indyank - 3:32 am on May 13, 2012 (gmt 0)
They generally aren't editorially given and come as standard with the theme. I think Google sees any such mass footer linking as something that goes against their quality guidelines. I can understand why.
Enough of this crap. Who is google to say that you shouldn't have attribution links? That is an age old practice for free stuff and there are several users who willingly carry back those attribution links with brand or names as anchor text. But yes there are a few thankless people like you who find all ways to remove those attributions.These craps want to use that free stuff but will still do all such crap.
Do you have any valid points against such such attribution links with non-keywods as anchor text? What is wrong in promoting brands or names that way unless google thinks that the only way sites can promote themselves is through their ads?