07 May 11 3:38 am
Have I been sandboxed?
Just joined, so hi all.
I'm having an odd problem and I'm looking for advice/opinions.
I created an affiliate site promoting a game guide early March 2011. I built quality content to around 20 pages and started link building from articles, blog posts, bookmarks and directories. Nothing massive, just a slow steady stream of links.
By late March I was in the top 3 positions for 2 important keywords and it started making some money (my first affiliate site!). Then in early April, two things happened;
1. I added some Amazon ads
2. The same night, my site went down sometime during the night. It was running before I went to bed and down in the morning. Back up early morning.
That very morning I checked my SERPS I found my site wasn't even in the top 100 for those 2 keywords.
I was (and still am) indexed (checked via site:) and I have kept building links slowly my manually writing lots of articles on sites with very high indexing rates.
The situation now is the site still isn't in the top 100 pages for 1 of those keywords and for some reason a page (IE. not the root domain) is now position 67 for the other keyword.
So I was wondering if anyone has experienced this? I'm not really sure if I've been sandboxed or hit by the panda update or have been labeled a 'thin affiliate' (maybe due to the Amazon links?) or something else.
I'm still building links but can't really see an end.
Thanks in advance.
PS. I took the Amazon links off the day my serps died, probably won't make a difference but I did it just in case.