We own several websites and all were really hit hard by Google's Penguin update in April, and the EMD in September totally wiped them all out of the SERPs. The problem was due to affiliate links as we had tons and tons of links among the websites. After determining the exact cause for our penalty, we began working to fix this problem by removing all these links. In December, after thinking we had removed all the links, we submitted a Request for Reconsideration to Google. Within Days, Google rejected our Request.
So, back to the drawing board! We spent weeks verifying that all the links had been removed and about two weeks ago, submitted another Request for Reconsideration to Google. Within 10 days Google responded that we were still in violation of their policies for unnatural linkings. So again, after totally reviewing the sites and finding NO inter linkings, we concluded that Google has NOT re-crawled our sites after we have removed all the inter linking.
We just assumed Google would Re-crawl our sites before reviewing our Request, but apparently we are wrong.
Has anyone else had this problem? If so, how did you handle it? And, does anyone have any advice or suggestions for us? Thanks for your comments, thoughts and suggestions.