Whitey - 4:22 am on Jun 8, 2013 (gmt 0)
Recovery is possible, even from something as cataclysmic as Penguin 2.0.
Since this thread is about recovery, I wanted to post this positive testimony for folks to assist in their recovery.:
Wanted to share my experience with the Disavow tool.
I worked with a client who was hit by a manual link penalty, received the GWT message.
We started by looking at their backlink profile using GWT/Majestic SEO and removing the ones we deemed to be 'spammy'.
It took four tries on the re-consideration request (we got rejected three times) but the penalty was lifted. This was quite recent, traffic was bouncing back to pre-penalty levels, however now they have just been hit by Penguin 2.0.
My theory on this:
I was at a recent conference in the UK and their were some ex-google guys there. He said that when spam team review a manual penalty they only look at 10% of your back links, so it could be that the set they analyse is random and on the fourth try, we were lucky to get a reasonable clean set of links and they lifted he penalty.
Clearly the algorithm can look at more than just 10% of links as well as other factors, so the overall link profile was still 'spammy' and now they have been hit by an algorithm penalty.
So did the disavow tool work? I would say YES, it was the only thing we did. [webmasterworld.com...]
The conversation that follows describes several reconsideration request attempts and further disavowing, the summary of which seems to be to go in harder to make things work, which is what the OT suggests.
Although it relates to Penguin 1.0 - it appears to be relevant to Penguin 2.0.
Iceman88 is a self confessed "lurker" [ an avid reader of Webmasterworld, not a contributer]. So a "double thank-you" Iceman88 for stepping out and contributing with this special input. These threads and post penalty analysis' only work to resolve issues when folks are prepared to share actual experiences.
Let's hope we get some more positive contributions like this to assist folks with similar stories to cross validate experiences, from any other "lurkers" out there.