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Is there anyway of knowing how long you have left in the Sandbox? How long are you meant to be in the Sandbox for?
Wouldnt be great if Google had a tool which told you how long your were left in their sandbox? :P
Please let me know your thoughts on this popular topic!
If you don't know what I'm talking about with allin's go to google and do a allinanchor:"Keyphrase", allintitle:"Keyphrase", allintext:"Keyphrase", or allinurl:"Keyphrase". If your site is showing up for your keywords with allinanchor or allintext your site is in the SandBox.
When I get a domain stuck in this situation, I look for every angle where the website mught be trying a shortcut of some kind, anything "sub-standard" and fix whatever I notice. It can get mighty frustrating, I well know. But we cannot think of it as just "doing time" and then the domain gets released.
Instead, look for things like:
... all the kinds of things we talk about here regularly. And then, continue to do whatever you can to build traffic in a natural and healthy way. Just build the business, whatever it is, and make the people who visit happy.
As I said, we don't know everything that Google looks at, but we do know they say we should be building a good site for our visitors -- and I just listed some of the key factors that help visitors. None of it would be time wasted, that's for sure.
Apparently Google is looking for "signals of quality" before allowing a site to become a citizen of Google Land.
From what I have experience, the level of the signals of quality a site needs to have to become a citizen of Goo, depends on how competitive the site's market is.
A site can choose to be a legal citizen or and illegal.
Illegals adopt someone elses identity.
depends on how competitive the site's market is
I see the same thing, minnapple, and I wish I understood exactly how that is being measured. Some have conjectured it's based on the price or number of bidders in AdWords for a search term, because a site can be "sandboxed" for a pricey two word phrase, but add a third term to the query and there it is high on the SERP.
That sure sounds like a possible measure -- and highly valuable terms (not just competitive in a "pages returned" sense) would be more likely to have highly aggressive methods applied -- so Google might well be a bit wary. But then again -- just talking -- it might just be the number of searches, whether or not they are financially lucrative terms. I lean toward the first, but am not 100% convinced. Maybe it's some "Combination of the Two".
[edited by: tedster at 3:39 am (utc) on April 27, 2006]
So can you guys confirm that if you have too many inbound links pointing to your website - than it can penialise you?
Isnt this a contradiction to the earlier rule of acquiring alot of links?
Most of the links pointing to our site are from our other network sites which are mainly directory based.
Would it help if we removed these links?
But realistically, NONE of us know exactly how the sandbox works except Google!
Ted, I have seen sites on non-boxed sites struggle on certain search phrases that are not competitive, but one word is related to a competitive phrase.
~stuff [ search phrase plus the tilde in front ].
Often, it takes months before Google sorts out that site isn't about the competitive relational word, and is more about the intended usage of the word based upon the other words.
A blinding light was set off with that thought.