As in it’s all over the blogosphere now. A lot of popular sites have been slapped with PageRank penalties, some scrambling for their lives. And some though it was just this blog.
Here’s a long list of very popular and trusted sites been drastically affected by the recent PageRank update.
http://www.downloadsquad.com PR5 -> PR4
http://www.autoblog.com PR6 -> PR4
http://www.engadget.com PR7 -> PR5
http://www.problogger.net PR6 -> PR4
http://www.copyblogger.com PR6 -> PR4
http://www.joystiq.com PR6 -> PR4
http://www.tuaw.com PR6 -> PR4
http://www.searchengineguide.com PR7 -> PR4
http://www.searchenginejournal.com PR7 -> PR4
http://www.johnchow.com PR6 -> PR4
http://www.quickonlinetips.com PR6 -> PR3
http://weblogtoolscollection.com PR6 -> PR4
http://www.seroundtable.com PR7 -> PR4
http://www.blogherald.com PR6 -> PR4
http://www.washingtonpost.com PR7 -> PR5
http://www.washingtontimes.com PR6 -> PR4
http://www.forbes.com PR7 -> PR5
http://www.sfgate.com PR7 -> PR5
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com PR6 -> PR4
This is what Google has been announced recently — sites selling raw link for PR juice will be penalized.
So, did the recent update affected your blogs/websites?
It is also possible that this recent update is screwed in some way. If you remember some 6 months ago when that PR update was so screwed some sites easily get PR6 and even on blog I owned for 6 months got a PR8 page. Maybe this time, it’s the other way around.