Is it possible to manipulate app ranking using Bot downloads? One of my friend is trying to manipulate play store ranking using Bot downloads, he is offering me same. He showed me some of his client apps, which are ranking very high on some keywords e.g “Chinese Chess” & “Count It Up! NEW” by longo games and some others. We can provide app downloads, rating and reviews. How it works? They push bulk downloads + 5 Star Rating + Reviews. In result app rank in top categories.
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This is a really good question and can be answered with multiple answers. Just to clarify; using bots is NEVER an option. We can explain why but if you think about it yourself, then you can conclude that using non-real persons isn’t legal and can really damage your business on the long term even though it could work in the first place. With that said, yes; it could work by using bots. But again, it’s a big danger. App Stores are getting smarter every day so the chance to get caught is very high. And if you will become in the top positions you’re not even sure if you will succeed since you didn’t get any real downloads to climb the charts. So being in the top rankings for 1 day gaining new users that will not actively play your game or not even download your game doesn’t make sense.
That’s answer number one. The second answer is that there’s a difference within the different App Stores. Google play can’t be manipulated, iOS can! But again, not by using bots. You always need real downloads and users in order to ‘manipulate’ the rankings. So how do you do that? There are companies that are specialized in doing boost and burst campaigns, the so called ‘top 25 campaigns’; Appromoters is one of these companies that provides a top 25 service where they focus on getting many downloads at the same in a very short time span. They work with discovery apps and CPI partners to get as much downloads they need to get your game in the top 25 of the iOS Store in a particular country. It can be guaranteed for at least one day; the positions the days after are mainly dependent from your K-factor. But that’s a different subject! Want to know more about the K-factor? Then let us know.
To finalize and summarize; never use bots, find a reliable partner and focus on iOS Store only.
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