What do you do then? Do you keep pushing or do you quit the site and start off a new one?
Quiting the site is such a hard option and thousands of dollars of investment has been put into it?
Am I doing something wrong here? What do you guys do? How do you justify economic return out of this huge investment?
This is an important question.
It's very distressing, to build and promote a quality site, only to find that you have fallen foul doing simple practices such as link building, which has been the norm since the internet started.
If the site has never been established, then without doubt, its best to put your quality content on a new site and start again.This time by doing a very small amount of link building.
I have yet to see a website flourish without any.
Aim for a limited number of high quality links and forget the rest.
Of course, even then, there is a gamble the google will see this as 'unnatural'.
If your site has been established for some time and has enjoyed success, then it gets much harder to decide.
You can jump through all google's hoops, which may take 6 months and still be no better off.
You may do reinclusion requests and have extenuating circumstances but it wont matter.
Google probably won't read your reinclusion request.
They will merely just process it and see if your site still has those "bad links".
You can dance to their tune and try and get some personal reply on google's forums, but you are more than likely not get one.
This will cause more angst.
You may get lucky and google will say your penalty has been lifted, but then you may never see any improvements in your rankings.
You may end up giving up altogether, which surely must be what Google are aiming for.
The internet will fall into the hands of the few, who will make the brands and the rules and lord over the internet just as powers have done in most other areas of life.
You'll go back to working for one of those powers, and order will be reestablished in Orwellian fashion.
Google have espoused their mass judgement and it's certainly rough justice they have delivered.
With limited avenue for individual appeal and the stories of recovery, few, let's hope Google are cutting their nose to spite their face.