Don't worry Frenchy, each and every vote will be taken into consideration. It won't be 'oh this one has the most votes so this is what we will do'. Our goal is to create a system that will reach every type of player, not just the largest group
Compensation is nice, but I think that I personally (as a new player to the server) would be more likely to vote if my vote actually meant something, or if I felt it made a difference. Material rewards work don't get me wrong, but if you can imbue a feeling into an action such as voting, I would wager that you would find a sharp increase in server vote, and then traffic, so on.
You shouldn't be trying to entice a player to vote for you. You should instead focusing your efforts on making the player feel significant. Make them want to vote for you, prize or no prize. Make them feel like you deserve it.
The reason we have two voting sites is because these are the two sites where our server will be on the front page/near the top. A lot of servers falsely advertise as roleplay servers when they really aren't which can sometimes make overcoming their voting numbers moreÂ difficult. We want to concentrate voting on the sites that Aethier does best in to get our name out there, rather than having votes divided among a number of websites where it would be more difficult for players to find our server.