Hi Guys, I am having a problem which I would like your input on how to proceed.
I had a website from years ago that I had which I submitted to about 600 directories, got unusual ways to get backlinks, duplicate content etc. 5 to 9 years ago. It was producing well regardless of all the spammy stuff on it. Then 5 years ago, it got penalized. I did bunch of stuff to try to get him out of the penalty and then decided to built a new one.
I did well with this new site and ( with the help of Jill) is very good quality and producing good. Now 2 years ago, The old site went out of the penalty and ended up in the first page of some of our major keywords. To not deceiving visitors ( so they would not end up on 2 similar sites), I decided to redirect the old site to the new one which made sense.
Now a month ago, I got a manual penalty in webmaster tool. The example they gave were some low quality directory. I was not sure what to do. So I was able to remove my lisitngs from these directories so I sent a request to the webmaster tool and they told me that there were more but all the example were from the old site. I got the whole list from link explorer and every low quality listing are from the old site. I started to ask all these directories to remove my listing but it will take me for ever and some asked me 10$ to remove it!!!!!! It will be very time consuming to do this.
Now I still have maybe 20-25 good backlinks on the old site. I had a few solutions for this and wanted your input on it.
1) Keep doing what I do and try to remove as much as I can and keep the admin on it.
2) try to contact the sites which I have quality links from. Ask them to change the link for the new site and then cancel all the redirects
3) maybe cancel all the redirects now and then try to get the link changed
Any other ideas would be appreciated!