Google filters – no, not Google’s newest service…

It sometimes seems like there’s a new Google SomethingSomething service out there every day, but this post over on Joe Whyte’s blog is not about Google’s next step towards world domination. It lists all known filters and penalties that Google’s good old search engine applies to websites that for some reason appear suspicious.

One or two of these filter might very well be in effect for this blog. For one, this site has only very recently been moved to it’s own domain, and the domain has only been registered for about 9 months. Both of these facts might trigger the “sandbox filter”. And it has 28.000+ incoming links, all with the same anchor text, thanks to the tiny little credit link in my WordPress themes. Talk about a “Google bomb”. I didn’t even realize this when I added those links, nor did I imagine hundreds of people downloading and using my themes. An accidental bombing, which has made this silly little 20-post blog appear in the Technorati top 2000.

Currently, the Firefox extension I use to check pagerank shows this site’s homepage as being 0/10. It was 5/10 last week, and most web-based pagerank lookup tools still report 5/10.

Roy | February 13, 2007 | English,SEO | Comments (3)


  1. Best laid plans… I had the bombing effect on an old site from a similar sort of thing and it never recovered. Did you do anything to resolve it or did it go away with time?

    Comment by Neat Geek — August 25, 2010 @ 12:56 pm

  2. The site recovered somewhat, but never 100%. But then again, Google periodically changes its algorithms, so the lower score may also have been a result of finetuning on their part.

    Comment by Roy — August 25, 2010 @ 3:09 pm

  3. Thanks, maybe I’ll just have to leave it a while and see if it fixes itself.

    Comment by Neat Geek — August 29, 2010 @ 12:31 pm