Is Sabahan.com Out Of Google Sandbox?
Posted on 6th May, 2007
For the past two weeks, I am seeing a trend where the number of daily visitors to Sabahan.com double.
If you are wondering how much traffic this blog is getting daily, well it’s still below the one thousand mark – not much compare to other more popular blogs. But that’s besides my point; I find it more exciting to see this sudden jump in Sabahan.com’s traffic level.
The increase in traffic coincides with the time when many bloggers reported that they were seeing an increase in their site’s Google PageRank. I didn’t experience any PR increase for my main page, but I suspect several of my internal pages have enjoyed a boost in PageRank.
This got me thinking, am I now out of the mysterious and speculative Google Sandbox if it even exists?
Google sandbox is the term used by some people to describe where new sites get placed when they are first indexed by Google. It’s speculated that these sites that are sandboxed do not rank at all or do not rank highly in Google’s search engine results.
At some point, however, they are let out of the sandbox and suddenly all their pages appear in Google’s index and those pages can rank much more highly in search results.
You can read my other article about Google Sandbox here.
Here’s my theory, officially Google Sandbox does not exit. All new pages will be indexed equally by Google provided that they can be crawled. There’s nothing preventing them from getting good rankings from Google if they have a good PageRank and properly optimized
What happen to the new pages is that they are probably placed in Google supplemental results, not penalized or sandboxed as some may have believed.
Now, later when they are awarded with good PageRank, Google recalculates their ranking relative to other pages with good PageRank. Given a similar PageRank, the only thing that separates the top pages from the bottom ones is whether they are properly optimized or not. However, keep in mind that a high PageRank does not always guarantee a high ranking in the search engine.
Another interesting side effect for the increase in traffic is the doubling the AdSense income for Sabahan.com.
While Sabahan.com doesn’t make thousands from AdSense, I find it gratifying to see this part time project managed to bring in over one hundred dollars per month from AdSense.
These positive changes probably give me a little cause for celebration but I prefer to just wait and see if this new trend continues.