So my site got penalized by Google. It got from the first page to about 1000th results down at the bottom of the index. I knew that eventually it will come back, but it just took too long, and I'm not really that patient... Anyway, I was waiting for 4 months and it just didn't want to come back, so then I decided I would try and get it out myself. Here's what i did: Bought 20+ unique articles (300 words each). Don't have to be keywords that you'll actually want to rank for, just some unique content related to your niche. Put 3 outbound links to the footer of each page on my site. The links were pointing to authority sites that won't compete with my keywords, but are very related to my niche (Wikipedia page about your niche, etc). 301 redirected one of my other sites in the same niche to the penalized domain (didn't really need the other domain anymore, it did have some links pointing to it). Next day I was out of the penalty, back to the 2nd page, and now I'm rising fast back to the 1st page and to the top. So if your site got penalized as well try doing what i did and see if it helps.