SEchecker - 8:37 pm on Nov 19, 2012 (gmt 0)
Penguin affected (manual and algorithm) we did fill in a reconsideration request as we didnít know what our marketers did and explained the story to google. Ofc only auto answers but we did it a couple of times and every time we did try to remove links, we had a success rate from 5%.
After the disavow tool launched we did send a a file with "only" the links included we want to removed.
"I think it should be clear that G said ONLY THE LINKS" and not contain your story. I think this is because the file will be processed by script and no human will read what you write in there." (My opinion tho)
I would recommend to explain your story in the reconsideration request and not in the link file!
Last week we did recover 50% (old keywords came back on top positions)
The hole process we did was starting with totally new layout, burst out new quality content, no marketing services used, gatherer a punch of natural links and did all a la google handbook.
Well 50% isnít 100% but there was definitely a recovery, but it was a long and hard way to go (3 month of 12 hour working days for our web team).
An important note would be, that we recovered with BRAND RELATED keywords only.