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So while resolving the manual action is a good way to start, you need to keep in mind that it can possibly take quite some time for our algorithms to regain trust in your site even after that.
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got a manual action for spammy outgoing links
Thanks for sharing crobb, often we hear about people enduring traffic problems but increasing targeted traffic is a nice problem to have.
@crobb305: I'm sitting pretty at 9 months+ since the "manual action revoked" notice and the traffic is *worse* than during the penalty! You may be right and there's a sandbox and additional trust signals are used. However, it looks like these trust signals are all out of whack.
crobb, during the time after the penalty was removed did you do any link building?
Crobb, aside from not engaging in link building and submitting disavow files, I'm curious to know what else you did to help you regain that trust back?
For a site I own, I can say the regaining of trust is slow, but is occurring. I had a manual penalty removed in February with no change in rankings. Even with the subsequent Penguin update in May, I saw no improvement. However, with the next Penguin update in September, the site started ranking again (as high as page 2 for some of my main terms) and saw a 40% increase in traffic.
It looks like you had to wait for both penalties (manual and Penguin) to be lifted before the traffic started improving. Possibly the wait period to start regaining trust after the manual penalty was removed was hidden by Penguin. But apparently there was no additional wait period after Penguin was lifted.
JCPenney regained their trust in less than a month.
There are two sets of standards that apply. If you have a small penalized site that had its penalty removed, you will remain buried in a grave under eight feet of dirt. If you are a big site, no problem at all.
Money talks, BS walks and all others can join Adwords.
regain trust- I am wondering if we are talking regain trust as in:
you might want to bridge the gap by going out and getting more links, but this is tricky otherwise they wouldn't be natural. But by creating fresh content that users would want to link to" is probably the answer.
For approx time around 30:00: [ paste this link ] "http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DY6B2eEatbc&feature=player_detailpage#t=1835
What's a natural way of getting links