I was trying to figure out why my stats have taken a sudden plunge over the past few days and if it had anything to do with Google's latest update to it's algorithm. After reading quite a few articles on it I came across a post at Search Engine Round Table which was posted on Friday. I believe the update to Google's Panda algorithm was made on Thursday?
The problem seems to stem from WordPress themes that have a link in the footer to the designer of the theme. In my case, it's Fresh & Clean by AJ Clarke. According to a post here (which is where The Search Engine Round Table states its source) Google are now punishing people who use themes that have links (backlinks) in the footer that point back to the designer of said themes.
I hope that I am reading it wrong, but there are a lot of blogs talking about this at the moment. I think it would be a shame for Google to do this as the theme I am using is not only free, but perfect for my needs, and the designer should be able to add a link if he wishes.
Is there anything I can do to with regards this issue?
I have noticed that my stats have dropped by more that half over the past few day, and continue to fall.
The blog I need help with is techfleece.com.