appreciate all the replies, and ill try to answer as below,
@RegDCP - I dont say anywhere on my site that I offer the space, i get emails every other day asking for it. maybe they see i already have some, and assume i will accept them for the right price - but i havent accepted any new ones since the google problems, rather i am letting them all expire, which seems unreasonable on goofgle part, to me anyway
@netmeg - my templates only have "design by #####.com" in the footer - i am only referring to the ad space i sell on my actual website.
@martinbuster - when sellling these ads, most if not all, requested the follow links. but there website was totally related to what i do, so i didnt really care how the link was set up, stupid me assuming if relevance was there, why shouldnt they get some kind of benefit for payin me for the space.
@1script - yes, my links are embedded in the footer, as i thought that they would in turn provide me with more vistots back to use my templates. (this has worked well, and whilst i offer instant free downloads of all my stuff, sometime people actually buy one of my link licenses) maybe be a strange way to do things, but it has worked so far, in providing an fair income. 18 months ago, i did het hacked and someone inserted DRUG html, but i fixed that in 24 hours, no bad stuff since.
@tedster - each week i check my main content file for edits, other than my own, and there's been no insetions of anykind since that one 18 months ago
thanks again all.