I have been reading a lot about the Sandbox effect of Google and pretty much confused.
I understand that the Sandbox is a sort of a container where in when new sites are indexed, initially they have a high search ranking and later fall into the sandbox and plummet low in the rankings.
The reason for ranking high is for those new sites to get links from other sites, and later when they come into the sandbox, they are given time to build links naturally.
Correct me if my observations are wrong.
Now the obvious question that comes to my mind is:
1. How does Google determine, for which keywords, the site has to be ranked high? Say for example, my site consists of 3 or more keywords, with prominence of atleast 60%, will my site rank high for those 3 keywords?
2. How long does it take for the site to come out of the sandbox again?
I've heard that site ranking on Google, also depends on the age of the site. So does this mean that the older your site, the more higher your ranking will be?
3. Page Rank: In my observations, i've seen sites with PR3 or 4 rank higher than PR5 and above sites. So this puts to rest the fact that Link Building is just a part of the whole gamut of achieving good rakings.
4. Is there a way to check whether a particular site is in the Sandbox and an ETA when it will grow out of it?