luckystrike - 12:53 pm on Mar 2, 2013 (gmt 0)
I've also had one effort where I created a 10k row spreadsheet documenting EVERY SINGLE LINK, whether it was natural or not, and what I did to fix the problem. 'Including date/time stamps of emails sent, links successfully removed, and those where the site owner did not respond, with a reference to the disavow entry, etc. 100% documented effort with serious hours behind it. Rejected 4 times in a row with boilerplate replies. 5th time was the charm. No new work done, just more apologetic wording. Or perhaps just more time for spammy links to fall off naturally?'
Exact same experience here! Two sites:
One site (the more important one)
Removed some 90% of possibly bad links, documented everything in a spreadsheet, disavowed lots of links I couldn't take down, shown remorse
Declined some 6 times! Very frustrating - they keep sending the automated e-mail over and over again without any personalised response whatsover. They just don't care.
Second site did a half-baked job of removing links and sent a request and they removed the ban!
Very frustrating - and frankly google search at the moment is crap; they seem to be ignoring what made them number 1 in the first place.