Msg#: 4529201 posted 5:48 am on Dec 18, 2012 (gmt 0)
I am helping a local business with a new site (in Canada). The site is 100% clean, original content (with a blog attached putting out a post a week), plain SEO no tricks, natural organic link building. My question is, how long do new sites (local businesses) typically take to get out of the sandbox?
Okay, it's been a while since I've posted here and frankly, I'm not even sure Webmasterworld calls it a sandbox. By sandbox I mean, how long before a site can freely compete in search results without being held back because of time/lack of trust, newness.
It's been about 6 weeks and it just ranks for a few long tail keyword phrases. For keywords it should rank for (later), it is not on the 7 or 8th page of search results so it is way down there.
To me, this is all expected because of sandboxing but am wondering how long this typically lasts for a small local business site nowadays.
Msg#: 4529201 posted 5:22 pm on Dec 18, 2012 (gmt 0)
There isn't really a formal sandbox with a mandatory time period. It is more of minimum quality signals that Google is looking for.
If you know what you are doing you can get a site in a non-competitive area ranking relatively soon. In my experience most local business websites are not managed by smart webmasters and thus many of them never develop quality signals so they never rank.