kushal_azza — 2013-05-22T10:21:47-04:00 — #1
I have used free theme which is available in WordPress database which have owners credits in its footer. So I want to know is it okay to keep footer credits or should I remove them? Which is best for in terms of SEO?
marplo — 2013-05-22T10:28:22-04:00 — #2
My opinion is that: From respect for those who created it, and good moral character for yourelf, it is good to keep them.
rubble — 2013-05-22T10:40:23-04:00 — #3
kushal_azza — 2013-05-23T03:02:43-04:00 — #4
Thanks for reply, I will consider your opinion.
webeminence — 2013-05-23T17:58:47-04:00 — #5
I would probably leave footer links for free themes and remove them for themes I pay for. It shouldn't matter too much for SEO purposes. Might help the creator with the link a bit in terms of SEO and traffic. It shouldn't affect the search engine rankings for your site. It's just an outgoing link and Google will likely recognize it as a footer link. I'm not sure where I heard it but I don't think sitewide footer links carry much weight for SEO purposes.
55408 — 2013-05-26T21:29:41-04:00 — #6
for legal reasons you might have to, unless you made enough changes to your copy of the theme to claim it as yours. (which has made me wonder - how much change would it have to be?)
tarekitsme — 2013-05-27T13:01:16-04:00 — #7
if its an open source , you can legally remove it without any problems, i would go with removing it , for a couple of reasons :
- i like to keep my website platform hidden so none would ever think to copy or hack it
- i like to keep my website professional so i dont want to show any back-link from any other sites
kushal_azza — 2014-07-10T07:42:23-04:00 — #8