Robert_Charlton - 2:22 am on Jan 4, 2012 (gmt 0)
Google had no choice but to fall on its sword and downrank the Google Chrome page for a meaningful term, which they've done.
In what appears to be an update of the SearchEngineLand "update article" linked to above (I think I see the old "PageRank Reduced" title redirecting, but haven't checked that out carefully), Danny Sullivan discusses the consequences of the PageRank reduction and raises some questions that I'm sure were being discussed at Google today.
Google’s Chrome Page No Longer Ranks For "Browser" After Sponsored Post Penalty
Jan 3, 2012
To me, the bigger issue in this has always been the garbage content that was produced by the campaign, "thin" material that Google has fought to keep out of its own search results. I’m still trying to understand how Google failed to understand that the marketing companies it engaged with would produce this....
I find that it is almost a constant struggle with many clients, writers, and agencies to keep them from producing meaningless fluff.
Google may have to hire some good SEOs, in fact, to keep them from lapsing into the general low quality of the web. ;)
...It also raises the serious question that if Google can't keep track of its own rules, what hope is there that third parties are supposed to figure it all out?
I hate to write that, because the last thing I want is for a Google screw-up to be an excuse for anyone to do the type of "marketing" that Google did. But it's also true.