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SeanyK wrote: »
Im seeing a massive drop in downloads since yesterday, when do they usually fiddle with the algorithms? Is it every September, or just every start of each month?
rgl wrote: »
I've apps that have the last keyword in the title just past the 50 char limit, and can confirm that those apps no longer appear in search results containing that keyword since Sept 2nd. It looks like Apple are forcing everyone to move to the new world quickly by truncating the relevant keywords. You either reform your ways quickly or lose out.
That's also when every other keyword combination I monitor jumped up the search rankings, so the effect is already apparent - a huge chunk of search term matches have now been removed from the store.
Probably will only really affect the spammier apps out there long-term, but we could do with more than 100 characters in the keyword list, which is after all why devs were driven towards the title field in the beginning (ignoring the increased weighting these still have over the 'proper' keyword list).
I'm also wondering about what they're saying about a title not being able to have a description stuffed in it (from the updated review guidelines). Are they just going to monitor the 50 char limit automatically, or is a reviewer going to subjectively decide how much of your title is a title, and how much is a description? I guess we'll only find out once we start submitting apps under this new regime. Are we going to have to find every more imaginative ways to get keywords into our titles?
rgl wrote: »
I thought they only used this if your description looked like a spammy list of keywords, or was so huge a user could never read it all. A short descriptive sentence with careful keyword placement seemed to work. However, since they rewrote the review guidelines and I haven't read the whole thing through in ages I forget how they worded this.
Still, I'm slightly concerned they're suddenly going to be much stricter on this. And yes, subjective reviewer decisions like the ones you've had are just shit. If the rules were applied consistently it might be a bit easier to take.
raymng wrote: »
I read that
"Starting September 7th, all app titles will be limited to 50 characters maximum. Live apps with titles that exceed 50 characters will be subject to warning from Apple. If within 30 days of receiving a warning the offending title hasn’t been updated, the app will be kicked off of the store. "
Anyone can verify this?
dev666999 wrote: »
My titles were not spammy at all. And yet, the reviewer got anally retentive on me and forced me to remove most of the title. It's the luck of the draw as to who reviews your app.
iekei wrote: »
50 characters is still much too long for a descriptionless app title.