From stuff I’ve read, the Google bots have a sort of gut reaction to any spam links and remove the site immediately they detect it, check it out thoroughly and provided it’s clean, eventually return it to its original ranking. It’s not quite as human as that but basically, it means I should eventually get my ranking back but it could take at least two weeks. Ironically, this website continues to climb the Bing rankings and is now top of page 2 (also near the top of page 2 on Yahoo), which is very gratifying.
I did try Adords but Google have now moved the goalposts to the extent that they will not allow affiliate marketers to advertise even though they say they will accept affiliate websites provided they are advertising at least 3 variations (suppliers) of the product. I’ve tried several approaches to this but each one has been rejected.
I don’t really want to remove the comment option because, like you say, it’s nice to get some feedback but also, every comment, as with Facebook clicks, goes towards improving my site rankings.
Giving up smoking, drinking, and eating all those fatty foods doesn’t actually make you live longer – it just feels like it.