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I got a couple of relevant PR4 and 5 incoming links and the googlebot came to my site several times in the space of a couple days.
On Tuesday of this week, I noticed that my site was on the 3rd page momentarily for a specific keyword phrase.
By the end ot Tuesday, however, my site was nowhere to be found in the rankings for this term.
Now I see that most of the pages I created for this site are in the index but I am not ranked for any of my targeted keywords.
Do I assume this is just the standard flux as the new site makes its way into the SERPS or is it possible that I have already received a penalty?
The site is mostly text using h1 tags and very clean code. It is fairly heavily optimized as well.
Any insight appreciated.
These days however you get a brief glimmer of hope before losing it for a long time. I've seen reports of the sandbox effect only lasting a couple of months but I have a dozen sites I launched in May that are still waiting for their ranking and I've not had PR added to any site launched since July.
Sit back and ride it out is all you can do (unless you want to PPC).
Thanks for putting me at ease guys. I was afraid I had triggered some over optimization penalty. I suspect that the sandbox is the more likely cause.
I've had some success with avoiding the sandbox with sites that are very heavily updated.
I'm going to try to keep adding new pages to this site as well as new incoming links and hopefully I can shorten the sandbox time.
I got the same problem with my sites. I have 10 sites and al my pages are listed at number 1 for te main keywords. But the last 2 weeks, 3 of my sites are in the morning at number 1 en at the end of the day they are totally disappeared.
About a half year ago I had the same problem its not possible to do something about it. It takes about 4 weeks and after that is all normal.
So don't worry.