I have learned a ton since then and web development has turned into a hobby and I hope to turn it into a carreer.
Its all because of you guys.
Today my first site (which I launched at the end of November) finally is out of the google sandbox. It has been more of a hobby site that I have worked on only a couple of times a month while I made sites for friends and family and made a nice little income on the side.
Thanks everyone for all of your support. I love this forum. I learned 90% of everything right here.
Congratulations! I'm sure it feels great. Now, if I may ask, exactly how can you tell when your site gets out of the sandbox. My oldest site is now over 3 years old and there really was not a sandbox back then that I could tell.
How long does it usually take a site to get out of the sandbox and is it gradual or one day you are in the sandbox and next day you are out?
I ask because I have just launched a couple of new sites and I am working on others as we speak. Thanks for any information.
Well I am not a huge expert on this but it seems that it all really depends on the age of your site, content, and links. Since I havent been really working on promoting the site it took 8 months :)
In my experience it also depends on your subject and amount of quality content. Expect a travel booking engine to stay sandboxed for MONTHS while an information website about your grandmothers undies might end up in the SE's within days...