Yeah, Facebook is still blocked in China, but there have been a few recent changes to the game. Just a few days ago, my site got majorly deranked in Google. While I was ranking #1 for the terms ‘Unblock Facebook in China” and “access Facebook in China”, Google decided that my site wasn’t good enough for page 1. So what’s the deal?
Who knows? Point being, I’ve got to make updates to my blog to make sure that Google things I’m still alive. Because apparently they think that some jackass answers from 2009 in Yahoo! Answers and Flyer Forums is more relevant that my super helpful information on the site. Sure, it’s a bit narcissistic, but what expats in China are going to devote thousands of hours to bringing an easy to understand, up to date, and helpful website to people trying to unblock Facebook in China?
Not many. Ok, so I make commissions of the sales, that’s to be expected. Even sites like ChinaSMACK or LostLaoWai make money off of advertising – it’s the way the game works. But do they comment on which VPNs are blocked? No. They are news oriented.
Do they tell you the difference between VPNs and proxies? No. It’s not on their agenda. Do they make it easy to hide your IP address from The GFW? No. I do that. So I’ll continue to complain till Google gives my back my rankings. Otherwise, expats and potential tourists in China are going to be stuck with retarded answers from Flyertalk (they really don’t know what they’re talking about there), and “access Facebook ” proxies (that don’t work BTW) are going to rank and give you false answer to the questions you’re asking.
See my updated list of VPNs for China here