DansSitesRScrewed - 1:47 am on Dec 25, 2013 (gmt 0)
Planet13 - thanks for the info.
The rise back in March 2012 was the SEO company we were using at the time I believe was actively adding social links, but I think over did it. It was a temporary boost. That is the point when I figured they were just trying to get a quick result to make it seem as if they knew what they were doing and hopefully doing it the proper way...not sure. In the end it definitely made things worst.
I know what you mean about Matt Cutts being very vague. But in one of his latest videos he does mention that by disavowing a large number of backlinks, maybe a years worth, that would 'show' a sincere action that the person was actually really trying to clean up the links. That is what leads me to believe that Mentat, that posted on another thread, was able to get his site back. He whacked the heck out of his link profiles, only leaving around 100 good links and submitting a disavow. I think that should be my approach with our site. At this point I really have nothing to lose. The only traffic we are getting is from PPC. So I'm sure that makes Google very happy.