Yahoo Dopey, MSN Goofy, Google is Mickey Mouse Lost in a Sandbox
Seventy-two days ago Googlebot first showed up and crawled over 250 pages of a brand new domain in an experiment that has had an odd cartoonish character to it, where unexplained things happen with sometimes dark foreboding, a kind of Fantasia online.
If you're unfamiliar with the Disney animation classic, Fantasia, Mickey Mouse plays a sorcerers' apprentice who wreaks havoc one evening as he dons the bosses magic wand and merrily destroys the castle. Comparing Google to Mickey Mouse is probably not often taken to mean low quality or amateurish in the pejorative use of the name. If I were to compare Google to Mickey Mouse, it would be as Jimmy Carter did, saying, "Mickey Mouse is the symbol of goodwill, surpassing all languages and cultures. When one sees Mickey Mouse, they see happiness."
I'd suggest that most webmasters see Google the same way Carter sees Mickey Mouse. We're very happy to see Googlebot (Mickey) wandering through our pages and he definitely brings happiness - if and when he ever indexes our pages. But for the past 72 days Google has seemed more like the dark character "Chernabog" from the same movie, a nocturnal demon who holds power over various restless souls whom he summons from their graves. That is how those buried deep in that evil sandbox imposed by Google on new sites must imagine the search engine - we'll be summoned from our graves one day. Google crawls after each article in this series, but has yet to index any of the several hundred pages it has spidered.
This consignment to a "Neverland" of invisibility by Google has only seemed to plague sites with content in tightly competitive markets. The category that this new site fits might be considered competitive since it's all about internet business. There are no shortage of sites addressing internet marketing & ecommerce. Peter Pan probably couldn't fly if not sprinkled by a little of Tinkerbell's Google Pixie Dust. The same is true of Sandboxed web sites.
The long sandboxing in this case may be proof of the long time rumor circulated among webmasters that new sites are indexed very quickly for obscure or unpopular terms, while those seeking entry into tough markets take longer to get indexed. The question every webmaster asks in this scenario is, "How long Mickey?" After the first two articles in this case study series were published, one webmaster after another wrote to say their site was fully indexed in 30 days if targeting terms such as "Grow Bananas in Pots."
But those in hotly contested areas, targeting competitive market segments have found themselves in limbo for as long as six months before release from the Google Sandbox. Guidelines would be nice. Doing that daily search at Google using query operator "site" to find how many, if any, pages are indexed at the search engine gets tiresome after ten weeks of looking. Those who suggest that it only takes a few links to get indexed by Google can do a link search at both MSN (369 links) and Yahoo (7950 links). A result of the intense interest focused on this story by webmaster ezines & online publications.
The second installment in this case study series ranks at #23 for the Google search "Google Sandbox" from the webmaster site: WWW Coder
How long Mickey?
A few words about the other three players in the search engine game... AskJeeves has also not yet released this site from their own version of the sandbox. Playing Sleeping Beauty here Teoma?
Yahoo is now showing 8,210 pages indexed, though they had done the inexplicable and CHANGED THE URL of over 8,040 of those pages sending visitors to error pages until we programmed a special 301 redirect just for Yahoo to change all of them back to those they crawled on the site. This is just plain Dopey behavior and earned Yahoo the Dopey Dwarf role in this Disney Sleeping Beauty toon.
Yahoo also earned the Dopey moniker by being very slow once the pages were crawled to post new pages. We're seeing old versions of the site, versions of pages that haven't existed for over 8 weeks now since Slurp first crawled back in May. Some new pages are indexed, but they make up a tiny portion of those listed.
We've found that Yahoo shows several hundred broken links to an email masking directory we've excluded them from in our robots.txt file - weeks after we banned the Slurp crawler from that directory. Dopey, you're so cute, but real sloooooow.
MSN now indexes 6,162 pages and is crawling the site like mad after each of these sandbox case study articles is published. Their index increases by about 1000 pages per week on a rather regular schedule. We've christened MSN "Goofy" for the bizarre search numbers shown with a "site:Publish101.com" query operator.
MSN shows, across the top of the page on the day after each new update, first a very low number of results, then a higher number of results after clicking in five pages, then a lower number of results after the sixth page. THEN after going to page 25 of search results, it stops showing more results pages. So no matter how many pages are indexed, Goofy shows you only 250 of them. In a search done right before completing this article, MSN shows 220 pages indexed on that "site:Publish101.com" query - as do pages 2 through 4. But if you click page 5, it suddenly shows 6,941 results. Page six (links at top & bottom of results pages) then shows 6,721 results. No more after page 25. Goofy, just plain Goofy.
