Msg#: 29444 posted 10:08 pm on May 13, 2005 (gmt 0)
Just thought I'd share as it surprised me..
My friends launched a wholesale website -- no ecommerce yet, brochure-like. The site went live this week, I believe Tue. I made a link to them on Wed from my old personal homepage -- the kind of informal link that says "my friends launched a website about blue widgets". This is the ONLY link they have. Positive.
Googlebot hit them the same day 10 minutes after visiting my homepage. Today, just one day later, they rank on the first page of serps for related two-word keywords and in top position for a related 3-word keywords -- not the keywords I linked them with.
So. First -- no sandbox apparently. Secondly -- the META description is used for both searching on and for displaying a short snippet in serps.
Msg#: 29444 posted 1:52 pm on May 14, 2005 (gmt 0)
>not the keywords I linked them with
And that is the problem with a new site. Most will rank for non competitive phrases, but not for the targeted ones. Its easy to get a new site number1 for related topics and obscure searches, but rarely for the big money terms. I suspect you will find in the next few months you will have good pr, good quality links and well optimised pages but are still being beaten by low pr/low quality/off theme pages that just happen to be old and established.
Brett thinks 200 people per day is awesome for a new site..... I reckon its sandboxed. He will be getting that traffic from obscure searches and be missing 2000 people per day on the good searches. Hardly a case for questioning the sandbox theory.
Msg#: 29444 posted 5:22 pm on May 14, 2005 (gmt 0)
I had a similar experience with a 10,000 page site I set up in Feb. on a brand new domain. Only one incoming link from another site of mine, G. crawls the whole thing two days later, another two days it's in the index. Within a week up to 600 visitors a day (very focussed verbose search phrases, though). Then, after two weeks, the decline began, over the weeks down to 8 visitors a day. Last week the traffic started to climb again, now at 30 visitors a day. Very interesting experiment to watch, actually.