Did Google Actually Penalize Google Japan?

After Google Japan got caught buying paid blog reviews it was claimed that Google penalized their own site. Sure their toolbar PageRank score matters, but did it do anything to their actual rankings? Not so far as I can tell.

Search Google for John Chow or Text Link Ads and try to find the official branded sites...that is what a real penalty looks like. It looks like The SEO Commandments don't apply equally to everyone.

Thou shalt bear witness against all thy competitors, spying and snitching and ratting on them whenever thou perceivest a purported spam causing grief to Mine index and My corporate ego. And My profits. For thus shalt thou spare Me labor and the expense of attending to Mine Own job. And if thou wilt not lay it to heart to give glory to My name in this manner, behold, I will corrupt thy ranking, and spread dung upon thy name, and castigate thee as unethical, and thine SEO agency shall be damned and misranked in all eternity. For verily, I am a jealous Search Engine.

Published: February 16, 2009 by Aaron Wall in google


February 17, 2009 - 8:07am

Its like telling our family is so good, we just sent our brother to jail because he lied.

So, trust us. ;-)

More of a PR stunt. Aaron they could have done it silently but someone (everybody knows who) reported it in twitter the very next day. (Personal view – the very next moment.) Another interesting thing – this could have gone in official blog - but no - for some strange reason twitter was selected.

Google it would have been great (a better PR attempt) if someone with no association with Google would have reported it.

February 17, 2009 - 10:42am

Through reporting it

  • a day late
  • in short format
  • through an obscure channel

it is an attempt to downplay and minimize the news. Some of those Google folks are the best public relations experts in the world. :)

February 17, 2009 - 2:54pm

Yup, reminds me of the big HP.com re-design which should have been binned on the spot but was worked-around (pity they had to put it back because it was totally unusable lol)

Theres a snitch link in webmaster tools to 'report paid links' i wish theyd get their act together and work out if the guidelines are rules or not, because in the current state theres no hard and fast rules because they want to play both sides of the fence :/

Nice to see you posting again aaron!

February 17, 2009 - 5:52pm

Yes, they lost some green smoke in the tool bar, but where did they get penalized in their rankings? How do you even begin to test something like that? Is BIG Y.jp going to have another advantage over G.jp because G gave themselves less smoke.jp?

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