1.  Open your index.php and find

<?php get_footer(); ?>

2. Place a HTML comment that you can easily recognize, before and after

Something like:

<!– footer content starts Here –>

<?php get_footer(); ?>

<!– footer content ends Here –>

3. Visit your blog

4. View the source

5. Copy the HTML source between the two markers

6. Open footer.php and replace the encoded content with the HTML code.

Note: Most themes will have a license that’ll not permit you to change the footer links. If that’s the case, then you are better off finding another theme