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Sandboxed or Site Performance Issue?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by wolfmmiii, Jan 19, 2011.

  1. wolfmmiii

    wolfmmiii Junior Member

    Jul 13, 2008
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    Hi all...

    I've put together a review site for amazon products (cloaked aff links). Content is all original, unique, and legible. I target low-comp review keywords and the site is about 150 products big so far.

    Backlinking has been all white-hat via web 2.0 articles and EZA submisisons (again, all unique and legible). Site only has about 150 backlinks (most do-follow) from my efforts to date.

    Site is about a month or so old. The first week was slow. After about 3 weeks, I had several dozen top-20 rankings and many top-10. Suddenly, on the 8th of January, all of my rankings for all keywords dropped into the hundreds.

    The only thing Webmaster tools indicates is that, as of around the 2nd week of January, it takes approximately 13 seconds (on average) to open a page on my site. This is clearly not accurate as I gzip everything and everything is cached. I've even tested response from multiple browsers/machines. Although this seems to coincide with the date when my rankings tanked, can this alone be the cause for my rankings drop or is it just the sandbox at work?

    Any ideas?
  2. roberteb

    roberteb Regular Member

    Oct 30, 2010
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    Only Google knows and they're not telling :) I can tell you though it happens a lot to my newish sites. Up and down like a whores draws. I keep up with the backlinking and I usually end up back where I started.

    As for slow load times I believe it is a factor although how big no one seems to know.
    Is it a Blog or a site? If it's a Blog you could try one of the caching plugins like W3 super cache.
  3. littleg2008

    littleg2008 Senior Member

    Dec 3, 2009
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    Cambridgeshire, UK
    If it was sandboxed you would not even be in the serps

    Just keep working on bulding a steady flow of backlinks and you should hopefully in a few weeks time be higher in the serps than before
  4. johnwho

    johnwho Regular Member

    Sep 19, 2009
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    Republika ng Pilipinas
    If the site performance is issue then move to a VPS with cPanel i'm sure that your site load performance will dramatically increase.
    Last edited: Jan 19, 2011