The Google Sandbox - A Frustrating Inevitability or a Golden Opportunity?
The Google Sandbox is a term applied to the phenomenon experienced by many new websites that delays the sites inclusion within the main Search Engine Results Pages (SERPS) of Google. Often new websites can find themselves confined to the 'Sandbox' for 6-9 months, during which time traffic to the site is severely compromised. The Google Sandbox is therefore usually seen as a frustrating inevitability by webmasters and one for which there is no quick easy solution.
My recent observations however have led me to believe that the time your website spends in the Google Sandbox should be seen as a golden opportunity rather than a frustrating inevitability.
Into the Sandbox
Many webmasters respond to their websites confinement to the Sandbox by spending endless hours forever checking the listings in Googles results pages for any sign of their website. Not only is this a waste of precious time but also serves only to increase the frustration caused by the Sandbox. Other webmasters more sensibly focus their time and effort improving the Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) of their website in order to improve its rankings within other search engines such as MSN, Yahoo, Ask Jeeves and others. Although these may not be as widely used as the Google search engine, they don't have the same aging delay of the Sandbox that Google does. Therefore, achieving good listings in these search engines early in a websites life can at least generate some traffic and hopefully some sales whilst confined to the Sandbox.
Earlier this year the Tsunami disaster in Asia forced me to change the name of my web development business from Tsunami-Site-Design to Pixelwave Design. I had to register a new domain name, build a new website and start from scratch with my web promotion. The new site was an ideal candidate for confinement to the Google Sandbox, and sure enough after an initial day or two of good rankings the new site couldn't be found in a Google search for any of my keywords. A search for the business name did bring the new site up in first place though so I was safe in the knowledge that my site was contained within the Google database but the lack of inclusion for my keywords suggested that my site had been confined to the Sandbox. The inclusion of my own personal site within the Google Sandbox gave me a great opportunity to monitor and track its progress.
The first thing I noticed was the high frequency with which a Googlebot spidered the pages of my site. The Googlebots were visiting a few times everyday and visiting all the pages of the site. It struck me that if Google had gone to the trouble of writing and implementing the 'Sandbox' filter as part of their algorithm and regularly spidering the sites within the Sandbox then the Sandbox wasn't simply an area into which new sites get put in order to delay their inclusion in the SERPS. Instead it can be considered as a probationary period for new websites during which Google pays close attention to the sites development.
This means that as far as Google is concerned, your websites time in the Sandbox may well be one of the most important times in its development. Rather than seeing this time as a frustrating inevitability you should see it as an opportunity to really show Google how your website can shine. The Google Sandbox should be a time to make the most of all the attention your site is getting from Google and show the search engine what it wants to see.
The Steps to Success
Now that we have decided that Google is actually paying your site a good deal of attention whilst it is in the Sandbox it is time to see how we can make the most of this Golden Opportunity.
The first thing to do is plan ahead and get your site into the Sandbox as soon as possible, so attracting this attention from Google. Don't wait until your website is built in all its glory before registering a domain name and uploading your site. Instead make sure the first thing you do is register your domain name, set up a hosting account and go live with one or two pages explaining what your site is about and what can be expected from it as it develops.
Next get the Googlebot to visit these embryonic pages so that Google is aware of the new site as soon as possible. There is no need to submit your site manually or repeatedly to search engines, a couple of inbound links (IBL's) from other sites that are regularly spidered will be sufficient to get the Googlebot calling. Once the robots have paid an initial visit they will return.
You may be lucky and find that your site gets straight into the main SERPS, but if it is a new domain name and new site then it is likely that before long you will find your new creation in the Sandbox where it will receive a great deal of attention from the Googlebot. Now is the time to be proactive with your website development, don't sit back patiently waiting to be released from the Sandbox, instead make the most of your time in there and show Google the potential of your website.
