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    What happened to my website?


    I am so worried right now. My website just dropped out of the Google searches for no reason. I didn't build many backlinks, I focused on adding original content.

    Here is the timeline for my visitor count:



    My website is about 2-3 months old.

    Could this be reverse sandbox wearing off?

    Was there a recent panda update or penguin update in this period?

    My website still ranks for some keywords, and it is still indexed by Google.
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    Originally Posted by TheGateKeeper
    I am so worried right now. My website just dropped out of the Google searches for no reason. I didn't build many backlinks, I focused on adding original content.

    Here is the timeline for my visitor count:



    My website is about 2-3 months old.

    Could this be reverse sandbox wearing off?

    Was there a recent panda update or penguin update in this period?

    My website still ranks for some keywords, and it is still indexed by Google.
    See Google Honeymoon
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    Originally Posted by KernelPanic
    See Google Honeymoon
    I did a few searched and it seems the Google Honeymoon is just another word for reverse sandbox.

    My site isn't old so this could be true, but is it also true that your site goes into the sandbox after the reverse sandbox period?

    Source: http://www.convertingcopy.com/what-is-the-google-honeymoon-period/

    "Typically after the honeymoon, you find yourself dropped right into the Google sandbox, so you may be scratching your head wondering why they bothered to help you out at all."

    What should I do at this stage? Keep adding content or backlinks?
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    Originally Posted by TheGateKeeper
    What should I do at this stage? Keep adding content or backlinks?
    At the risk of being oversimplified: yes. But you have to adjust your tactics to make sure that the links are of a high quality, your anchor text is diverse, your content is strong, etc.

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    Also make sure to check your webmaster tools.

    If google has found something they don't like about your site you may have received a message in webmaster tools about a problem.
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    Originally Posted by TheGateKeeper
    I didn't build many backlinks
    Could you elaborate on this a bit?

    What kind of links did you "build"?

    How do you define "many"?

    How did you go about "build"ing them?

    For the record, I don't like the term "link building." It implies you're working on links that you can create on your own. Those are the links that are not worth much at all.

    I prefer the term "link promotion" - the encouragement of others to actively link to you.
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    Originally Posted by LondonHomes
    Also make sure to check your webmaster tools.

    If google has found something they don't like about your site you may have received a message in webmaster tools about a problem.
    Already checked this, there where no messages.

    Originally Posted by jsteele823
    Could you elaborate on this a bit?

    What kind of links did you "build"?

    How do you define "many"?

    How did you go about "build"ing them?

    For the record, I don't like the term "link building." It implies you're working on links that you can create on your own. Those are the links that are not worth much at all.

    I prefer the term "link promotion" - the encouragement of others to actively link to you.
    I did director submissions (some white hat and some using software), I did forum posts in relative forums, I did social bookmarking for the actual posts, some link pyramids, and SeNuke.

    Overall I built around 300 backlinks. I am almost 100% this didn't happen due to my backlinks as I built such a low number.
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    I'd disagree with that.
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    Originally Posted by TheGateKeeper
    Already checked this, there where no messages.



    I did director submissions (some white hat and some using software), I did forum posts in relative forums, I did social bookmarking for the actual posts, some link pyramids, and SeNuke.

    Overall I built around 300 backlinks. I am almost 100% this didn't happen due to my backlinks as I built such a low number.
    You built 300 spammy POS backlinks using SE Nuke and auto bots to a 2 month old site?

    dude....

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    gatekeeper... the old methods of getting just any links, garbage or not, is not going to be as effective since the Penguin landed amidst the garbage dump called the Internet.

    You will have to actually start offering content that is linkable and finding ways to get that linkable content in front of the webmasters you would like links from.
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    You weren't paying attention when Penguin came out and then to go and used SEO Nuke to add links after it was all over the internet about the drop in rankings for spammy links. What were you thinking?

    I think the sandbox or honeymoon period are myths. I've never ranked a new site and then have it disappear.
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    My site actually has very good content and I do get organic backlinks, but I have also seen good position changed from using SeNuke.

    Anyway, should I have received a message in my webmaster tools if my site was sandboxed or what?

    What can I do now?
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    Originally Posted by TheGateKeeper
    My site actually has very good content and I do get organic backlinks, but I have also seen good position changed from using SeNuke.

    Anyway, should I have received a message in my webmaster tools if my site was sandboxed or what?

    What can I do now?
    I don't believe your in any sand box, your just not ranking anymore. Search your URL...does it show in the results..if so your still in the index, find the problem and fix it. What I think happened was google updated the index on or around the 18th. and perhaps between the time you first ranked and the 18th...you ran this seo nuke creating crappy links or what ever else you did during that time...google re-indexed and you dropped.
    You need to find out why your not ranking anymore.

    BTW most people who get dropped say the same thing...I have great content and great inbound links.
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    you should no worry about it. just make sure to update your website regularly and wait for few months. make sure to create some back links also on High PR sites.

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