All of the above sites have been re-ranked by Google for some reason, and while many are speculating that it has to do with buying text links, many seem to think it may have something to do with the excessive interlinking by many blog networks. (more sites re-ranked are here and here)
This month, we are seeing networks who links among themselves penalized.
The only clear change appears to be among large scale blog networks and similar link farms, where each site in the network provides hundreds of outgoing links on each page of the blog to other blogs in the network, in some cases creating tens, even hundred of thousands of cross links.
I suppose that inflammatory talk will impress some readers, but to me it just sounds sad. Is the practice of linking to other sites in your network bad? Um, no. Should it be rewarded by Google? Um, also no. So, in my opin, Google has not really penalized these sites, but really corrected their algorithm.
But honestly, what is up with TechCrunch? You’d think someone there had a beef with b5…