January 03, 2012
Google Gets In Trouble For Sponsored Blog Posts

So the latest furball furor to hit the net is Google ranking "Sponsored Posts" about google chrome. Search engine land has a big article called Google's Jaw-Dropping Sponsored Post Campaign For Chrome and OSNews has a good write up as well. Basically it appears that Google is doing what their anti-spam people specifically prevent people from doing to try to get higher google rankings.

I'm not ready to believe that this is really Google being evil, probably more a marketing plan that mis-fired. They have lots of ads and content out there for Chrome already, from their chrome videos to the "want a better browser" logos that'll pop up when you visit a site on a non-chrome browser. And quite frankly Chrome is good already, they don't need (IMHO anyway) more marketing, especially grey-hat stuff. Just let the better product win, as based on the browser results showing chrome passing firefox and IE steadily losing ground (good!) it already is.

Interesting to see how this pans out.

Posted by Arcterex at January 03, 2012 01:59 PM