SEOMike - 4:44 pm on Feb 24, 2005 (gmt 0) That'll show your site if it doesn't show up for the regular site search. if it comes up using the search above, it's probably sandboxed. Hope this has been helpful.
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?
The SEs determine your importance by reading your site to see what you are related to and some other factors. Just like all the other sites on the net. If by prominence of 60% you mean that 60% of the words on the page are your 3 targeted words... that's pretty spammy.
2. How long does it take for the site to come out of the sandbox again?
Results will vary based on the site / links to it. I've come out in a few weeks, and have seen some that come out in a few months.
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?
Not necessarily. The Oldest site on the net [symbolics.com] doesn't rank particularly well for much, and doesn't show any PR. Age is not a huge factor in my opinion. I've beaten old sites in the SERPS with sites that are only a few months old.
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.
You're right, link building is a part, but content is king. A high PR site may not have sufficient content to tell the SEs that it's an expert on whatever you searched.
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?
Yep. Do this search in google:
site:yoursite.com -asdf -asdf -asdf -fdsa -sadf -fdas -asdf -fdas -fasd -asdf -asdf -asdf -fdsa
That'll show your site if it doesn't show up for the regular site search. if it comes up using the search above, it's probably sandboxed.
Hope this has been helpful.