Dopey Yahoo does this as well, first showing 8,210 pages, then dropping back to 8,040, then 8,020, then 7,980 down to 7,770 at result page #100 where you'll see a link at the bottom of that page saying, "In order to show you the most relevant results, we have omitted some entries very similar to the ones already displayed. If you like, you can repeat the search with the omitted results included." But if you click that link, then click page 10, results drop to 5,700 pages, until result page number 100, which shows 3,140 pages indexed and STILL you can't look beyond 100 results pages - 1,000 results.
Very Dopey, very Goofy and very Mickey Mouse!
Copyright © July 26, 2005
Mike Banks Valentine is a search engine optimization specialist who operates WebSite101
Previous Google Sandbox Case Studies are at the following URL's
7 Ways to Improve SEO on Your WordPress Site Search Engine Journal
How Does a Page Built Dynamically in Real Time Impact SEO? Search Engine Journal
TAPinto Tips: Intro to SEO TAPinto.net
Google Lightning Talks: The State of SEO Search Engine Journal
Moving from Consultant to In-House SEO with Melissa Fach [Podcast] Search Engine Journal
World-famous SEO Expert Bruce Clay Launches His Online SEO Training Course for CMO's and Marketers Worldwide - PRNewswire
World-famous SEO Expert Bruce Clay Launches His Online SEO Training Course for CMO's and Marketers Worldwide PRNewswire
WordPress SEO Guide: Everything You Need to Know [Ebook] Search Engine Journal
Social Signals Impact Rankings & 4 Other SEO Misconceptions Search Engine Journal
13 Best Chrome Extensions for Digital Marketing and SEO Search Engine Journal
Local SEO for Law Firms: Get More Local Clients Search Engine Journal
SEO Considerations for Early Funding Phase Start-Ups Search Engine Journal
SEO Glossary: Broken Links Business 2 Community
Scalable SEO: 20 Enterprise Experts Share Tips & Advice Search Engine Journal
A Technical SEO Guide to Advanced Core Web Vitals Optimization Search Engine Journal
Previous article Why SEO is now Very Important Influencive
Things to know before hiring an SEO expert PostBulletin.com
Google's John Mueller: 'Now's The Perfect Time' For an SEO Side Hustle Search Engine Journal
7 Tips to Avoid an SEO Penalty From Google in 2021 Promotion World
How Does Big Data Impact SEO In The Business Analytics Insight
The State of SEO in 2021 [Infographic] Social Media Today
6 Key Foundational Pillars of SEO Business 2 Community
SERP Analysis Tools For SEO and Ranking? Search Engine Journal
What Is the Daily Routine Of a Successful SEO Professional? Search Engine Journal
SEO Tips To Help Boost Your Law Firm's Visibility Online The National Law Review
How SEO Forecasting Can Help You Get the Right Clients Search Engine Journal
Rio SEO Publishes Original Research Revealing COVID-19's Impact On the Local Search Landscape for Multi-Location Brands - MarTech Series
Rio SEO Publishes Original Research Revealing COVID-19's Impact On the Local Search Landscape for Multi-Location Brands MarTech Series
Is SEO Worth It For A Small Business? - VENTS Magazine
10-Step Guide to Podcast SEO Business 2 Community
Google Merchant Center: A Local SEO Goldmine for Retailers Search Engine Journal
Top SEO Secrets From the Leading Organizations Search Engine Journal
Why SEO Remains Relevant Telemedia Online
Google SEO Experts Challenging 'The Daily Mail' And Other Publishers 04/21/2021 - MediaPost Communications
Google SEO Experts Challenging 'The Daily Mail' And Other Publishers 04/21/2021 MediaPost Communications
The SEO Benefits of Web Scraping Practical Ecommerce
Top SEO Secrets from the Leading Organizations [Webinar] Search Engine Journal
Regional SEO content journalists | Media jobs Journalism.co.uk
Park Bo Young And Seo In Guk Begin A Unique Romance With An Expiration Date In ‚ÄúDoom At Your Service‚ÄĚ - soompi
Park Bo Young And Seo In Guk Begin A Unique Romance With An Expiration Date In ‚ÄúDoom At Your Service‚ÄĚ soompi
Healthcare Brands -- Time Has Come To Understand Impact Of SEO, Paid Ads 04/30/2021 - MediaPost Communications
Healthcare Brands -- Time Has Come To Understand Impact Of SEO, Paid Ads 04/30/2021 MediaPost Communications
Rebel Networks Announces Its Newest Basic SEO Service by their Web Development Team | Your Digital Wall - Your Digital Wall
