My friend asked me to do SEO for his site and even told me that he took SEO service from another firm six months back but stopped because of no improvements/high price.
Backlinks created by the previous SEO firm, almost 80% where from (private blog network/link farm). I removed almost all bad links. I ran whole website through copyscape, tidied up some internal links, made lot of on-page changes, and for last three months has been building backlinks from local listing sites etc, but still not even one keyword is ranking in Google, but all the keywords are ranking in first page of Bing/Yahoo.
I doubt that this site has been penalized by Google for bad links created from (blog network/link farm) by the previous SEO firm before i taking over the site for SEO. I removed almost 25 bad links from the private link network. Should i go for reconsideration request even though i never got any warning in google webmaster tool for past two months?
I can give the website url through PM if anyone wants to review. Please advice, any suggestions, feedbacks really appreciated.