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[resolved] Google sandboxing (11 posts)

  1. sophieh
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Hi,

    Can anyone help me please? I know this isn't strictly a WordPress question but I don't get any answers on Google forums and I don't know hwere alse to turn.

    I have built my first wordpress site and am on page 1 on Yahoo, Bing and MSN for my chosen primary keyword phrase. While on page 2 or 3 a couple of weeks ago on all these I was also on page 2 of Google but then I just disappeared overnight.

    It appears I have been sandboxed by Google but I am not sure why. Can anyone help me? Have I done something wrong or is this just normal for a new site on Google and I just have to be patient?

    Has anyone else had this problem and is there anyway to get out of it?

    Thanks.

    Sophie
    Site is: http://exercisesforosteoarthritis.com

  2. I'd say it's a google thing, and concentrate on making good posts of value with solid content, as well as getting linked to from related sites.

  3. sophieh
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Thanks for getting back so quick.

    Yes I am doing that and learning how to make really decent high quality information videos to add. Do you think I have to do anything for Google to let me out or do you think it will just happen in due course?

  4. Hard to say without being Google, alas. I would say make a good site and the mountain will come to you :)

  5. Emil Uzelac
    Theme Review Admin
    Posted 3 years ago #

    This link http://goo.gl/IkiBD will answer your question. From SEO point of view your site is linked from the places where it should not be linked from, also the domain name was registered in November of this year, you should give this little more time.

    Relatively new domains, like yours that are already linked on so many websites is sending an alert to Google that something weird is going on.

    Also if this domain had some prior history, such as different domain used in past etc and if that domain was redirected to new one.

    Just take your time, don't rush anything and you will gain your ranking soon enough.

  6. sophieh
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Thank you Emil. I did forward another domain to this site but removed it a couple of weeks ago in case this was the problem.

    I have asked Google for reoonsideration is there anything else I should be doing and is it worth building decent proper links to this site do you think or should I start again?

    You are the first to be really constructive so thanks again.

  7. Emil Uzelac
    Theme Review Admin
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Anytime, I am here to help as much as I know and can. No need to start again, if you had a different domain who had backlinks and it was 301 redirect to this new domain you should be just fine as you're not breaking any rules with that. However if the previous domain was a) blacklisted b) had some issues with Google, your new domain would "suffer" because of that.

    I don't like giving advice about link popularity and building, but I can say that whatever you do, do it steady and without any rush. Always make sure that you're not linking from/to sites with bad reputation and be sure that they're related to yours.

    Quality -vs Quantity is always the key ;)

    Sometimes not seeing your site doesn't mean that Google penalized you, give this some time, check often and I am sure that your site will come back shortly.

    I am going outside of WordPress here, the moderators will hate me because of that :)

    Emil

  8. sophieh
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Yes my old site was dropped by Google though I never really worked out why. People said it was because it was because of the iframes which is why I did a decent WordPress site. Obviously not! I have stopped forwarding it and have asked for reconsideration so hopefully should be fine in due course.

    Back to a WordPress question though. I have been checking links back to my site and notice that others are linking to me. Some are good sites that are on my topic but others are not, including a German porn site! Is there a good WordPress plugin to stop this type of spammy backlinking please and how can I get rid of those links.

    Thanks again and hope the moderators don't get too mad because you have really helped me!

  9. Emil Uzelac
    Theme Review Admin
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I can recommend (if you didn't do this already) to open http://www.google.com/webmasters/ account. There you can track your backlinks and check whether they're linking to your new or old domain name.

    There's nothing you can do about backlinks from bad sites, such as one you mention above. Frames are not recommended, however I don't really believe that Google dropped you because of that. Frames could affect SERP only.

    If your old site was in conflict with Google for whatever reason, perhaps doing a 301 redirect to your new domain is not the best idea. Whatever old domain "did" it will reflect on your current one. You're transferring positive and negative stuff.

    Also please take a look at this article http://www.searchenginejournal.com/matt-cutts-addresses-bad-linking-and-google-penalties/6417/

    Cheers,
    Emil

  10. sophieh
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Thanks Emil,

    You have beeen REALLY helpful and I now know I have done all I can to redeem myself in Googles eyes and presumably they will get round to reconsidering me in due course.

    Thanks again.

    Sophie

  11. Emil Uzelac
    Theme Review Admin
    Posted 3 years ago #

    You're very welcome, if this was helpful for you do you mind getting the topic into resolved mode from your end.

    Cheers,
    Emil

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