Ethical affiliate practice? Re: search results for play the walking dead online slot

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Wow. Looked up TWD online slot via google, and got nothing but affiliate SPAM. One was borderline blackhat (only my opinion), because it leads to a page with a description of TWD *offline* slot, and then the picture below. What's wrong with this? It leads one to believe that, at an RTG casino of all places, that particular casino will be one of many offering the slot when it comes available. But, that's only #3 of the 3 explanations given in regards to why you can't play it now. The #1 reason is "this game is currently undergoing maintenance." The "title" in the upper left corner of the image specifically says "The Walking Dead", but as you can see towards the bottom, the slot portrayed has nothing to do with TWD. At the very very bottom of the image, you'll also notice "Sloto' Cash"'s logo. This image links to another page that lists various casinos to play at, and Sloto' Cash is at the very top.

You know they knew what they were doing. This image was doctored specifically for someone searching for exactly what I was, and it was the #1 result on google, so they apparently did it very well. You also know that if they did it for this specific slot, they're also doing it for other slots that are currently "the talk of the town."

I took a screenshot of the image to upload here, as I didn't want to include the URL of the site at this moment. If it's agreed that this indeed unethical affiliate practice, then I'll go ahead and name & shame.

The main issues that I see are:

1) they're drawing in traffic from people searching for specific offline slot machines that they can possibly play online
2) they know ***** well that this slot does not currently exist in the online gaming world, and may never exist.
3) they're making it seem that you simply can't play it online right that second, because the first reason listed is that it's "undergoing maintenance" and may be available at a later time.

Any more that you can think of?

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btw, I just checked and the site in question is only PR2, but comes up #1 for that google search? :confused:

edit: half of casinomeister.com's PR4 ;)
 

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It's just my personal opinion, but i think it's quite ok.

There are various searches related to offline slots: some looking to play it online while some looking for a review and tips before going to vegas.
For example - the searches Google offers for this slot are: The walking dead slot odds, The walking dead payouts, The walking dead slot review and more.

If they do offer that information - then they are a valuable resource to these players...

It can of course be rigged or paid for, but seems that this page was twitted 70 times and liked a lot on facebook - so it looks like many do enjoy it.
 
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Interesting. Thanks for the input. I'm still just above beginner level when it comes to SEO, so this info helps.
 

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btw, I just checked and the site in question is only PR2, but comes up #1 for that google search? :confused:

edit: half of casinomeister.com's PR4 ;)
Bit late to reply but PR is utterly irrelevant nowadays and has been for a while.
A pr 4 site doesn't mean it's going to rank better than a pr2 site, not by a long way.
 

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