brinked - 4:29 pm on Jun 6, 2013 (gmt 0)
I have to call google out here on doing this wrong.
I recently launched a game for iOS and so I reached out to some ios gaming news/reviews and blog sites. I reached out to them requesting they simply take a look at my game and see if this was something they feel was worthy of being on there site since it was off to a fast start with over 100 reviews and close to a 5 star rating.
Most of these sites as you can understand were swamped. They receive so many emails daily that they cant review even a small percentage of them. Some of them charge a fee for them to just look at your game and if they like it, they will review it. Does this count as an advertorial?
And here is what my main problem is. The sites I reached out to were legit sites that make good money off their ads and they dont need to accept payments for reviews if they feel the game is bad they will not want to endorse said game because they care about their business and their readers.
So my issue with google is...if a site is the type of site that accepts advertorials without properly labeling them as such, they have no business even ranking well in googles search engine and if google needs to find proof of an unmarked advertorial on a site to punish it then they must not have much confidence in their plethora of algorithm filters.