THIS IS IMPORTANT SO YOU MUST READ THIS WELL We Had A Website About Web Design That Was Punished On The First Penguen And Panda Updates. Main Keywords was nowhere to be found when it was on first page before. NOW Maybe you can understand if there is manual penalty or not like this: IF your keywords are goneeeee like 500 pages you have a manual penalty for sure. If they are down like 5-10 pages you have a algorithmic penalty probably. So The Important Part : How can you Fix Manual Penalty? I ll be direct. What we did was: 1) Get all the backlinks from hrefs,majestic etc. and made a list of our backlinks. 2) We get the ones with pr 1 and above with scrapebox and send all other links pr 0 and pr n/a for disavow. 3) If there are sitewide links that are in punished or banned websites we send them to disavow too. 4) We send almost all blog comment and profile links to disavow tool. 5) We submitted the site for reconsedaration for manual penalty after 2-3 days. The answer was positive and they said there was a manual penalty before and now they lift that. All Our keywords are back in 1 week. They aren't on page 1 for some of them but its normal bec we removed lots of links. So the important thing is IF you use the disavow tool correctly and your website is an authority website you probably will be able to get rid of manual penalties. If you have an algorithmic penalty than you should do some link building to lower the anchor diversity and get some quality links in my opinion.