A sponsored server is a server that Minecraft Server Finder officially endorses. Sponsored servers will receive one of five spots available on an exclusive list on the top of the Minecraft Server Finder website – above all other servers where they will get more attention, traffic, and players. The score of sponsored servers does not matter, they will remain in the sponsored spot that they pay for.
Only five servers per month will become sponsored by Minecraft Server Finder. If you want your server to be sponsored, make a bid for a sponsored slot and be one of the top five bidders. If you pay your bid, your server will become sponsored for the next month. Click on your server from your profile page, then click "promote."
Your server will show up on the cycle date. This is when the old sponsored servers from last month are taken off and the new sponsored servers are placed on for this month. The cycle date is 2 days from when payment is due in order to allow runner ups to pay their bid in the event that one of the original top five bidders did not pay their bid.
On the 1st of every month, the sponsored server bidding process opens. The bidding process ends 5 days before the end of each month. After the bidding process ends, the top five bidders will be asked to pay their bid amount within 48 hours. If they fail to do so, they are permanently disqualified from becoming sponsored by Minecraft Server Finder. Those who pay their bid will become officially sponsored by Minecraft Server Finder for the entire month.
Please note that these dates are subject to change at any time.