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[edited by: tedster at 3:53 am (utc) on May 7, 2012]
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.
They generally aren't editorially given and come as standard with the theme
As I see it, the theme creator's link should be ignored if it's there.
But they appear to be penalizing wpmu.org.
Is the web about to get uglier as designers pull access to their own themes and companies stop paying to sponsor them?
Not to mention an new industry for paid link removals.
We charge a fee of 20usa for any link we remove from our site. Thank you.
For G to even contemplate a move that sees webmasters punished for people exercising their right to use hyperlinks just staggers me. All this is solely to compensate for flaws in their search algorithm and their drug like dependence on links as a measure of quality.
I haven't posted here for months although I still do lurk quite a bit, but in all honesty I have completely abandoned the concept of seo or webmaster guidelines and now do what my users need and want and to hell if anyone, G included doesn't like it.
Any suggestions on how to deal with this? Should I just pay? Also, has Google addressed paid link removals at all? (a violation of their TOS?)