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I have a new site (just over 3 months old) and after a month or so, it started ranking for some searches in Google.

Then suddenly after 2 months, boom, no traffic coming from search other than when people search for the name of the site.

My question is whether this is something common? I was doing some link-building, but nothing too out of whack. I did 2 guest posts on some blogs.

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-1 The question in your post - "My question is whether this is something common?" - does not meet the quality guidelines for a question (see FAQ). Please consider rephrasing your question - e.g. "Can guest blogging negatively affect Google ranking?" – danlefree Jan 3 '12 at 12:11
-1 Cause v Correlation. This question is way too vague to substantiate a helpful answer. To get an accurate answer, we'd need to get a list of EVERY activity you've conducted since the site was built. – Mike Hudson Apr 19 '12 at 23:17

It may be the Google sandbox: for a certain period of time, Google try to reduce traffic to your website to see how it will survive. After that, everything should return to normal.

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Nothing to worry, when you launch a site it get index and google sends you some traffic but slowly it goes down when it checks for the ranking factors. I would suggest if you want to good traffic start blogging at least twice a week and do more link building.

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New Google Panda update is really taking the below issue serious:

  • if you are linking to a site with 4 to 5 adsense within the site, then you're gonna penalized.

New update is about 1 week old. I think you should be careful to whom you are linking to.

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Do you have a reliable source for that? – DisgruntledGoat Jan 1 '12 at 16:05
Yes, you can go to www.searchEngineWatch.com and then look for recent panda updates. – Alireza Hos Jan 2 '12 at 3:02
Assuming you're talking about this page. For starters I wouldn't call a search blog 'reliable' personally, but ignoring that the article itself says "...Google may have or eventually deem..." ie they don't know, they are just guessing. – DisgruntledGoat Jan 2 '12 at 12:15

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