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How to Beat the Google Sandbox

Written by George Manty  · September 27, 2006

I am still catching up on my regular blog reading and, I just finished reading this excellent post by Andy Hagans about beating the Google Sandbox. From experience, I can tell you that many of the things he advises in his article works well.

Our 2006 winter olympics site never got put in the sandbox, while most of my other sites have. As a result, we earned a good amount of money (over 3000 dollars) for the 2 months we spent blogging the 2006 winter olympics. One of the biggest reasons was all the great search engine traffic we got for our blog.

In my opinion, the best thing that happened to our site was all the links we got from authority sites. However, there were many factors that helped us out (like the domain name). Here is a list of a few of the factors that Andy mentioned that I believe kept us out of the sandbox:

1. Make a good site…
2. Get those easy trusted links…

  • Ultra-trusted directories…

  • Parasitic link sources…

  • Your existing sites…

We never intentionally created link bait. However, Jill did write some great posts that other people linked to.

Some other things we did can be found here. Also, I gave an overview of what we did traffic wise in the comments here. Probably, the best advice I gave in those comments was this:

The most important piece of advice I can give on getting traffic is to work on getting traffic from as many sources as possible. In other words, don’t throw all your eggs in one basket.

Anyway, go check out Andy’s article. It is a really good read. Then bookmark it, because you will want to refer back to it anytime you create a new site.

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2 Responses to “How to Beat the Google Sandbox”

  1. netmaster123 on September 28th, 2006 10:39 am

    I have two questions, how do you get easy links from authority sites and what is considered a authority site.

    Probably a newbie question LOL! sorry.

  2. George Manty on September 28th, 2006 11:11 am

    Check out Andy’s article. Here are just a few thoughts (some from his article):

    Wikipedia, Squidoo, , Blog comments, Forums, paid links on highly trusted directories, etc.

    Hope that helps,