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    New Domain and SERPS


    I saw a Matt Cutts video a few years ago where he stated that Google 'holds' a new domain from ranking well for about 2 months. This of course is to catch and eliminate potential spam sites.

    I usually take 6 weeks or so to develop a new site, so this has never been an issue. But I recently purchased a domain and developed the site in about 10 days, ha. Its been a bouncy road since.

    While Google hasn't let the site rank for anything really and is holding most all SERPS back to the 4th page or further, Yahoo competitively ranked me in a few days. Then they de-indexed me. Then they ranked me. Then they de-indexed me. While they are keeping me in the SE currently, they will give me competitive rankings for several days, then take it all away.

    The domain is now just over 2 months old.

    Is anyone more familiar with what I can expect by developing a new domain so quickly?
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    I am not sure or agree that if it is true or not because I have seen so many websites which rank extremely well or maybe in this first page regardless of their domain age.
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    Originally Posted by sunilchand1234
    I am not sure or agree that if it is true or not because I have seen so many websites which rank extremely well or maybe in this first page regardless of their domain age.
    Do you often run across domains that are only two months old?
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    Originally Posted by DirectHits
    Do you often run across domains that are only two months old?
    Yeah....I frequently work on them..
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    Originally Posted by sunilchand1234
    Yeah....I frequently work on them..
    That is interesting. I've noticed when building new sites they can sometimes continue to improve in ranking for a few months, for no apparent reason. I've just started noticing that in the last year. So I was thinking that was about a potential sandbox.

    Anyway, I will soon see. The site in question is just over two months old, and should be ranking better than it is now.
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    Yes you can experiment with it and see if you notice any changes or so !
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    I've been searching the web for similar posts and the general opinion seems to be, at least for Google, that they do hold you back for several months. One person even suggested 6 months, though I know I begin getting decent results on new domains after about three months.
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    I tell clients it can take six to nine months... that's pretty safe for most moderately competitive KWs -- they tend to have aged domains as well. Of course, uncompetitive KWs can be much quicker. New domains in my experience take longer to rank when compared to aged domains.

    I don't pay much attention to Yahoo, so couldn't comment.

    Sandbox i hear you say! Gonna start a new thread on that . Would love to know what everyone thinks.
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    Originally Posted by DirectHits
    I've been searching the web for similar posts and the general opinion seems to be, at least for Google, that they do hold you back for several months. One person even suggested 6 months, though I know I begin getting decent results on new domains after about three months.
    Good Luck for your new adventure !!

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