Content is King
The first thing you need to do is continue the development of your website. Regularly add new pages packed full of relevant content to your site. As far as search engines are concerned, 'content is king'. Search Engines exist to provide their users with links to content relevant to their search criteria, therefore they are always on the lookout for websites that contain plenty of good quality, regularly updated relevant content. Of course, good quality, relevant content will also be beneficial to your websites human visitors, which at the end of the day is your number one priority. Add plenty of new, relevant content of interest to real visitors and the Googlebot will thank you for it.
Next you need to develop and implement a strategy for obtaining a network of inbound links. Googles algorithm relies heavily on link popularity so it is likely that it pays attention to the number of IBL's your site gains whilst in the Sandbox. Don't sit back waiting for people to link to your site, get out there and be proactive. As always relevance is the key, and a sensible linking strategy whilst in the Sandbox will be noticed by the Googlebot.
There are numerous ways to generate inbound links and I have covered these in previous articles. However, things rarely stand still for long in the world of Search Engine Optimisation and latest research seems to suggest that simply getting huge amounts of IBL's whilst in the Sandbox may no longer be sufficient. It now seems that the rate of accumulation of IBL's may be important. Google is now thought to pay attention to the rate of accumulation of IBL's and expects to see them develop in what it considers a natural, organic manner. This means that suddenly gaining a huge number of inbound links may be frowned upon by Google. Instead your linking strategy should be a sustained effort aimed at gaining new IBL's from relevant websites over a long period of time.
Although the Google Sandbox is still a frustrating inevitability and there is no quick fix way limit the amount of time a website spends confined to it, patiently sitting by waiting for this confinement to end is a waste of what could be a golden opportunity. Google pays a lot of attention to sites in the Sandbox making confinement to the Sandbox an ideal time to really let your website shine. During this time give Google what it wants to see; regularly updated relevant content, lots of new pages and a sustained increase in the number of inbound links. Not only could this improve your sites ranking within the SERPS once its confinement to the Sandbox is over, but it will pay dividends for your site in general by providing its visitors with the information they require.
Alan Cole runs http://www.pixelwave.co.uk, a one-person web design studio. His aim is to provide cost effective website design production and maintenance by offering professional web solutions that stand out from the crowd. Increasingly his work involves website promotion and Search Engine Optimisation as well as training courses on all aspects of web design and promotion.
Soapbox: SEO community must temper responses when idea-sharing to avoid shaming - Search Engine Land
SEO in 2020: Going Beyond Google Search Engine Journal
SEO in 2020: What Basics You Need to Know to Be Successful Search Engine Journal
Video: Rhea Drysdale on hyperlocal SEO & saving clients money Search Engine Land
How Hackers May Be Hurting Your SEO Search Engine Journal
Google’s SEO Best Practices Summed Up in New Video Search Engine Journal
This SEO training can make you the high-paid expert who truly knows digital marketing. - The Next Web
5 of the Most Complex SEO Problems & How to Fix Them Search Engine Journal
I Love SEO: 10 Reasons Why We 💘 SEO Search Engine Journal
Google’s John Mueller on Word Count for SEO Search Engine Journal
SEMrush to SEO success bne IntelliNews
What's The Most Challenging Thing About Hotel SEO? Talking About Hotel SEO | By Thomas McDermott - Hospitality Net
What's The Most Challenging Thing About Hotel SEO? Talking About Hotel SEO | By Thomas McDermott Hospitality Net
5 Ways SEO & Web Design Go Together Search Engine Journal
