SevenCubed - 11:29 pm on Sep 26, 2013 (gmt 0)
Is there really a reason to link sitewide to the W3 or some of those others?
I'm not sure if that's a question for the OP or just in general. My 2 cents worth...
Those links I'm referring to were placed back in the "link glory days" when it was considered, ummmmmmm, whatever it was considered...
I haven't applied that technique lately simply because of the flack about backlinks these days. At the time I did consider outbound W3C links as a "badge of effort". Not so much any more because I think the search engines already take it into account within their own respective algorithms so I feel there's no longer a need to encourage them (the search engines).
All that said though I won't remove existing ones. I just don't place them on newly developed sites anymore, neither links back to my own site either. I just place a small discrete unlinked text "design by xxxxxxx" in the footer and that's sufficient if someone wants to track me down.
Done properly I don't think they cause any harm and probably still produce some benefit, maybe especially for technical Internet development related sites.