He looked at SEM Rush and Search Metrics data for the past few months and noticed a significant drop in search visibility for TechCrunch in Google's search results.
Here is the three month chart from Search Metrics:
As you can see, the decline looks pretty significant, but to be honest, when it comes with news sites, stories can hit big one day and have a huge skew in the visibility it sees even in the search results.
TheNextCorner commented at Threadwatch and said if you look at the 2 year Search Metrics report, the recent decline doesn't look bad at all. He said, "but over 2 years, they still look quite good." Here is the chart:
Do you think Google penalized TechCrunch? Is it just less overall searches for what TechCrunch is covering? Less hot breaking stories? Or maybe it was is nothing?
Forum discussion at Threadwatch.