Ok ya'll going to give a little info on our dealing with G for the last couple months... first a little about us. Site: adult niche EMD .com as well as the .net and .org each domain about 12years old been #1 for tons of terms related to my biz for a long time, even above wiki. Monthly Google Searches: Global 20M / Local 5M Traffic: 50k+ daily uniques User Stats: Bounce Rate 20-30% / Time on site 3min average Site Income: 6figs Linking: bought 2 rounds of linking from BH vender around 1/1/12 other than that mostly links from users and social (however had about 10k links from Youtube spam video accounts, DOH!...) Date of Unnatural Links email on subdomain.site,com: 3/22/12 Notice of unnatural links detected. Traffic After Penalty: Penalty went into effect on 4/11/12 tanking traffic to 10k give or take ;( Still indexed but way in the back of the bus. Hell, 1k of those are people typing in our EMD .com LOL Movement: none, still back of the bus to date Stuff I did to try and combat: I deleted my G webmaster tools, then deleted all subdomains going to site waited 1 week and opened up another webmaster tools just under the .com and boom email was instantly there after I verified the site even though originally it came in only on a subdomain. So then I was like oh well the penalty must have carried over... I then decided to remove about 5-10k in "spammy" links including suspending our own youtube accounts (mass flagged the videos LOL) and also added some PR5-7 do follow links under tons of different terms (click here, link etc.). still nothing, no movement... After racking our brains over and over again as to why we can not seem to move at all, I decided to see if the penalty was manual or automated (I was under the impression that the unnatural links email was always automated). If automated I would just wait it out... if manual you really need to take action. Well, I read a lot of people where doing the re-consideration request with decent results and get the auto email that your penalty was automated and will not be reviewed hurry up and wait. So I decided that I needed to know if it was really manual or automated like I thought. Crap got an email back saying that my site will be reviewed in the next couple weeks sit tight... meaning I was manually dinged (I assume for the 1000's of spam Youtube accounts lol). The email we sent them was very politically correct laying out what happened (outsourced seo), what we did to try and fix (deleted 1000's of links) and what we have done for future marketing (in house seo only) so that we 100% adhere to G rules/policies. We are ready for the review as we can show and they can see that we have done everything we can to remove as much "spammy" linking as possible. I will keep you guys updated on what happens in our situation... we really hope they have mercy on us! We are hoping our experience will help others in the biz of SEO Cheers!