joined:June 13, 2005
I had a site that was hit with an unnatural link penalty in March of 2012. After a full year of trying to get links removed, the penalty was finally revoked in March of 2013.
It has been a little over three weeks and so far the amount of traffic to the website from Google continues to decline. To put some numbers behind it, before receiving the unnatural link penalty, the site received approx 1200 visitors/day from Google. Once the penalty hit the website, that number was cut to 400 visitors/day. Currently, the website gets 50 visitors/day.
I realize that it might take some time for a penalty to be removed and I also realize that there are many other factors which determine a website's ranking. My question is, what exactly should I expect to see regarding traffic to my site from Google? Should traffic to the site increase or does getting the penalty revoked have some other benefit like allowing future links to be counted while previous ones are not? Also - we're talking extremely low numbers here. If I move to 60 visitors/day (from the current 50 visitors/day), that's a 20% increase. Is something like that to be expected or is it possible that getting the penalty removed does not have any affect on the website? (and if that's the case, why did I spend the past year removing links? :))