Google Video SEO Explained: On Page, Multimedia, Black Hat & Search Console - Search Engine Roundtable
Google Video SEO Explained: On Page, Multimedia, Black Hat & Search Console Search Engine Roundtable
10 Tips for Mastering Your SEO Content in 2020 Search Engine Journal
A Major Hollywood Studio Turns to SEO to Boost Ticket Sales Search Engine Journal
How to Beat Big Brands in SEO Search Engine Journal
How BERT is helping SEO agencies focus on collaboration strategies Search Engine Land
Managing SEO for Non-SEOs: 3 Simple Tips Search Engine Journal
Long Tail Keywords and SEO Search Engine Journal
SEO vs. PPC: When is the Right Time to Pay? Business 2 Community
Enterprise SEO: Planning Your 2020 SEO Strategy Search Engine Journal
When Do You 'Need' SEO? Forbes
How To Unlock Your Business's Potential With Tailor-Made SEO Women Love Tech
6 Ways to Know If Your SEO Is Broken Practical Ecommerce
Microsoft Lists SEO as the Most Important Hard Skill for Marketers Search Engine Journal
Leverage Python and Google Cloud to extract meaningful SEO insights from server log data - Search Engine Land
Leverage Python and Google Cloud to extract meaningful SEO insights from server log data Search Engine Land
Citations & Local SEO: The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide Search Engine Journal
Warner Bros. renamed the Harley Quinn movie for better SEO Search Engine Land
Best Free Online SEO Training Courses in 2020 Search Engine Journal
8 Ways to Become a Great SEO Consultant Search Engine Journal
A Definitive Guide to Mobile SEO Search Engine Journal
The SEO Agency KPIs Dashboard: A Way to Unlock Growth Search Engine Journal
Google Recommends Hiring SEOs in New ‘Search for Beginners’ Video Search Engine Journal
Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Tools Keep Reading
SEO: 7 Shopper-grabbing Rich Snippets for Ecommerce Practical Ecommerce
It’s Time to Put the ‘Marketing’ Back in ‘Content Marketing’ Search Engine Journal
Voice Search has taken the SEO industry by storm: MMA and GroupM report ETBrandEquity.com
My Site Audit Says ‘Low Word Counts’ – Is That Important? Search Engine Journal
16 On-Page SEO Factors You Must Update On Your Blog At All Times Business 2 Community
SEO Trends in 2020 Newswire
Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Tools Market Research Report Industrial Opportunity Size and Growth Forecast to 2028 With Top Key Players - News Times
Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Tools Market Research Report Industrial Opportunity Size and Growth Forecast to 2028 With Top Key Players News Times
Charles Travers Debuts New SEO Agency Focused on Empowering Companies in the Digital Age - PRUnderground
Charles Travers Debuts New SEO Agency Focused on Empowering Companies in the Digital Age PRUnderground
Top 10 SEO Factors to Improve Website Position Customer Think
Does Seo Ji-hye of Crash Landing on You suit the chaebol heiress look? South China Morning Post
Google Search Console Has New Tools to Help With Site Moves Search Engine Journal
An Adaptive Framework for Link Building Campaigns Search Engine Journal
'Crash Landing on You' gives fans new couple to ship with Kim Jung-Hyun's Seung-jun and Seo Ji-hye's Seo Dan - MEAWW
'Crash Landing on You' gives fans new couple to ship with Kim Jung-Hyun's Seung-jun and Seo Ji-hye's Seo Dan MEAWW
Seo Ji Hye And Kim Jung Hyun Share Feelings For Each Other Amidst Danger In “Crash Landing On You” - soompi
Seo Ji Hye And Kim Jung Hyun Share Feelings For Each Other Amidst Danger In “Crash Landing On You” soompi
SEO Service Provider Services Market Size, Development Status and Outlook by Top Players Till 2025 - Nyse Nasdaq Live
SEO Service Provider Services Market Size, Development Status and Outlook by Top Players Till 2025 Nyse Nasdaq Live
Park Min Young, Seo Kang Joon, And Lee Jae Wook Talk About How Well They Match Their Characters In New Drama - soompi
Park Min Young, Seo Kang Joon, And Lee Jae Wook Talk About How Well They Match Their Characters In New Drama soompi
SEO expert has "best wife in the world" on Google Bournemouth Echo
