Chrome still a top ad and Google.com itself hasn’t been demoted.
So Google demoted Google.com/chrome in its web rankings after the pay-to-post fiasco.
Or did it?
If you search for “browser” in Google right now you probably won’t find Google.com/chrome anywhere on the first page.
Except for an ad. The first ad, as a matter of fact.
Sure, Google’s Chrome unit probably has to pay out of its budget for the Adwords it buys, but isn’t that playing with house money?
Also, Google.com itself hasn’t been demoted. That’s a problem.
After all, if I had a directory on this site, such as DomainNameWire.com/chrome, and got manually penalized by Google, do you think it would just be the directory /chrome that was demoted? Of course not. It would be the entire site.
It looks like Google is trying to save face but isn’t willing to penalize its entire domain name.