Do the best you can - as fast as you can - then fix it later.
70% is, off course, generally the threshold for triggering invocation of action under the Sherman Antitrust act.
I've completed the feedback form but also requested a reconsideration via GWT. I've posted the reply I received as a thread starter:
but it seems to be saying that because my site hasn't been interfered with manually by the webspam people it doesn't qualify for a manual reconsideration.
I have a smaller sister site that hasn't been hit in the same way and one thing I have considered (if my main site doesn't recover) is moving the content over to that site.
If nothing else, perhaps the reply will help remove some of the apparent fear of asking for a reconsideration, i.e. that it could draw attention to a site that may not be welcomed. If in the first instance Google is checking whether or not a manual penalty has been attached, and if not is sending out replies such as this, then there would not seem to be anything to lose by doing it if someone suspects they may have been penalized. At least they will find out.
"We reviewed your site and found no manual actions by the webspam team that might affect your site's ranking in Google. There's no need to file a reconsideration request for your site, because any ranking issues you may be experiencing are not related to a manual action taken by the webspam team."
which to me is a clear statement that no manual actions means no reconsideration. However, I am sure others will have filed as well and perhaps we will learn of more (and maybe different) replies.
Don't get obsessed with all this. We can never understand completely the how and why of Google. Since there was no manual action, just let it go and focus on other components of your marketing strategy that don't have anything to do with organic search.
Last edited by keyon; 05-03-2012 at 08:27 AM.