A Successful Site in 36 Months - Old Sites Rule Supreme
I can't help feeling very sorry for folks that don't live and breathe SEO when they start out on a brand new domain, a great idea, tons of supremely authoritative content and get what? Nothing. In terms of up to date content, i'd go as far to say that Google is less than perfect, in terms of their responsibility to the web, i'd say they were negligently blazè about information, their stock in trade...
-12 months sandbox
-12 months link penalty
-welcome to ground zero. - jaffstar
I've not had to work on a brand new domain post Sandbox, Google's dubious method of keeping new sites from ranking for anything competitive, that may have been further explained in their equally contraversial big brother patent, except for Threadwatch of course. This site is not seo'd at all, beyond some consideration in urls and taking certain pages out of a spiders reach, but I don't think it's in any way sandboxed. My point being, that maybe the 'contraversial blog' approach as a way of getting links from many sources would work well for regular commerical websites?
Im not sure...
One thing i do know, is that workarounds that won't have too much potential for trouble are scarce, and i'd like to discuss it with those that have actually been in that position if anyone would care to comment?