Is There Still a Google Sandbox?

Sep 21, 2010 • 8:29 am | comments (7) by | Filed Under Google Search Engine Optimization

It is just about a year since we posted our poll on the Google Sandbox existing or not. The results back then had a lot of people saying it still existed on some level. Some said it no longer existed and some said it never existed.

I spotted a new WebmasterWorld thread with renewed discussion on the topic. The SEOs there are debating about if it exists now, did it ever, etc. I wanted to run a very short poll, the 2010 Google Sandbox poll. This poll has two answers, yes or no. If you think it never existed, answer no. If you think it doesn't exist now but did exist in the past, answer no. If you think it still exists on some level today, answer yes.

Please take the poll below:

As I said before, but just so some of you have some history. The Google Sandbox goes back to April 2004. We first spotted it when I wrote New Sites = Poor Results in Google, then it became known as the Sandbox effect and had controversial definitions. Matt Cutts confirmed the sandbox existed, somewhat, in his Coffee Talk with Brett Tabke. But since then, we really did not discuss it much.

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld.

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