Wow, looks like Google is doing a lot of work this month. After the very controversial PageRank update just two weeks ago that affected many websites, Google had another round of PageRank update which affected even more websites and blogs. Many popular websites and blogs which are trusted sources of good content were hit too.
(Can’t remember where I got this PageRank picture)
Many guess it was due to a PageRank algorithm change, but many more believe Google is penalizing sites involved in paid links to battle search engine spam!
All these are popular sites with PR7 or higher.
http://www.statcounter.com/ PR10 to PR6
http://www.searchengineguide.com PR7 PR4
http://www.searchenginejournal.com PR7 PR4
http://www.forbes.com/ PR7 to PR5
http://www.washingtonpost.com/ PR7 to PR5
http://www.suntimes.com/ PR7 to PR5
http://www.sfgate.com/ PR7 to PR5
http://www.masternewmedia.org/ PR7 to PR4
http://www.seroundtable.com/ PR7 to PR4
Bloggers and blogs that are affected.
So, is your website or blog hit by Google this time? Google has officially warned that they will penalize websites selling text link ads. A lot of ad advertisers are valuing the amount to pay a website owner by looking at the PageRank, if your website is down-ranked, you should get less traffic from Google and in turn get less revenue from selling text link ads.
Update 27 Oct 2007
Looks like Problogger.net’s PR has been restored to PR6.