martinibuster - 5:59 am on May 4, 2012 (gmt 0)
Looks like my previous post was prescient of the Penguin update:
Throw in the second test for whether it's editorially given and you have two valid reasons why Google depreciates "Designed by" links.
The test of whether a link is editorially given is one of most important ones, always has been. Which is why I brought it up. I didn't need Penguin to remind me. It's just a basic rule of thumb that has been consistent for a long time. Don't know what happened to the OP, could be he's fine. But the difference between the link building situation previously and post Penguin is that some web publishers are getting penalized for not passing the editorial test rather than simply having the links depreciated.