Issue a new owner request through WMT area. If you haven't added the site in your WMT (Google Web master Tools) area get it verified and then add new domain owner changed.
This should wipe it clean and your starting with a fresh new domain.
thanks for your reply, I cannot seem to find the "a new owner request" I have added in the reconsideration request that I am a new owner of the domain?
Google does not make it simple by having a "new owner request" form in WMT. Just submit a reconsideration request and tell them you are the new owner of the domain. Then wait 1-3 months for a response.
Thanks mrengine my response wasn't clear.
You can submit the request after the website has been verified and you have added GA to the account. I would wait at least a week or 2 to see if a notice is in the account shows a manual action is still in place. My guess it probably isn't but, login to Webmaster Tools and see if you receive a notice. If you do submit the request if you don't then your starting over and don't expect over nite rankings.
Google is able to see when a domain expires and then picked up, so in effect Google already knows your the new owner. Verifying and adding GA to the site is a way you can show your legit, and want to move the site in a much different direction than the other owner.
Not really sure how long you have owned this domain, but five post is still a very small number. I would suggest at the very least 1 post per day to make the site more believable in the new direction you say your going.
Manual action may be good news, because it's easier for Google to reverse than an algorithmic penalty. That said, underneath the manual penalty, there might be algorithmic problems. It's also possible for a domain that's been used for a lot of churn and burn spam to be tainted beyond recovery.
See discussion here, including a link to a Matt Cutts video on the topic....
Can deleted (expired) domains be tainted forever in Google?
April 24, 2013
OK, next question: Can Google tell the difference between a site and a domain name?
#1 "I am the new owner of example dot com, nothing to see here, carry on as usual"
#2 "The old example dot com is under new management and there's gonna be some changes around here, up to and including some folks needing to clean out their desks"
#3 "Someone before me has used the name example dot com but it's got nothing to do with the new site using the name."
1 vs. 2 has obvious brick-and-mortar analogies*, but there's no equivalent to 2 vs. 3.
* Some years back, a local church got a new pastor. The signboard out front said "Same boss, new management".
Okay, right I am sorry to goggle for being too harsh! GOOGLE have revoked my manual penalty in 1 week! The links are also really great (that why I bought the domain). so I am now quite happy..... the domains didn't have too many posts on them as well but it wasn't a spam website and obvious a totally new site!
Great news, philgames. Good luck with the site. Thanks for letting us know.