Has your blog ever been hit by Google Sandbox?
There is no doubt that building a blog requires a lot of hard work. Not only that, in developing it to be successful, sometimes you have to pay a lot of money, including buying a domain and a premium (paid) blog template.
But what happens if the blog you worked so hard to build is hit by Google Sandbox. You must be feeling disappointed. How could it not be that blogs that are penalized by Google will definitely experience a drastic decrease in the number of visitors? This happened because the blog and all the content in it was frozen by Google and prohibited from appearing on the Google search engine. This freeze can last several days, several weeks, several months, and can even be permanently deleted from search engines.
The definition of Google sandbox is a penalty from the Google search engine to a blog or website by removing all links on the blog from the search engine. Another meaning is that all links on a blog or website will be imprisoned by the Google search engine so that they cannot be indexed by the search engine.
If the blog link index is deleted then any keywords you type into the search engine will not show up for your blog. This problem can sometimes be resolved even though it takes quite a long time or cannot be resolved because it is permanently deleted by Google. So it could be said that the negative impact is very worrying.
Because it is so dangerous for a blog to be hit by Google Sandbox, you should know what causes Google Sandbox to occur. For this reason, you will be more careful in maintaining and maintaining the continuity of your blog for a long time.
Causes of Google Sandbox
1. Excessive content keyword optimization
Even though content is the main attraction for readers to visit your blog. But don’t over-optimize your content. This over-optimization can include the use of unnatural keywords because they are repeated too many times. So, some bloggers, because they want to get a high position in the Google search engine, repeat keywords 20-30 times even though the number of words is only 500 words.
This method of course makes the search engines angry and annoyed with the blog. In fact, if you pay attention to the content yourself, your content does not have good sentence patterns and is not pleasant to read. So Google can categorize it as a spammer.
2. Hunting for Backlinks Excessively
To increase the number of visitors to a blog, the number of backlinks is very influential. Especially if the blog gets backlinks from sites that have good pagerank. So you can be sure that visitors from search engines will flow every day even if you rarely update articles.
The problem arises if you search for backlinks excessively because this can cause the blog to be hit by the Google Sandbox. Some beginner bloggers, because they are too enthusiastic about increasing visitors this way, then look for backlinks without calculating. They look for up to 50 backlinks every day. Even though this method is really not liked by Google. If Google gets annoyed with your methods, your blog can immediately be hit by the Google Sandbox.
3. Content plagiarism detected
No matter how low your ability to write articles, try to be confident. Don’t be afraid if your writing doesn’t get a good response from readers. However, a writer must go through stage by stage so that he can produce good, quality writing.
However, if you give up and choose to copy and paste other people’s articles, it could be dangerous for the blog. In fact, Google’s search engine is so sophisticated that it can detect content plagiarism violations. If the content on your blog is often filled with plagiarized content then your blog will most likely be hit by Google Sandbox. Worse yet, if all of your blog content is indicated as plagiarized, your blog will be permanently deleted by Google and cannot be restored.
4. Hidden redirects detected
Maybe you are still confused about this. Hidden redirects mean that the blog is detected to have a different page than it should. For example, you set the blog rendering for desktop. However, it turns out that the page was redirected so that the appearance on the mobile version is very different.
I’m still confused about the cause of Google Sandbox because of this. Why? To be honest, I once tried rendering blog post pages with the mobile version. But before I finished rendering, I immediately canceled it. You know what the next day is? It turns out my blog is in Google Sandbox.
Apart from that, there is also another story of mine, namely when I felt like I had never done a hidden redirect for my blog. However, Google still felt that the blog had committed a webmaster violation. So, for this reason I am still confused to this day.
How to deal with a blog affected by Google Sandbox
1. Improve the article
If you feel that there are some articles that indicate the cause of Google Sandbox, then make repairs immediately. If it is possible to change the article into a more interesting sentence pattern, do it quickly. Reduce the number of excessive keyword repetitions. If necessary, count the number of repetitions of the keyword so that it is in line with the number of words in the article.
However, if you have given up on the article and are willing to lose some of the article, then it is better for you to delete it from the blog. This is the last step, especially if the article is indicated as a copy paste, then deleting it is the best way.
2. Carry out reasonable off-page SEO optimization
Because one of the causes of Google Sandbox is planting backlinks without calculating them, limit the number. You just need to look for 5 backlinks a day for the blog. To plant your own backlinks, you should direct them to the main page and to the posting pages. This will make your backlinks more varied and increase the quality of your articles in search engines.
3. Publish new articles
Because your blog is currently in Google custody, the blog can be released if a new article is indexed. Therefore, start writing new articles and publish them on your blog. However, don’t publish many articles (for example 5 articles) at the same time because this will not be effective in getting your blog out of a Google penalty.
The best way is to publish just 1 or 2 articles every day. Even then, it is better to do it for a minimum period of 3-6 hours. If you do this regularly, I think in the next few days or weeks your blog will be out of the Google Sandbox.
4. Resubmit the sitemap
As I mentioned above, one of the causes of a blog being hit by the Google sandbox is that hidden redirects are detected that you may not be aware of. Therefore, resubmit your blog sitemap. This can be a notification to Google that your blog has been repaired so that it is worthy of appearing again in the Google search engine.
So how do you know that your blog is free from Google Sandbox?
For this, you can type “SITE: YOUR BLOG NAME” if your blog link appears, this means your blog is free from Google penalties. However, if your blog link does not appear, it is a sign that the blog is still being held by search engines.
Another way is to visit the site www.searchenginegenie.com/sandbox-checker.htm then when the name of your blog is in the column provided. If the message “Your site is not in Google Sandbox” appears, then your blog is out of Google Sandbox. However, if it says “Your site is still in Google sandbox, contact support@ searchenginegenie.com to get you out of Google sandbox” then your blog is still being punished by the Google search engine. It’s easy, right?
In conclusion, getting a Google penalty is not the end of you building and developing a blog. Even though the danger is very troublesome for bloggers, if you don’t commit any violations then you don’t need to worry about the continuity of the blog. And even if your blog is hit by the Google sandbox, you already know how to deal with it as long as you don’t commit serious violations.