Chrome Market Share Down Following PageRank Penalty

    February 4, 2012
    Chris Crum
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This is some unexpected news. Chrome’s market share has actually fallen? That’s the case according to new data from Net Applications.

The firm attributes the loss in Chrome market share to the penalty Google placed on it after the the whole paid post controversy last month. Google reduced the PageRank of the Chrome home page after it was found to be in violation of the company’s own webmaster guidelines, and as a result no longer appears on the first page in a variety of popular browser related searches.

It’s a bit hard to fathom that this could have such a major impact, but it’s at least one thing to take into consideration. It will be interesting to see how the market share looks next month, and after the Chrome page gets its PageRank back. Google said the PR would be lowered for a period of at least 60 days.

Also in January, Internet Explorer gained 1.1% and Firefox dropped 1%.

  • http://www.LAokay.com Steven G

    Wait, are you saying that Google actually penalized itself for violating Google’s own quality guidelines? Somebody better see if hell has frozen over, the Devil might need some blankets. :)

  • marvin nubwaxer

    install all three. you never know which one may do a better job than another. for example: chrome does a great job of translating foreign websites on the fly. firefox has the extensions i want.

    • stu

      funny that there is no example of what IE does better than another.

  • blackstar

    I don’t use chrome after firefox 10.0 and avant browser 2012 build 21 are released.
    Chrome is Frequent Updates in recently and it is unstable.

  • Vincent

    I stopped using IE 2 years ago and never looked back. Jumped on the foxfire band wagon; now giving Chrome a chance.

  • http://www.mosaictec.com Sarah

    I was surprised when I originally read that Google was going to limit one of its own services. It does promote good rapport for Google as a company – treating its own products and services the same as its competitors. What could have been a PR disaster for Google was well handled, keeping with its “Don’t be evil” mantra.

    Mosaic Technology

  • http://www.chickenshick.com Chris Jones

    I’m a Chrome user simply because I prefer it and find it faster and easier to use. However, I don’t particularly like supporting Google after their recent behavior, which I feel is way too over aggressive. Ultimately, if IE became nicer to use, I’d switch back immediately.