Cutts said that after the penalty period, Chrome's download page could be returned to its search good graces. "Someone on the Chrome side can submit a reconsideration request documenting their cleanup just like any other company would," Cutts said.
It's unknown how the two-month penalty will affect Chrome's download, installation and usage numbers.
Chrome is on track to crack the 20% share mark this month or next, and will probably pass Firefox in March to become the second-most-used browser.
During 2011, Chrome grew its share by 8.8 points to 19.1%, representing an annual increase of 71%.
Google demoted the Chrome download page search ranking, burying it on the fifth or even later results page.
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