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.

  • 1
    -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
    Commented Jan 3, 2012 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. Commented Apr 19, 2012 at 23:17

3 Answers 3


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.


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.


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.

  • 1
    Do you have a reliable source for that? Commented Jan 1, 2012 at 16:05
  • Yes, you can go to www.searchEngineWatch.com and then look for recent panda updates.
    – Alireza
    Commented Jan 2, 2012 at 3:02
  • 3
    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. Commented Jan 2, 2012 at 12:15

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.