WebPixie - 8:48 pm on Oct 2, 2012 (gmt 0)
We are considering a similar plan. Meaning basically leave the dumped sites alone and capitalize on the existing traffic from other SEs and links. But start a new site from scratch on something like ghsfghlug.com to try and build our way back on G- from the ground up.
With the constantly changing rules we do have some links I am sure Google does not like from years ago. Unfortunately there is little we can do about that now. Since G- seems committed to nuking any site with a link profile that crosses a certain threshold, I do not have much hope that any attempt at recovery would be a wise use of time.
It is a shame. We have some really nice niche sites that do deliver excellent content that is spot on what people are looking for when they type in the related keyword phrases. It just seems that in the current G- environment, you need a squeaky clean link profile to rank with this type of non-big brand niche content and after many years and some mistakes, cutting the cord and walking away may be our best option.