- Feb 11, 2009
So as some of you may know I've worked on a few iPhone games (Monkey Jewels, PocketPop Revenge) which are now in the app store. As part of this cycle I've been punting the games around some sites to see if they would review them. Today I find this in my inbox, what do you think? As a customer would you trust the website reviews if you knew this was going on?
This might be quite strong, but this almost feels like blackmail to me, if you don't pay then you'll never get a review, but don't worry if you pay and get a bad review, you can opt to have it never published.Hi,
Thanks for sending over the information about your new app. Please note that due to the number of inquiries and review requests we receive daily, it may take a while to get to your app.
We have several other additional options for you to make sure your app gets seen by ********* readers.
We can provide an expedited review for a $50 fee. This will get your app reviewed by our staff within 6 business days. However, just because your app is reviewed doesn't guarantee that the app will be published. While paying the expedite fee cannot guarantee you a positive review, we will guarantee that if our reviewers don't approve your app we will refund your fee and not proceed with the article. After all -- our readers are not interested in negative reviews -- they are looking for us to highlight the best and most interesting apps out there. Fore more information on the expedited review process please refer to our FAQ section.
We also have several levels of advertising opportunities. Every advertiser also receives one Expedited Review for free.
Our Premium placement ads (the top 3 slots) range in price from $400-600 per month.
We still have basic ads that can start anytime. We have two sizes: $250 per month for 180x150 pixels and $150 per month for 180x75 pixels. Each ad shows up on every page in a rotating column according to size.
********* reaches thousands of people every day, including many of the key VCs and journalists who follow the iPhone app scene. In addition, ********* typically ranks higher than any other iPhone blog on Google searches. So, if your app is reviewed by us, you not only get the immediate benefit of thousands of highly qualified iPhone enthusiasts, journalists and VCs learning about your app, you also get the permanent SEO benefit of having a positive ********* review show up in the Google search results when people look up your app or company. Finally, you get a permalink to the review that you can use to raise awareness or investment capital for your company. I think you will agree
that all this could easily be worth much more than the application fee.
If you are interested in following through with this idea, please let me know via email - I'll send you Paypal instructions, and we'll get your app put on the expedited list right away.
Thanks again for contacting *********.