Planet13 - 12:14 am on Jul 12, 2013 (gmt 0)
Are you saying we should submit a reconsideration request even if we didn't get a manual penalty notice?
If everything else you are doing on your site is legitimate, I would say yes, go ahead and submit a reconsideration request.
firstly even though you might not have received any messages about a manual penalty, the only way to be CERTAIN that you don't have a penalty is to submit a reconsideration request.
Second, Since google at least READS every reconsideration request, I think it is important to pass on to at lest SOMEONE at google that spammers are trying to build links to legitimate blog pages - probably as an effort to not have their main money sites hit by penguin.
Third, the Penguin recoveries I have heard of (and there seem to only be a few Penguin recoveries posted), the recoveries either happened when there was a Penguin refresh (i.e., people who were hit by Penguin 1 recovered when Penguin2 was launched), OR when they filed a reconsideration request, EVEN THOUGH THEY DIDN'T HAVE A MANUAL PENALTY.
so in short, there are a few claims that people who were hit by Penguin only and they claim to have recovered by submitting a reconsideration request (and NOT having to wait around for a Penguin refresh).
Oddly enough, I read one account of a penguin recovery via link removals / disavow tool, but the recovery happened with a PANDA update, not a PENGUIN refresh.
So if your site is NOT doing anything wrong:
There is no harm in filing a reconsideration request.
There is no benefit To NOT filing a reconsideration request.
One more thing: I filed a reconsideration request myself on July 6th, and I was just notified today (July 11th) that there was no manual spam penalty applied to my site. So maybe now is as good a time as any to file a reconsideration request.
I will check back in as soon as I know whether filing that reconsideration request actually helps ME with recovering from Penguin2.0 (I lost about 35% of my impressions, clicks, and traffic due to Penguin 2.0 - oddly enough, my ecommerce revenue is UP despite having 35% less visitors.)