Google "Honeymoon" Period -- Real?

by RayW
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Is there such a thing as the Google "Honeymoon" Period, where new sites get temporarily high rankings then drop back down to "normal levels"? Personally, I've never experienced this. The members in Google Webmaster Tools support forum all seem to think it's true. I have experienced the Google "Dance" and being "sandboxed" but never a "honeymoon" period. What do you think?
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  • Profile picture of the author MaverickUK
    Apparently it's true, but I've never experienced it, ever.
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  • Profile picture of the author agendapal
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    • Profile picture of the author Report Card
      I've also seen it when you build a site around hot news topics.

      Google will show you love, then when the hype does your page.

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  • Profile picture of the author dp40oz
    Happens to pretty much all my new sites, but I start fairly aggressive link building right away. I start building links, after about 3-7 days the site ranks decently and stays there for a couple of days then tanks for a few weeks and then comes back very strong and stays for good.
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  • Profile picture of the author cheapstuff
    Just as dp40oz said. If you are doing it right this is the case.

    I believe the reasoning is that the site is too new, when it reaches the first page Google spots it and flags it. After my sites reach a certain age, id say about 2 months I notice they stick well.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mantasmo
    I've never experienced it. Keep in mind that I've built over 300 sites in the last year.

    Sometimes a site might pop up somewhere on page two/three and stay there or go up (after link building).
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  • Profile picture of the author cashtree
    I've experienced it with every single new site I've made, though i've only heard it called the "google dance".
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  • Profile picture of the author Mantasmo
    I think that this concept perhaps applies to easy keywords only? because I've honestly never had it happen to me. But we don't do easy/low comp. keywords...
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  • Profile picture of the author Instantfruit
    This seems to happen to most of my sites.

    Kinda expect it to happen now, tbh!
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  • Profile picture of the author xxxJamesxxx
    Never heard of it been called the "Honeymoon Period" before.

    Think you're on about the Google Dance btw.

    James Scholes
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  • Profile picture of the author LinkClub
    They call it the honeymoon period usually. I have heard this term and seen plenty of articles on the honeymoonish sweet spot.I experienced it ...still waiting for things to come back to the more desireable level but my site is fairly new.
    I recommend link building in a quality way from the very beginning...
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  • Profile picture of the author James-
    You may be confusing the 'honeymoon period' with what is know as QDF.
    New sites tend to rank quite well for keywords for a week or 2, and then drop down a few pages when the fresh content factor has worn off a little.

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  • Profile picture of the author linkassistant
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    • Profile picture of the author seolvl1
      yes, very new post i make goes into honeymoon period for about 24 hours or more.
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  • Profile picture of the author gearmonkey
    I have experienced. I have also experienced some domains that are aged are better than other aged domains with the same amount of backlinks and similar type of content. It's odd. Google likes some domains better than others.

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  • Profile picture of the author nicktyler
    It exists but not for every KW or niche. The higher the competition the lighter the period!

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  • Profile picture of the author TKay1
    Google loves fresh content. I really feel it's that simple.
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