it. You won’t really look like a nerd if you make some blog posts or write on a bulletin, trying to get more people into the game with you.
Keep your server up! Out of all of the annoying things that some of these servers can do, stability is about the most important. The more often your server is up and running, the more likely people are going to want to keep playing, and are much more likely to invite their friends. If the server is constantly going down, they’re going to assume that the server is lacking a proper moderator, or that it’s having problems, and they will more than likely move onto something that they can play at their own convenience.
Most of all, just keep your current players happy, and tell them to get other players. The above listed methods are just to get those first few players. From there, other players are going to be greatly interested in inviting their own friends in most cases.