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[edited by: goodroi at 12:25 pm (utc) on Oct 11, 2013]
[edit reason] Please remember WebmasterWorld is not the place to contact Google [/edit]
Do I clean up the link profile or start an entirely new site? I'm going to clean up the other domain regardless but what will get me back quicker?
[edited by: Robert_Charlton at 4:39 pm (utc) on Oct 13, 2013]
[edit reason] removed specific metasearch mention [/edit]
"public url removal tool",
Another possibility is: Penguin is not just about backlinks. I got hit on a site that hardly had any inbounds, and so did some other webmasters I've talked to. SEOs have looked at our sites and agreed: it wasn't the backlinks.
This is controversial and I don't want to start a dust up, but I'll just say: Penguin may look for PATTERNS which are typically dominated by "bad inbounds" but do have other factors.
My site that was hit by Penguin recovered partially on Penguin 2. What I did to recover was remove a few OUTbound links that I thought Google may not like. I'm not sure that worked - it's also possible I never should have been hit by Penguin and Google tweaked something that fixed some of the damage. But I do see now that this domain can rank for NEW content very nicely despite never coming back for a few of those top phrases.