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What The Hell? My Site Just Disappeared From Google!

Discussion in 'Search Engine Optimization' started by Shadowplay, Jan 17, 2008.

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    My 2 month old site was ranking decently for certain keywords until today when I checked up on it. Now, my keywords rankings are almost gone. In fact, I was ranked #3 or so for the keyword phrase in my domain name and now there's no ranking at all.

    The only thing I can think of that might do this is that a couple of days ago, I ran an SEO rank checker on another site that I run and since it was going so slow, I opened up another SEO proggie and did the same rank check.

    Would running 2 programs like this at the same time raise a red flag to Google and would that have anything to do with them penalizing another site of mine in the rankings?
     
    Shadowplay, Jan 17, 2008 IP
  2. Web Gazelle

    Web Gazelle Well-Known Member

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    It is often referred to as the sandbox. New sites can rank well for a few days then drop to the hundreds for 8 months or more.
     
    Web Gazelle, Jan 17, 2008 IP
  3. pingas

    pingas Peon

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    #3
    its better to give it more observation. give it a week more...
     
    pingas, Jan 17, 2008 IP
  4. Web Gazelle

    Web Gazelle Well-Known Member

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    No need to give it another week. What Shadowplay has described is the sandbox effect. If a site is being affected by the sandbox all the site owner can do is keep getting good inbound links while they wait it out.
     
    Web Gazelle, Jan 17, 2008 IP
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    pingas Peon

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    well, I think you are still going to give it more time after you gather up links, right? to take effect? ehehe...I agree to you of course...
     
    pingas, Jan 17, 2008 IP
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    Sam 735 Active Member

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    Try to read books and get rid of your PC...
     
    Sam 735, Jan 18, 2008 IP
  7. Web Gazelle

    Web Gazelle Well-Known Member

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    Read e-books on your PC. :D
     
    Web Gazelle, Jan 18, 2008 IP
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    sixty6 Well-Known Member

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    I would also go ahead and assume it's the Sandbox. However, it might have POSSIBLY been removed if Google visited your site and there was nothing found (like if your server had some downtime), then that datacenter would report a different ranking. Try checking your ranking in all the datacenters and see where you end up.
     
    sixty6, Jan 18, 2008 IP
  9. COBSolutions

    COBSolutions Well-Known Member

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    yes, it is the sandbox effect, you can get in back there either in few weeks or even months, 8 months as said earlier can also happen(it had happened with me)
     
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  10. Shadowplay

    Shadowplay Peon

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    So Google won't penalize you if you're using SEO programs like Web Position or IPB, and pounding them with requests to find keyword rankings? Has anyone here ever been penalized for using these programs too aggressively?
     
    Shadowplay, Jan 18, 2008 IP
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    cientificoloco Well-Known Member

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    is your site low in rankings or absent from google? There is a huge difference. First thing could be sandbox, second isn't.
     
    cientificoloco, Jan 18, 2008 IP
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    sixty6 Well-Known Member

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    Exactly what I was thinking, but everyone seems content on blaming the sandbox:rolleyes:
     
    sixty6, Jan 18, 2008 IP