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Right now it looks like the Chrome marketing team has no idea about the search quality team's very explicit guidelines.
Regarding the Google Chrome campaign, I wonder which SEO Firm is getting fired by Google?
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....
...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.
Do I misunderstand "algorithm" in thinking that this somewhat "manual" adjustment reflects poorly on the site rank zapping that Panda has placed on others "automatically"?
In response, the webspam team has taken manual action to demote [Google.com...] for at least 60 days. 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 [Google.com...] will also be lowered to reflect the fact that we also won’t trust outgoing links from that page.