Jez123 - 8:18 am on Oct 11, 2013 (gmt 0)
@whitey. Yes, I and the guy that inadvertently spammed me manually took down loads of forum profiles. I manually removed my own "link spam" Opera blog and my own sites that were linking in (though after seeing the discussion here [webmasterworld.com ] I wonder if I did the right thing in that - maybe it was just too much direct anchor text?)
I asked my generous friend to remove the links that he had freely given over the years - again - probably too rich in anchor text.
I disavowed about 4 or 5 pages of article syndication spam (the same article repeated hundreds of times across many, many copy cat article sites) and some other junk that I still don't know how it got there.
I forgot to mention that in links gained - there weren't many, but I got a link from wikipedia. Coupled with the strong UK newspaper and some magazines that linked to me I think that the authority of those links might have tipped the balance. Or google took its foot off my head for while.
EDIT - I used # comments on the ones that I couldn't remove myself.
Sample of what I used is: # Contacted the author at last but refused to help even when I offered to pay. Said it was impossible.