It has been about two weeks since the last update and since then I have started to see some ranking for a lot of my keywords that I am targeting. I am running into some uncharted water because I am used to seeing ranking come in a lot faster but with the new Google sandbox I am seeing delayed rankings. I will cover the sandbox and how I am going to deal with it in this update. I will also talk about my future plans for the site and how I will go about it.
Google’s New Sandbox
Now when I say sandbox I am not talking about the old school definition for sandbox. A sandbox used to mean that your site got hit with a penalty and you were not going to rank ever again. This new sandbox is a time period that a new site goes through before it is allowed to start ranking high. I have been doing a lot of research and reading about this topic the last couple weeks and I have learned quite a bit about it.
It seems like the time period is around 30 days before you can start to see some first page rankings. After the 30 days it seems like ranking a site will go back to normal and we can carry on with ranking a site.
My site was indexed on June 23rd so that means around July 23rd I will be out of the sandbox and we will see how my rankings respond to it. This sandbox was supposedly set into place in the last Google update which occurred around May 14th. Since then I have also noticed that my PBN links take longer to take affect. It used to take around 3-7 days but not it can take anywhere from 7 days to 6 weeks.
This just means that we have to be a little more patient and continue to do what I know works. I am not too worried about this new sandbox or the new update.
If you want some more information about this new sand box then you can read more about it from the places listed below –
That should give you a good understanding of how this new sandbox works and what to do. Let’s see how this affected my rankings so far!
I have been using Serpbook to track all of my rankings and it has been great so far. Check out my rankings below!
So far these rankings are pretty good and they are showing me that I will be able to rank in this niche. You are probably wondering how many PBN links I have pointed to this site and I have listed them below.
I have pointed a total of 8 links to the site but like I talked about earlier it takes a long time for these links to take affect on the site. I would say that maybe 5 out of the 8 PBN links are actually helping this site rank. The other 3 sites I don’t think have been picked up by Google yet and aren’t helping the rankings. So with 5 links I have gotten pretty good rankings. The anchor text is never repeated and each PBN links out to three pages on my money site.
Another thing I want to point out about the rankings is look at the far right column on the image that shows the rankings. You will see that these keywords all have a good amount of monthly searches so if I can get first page rankings for these keywords I will have a good amount of visits to my site which means more chance to sell things.
I talked about in the last update that I was going to point some PBN links at the site and see if I was able to get some rankings. So far I would say that I did get the rankings I was looking for and now I can carry on with the next part.
Previous Spending – $140
Three 1500 word articles – $100
Total Spending – $240
Now that I know that I will be able to rank in this niche(Even with the sandbox) I can now add content and more pillow links to dilute my anchor text. I will be interested to see after 30 days what happens to my rankings and I will see a bunch of keywords shoot up to the first page. I will continue to add PBN links and see what happens.
I was able to find a great writer for the site and he is currently working on three 1500 word article for me. I was able to get these three articles for $100. So I am pretty happy about the price and I already know the quality is good because I have hired this guy before. He is an expert in this niche and knows what he is talking about.
I will also be looking for a good service that will add some brand links to my site. The site already had a good amount of links pointing to it but I want to be safe and add some pillow links to keep me from getting any sort of over optimization penalty. I am looking at a couple different services but if any of you reading this have a good service that you have used before then let me know!
Thanks for reading and feel free to leave a question or comment below!