Rebel Networks Announces Its Newest Basic SEO Service by their Web Development Team | Your Digital Wall Your Digital Wall
Vlog #118: Justin Abrams On Customer Success From Mountain Climbing To SEO Technology - Search Engine Roundtable
Vlog #118: Justin Abrams On Customer Success From Mountain Climbing To SEO Technology Search Engine Roundtable
Digital PR Dictionary Business 2 Community
News Jeon Jong Seo Signs Contract With An American Agency Going by the international name of - hellokpop
News Jeon Jong Seo Signs Contract With An American Agency Going by the international name of hellokpop
Guess the OST lineup for Park Bo Young x Seo In Guk's upcoming drama Doom At Your Service & win exciting gifts - PINKVILLA
Guess the OST lineup for Park Bo Young x Seo In Guk's upcoming drama Doom At Your Service & win exciting gifts PINKVILLA
Avoid These 15 Common Google Analytics Mistakes Search Engine Journal
Seo In Guk And Lee Soo Hyuk Live In Different Worlds But Work For The Same Goal In New Heist Movie - soompi
Seo In Guk And Lee Soo Hyuk Live In Different Worlds But Work For The Same Goal In New Heist Movie soompi
INTERVIEW: Seo In Guk and Park Bo Young open up about their electric chemistry & more in Doom At Your Service - PINKVILLA
INTERVIEW: Seo In Guk and Park Bo Young open up about their electric chemistry & more in Doom At Your Service PINKVILLA
Global SEO Testing Service Market ‚Äď Top 10 Key players in 2021 |SEO Tester Online, Click Information System, 1&1 IONOS, SEO SiteCheckup, WebDepend ‚Äď KSU | The Sentinel Newspaper - KSU | The Sentinel Newspaper
Global SEO Testing Service Market ‚Äď Top 10 Key players in 2021 |SEO Tester Online, Click Information System, 1&1 IONOS, SEO SiteCheckup, WebDepend ‚Äď KSU | The Sentinel Newspaper KSU | The Sentinel Newspaper
Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Software Market Sales Revenue, Consumption, Growth Rate by top Manufacturers like WordStream(US), Moz(US), SEO Book(Greece), LinkResearchTools(Austria), SpyFu(US), etc ‚Äď KSU | The Sentinel Newspaper - KSU | The Sentinel Newspaper
Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Software Market Sales Revenue, Consumption, Growth Rate by top Manufacturers like WordStream(US), Moz(US), SEO Book(Greece), LinkResearchTools(Austria), SpyFu(US), etc ‚Äď KSU | The Sentinel Newspaper KSU | The Sentinel Newspaper
SEO Service Provider Services Market (Covid-19 Updated) | OpenMoves, WebiMax, Boostability, Digital Marketing Agency. Big Leap. ‚Äď KSU | The Sentinel Newspaper - KSU | The Sentinel Newspaper
SEO Service Provider Services Market (Covid-19 Updated) | OpenMoves, WebiMax, Boostability, Digital Marketing Agency. Big Leap. ‚Äď KSU | The Sentinel Newspaper KSU | The Sentinel Newspaper
iOS 14.5 Update Launches & More Digital Marketing News Search Engine Journal
How to Learn SEO: A U.S. News Guide U.S. News & World Report
The State of Affiliate Marketing & Campaign Management with Adam Riemer [Podcast] - Search Engine Journal
The State of Affiliate Marketing & Campaign Management with Adam Riemer [Podcast] Search Engine Journal
15 tips to boost your website's SEO Creative Bloq
5 essential search engine optimization tips that actually work The Business Journals
How SEO works and how to use it to rank higher in search results Business Insider
Search Engine Optimization (SEO) ‚ÄĒ Definition ‚ÄĒ TrackMaven The Content Standard by Skyword
3 Things You Must Know About SEO in 2021 Search Engine Journal
International SEO for 2021 & Beyond: 9-Point Checklist for Success Search Engine Journal
Law Firm SEO: Search Engine Optimization Strategies for Lawyers The National Law Review
8 local SEO essentials AZ Big Media
SEO 101: Get Your SEO Guide for Beginners [EBOOK] Search Engine Journal
How to Conduct Keyword Research for Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Business 2 Community
These Common SEO Mistakes Can Torpedo Your Rankings Builder Magazine
Healthcare SEO Fundamentals to Grow Your Medical Practice Search Engine Journal
4 Ways SEO Changed in 2020 MarketingProfs.com
How To Use Google As A Niche Website Builder
The popularity of weblogs or blogs has gotten a lot of attention from the media recently. In fact, "blog" was picked as the word of the year by Merriam-Webster, a U.
