OK, :tz: is listed in Google as well. They are cheating a bit because the date says May 6 – which is actually what they have in the cache – however the results can’t be more than 2-3 hours old because that was the last time I checked (yeah, call me a Nerd – I deserve it).
The Million-Dollar-Question is: what about the sandbox? As I mentioned earlier, the domain has been around for years, but never had any content on it except for a “content may follow some time” disclaimer. It was never indexed in Google before. So for the eyes of the spider, it has to be less than a week old. Yet it is spidered, indexed and listed. This is actually against ALL experience by thousands of webmasters worldwide.
Now I am not as vain as to think this is because I am such a nice guy. So what can be the reason? Several explanations come to mind:
- Google has access to the WHOIS information so it knows that :tz: is around for some years
- Google treats blogs different (that would be huge news where all those optimizers and spammers would jump upon)
- The sandbox is gone (that would be even bigger news)
- I’m showing up only temporary and will vanish again in a few days, to serve my time in the sandbox (which has been reported on a few occasions by other webmasters)
I guess it’s either #1 or #4.