Originally Posted by easyhostmedia
POINT MADE! they PAID to get on the top of the list, so not true top ten list.
But nobody said his website was a Top 10 list.
It has same credibility issues as a Top 10 list, but he doesn't rank/list the companies in a top-list format.
Originally Posted by nabeez
What's wrong with that?? even Google SERP has the same concept, companies who pay $$$ get at the top of SERP highlighted as ADS!
I think the difference is that while Google offers separate space for relevant advertising listings, your listings are part of content. So essentially, it is like Google selling actual top search engine positions.
However, in your defence, your listings are clearly marked as sponsored and highlighted, so it is hard not to confuse them. That does, however, spoil a little bit of trustworthiness factor when regular visitors see some positions are sold. I know you have the score system that operates separately (which is a good thing), except that you really need to bump up the validation practice so that they are actually as reflective of a real world as possible. As I mentioned before, your score system and reviews could all be fake for all I know simply because there is no point of verification.