Both Daily Blog Tips and Andy Beard are covering a dramatic drop in PageRank for some very popular web sites. The drop happened overnight and while there’s no concrete evidence as to why, speculation includes selling links or interlinking within a network of sites.
Here are just a few sites affected:
- Engadget (from 7 to 5)
- AutoBlog (from 6 to 4)
- Problogger (from 6 to 4)
- Copyblogger (from 6 to 4)
- Washington Post (from 7 to 5)
- Forbes.com (from 7 to 5)
- SFGate.com (from 7 to 5)
Another theory is that Google is changing the PR scale. I don’t think this is the case, as we’d see pretty much all sites drop in PR. As we avoid selling paid links, and don’t benefit from links from a network of blogs, we seem to have made it through unscathed–although, that doesn’t mean MP and other sites could be caught up in this at some point.
What I’d like to see next is a report on whether any of these sites have seen a reduction in Google traffic. After all, if it’s just a cosmetic reduction in PR, there’s no big deal.