brinked - 9:08 pm on Jun 18, 2012 (gmt 0)
Can you please let us know about the few "elite/trusted seo experts" that made this suggestion?
If any so called seo expert said to remove footer links, I would laugh so hard in their face. Footer links have their place on any website. They can be a very valuable asset to an online business and it does provide a level of usability.
I have websites that have over 200 links per page and they were not hit at all by any algo update. Heck I have a site that has 100 links in the footer sitewide and it even received a boost after the penguin update.
This is not about spamming your site with links. It is about exposing them to the best pages on your site. This is about adding relevant links on each page that offer something to the user.
Some sites are just hard to navigate or find what you're looking for. This could very well be a part of panda. Nobody knows for sure, so we can not rule out what sgt kickaxe is saying. Exposing your visitors to the high quality areas of your site is not going to get you into trouble.