Get rid of "You haven't activated your Yoast SEO Premium subscription yet" nagging alert message - NovoNews
Get rid of "You haven't activated your Yoast SEO Premium subscription yet" nagging alert message NovoNews
Seo Kang Joon And Park Min Young Live In 2 Completely Different Worlds In Upcoming Romance Drama - soompi
Seo Kang Joon And Park Min Young Live In 2 Completely Different Worlds In Upcoming Romance Drama soompi
What Is Technical SEO? Business.com
SEO Strategy Guide: Beat Your Competition in 2020 Search Engine Journal
What Does It Mean to ‘Do SEO’? Search Engine Journal
What is SEO? businessjournaldaily.com
What Is SEO? How Does It Work? Myths, Mistakes, and 9 SEO Best Practices Business 2 Community
Twitter Can't Get Over How Seo Dan's Story Ended In 'Crash Landing On You' - Cosmopolitan Philippines
Twitter Can't Get Over How Seo Dan's Story Ended In 'Crash Landing On You' Cosmopolitan Philippines
SEO Penalties: The 6 Ways Your SEO Strategies Aren't Helping You Business 2 Community
'Dr Romantic 2' Week 7 sees Dr Seo Woo-jin getting kidnapped, Kim Sabu and Dr Park at each other again - MEAWW
'Dr Romantic 2' Week 7 sees Dr Seo Woo-jin getting kidnapped, Kim Sabu and Dr Park at each other again MEAWW
3 Places for SEO Beginners to Focus Their Time Search Engine Journal
7 Basic SEO Best Practices You Can Learn from Huge Travel Brands Search Engine Journal
SEO Keyword Research: 13 of the Biggest Mistakes You MUST Avoid Search Engine Journal
What is SEO? Quick Guide to Search Engine Optimization Business 2 Community
Kwon Nara Is Torn Between Her Feelings Towards Park Seo Joon And Her Career In “Itaewon Class” - soompi
Kwon Nara Is Torn Between Her Feelings Towards Park Seo Joon And Her Career In “Itaewon Class” soompi
Google Explains How to Use Headings for SEO Search Engine Journal
7 SEO best practices you should be doing regardless of what Google says Search Engine Land
Can SEO Be Made Predictable? Search Engine Journal
SEO in 2020: What Role Do Keywords Play? Search Engine Journal
6 Easy But Stupid SEO Tactics You Must Avoid Search Engine Journal
5 SEO Realities SEO Professionals Struggle with Most Search Engine Journal
How to Make SEO Happen in 2020 Practical Ecommerce
Park Min Young & Seo Kang Jun share glimpses of a warm winter romance in highlight teaser for 'I'll Find You on a Beautiful Day' - allkpop
Park Min Young & Seo Kang Jun share glimpses of a warm winter romance in highlight teaser for 'I'll Find You on a Beautiful Day' allkpop
How Does Website Security Affect Your SEO? Search Engine Journal
6 Brilliant Reasons Why You Should Use SEO Tools Search Engine Journal
Optimizing Your Website
Search Engine Optimization, optimizing your website for it to be visible in the search results of a search engine's query or in a search result of a directory.Basically, SEO is a marketing strategy for your site.
Google Bring Deskbar Search To Windows Desktop. Now Any Website Can Take Advantage Of This
Google's premier of desktop search proves that the desktop is an extremely valuable marketing real estate. Google, which holds about 75% of the Internet search market, just introduced "Deskbar" - a small desktop application that allows users to search Google directly from their desktops.
Getting Noticed by Search Engines
We all, meaning us webmasters want to have the best and top-rated website. But how do we get there? We start linking and submitting.
Search Engine Marketing 101: What Search Engines See When They Visit Your Web Site
If you have a Web site, have you ever wondered what a search engine sees when it visits your site to add the site to its index? Do you know that it doesn't see the beautiful graphics or the fancy Web design? Do you know that it only sees the source code, or the "skeleton" of your Web site?Do you realize that knowing this little tidbit of information and doing something about it can make a huge difference in your search engine rankings and, ultimately, the success of your online business?One very important thing that you need to remember is: the search engines like simplicity. The simpler your Web site is, the easier it is for the engine to determine what your Web site is about.
