New Example of the Sandbox

Jul 19, 2005 • 8:33 am | comments (4) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

Randfish over at SEO Chat posted a thread named - In Google's Sandbox - Hilarity Ensues! In that thread he describes how his blog has been sandboxed after moving it from to

Randfish describes that for searches he used to rank well for, he no longer ranks for. He gives many examples in the thread and describes that he has never done any "unnatural" link building for this site.

I applaud Randish for giving this a go. He said towards the end of the thread, "I'm just glad I was able to do this with a site that doesn't need SE traffic..." This is in response to Ben's advice for most people, that he "rarely if ever advise anyone to mess around with already well ranked pages unless they have too."

One thing is not clear from the thread is when this all occurred. I'll assume he didn't move over the domain name within a week or so. :)

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Dan Thies

07/19/2005 07:35 pm

Barry, see my comments on this at SEO Chat. When I try to fetch those URLs with WebBug, I get a 404 error, not a 301 redirect. Looks like Rand shot himself in the foot, yes, but not by redirecting.

Barry Schwartz

07/19/2005 08:42 pm



07/19/2005 11:10 pm

Thanks for the link Barry. The 301 re-directs work fine as long as you're not using old http 1.0 or 0.9 (I don't know of any systems that do). Thanks for pointing that out, though.

Low Level

07/20/2005 01:22 am

> I don't know of any systems that do Many spiders still use (for a good reason) HTTP 1.0. From any web server log: "GET /pagename.html HTTP/1.0" 200 10000 "-" "Googlebot/2.1 (+" "GET /pagename.html HTTP/1.0" 200 10000 "-" "Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; Yahoo! Slurp;" "GET /pagename.html HTTP/1.0" 200 10000 "-" "msnbot/1.0 (+" Notice the "HTTP/1.0".

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