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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....
We all get straight into google in days, the issue is where you rank for popular words and phrases.
So you might rank great for "blue armani trousers" but be nowhere for "trousers".
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.