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What I did to achieve this - absolutely nothing. Literally not a darn thing, stopped adding new content, new links, etc. The website was not touched since it got the penalty.
Could you expand on that please Whitey?
may mean that Google has several more layers of intensity to apply later.
So my site's return might be short lived?
What I did to achieve this - absolutely nothing.Did your backlink profile change before/after? This might indicate somone else's cleanup efforts had a positive benifit for you.
There's indications here that a large number of sites have recovered, albeit unscientific