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Longest You've Been in the Sandbox?

How long until you got out?

     
6:54 am on May 14, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I must admit this question is born out of impatience ;) Of the five or so content sites I put together last summer, only one has come out of the sandbox (May launch), but that was 2-3 months ago. If it was just based on time, the two I launched in June ought to be getting more traffic by now but they're not.

So, just out of curiosity, if you've started new sites since this sandbox effect began, how long did it take your site(s) to get out or are you still waiting?

4:06 pm on May 17, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I launched one site april 2004 and it came out in in the new year update, everything launched after that is still in there. not really seeing any shift with this "update" but i've not really studied it yet.

I've avoided the sandbox on a couple of domains i've taken over where sites were 2 years+ old and had a few links and a few on-topic pages in the index. (one pr1 one pr2). With these i've tip-toed around adding a link here or there over a few months and both are doing well in their "widgets in location" areas.

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If Google has such a problem in figuring out what is suppose to be in the SERPs by sandbox or sanctioning sites that update there sites regularly , there is more to this picture that Google wants you to know. $$$$$
4:53 pm on May 17, 2005 (gmt 0)

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One year to fully come out of the sandbox.

That's deeply depressing - one year is a lifetime in internet terms.

People used to talk about 6 months, then 9 months, now 12...

5:20 pm on May 17, 2005 (gmt 0)

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I started my site in July 2004, and had a surge in traffic March 2005. So, 8 months to get out of the sandbox. Though once you are out, your website will become a goldmine, if you know what you are doing.

If I was to start another domain (now that my primary domain is out of the sandbox) would I still have to wait almost a year to get my next domain out? Or will Google trust my name since I already have a domain out of the sandbox?

5:37 pm on May 17, 2005 (gmt 0)

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People used to talk about 6 months, then 9 months, now 12...

I would imagine the "no rule" still applies.

Site A and B crawled the same time.

Both designed similar to target same KWS.

Both same relevant IBL's.

Site A: released 6 months

Sites B: released 12 months

No one knows why A comes out sooner.

5:57 pm on May 17, 2005 (gmt 0)

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have you been getting a lot of links during the entire 'sandbox age' of your sites? or were you gaining IBLs slowly?
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Got a site coming up to one year now, next month in fact. Still sandboxed, bloody ridiculous!

Also makes Google look ridiculous as the site is #1 on all other major search angines, Google returns a page on someones blog that links to an internal page on my sandboxed site as their #1 match

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I have been getting blasted in the member's forum for going on about this so I am afraid that I cannot tell you that I have a site that is fourteen months in the box ;)
7:39 pm on May 17, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Thanks for your responses, guys. My sites have picked up links naturally, plus two of them have both DMOZ and Yahoo links with the keywords in the title, so I believe they will do well eventually. It's just the wait. Feh.
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We entered the sandbox in October 04, and have slowly watched our site come out, slow improvments each month. April 16th we watched our keywords fall back into it. From a 24 right back down to 'no rank' in the serps, but only competative keywords. At the same time this happened our homepage PR went from a 4 to a 5 and inner pages we have built within our sandbox period went from a 0 to a 4-5.
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Currently two weeks short of one year. Don't know if it's the sandbox anymore though. The url only listings are becoming a larger percentage of a decreasing amount of pages indexed. I seem to be now having a 302 problem but who knows. Perhaps there never was a sandbox, just that new sites were more susceptible to 302 redirects killing you off.
It just means the plans had to be rearranged to focus on the 30% or so of the internet lucky enough to use a search engine other than Google.

ps. Just kidding about there never being a sandbox.

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How do we know that the site still in sandbox or penalized? My site age is over 2 years. I have got the link as natural not heavy. When I search something as same as title of homepage, it doesn't show my website , also my website name.

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973 Back links and growing and Google keeps us still playing in the sandbox!
Our competitor has 73 and he is on the top,

If Google has a problem counting the difference, they better go back to school.

9:18 pm on May 18, 2005 (gmt 0)

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973 Back links and growing and Google keeps us still playing in the sandbox!
Our competitor has 73 and he is on the top

Hi RS_200_gto,

I am sure you know the potential difference in terms of backlinks quality there may exist. Are you sure you suffer because of sandbox or maybe have other reasons to worry?

4:50 am on May 19, 2005 (gmt 0)

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There is absolutely no reason for me not to rank well on my name, yet Google shows my site at #114.

Certainly hope for Google's sake they are doing something about this. Its really making them look bad.

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