Google Punishes Itself for Paying Bloggers to Link to Chrome
January 5, 2012 12:55 PM
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Will demote Chrome's search page-ranking for 60 days
In the wake of revelations that bloggers were paid to promote Google's Chrome browser, (violating its own policy regarding paid links) the company is now punishing itself by lowering rankings of Chrome's webpage in its search engine.
"We've investigated and are taking manual action to demote www.google.com/chrome and lower the site's PageRank for a period of at least 60 days," a Google spokesman told
In the past, Google has taken action against others, such as JC Penney, for essentially spamming its search results with paid-for links.
"While Google did not authorize this campaign, and we can find no remaining violations of our webmaster guidelines, we believe Google should be held to a higher standard, so we have taken stricter action than we would against a typical site," the spokesman said.
snagged the top spot in the web-browser wars
worldwide. Whether the two-month self-punishment will affect its momentum is certainly something to keep an eye on.
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Not as bad as it seems...
1/6/2012 2:10:54 PM
seeing that if you hit google.com with any other browser it pops up a box in the top right corner saying:
A faster way to browse the web. Install Google Chrome.
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