(1) How does one estimate the start of sandbox period for the website. I know there is no definite way to determine that but people all around say, it may take 6 months or normally 8-9 months but starting when?
**** When the domain is registered and the domain registration records are updated?If I register a domain name and proceed with the website development ( not making a single page live until completion) and it takes 4 months, is this time period counted in the sandbox period?
**** From the date when the website is first crawled by the search engines? Not sure about this as there are websites which have a short stint at the SERPs for 2-3 weeks and are then relegated to the sandbox.
(2) People register a domain, put a "coming soon" page there. Any idea how is this page handled by the crawlers? I guess the concept behind the sandbox is to monitor the progress of the website when it is undergoing "seasoning". This way the Google tries to keep away the web from instant spam. If one has a "coming soon" page for months during website development, then there is no way for the crawlers to determine the website progress. Then how should it decide when to push the website back to the main index.So how is that handled?
(3) How are complete site makeovers handled by search engines? If I have a website which is 5-6 years old and I decide to revamp it completely. Now, a complete make over is akin to making the new website live with the exception of domain seasoning and some backlinks which point to the website. Does Google registers the extent of "change" done to a website?
Are there any chances of putting the website again into the sandbox?
Edited by mohit, 26 April 2007 - 06:33 AM.