There is an SEO theory which suggests that mass directory submission will get your website into Google sandbox.
The basic idea is if your new website has too many links all of a sudden, usually due to mass submission in a short time, your website will be ‘jailed’ by Google.
Is it true? Let’s find out in this little test that I’ve done.
In my test, I built 3 40-page content websites and then did the following IMMEDIATELY:
– For 2 of the websites, I bookmarked them at Digg and Propeller (as what I usually do to promote new websites) and submit them to 1000 link directories (outsourced).
– For the third website, I only submit them to 1000 link directories. Forgot to submit to Digg and Propeller actually.
After 3 days……
All three websites got indexed in Google, one with 100% of the pages indexed and the other two with 50% indexed.
From my experience, it is unusual that new websites get 100% indexed. Usually, if your website has 40 pages, about 10-20 pages will be indexed initially. I believe this is because there isn’t enough link popularity for the new site.
But in this test, one website got 100% indexed. Is it a coincidence or it’s the effect of 1000 directory submission? Em…
How about the traffic?
There is a surge in traffic to all 3 website in the first few days. This is expected because link directories owners are evaluating the website for listing.
But after 7 days……
One website average about 20 visitors a day and the other two websites average about 40 visitors a day.
Frankly, I like what I’m seeing.
To give you an idea, my other websites with ‘slow’ link building process are getting 5 to 10 visitors a day initially. These 3 websites are really having a great start.
Are all the traffic from Google?
Not really. Two websites have most of the search engine traffic from Google. One has most of the search engine traffic from Microsoft Live. Besides search engine traffic, te websites also have traffic from Digg, Propeller and tons of link directories.
The websites are now 2 weeks old and the traffic has been pretty consistent.
From this little test, I’ve yet to see any sandbox effect on these 3 websites as a result of mass directory submission.
On the contrary, I’m seeing Search Engines giving my websites more priority as a result of more initial links.
Will Google ‘jail’ the websites after some time? Well, only time can tell. But I’ll surely keep you informed.
Have you got any similar experience before? Or you ever got your website thrown into Google sandbox as a result of mass link directory submission? Feel free to discuss below.