Hey guys, i've been lurking on here for some time now, but never posted anything, but it looks like I need help with this one! I had a website that ranked consistently for my primary keywords on first page of google... that was until Penguin update. I use to pay for links and would get the ole bootleg 500 links/month plan and that seemed to work until the recent updates.
Side by side i had another website going that was built on HTML initially and is the website that has become my primary one. I was slowly trying to transition to this new website from the old site that ranked high, but didn't want to mess with it as it came up in the top pages. (new site is over a year old now) I never had any of the bootleg back-linking performed on this new site, however it does not rank well in searches at all. The new website has now been rebuilt on a Wordpress platform, I added MANY more pages/content and optimized the hell out of everything I can imagine. So I feel like a dead end almost... any recommendations would be greatly appreciated! The website was recently converted from the original HTML site (which didn't rank well either) to now a wordpress site about a month ago...
Also since the new website is the primary one, should I 301 redirect to my new site from the old one?
If you look into my profile you can see the website name, or I can post it here if its allowed with dot com link
I didn't use Blackhat SEO practices, I paid for legit service, of article writing and submission. As in several articles were legitimately written by people, that I reviewed every month, and those articles were then submitted to multiple places building back links, no blackhat practices were ever used, the old website still ranks just not as high, its a PR1 website.