The 7 Points of Do-It-Yourself SEO
Ever felt intimidated at the convoluted, jargon-ridden information about Internet marketing for small businesses available on the Net? Ever been horrified by the huge fees the experts charge, putting search engine optimization beyond your own means? Ever thought: What exactly is search engine optimization anyway, and can I do it myself?The answer is: Yes, you can! The basics of search engine optimisation in applied web marketing are simple. It's all to do with the keyword content of your text copy, and can be summarised in seven points.
How To Start An Internet Business - Meta Tags and Keyword Density
Okay, you have a domain name, layout and content. Now we get to a step that will go a long way to determining how the site will rank.
What is Google Talk ?
The advent of Internet has affected lives of almost the entire world and websites, e-mails and chating on net none need any introduction even for young kids. There is an outpour of websites throughout the Internet all offering numerous services to attract the potential visitors online.
What You Can Expect From Search Engine
Search engines will be a way for you to generate from as little as 20% to as much as 60% of your business online (depending on what other marketing techniques you use).Since there are over 130,000,000 webpages in existence (yes that is 130 million!), it is extremely important to understand how they work and how to increase your chances of being placed in the top 20 of the search results.
How To See What Pages Of Your Site Google Has In Its Index
There is a lag time between the indexing or updating of your site, and the time it takes to show new results in the database. Depending on your site, where it was linked from, who it was linked from, and who knows what other factors, the amount of time varies.
Basic Search Engine Optimization For Dummies
OK, you published your site, now you just sit by the phone with a notepad as the orders pour in, right? Well, weeks go by and nothing happens. What's wrong?Oops, you forgot to submit to search engines.
Submit Your WebSite: Add Your URL to Web Directories & Search Engines
Why get into Search engines and directories?Increase backlinks of your webiste. If your website is listed in Directories then your website can get traffic from directries and search engines counting that backlinks for ranking of your website.
How Directories Help Search Engines
At the beginning of the web era, users would go to directories to find sites relevant to their interests. In fact, Yahoo!, the web's number one destination, started as a directory.
SEOing A Flash Intro
IntroductionWhy does a FLASH intro need SEO? Flash, the great SE killer, is basically nonspiderable, although there are reports of the opposite. In this way, the intro creates a solid, non-permeable barrier between the website and the external world.
Website Promotion: 10 Search Engine Optimization Blunders to Avoid
If you want to develop a successful search engine optimization (SEO) strategy, go out of your way to avoid blunders that limit rankings.Here are 10 to keep in mind:1.
Why is Search Engine Optimisation Expensive?
Many of our customers (http://www.internet-marketing-australia.
The 3 Essential Components of a Search Engine Optimization Campaign
Everyday, the Search Engines average 300 MILLION searches. In a recent Forrester Research report 81% of consumers on the Internet find products and services by using the Search Engines.
The Wonders of Wordtracker: Its More than a Hunt for Keywords
For me personally, Wordtracker.com is not just a tool for looking up keywords.
Google Wireless - Search Away From Home
For so many web surfers, it's almost automatic to type Google.com in to our address bar when we want to search.
Supply & Demand - Stop Attacking Good SEO Companies!
As I read the latest news online about what Google has done to many webmasters all over the world, I am left discussed towards some of the comments people are making against SEO Companies.Please don't be quick to blame seo companies.
Search Engine Optimization Explained
Search Engine Listing And OptimizationIn the world of website marketing, search engines are an essential key to success. They are the most important way to bring traffic to your website.
Valid HTML code is crucial to Search Engine Optimization
Why valid HTML code is crucial to your web site's search engine optimization efforts and subsequent high rankings:Many webmasters and newcomers to web page design overlook a crucial aspect of web site promotion: the validity of the HTML code.What is valid HTML code?Most web pages are written in HTML, and as for every language, HTML has its own grammar, vocabulary and syntax, and each document written in HTML is supposed to follow these rules.
Achieving Better Search Engine Optimization
The search engine giants are locked in an all out power struggle to get your attention and patronage.Over the past 6 months there have been many changes.
Adding Content To Your Site Every Day
If you have been a webmaster for more than a week, you've surely heard the saying "Content Is King". And it really is true! This article will explain why the regular addition of fresh content to your website is so crucial and explain several ways to do it easily and inexpensively (even free).
|home | site map|