I think that it may be just

I think that it may be just as likely that their audience is simply moving on. 2 years ago TC was on my daily look at list. I havn't been there in perhaps 2 months now. And I'm sure I'm not the only one. I feel that the quality of the writing there has seena dramatic drop, the increase in was I refer to press release journalism has grown substantially, and a whole host of other reasons they simply aren't the site they were 2 years ago. At least for me.

This doesn't account for the sudden drop in traffic lst month, but it does account for quite a lot. 

what about the rankings though?

the data I posted, isn't traffic, its rankings....I agree though, I think many of TC's core has gone else where. Especially after Arrington left

Right. And while I have no

Right. And while I have no doubt that traffic/visits play no role in rankings, the loss of readership directly affects the amount of links they generate each day based on sharing and posting etc. And I believe that may play a large role in why they are dropping. Sort of like spiraling down the toilet ;)

Right. And while I have no

Right. And while I have no doubt that traffic/visits play no role in rankings, the loss of readership directly affects the amount of links they generate each day based on sharing and posting etc. And I believe that may play a large role in why they are dropping. Sort of like spiraling down the toilet ;)

Noise

Sorry to call this noise instead of a signal. 

I've got access to the full suite of Search metrics, so if you look over the last 2 years, instead of just the free 3 months, you would see that Techcrunch is down over the last couple of weeks in the search visibility index of search metrics, but over 2 years, they still look quite good.

Check the image for the last 2 years 

Now, I do agree that sites like Techcrunch or Mashable carry a risk to be penalized at some point for their over optimization of internal links for major company names. Any article on a large technology company does not even link out anymore, but links to an internal tag page for articles about that company. A major source of traffic for Mashable would come out of SEO for brand names, where they rank on first page for Facebook etc. 

I think it would make sense this practice of black hole SEO would deminish in value for these sites... but according the recent ranking data, it has not

Bottom line here: We need to

Bottom line here: We need to focus on quality, be selective and stop going crazy about SEO's rumor!

Bottom line here: We need to

Bottom line here: We need to focus on quality, be selective and stop going crazy about SEO's rumor!

Could be espotting or Matt

Could be espotting or Matt Hopson  https://twitter.com/matthopson t-shirt :D 

Could be espotting or Matt

Could be espotting or Matt Hopson  https://twitter.com/matthopson t-shirt :D 

Is it just me?

Isn't it funny that 2 of the 3 subreddits that have had major upheavels and sc andals recently got dumped. The 3rd being adviceanimals which would probably cause a riot in the streets if it was dumped.