I want to talk about something that might help clarify more about the Google "Sandbox Effect” which is a topic of hot debate in the world of search engine optimization. Some people believe that new websites are placed in a “holding area” in order for Google to determine the website’s credibility. It isn’t until this point that Google will let the websites go, so to speak, and begin recognizing them. While Google has denied the existence of a “Sandbox”, there is evidence that Google’s algorithm gives greater weight to older websites and to older inbound links. In an effort to add some information related to this theory, I want to talk about “link-aging.”
“Link-Aging” basically refers to the theory that Google treats websites as more credible once their inbound links get to a certain age. There is not a lot of data about this topic, but it seems like a good explanation for the delay websites see when getting high Google results. It has been theorized that even after a year of being in the “Sandbox,” if you don’t have enough links, you will not get out.
Even though the thought of this might entice you to want to lean toward quick-fix techniques to exploit Google’s weaknesses, it is not recommended. Any black-hat behavior will often come back around to bite you in the you-know-what, and will make...Read Full Post