The Google Sandbox effectÂ is an allegedÂ restriction placed on new websites. The result is that a new site does not receive good rankings for its most important keywords and keyword phrases for few months. Even with good content,Â many inbound links, a new websiteÂ may still adversely affected by the Sandbox effect (Dell XPS M1210 Battery) .
The Google Sandbox acts as a probation for new sites, probably to discourage spam sites from rising quickly, getting banned, and repeating the process.Thus the Google Sandbox is very similar to a new website being placed on probation whose rank is kept lower than expected in searches, prior to being given full value for its inbound links and content (Dell Studio XPS 1340 Battery) .
Why did GoogleÂ createÂ the Sandbox?
It is thought Google created the Sandbox filter forÂ new sites to stop spam sitesÂ thatÂ purchase numerousÂ inbound links, and rank highly for their keywords from the date of launch.Â As Google apparently considers a high number of links pointing to a site from the beginning to be rather suspicious, the inbound links are not considered to be natural (Dell Studio XPS 1640 Battery ) .
Another possibility is that spam sites would use various tactics to rise to the top of the search results, and gain heavy sales prior to being banned for violating Googleâ€™s Terms of Service; and then repeating the process continually. As a result, new sites are putÂ on aÂ probation period, and this effect is usually referred to as the Google Sandbox (Dell Vostro 1710 Battery) .
Is thereÂ really a Google Sandbox?
Not all SEO experts agree thatÂ Google Sandbox exists as a separate filter from other alleged Google filters. Many of themÂ do not evenÂ agree that Google uses a system of filters at all. Skeptics believe that the phenomenon merely echoes already existing Google algorithm calculations, and the Sandbox effect is an illusion. Note that Google has all but admitted recently that the Sandbox filter is real (SONY VAIO VGN-FZ11S Battery) .
Which sites are placed in the Sandbox?
While all types of new sites can be placed in the Google Sandbox, the problem appears much more frequently for new websites seeking rankings for highly competitive keywords and keywordÂ phrases. All sites are likely to be given a term in the Sandbox, but those websites seeking rankings for keywords that areÂ in high demand are probably in for a much longer duration in the sandbox (ASUS EEE PC900 battery) .
Why some sites never seem to been in the Google Sandbox? You can avoid having your site in the Google Sandbox for several reasons. Sites targeting non-competitive keywords and phrases are often left out of the Google Sandbox as there is little point in applying the filter. Keep in mind, however, that even less competitive search terms can be Sandboxed, but their much shorter stay in the sandbox often goes entirely unnoticed (Dell RM791 battery) .
How long is a site stays in the Google Sandbox?
Stays in the Google Sandbox can vary from one to six months, with three to four months being theÂ averahe time frame. Less competitive searches will be given the much shorter stay in the sandbox, while hyper-competitive keywords will often spend six months in the sandbox. The filter will be gradually decreased over time, and will lose most of its dampening effect in about three months. However, for the most competitive search keyword phrases, the Sandbox filter might remain in full force for six months (Sony VGP-BPS13 battery) .
How do I know ifÂ a siteÂ isÂ in the Sandbox?
If your site has aÂ good Google PageRank and incoming links, and it shows up in search results for some secondary search phrases, but the site isÂ nowhere to be found for the most important searches; then it is veryÂ likely the site has been placed in the Google Sandbox (sony vgp-bpl9 battery) .
HowÂ to know ifÂ itâ€™s the Sandbox and not a Google penalty?
If a siteÂ isÂ punishedÂ from a Google penalty, the site would not appear in the Google search engine results pages (SERPs) for even the less important keyword searches. The site would also show no PageRank or even a grey bar on the Google Toolbar in case of Google penalty. The alleged Google Sandbox filter is apparently designed to concern itself with the more competitive keywords as they are more likely to have spam sites, purchasedÂ inbound links Google deems unnatural, and probably more manipulation attempts being made (Sony VGP-BPL11 battery) .
Will joining of Google AdWords or Google Adsense prevent being placed in the Sandbox?
Joining paid programs like Google Adwords and Google Adsense will have no effect on your siteâ€™s duration in the Google Sandbox. Those programs could provide much needed traffic while your site remains in the Sandbox. Participation in the various Google paid advertising programs will not keep your site out of Sandbox, or shorten your stay, despite what some myths would have you believe (Sony VGP-BPL15 battery ) .
Are there any other Google filtersÂ like the Sandbox?
The alleged dampening filter on new incoming links is often mistaken for the Sandbox. Many search engine optimization experts think that new incoming links are not given immediate full credit. The purpose of that gradual passing along of Google PageRank and link popularity, is to discourage purchasing of incoming links, and various linking schemes designed only to increase a siteâ€™s standing in the Google search rankings (Dell Inspiron E1505 battery ) .
How to get out of Google Sandbox ?
Time is the only realÂ escape from the Sandbox. Depending on the competitiveness of your most important keywords, that time can vary from one to six months, with three to four months being theÂ average duration. In the meantime, continue to improve your site contents, and be prepared to make a rapid rise once the Sandbox probation ends (Dell Latitude E6400 battery) .
What should I do while my site is still stuckÂ in the Sandbox?
While your site is stuck in the Sandbox, itâ€™sÂ best to continue adding fresh keyword rich content and new incoming links to your site. Adding inbound links will ensure that theyÂ lessen any possible new link dampening filter that might be in effect. The linksÂ would be well aged, and ready to pass along their full value of PageRank and link popularity, as the site comes out of the Google Sandbox (HP Pavilion dv6000 Battery) .
So it is better to concentrate on adding more keyword rich pages, and donâ€™t forget both on page and off page factors. On the page, make sure your title tags match the most important keywords for that page. It is aÂ good idea to add a site map and be sure that all of your pages link properly to one another with appropriate link anchor text containing the keywords for that page. Off page link anchor text should be set up to include keywords for the receiving page as well (Hp Pavilion dv3-1000 battery) .
This will make sure that when the filter is lifted, your improved site will rise rapidly to its proper place at the top of the search rankings.
Should I keep getting new links to my website while in sandbox?
The Sandbox is an ideal time to start adding incoming links to your site. Because of the alleged new links dampening filter, adding links while in the Sandbox solves two filters at once. If the newly added links are indeed dampened by a filter, then their full value should take effect just as your site comes out from the Sandbox (Dell Precision M70 Battery) .
Be sure to add strong keyword rich anchor text to your incoming links, and vary it to include several keyword combinations.
How long it takes to appear in the SERPS after leaving the Sandbox?
The length of time required to achieve your siteâ€™s proper ranking is difficult to quantify as so many variables are taken into consideration. If you have been adding well anchor text covered inbound links from relevant websites, your rise will be much faster than someone who has not continued to add incoming links (Dell XPS M1330 Battery) .
It will also assist your siteâ€™sÂ ascent to search prominence by constantly adding keyword rich content. Of course, the more competitive the keywords you are targetting, the longer and harder is the climb.
How can I avoid being placed in the Sandbox ?
The Sandbox can be avoided to a degree byÂ making the siteÂ prior to its being fully ready for prime time (Hp 520 battery) .
While the site willÂ be placed inÂ low rankings, it will start the clock ticking on its Sandbox duration time. Be sure to add as many incoming links as possible to get past the alleged new links dampening filter. Keep adding keyword rich content to your site. Anything that can be done to speed up your siteâ€™s appearance on the internet, including the purchase of an already existing domain, should be considered. With proper time management, a site can avoid the Google Sandbox entirely (Acer Aspire One battery) .