TheOptimizationIdiot - 10:55 pm on Mar 18, 2013 (gmt 0) [edited by: TheOptimizationIdiot at 11:00 pm (utc) on Mar 18, 2013]
and multiple in the footers of every page?
Likely ignored from what I've read.
It seems many think any type of "overlinking" is an "automatic penalty" or should be, but from what I've read Google does [often] ignore it for scoring purposes which means the other links and factors are what are causing sites/pages to rank, not the BS links we all know are BS links.
mihomes, not trying to pick on you in any way at all, it's just something I'm pointing out since I think there are (and have seen many reports of personally) similar things to what you are saying, but I remember reading (or hearing) somewhere (I can't cite a specific source right now off the top of my head unfortunately) what you're talking about is often ignored or seriously discounted by Google.
What I remember about the type of links you're talking about is much like the most recently granted Google patent I've seen which talks about identifying and ignoring, not penalizing, hidden text on pages.
[edited by: TheOptimizationIdiot at 11:00 pm (utc) on Mar 18, 2013]