If you’re reading this you probably have some vague idea of what Google sandbox would be. From what this would be webmaster gathers, there’s several definitions of the “sandbox” available and the one that we’re gonna be talking about today is the one where your website is no longer showed in Google Search because you did something to upset the Panda and Penguin spirits.
Now I’m not entirely too sure if this is the correct definition of the Google sandbox, but let’s say that it is, and let’s ask the question that every website owner has asked himself/herself after find out about sandbox, how to check if my website is in the Google sandbox?
One of the ways how you can test to see if your website has been sandboxed by Google can be seen on the screenshot above. This is nothing new and revolutionary, but if you type:
and hit search, results that you get displayed will prefer your website. Do an occasional search like this to see how many results you get back. If your website ended up in Google’s dreaded sandbox for certain search terms or altogether, you should see a decrease in the number of search results that are reported back for your site.
Better yet. if you would like to see if your website was removed Google search for a specific keyword, add that keyword at the end of the previous search query, so that it looks like this:
site: www.yoursiteURL.com keyword
This will only focus on results from your website for that keyword, and if Google decided to sandbox your website for it, there shouldn’t be any results listed. This can happen if you did something wrong when it comes to search engine optimization, if you optimized too much, the usual.
Checking if you website is in Google sandbox with this method might not be most accurate, for if you website is new and not indexed, then this does not apply for you, give it some time for Google to pick up on your website, but those who have older websites and noticed a drop in traffic, it could be because of Google sandbox.