If you’ve recently started a site and have been trying desperately to get a page rank, and no matter what you do there seems to be no change in your rating of zero, you know there has even been a page rank update and still nothing has happened! You may be asking “Why the hell can’t I get a page rank? Am I doing it all wrong?”. The answer is that you could be doing everything right and still not be seeing any results. Do not get frustrated, you are probably stuck in the google sandbox.
How did you get there? One reason that people end up there is because their site is new. Another reason might be that they have obtained a large amount of backlinks in a short period of time. This could raise a red flag to google that they are purchasing links or obtaining them in some other unnatural way.
How long will I be stuck in the Google sandbox?
It is said that those who become stuck in the sandbox will never come our alive…just kidding! You will probably be stuck there for about 6-8 months so it may take some time before you see the results of your optimizing and linking efforts. Unfortunatly all you can do is wait. This means that you should not rely solely on google for your traffic, especially in the beginning.
Here are some alternative methods for increasing traffic to your site in the mean time:
Pay per click – sites where you can bid on each click and visit to your site. The payments can range from a few cents to a few dollars per click depending on the competition.
Other search engines – Focus on alternative search engines like Yahoo, or MSN that don’t have a sandbox for you to get stuck in.
Get links from high quality sites – Our readers suggest that getting back links from high quality websites with high PR can help pull you out of that sandbox faster.