jakebohall - 1:10 pm on Aug 29, 2013 (gmt 0) [edited by: phranque at 10:52 pm (utc) on Aug 29, 2013]
Agree with pippo. if you want to rank for [blue widget], you are going to have to build enough natural links to further dilute any spam links you may have while building authority for the keyword phrase and avoiding additional scrutiny that could trigger an algorithmic filter or more severe action against your site.... and/or identify the artificial links referenced and ensure they are removed/disavowed and file a reconsideration request.
Personally, I would take the second option and get the manual action removed... just makes me feel like everything I do would be less under a microscope.
[edited by: phranque at 10:52 pm (utc) on Aug 29, 2013]