OMG, Google’s sandbox, If your web site has good rankings on Yahoo, MSN and other search engines but not on Google, it’s likely that your web site has been put into Google’s sandbox.
What is Google’s sandbox?
In general, brand-new web sites with new domain names need about 6 – 8 months to get top rankings on Google.
The usual process is that Google indexes the new web site, lists it for some less important queries and then the web pages drop from the search engine result pages for several months. Although other search engines work fine, Google doesn’t list the web site, sometimes not even for the company name.
If you have a brand-new web site, don’t worry about this behavior. You are not doing anything wrong. Google seems to delay the inclusion of new web sites. This phenomenon is called the Google sandbox.
Why does Google delay the inclusion of brand-new web sites?
It seems that Google delays the inclusion of brand-new web sites to encourage webmasters to build content instead of building mini-networks.
Many webmasters try to artificially inflate the link popularity of their web site by creating a network of small web sites with different URLs that all link to each other. Many of these web sites have no purpose other than linking to the main web site.
By delaying the ranking of new web sites, this mini-network strategy doesn’t offer a quick jump to the top anymore. The delay might encourage webmasters to focus on the content of their main web site instead of building useless mini sites.
What can you do to get out of the sandbox?
If you have a new web site, expect that your web site will be listed within 6-8 months in Google. Add content to your web site, get good incoming links and make sure that your web pages are optimized for Google.