I have 2 sites where I manages to get manual penalty revoked with loads of work on removing, disallowing links and Reconsideration requests. It's been a few months and sites are still not visible at all for their previous page 1 keywords. Link power maybe not big now but it's not too bad with some authority and media sites linking with natural links. I was hoping to see rankings back at least on 5th+ SERP page before I put work into more good links..
Any suggestions? Any experience with rankings returned after successful reconsideration request? Should I give up and put sites on new domains and start again with SEO?