While the blogosphere was hailing Google for “pulling” its Google self-promotional tips from surfacing at the top of Google SERPs, I published the screen shot below showing that self-promotional product pitches continued within Google search SERPs.
In a search for "calendar" at Google, no Google “tips” were returned by Google at the top of the SERP, but a Google placed self-promotional call-out blue box pitch for Google's own Desktop product was prominently featured directly below navigation to page two of Google's "natural" search results.
Google is particularly interested in pitching downloads of Google Toolbar.
Below is a screenshot of a very prominent self-promotion for the Toolbar currently surfacing within SERPs and a screenshot of the Google homepage Toolbar self-promo which I pointed out last year and which persists.
Should Google cease self-promoting its own products and services on the Google homepage and within Google SERPs?