I would like to ask for you guys' help to get more data on the Google sandbox effect by answering a few simple questions. Hopefully, if a good number of people decided to contribute to this thread, we'll get a better understanding of how the sandbox effect works, how to avoid it and maybe how to recover from it. What I need you to report if your site was sandboxed: 1. The date your site was sandboxed (doesn't have to be exact) 2. How many links you've built every week on average before sandbox 3. General niche 4. Domain age 5. The date your site was indexed by Google (month/year is sufficient) 6. Backlinking strategy (web2.0, articles, etc...) PLEASE don't mention any specific service name or tool. 7. Google ranking before sandbox Please also answer the following 6 questions with YES or NO: 1. Did you use more than 2 different anchor texts in your backlinks? 2. Did you include nofollow backlinks? 3. Did your site contain more than one page of niche related content? 4. Did you use duplicate content on your site? 5. Did you use duplicate content on any of your tier-1 backlinks? 6. Did you use spinned content on any of your tier-1 backlinks? And if it already recover or did recover at some point in the future please also post the following: 1. Date of recovery (doesn't have to be exact) 2. What you did between the time it was sandboxed and the time it finally recovered (please don't mention service/tool) 3. Your ranking after recovery Thank you. ------------------ Please read the definitions below before posting to avoid confusions: Sandbox: Site disappears from Google serp but still shows up when you search for "site:yoursite.com", it's not a Google dance or deindexing. This is what this thread is about. Google dance: Site drops in ranking, but still appears in serp maybe at #300 or #400 it doesn't matter where as long as it's still in serp, it's not a sandbox or deindexing. This thread is not about Google dance. Deindexing: Site Disappears from Google serp and doesn't show up when you search for "site:yoursite", it's not a sandbox or Google dance. This thread is not about Deindexing.