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Sandboxing and new link spikes
Do sudden increases in the number of links to a site result in sandboxing

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Msg#: 33382 posted 11:32 am on Mar 6, 2006 (gmt 0)

Hi all,

I have a techie web site devoted to reviews of books and software. When new material is published this normally gets posted to newsforge and other sites. The always results in a surge of new links to the site. In the past the site has been sandboxed, but after several months had climbed out and was getting plenty of google traffic and good serps.

Now it's been sandboxed again and I'm wondering whether these spikes in new links are a cause of this. Could it appear that these surges in links are some kind of black-hat seo activity?

Comments appreciated.



jeremy goodrich

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Msg#: 33382 posted 10:44 pm on Mar 6, 2006 (gmt 0)

A sudden spike in acquired links won't necessarily throw a site into the "sandbox" the new links simply might take some time to become added to your overall "link popularity score".

Other than that, if the flood of new links - for a new site - vastly outnumbered the "normal" links, this could cause an issue. Though link acquisition, by itself, and normal internet marketing shouldn't cause an issue with search indexing or ranking.

It's only when you auto submit to tons of low quality sites that could have an impact, and only in rare cases when the site is very new, doesn't have any quality links, and there is reason to believe the site was low quality (eg, hosted with tons of sites on the same IP, lots of links from the same Whois owner, etc).


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Msg#: 33382 posted 10:58 pm on Mar 6, 2006 (gmt 0)

Thanks Jeremy.

If that's not it then I'm down to wondering about my site structure. Content is organised by topic, so Java material is all linked via a Java page, XML via an XML page etc. These subject pages contain some independent content, but mostly they are just collections of links within the site. Some reviews cover more than one topic so there are links from two or more of the subject pages. The aim is to make it easy for the reader to navigate to reviews that are of interest. I'm sure there must be a generic term to describe this type of structure.

Is it this structure that's likely to get my site sandboxed?


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Msg#: 33382 posted 3:54 am on Mar 9, 2006 (gmt 0)

Finally seem to be out of the sandbox for some key terms. Let's see if this leads to more referrals from Google. I used to get a ton of traffice from Google. Lately it's just mainly Google images.

What's wierd is that I had the domain for quite some time using URL forwarding to my ISP. Almost 2 years ago I upgraded and started to host my site at a new server. Google and Yahoo both treated it like it was a brand new site. It took forever to start to rank again. Then all of a sudden, in the fall, it was like I was sand boxed again. Is there anything that I could have done wrong to make that happen or did that apply to most sites launched around when mine was?

I want to make sure that I don't screw myself u.

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