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For example, if the issue was a bad neighborhood issue, and the 'leader' had given up and closed up shop, there's no reason the peripheral sites wouldn't find their way back in.
'On site' problems wouldn't be so easy, IMHO.
If you are saying the banned site got back without the problem being removed, that would be big news ;)
[edited in view of post above]
[edited by: Quadrille at 3:51 pm (utc) on May 29, 2007]
Some of the techniques used for seo were a little spammy and I never cleaned it up. I never thought it was spammy enough to get a penalty, but then figured well maybe it was.
It now has about 5%-10% of the pages reindexed, but if I search for it by site name (e.g., www.site.com) it's not found until about page 6 of the results. All the other pages are sites linking to it and MFA sites linking or listing it.
It still has a lot of quality backlinks, is still in DMOZ , the Yahoo directory, and business.com.
Question is what should I do to help it along? Clean it up some, add new content, pages, get links, etc... Or leave it alone for now and see what happens?
It used to rank well for some fairly competitive terms, can it get back there again?
For you experts, what would you do?