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We launched a site on June 11th, 2009 and I got it indexed in all the SE's in a day or so.
The domain name is really the name of a Federal Regulation that will take effect in about a year, Very nitch so there won't be but a handful of searches in this area say tops 1000 a day as the deadline draws closer.
Right now there may be 3 a day in search volume. There is no PPC ads that show up for the search and we don't have any adsense ads on the site.
Well the domain name being the name of the new regulation we took the #2 spot under the .gov site in all three SE's.
Google did a manual review of the site on the 14th 2 days after it was launched 2 days. How in the heck can they know a site was launched and do a manual review that fast.
Being in such an obscure nitch it certainly isn't a search one would do so there had to be some kind of trigger that pushed the site into a review folder.
I just find it intresting that Google has the ability review a site so quickly.
I feel I did a pretty good job on the information we added and site structure. What I mean is the site has some good information and is easy to navigate. I pulled some information from the Gov site and some we did so it isn't just a copycat site. We have remained at the #2 spot since the review so I assume we passed the sandbox.
2 days and a review man that suprised me.
I just happened to be using the referrals that come in using "visitor path" and send the ones I can determine as a possible lead to our sales department so they can call on the company that searched the term, and saw Google Plex come in not as a referral but a direct type in.
There must be some type on monitor on changes made from the bot to alert the Plex to review a site that is either new or on page 1 of the results based on the last cache of the site if the page changes to much.
Tedster my thoughts as well but 3 times in a month is unreal considering the sheer number of sites that will need to be reviewed.
Looks like we passed the test as the site has remained in the position and now we have 2 links with the extra link "More results for mydomain" under the 2nd link.
I felt I built a good site with good content easy to navigate and fast to load makes me feel real good Google reviewers felt the same way.
I would love to check for manual reviews on our network of sites but am using Analytics. Is there any way to do it using Analytics or perhaps just searching raw log files for a particular IP? What IP would I need to check for?
Manual checks come from 126.96.36.199, 188.8.131.52 and 184.108.40.206. Period. They come to my sites all the time and strangely positions drop 3 or 6 pages the next day. Thanks guys.
@bwnbwn - We also have something which I am not sure it is manual review or not - is this similar to yours? The IP that visited the site was 220.127.116.11 and the browser is reported to be "Google Webmaster Tools 0".
On each visit there is a request to between 1 and 10 pages and there is no referrer. In cases where more than one page is looked at, there could be anything between 2 seconds and 15 minutes between page views. The host name reported in the statcounter is crawl-66-249-71-216.googlebot.com
We had these visits since beginning of June, every few days, and sometimes few days in the row. I am still not sure what they are, manual review or something else. Our ranking did not change (so far).