Over on Blogging Tips, Kelby Carr has put out a post that gives some details pertaining to the Google Sandbox.
I didn’t realize how many people did not understand the concept of the Sandbox. The Sandbox is basically a zone that a new site sits in until Google decides it is quality, and should be properly listed in their search engine.
I have to be honest though and say that it has been a huge thorn in my side because I love writing, but my weakness is advertising, and as such, I depend greatly on Google to send me some traffic.
Here is a snippet from the article:
How do I get out of the Sandbox?
First of all, don’t panic. Don’t start second-guessing yourself and tinkering with your entire site. The single best thing you can do to get out of the Sandbox is write quality content, optimize your site and pages for search engines, and repeat. You also need to have patience.
Here are musings about that from Big Oak:
The quick answer to this is yes, there is a way out of the sandbox, but you will not like the answer. The answer is to simply wait. The sandbox filter is not a permanent filter and is only intended to reduce search engine spam. It is not intended to hold people back from succeeding. So eventually, if you continue to build your site as it should be built, you will leave the sandbox and join the other established websites.
If Google is filtering you when it comes to highly competitive keywords, try to find other ways to promote your site. You shouldn’t be solely depending on Google anyways as their rankings change constantly, and an article that might get you thousands of visitors one day, may only bring in one visitor the next.