All You Need to Know About Your Website Traffic is Contained in 5 Key Stats
You built that content rich web page optimized for your Keyword phrases but is it really working? By looking at these 5 Stats readily available from your CPanel you will quickly learn what you are doing well and what you need to improve on.Most Web Hosts will provide you with a Cpanel, where you can create E-mail Accounts, Upload Web Pages and check your stats.
3.5 Reasons You Need To Forget About Search Engines
Have you ever stopped to think how much time is taken up over the course of a year just by that niggling thought at the back of your mind;"Am I on the first page?"I bet it if you counted up all the times you did it you would be looking at hours, maybe even days! But are search engines really that important to the success of your website? No, they're not - here's why..
Search Engine Rankings for Beginners
Search engine optimization is best left in the mystical land of the Intenet Marketing Guru right? Good Search engine rankings are tough to achieve. Understanding search engine marketing takes years of studying and only people with true insider knowledge and secret tools rank well in Google right? WRONG.
Great Site Ranking in Google The Secrets Out
How many years did you register your domain name for? If it was only one then Google could hold that against you.Why?Because the majority of Spam websites only register a domain name for one year.
Googles Trap, DMOZs Nap, And Yahoo!s Crap
On November 16th, 2003, Google commenced an update (the Florida update) which had a catastrophic effect for a very large number of websites and, in the process, turned search engine optimization upside down. It is common to give alphabetical names to Google's updates in the very same way that names are given to hurricanes, and this one became known as "Florida".
Search Engine Optimization (SEO) - Fix Your OnPage!
Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is something you should be aware of before creating a site. Make sure you've done careful researches on the best keywords to use.
The Changing Face of Search Engine Optimization
With the ever evolving internet market for just about anything you can imagine and Google's index growing to almost 9 billion pages, and counting, there is little dispute amongst search engine optimizers that our job is getting much harder. From linking to articles, and density to ontology, our industry changes as fast as any other.
Buying Textlinks: The Latest SEO Craze
With search engine algorithms changing seemingly daily, the quest to rank high in the search engines and stay there is proving to be quite the challenge for most webmasters. One of the more recent popular ways of achieving this is through buying text links on websites that have high PR's (page ranks) on Google and that also rank well in the other major search engines.
Easy Steps to Get Onto Google Top Search Pages
To get on Google's top pages can be accomplished by following a few simple steps. The following procedure works well for companies working within a local region i.
Your Top Search Rankings at Yahoo & MSN Search are Worthless
It seems I now do this rant every single year when traffic statistics are discussed in web industry news. Last week I posted to my Reality SEO blog that referred traffic numbers are the only statistic that webmasters should be concerned about when looking at their search engine rank.
Directories and Their Importance for Search Engine Rankings
About directories:A directory is simply a web site that contains a categorized listing of links from around the web. They aid surfers to locate the 'best' and most informative links for a particular category.
10 Ways to Tackle Keyword Research and Selection
You need to be extremely careful with keyword research so that you don't miss excellent opportunities or aim so broadly that you target phrases that will never rank well. Here are 10 strategies to guide you along the way:1.
Why SEO (as we know it) is Doomed to Failure and How You Can Avoid the Trap
Search Engine Optimization (SEO) has become one of the biggest internet buzz-words recently. Everyone is talking about it.
How To Choose Keywords Before they Skyrocket in Popularity
Long before the days of researching phrases with the helpful online resources of today, the art of keyword/phrase selection was often left just to guesswork. However, guesswork by today's highly competitive standards is just not good enough.
Get Traffic You Need - Make Your Links Work
So you have built a nice web site with good solid content and now want to start selling your products or services.Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is rapidly becoming a dying art.
An Ethical Alternative to Doorway Pages
Definition: A doorway page is content created specifically for the purpose of garnering high placements in the search engines.Issue: Google makes the following specific recommendation: Avoid "doorway" pages created just for search engines or other "cookie cutter" approaches such as affiliate programs with little or no original content (http://www.
|home | site map|