Chrome Comes Out Of The Penalty Box, Following Paid Link Fiasco

By: Chris Crum - March 16, 2012

Remember when Google was involved in that controversy regarding paid links on blog posts about the company’s Chrome browser? As people had caught wind of what was going on, Google implemented a PageRank penalty on Chrome’s landing page, which knocked it down in search results.

“In response, the webspam team has taken manual action to demote for at least 60 days,” Google’s Matt Cutts said at the time. “After that, someone on the Chrome side can submit a reconsideration request documenting their clean-up just like any other company would. During the 60 days, the PageRank of will also be lowered to reflect the fact that we also won’t trust outgoing links from that page.”

This was Google’s effort to show others that it would treat its own properties the same as others’. It looked like this had a direct impact on Chrome’s market share, at a time when Microsoft’s Internet Explorer was showing signs of improvement.

The penalty has now been lifted, as the 60-day mark has come. Barry Schwartz reports that Google has confirmed this.

It will be very interesting to see how Chrome’s market share numbers look after being out of the penalty box for a while.

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  • Daley

    The penalty will actually be good publicity seo-wise for chrome.
    All the blogs will be mentioning them now and thereby increasing their pagerank etc.

    • Vi

      I agree – G realized they will get much more feedback (i.e. backlinks) by publicly announcing about this penalty instead of keep quite about the situation. In the long run these 60 days penalty is nothing.
      By Crome became dominating web browser.

  • Faith

    HA! I totally agree with Daley. In the long run it still amounts to nothing more than a symbolic gesture on the big G’s part.

  • Kenyan site

    Looks like the case of one party being the judge, the policeman and prosecutor. I arrest the criminal, press charges and pass judgement. Bif G can’t play all the 3 roles particularly in its own case.