drall - 12:23 pm on Sep 11, 2011 (gmt 0)
We had a great site totally banned/removed 2 years ago. Perfect site, great validation, clean, vanilla onpage SEO, 11 years old, thousands of backlinks.
After weeks of research we could find NOTHING wrong. The only thing I found was some dead IBL's on some article sites that I could still see through cache and looked like lifted content from our site with heavy anchor SEO to our site.
These pages had all been removed at the same time. My best guess was someone made it look like we had been engaged in blackhat and then reeported our site and then removed their work.
My partner wanted us to file a reinclusion, I refused! We didnt do anything wrong and I am not going to bow to the almighty and say we did.
Guess what, last month the site and our traffic all came back. Site hasnt changed one bit from the day it was banned.
Google does make mistakes folks, honest sites do get harmed. Just the way it is and always will be as long as humans are involved.