Apple Removing Apps From the App Store That Have Fake Reviews and Placement

Have you ever seen a shitty app in the App Store’s Top 25 and wondered WTF is this app is doing here? Well the likely reason that app got in the Top 25 was by using fraudulent method such as bot. A developer posted a thread on TouchArcade forum that while trying to promote his app, he found out a very dirty trick some developers were using to get their apps to the Top 25. The developer found out an ad network who guaranteed him to get his app in the Top 25 for $5000 by using a bot that automatically keeps downloading the app while the rank for the app increases.

So yesterday I was looking at different ways to promote my new app (I’ve tried AdMob, but it turned out to be too expensive before) and I came across this ad network which guaranteed to get my app into the Top 25 in the app store at a relatively cheap price ($5000). T

After this, Apple posted an announcement to developers warning them that using any methods to manipulate their app rank or reviews will get them kicked out of the Apple Developer program.

Adhering to Guidelines on Third-Party Marketing Services

Once you build a great app, you want everyone to know about it. However, when you promote your app, you should avoid using services that advertise or guarantee top placement in App Store charts. Even if you are not personally engaged in manipulating App Store chart rankings or user reviews, employing services that do so on your behalf may result in the loss of your Apple Developer Program membership. Get helpful tips and resources on marketing your apps the right way from theApp Store Resource Center.
There’s probably many other ways of manipulating the App Store rank system but as we can see Apple is already working to detect them and make the App Store fair for everyone.
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