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but i heard that it would be a good idea to 301 my origional site to the new one.. well its newer...
Bam.. about 6 weeks later im sandboxed with 1/3 of my traffic gone...
How long have people been in my position for.....
I quiet liked getting out.. but is this going to take another 8 or so months?
Adwords is fairly expensive, and cutting into my profits....
My question is - how do you measure the keyword popularity or competitiveness, and what is the threshold for the measure (e.g. greater than X searches per month? at least X search results?)
There should be a way to determine, for any keyword/phrase, whether it counts as competitive/popular enough to be affected by the sandbox theory. I'd welcome thoughts on how to do this!
how do you measure the keyword popularity or competitiveness
So it took me 6 months to get out the sandbox on this very competitive word. I am only ranking #42 in google.de and #59 for google.com but of course do better on specific combined word searches such as "keyword + keyword 2".
I got a few decent incoming links in the first 6 weeks of going live and then just left it alone.
I personally adhere to the theory that it is the "incoming links" that are actually sandboxed - not your site directly. Although I think there is probably a minimum (say 6 months) for a new site.
Like I keep saying - we got a few bits of traffic from Day 1 with google, but you can see a jump when you start getting traffic for competitive phrases as well.
I now need to get into the Top 10 to get any proper traffic.