Gather .edu and .gov backlinks (enhanced)

By Daniel Scocco

Sometime ago I wrote the article “Gather .edu and .gov backlinks” where I argued that, despite the lack of official documentation, most SEO experts agree that .edu and .gov backlinks do carry a higher value for search engines.

If you are looking to increase your search engine juice, therefore, it could be a good idea to collect some of those backlinks. On the article I described a simple search query that could be used to find blogs with .edu or .gov extensions: inurl:blog “keyword″

The only problem with that query is that it will return all the .edu blogs with the specified keyword, including the ones where comments are closed or where you must be logged in order to post a comment.

Using a couple of Google operators we can exclude those blogs from the results, making the whole process much more efficient. inurl:blog “comment” -”you must be logged in” -”posting closed” -”comment closed” “keyword”

Bear in mind that you should not post meaningless comments just for the sake of getting a backlink. Always try to add value and contribute to the discussion, otherwise you will just be polluting the blogosphere.


89 Responses to “Gather .edu and .gov backlinks (enhanced)”

  • Alex

    Yesterday I found an .edu site giving away free links. It got me interested so I started searching for other .edu sites (with no success). You just helped me a lot Daniel, thanks!

  • Community Building Blog

    You would also need to ensure those blogs have removed the ‘nofollow’ attribute from the comments section.

    – Martin Reed

  • Daniel

    Martin, that would be optimal, but almost impossible.

    Also the “nofollow” argument is a shady area since search engines are not 100% regarding how they treat them.

  • egon

    Great post, Daniel. This is something I’ve been meaning to do for a while. Thanks for reminding me.

  • egon

    forgot to subscribe to comments…

  • richard

    Useful tips. I tried it for my keyword, economics and found some interesting blogs, I’m not sure how much comment links are worth to search engines though, but if it gets traffic that’s good.

  • Baxter Tocher

    Thanks for this tip.

    @egon, you might wish to try coComment, which saves you having to manually subscribe to comments:

  • Narendra.s.v

    nice blog 🙂

  • Amanda

    Like narendras comment?

    I don’t know much about getting the link backs carrying more, I think its more about the work you put into it.

  • Dave Butler

    Based on what I’ve seen with some domains that I own I’d agree that do carry more weight (ie trust or whatever you want to call it). Honestly hadn’t looked at .edu blogs earlier something to consider.

  • Tim

    This post couldn’t have come at a better time! I just started my backlink/PR intitiative for my site. Great info! Thanks.

  • kevstelo

    I think I’ve read something simillar a few days ago. I don’t remember where, might have been on or slashdot.

  • auto cars

    i think the gov or edu backlinks are hardest to get.

  • term paper

    For my niche edu sites is the best way to promote.

    Thank you.

  • sara

    Thanks for the great tip.

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  • jimmy

    that is some great tips

    it depends what keywords you use but this is great information for the newbsite or people that want more traffic.

  • Buddha

    Thanks fr the tip!!!

  • Burak

    Really does this work?
    Also will it be a backlink?

  • Preston

    .edu and .gov links are more powerful than any other TLD. Example: – out of 5650 google backlinks, 5 of the top 11 are .edu.

    Google also ranks backlinks by their strength.

    I have access to get very powerful .edu and .gov links including on – If you need .gov or .edu links contact me.

  • vca examen

    Thx for the backlink i should say 🙂
    but indead its a good technique for backlinks in blogs and so on !!

  • Dunstan

    Thanks for the post, it has been very very informative indeed. SEO rocks!

  • tomibmtom

    more than I didn’t to ramble caught it horizontal that returned leaf

  • Free Traffic Tips

    Hi friends

    It’s difficult to comment in .edu & .gov sites.
    anyone have a list of these sites. Please post here.

  • hattrick

    Thanks for the info on backlinks (especially edu and gov sites) and site building very useful fo a newbie setting out in the world of internet and web building

  • Rizki Akmanda zaymi

    thanks for the tips….

  • gout

    backlink from edu and gov…not easy to get. I already many article thats gov and edu very powerfull backlink. I need not only backlink but also traffic…. give me some positive suggestion , thanks

  • Will Gruver

    Thank you for the information. I am interested in consulting with you sometime. Thanks for the backlink to….

  • SEO Genius

    I read about this a while ago on DP forums however i have never came across any edu sites that are relevant to my website and to be honest i doubt i will be able too.

    Where is the evidence that edu sites are much higher quality backlinks?

  • seewoman

    look speed yahoo busy busy deliver red head

  • Otel Rehberi

    nice article

  • Free Site Listing

    Great Post, Wow That’s how it works very nice..:) It really do something… thanks for the tips

  • WritingServices

    Very interesting article.

    But I would advise people here to post only 1-2 entries per week. Search engines are pretty smart these days to detect artificial link building.

    Just be patient, it will work.

  • Online shop

    Thank you very much for this

  • Tiger balm


    Thank you, I try this morning a create 10 new links but I don’t know if ok or not 😉

  • oto dizayn

    yes edu gov

  • meanfull

    thank you for you share!wonderful!

  • Windows Vista Themes For XP

    Thanks for the heads up. Just got 3 links from .edu approved. Will be interesting to see whether they make a difference or not.


  • Linda

    Great post for finding .edu and .gov backlinks. Thanks!

  • baume du tigre


    Good post, I try but very difficult to find a good backlink in gov

  • Tiger balm

    Where is the evidence that edu sites are much higher quality backlinks?
    Are you sure now, a .edu is better ?

  • Produit naturel

    Hi, thank you for you share..

    backlink from edu and gov is not easy to get but thank for this post

  • Raja

    Great, Great and Great. It will save a lot of time and will get more results in less time.


  • voip

    great instructions, thank you

  • Creating A Business Plan

    Thanks for the tips – cheers

  • Hector

    I am looking for .edu and .gov links now. Anyone had any luck so far?

  • Info Millionaire – G Allan Roberts

    This information has really help me thank you so much… I’m right at the tipping point of get my blog to number one in my niche. The edu and gov back links will help a lot.

    ~ G Allan Roberts

  • DIYdavid

    I’m interested to know if anyone has got one this way. It is easy said than done.

  • Games tutorials

    Thank you very much

  • Outsource Accounting

    Thanks for the tips

  • grants

    i agree with you david

  • Apply for a grant

    great article, I am gonna check these stuff

  • Luna Vita

    i would love to see my pr soaring with the help of edu/gov baklinks.. thanks for the info dude

  • Luna Vita

    hey.. after writing the comment.. i searched for the links using the info u had posted.. man U R GENIUS.. thanks.. nw i can get edu and gov baklinks… thanks dude.. God bless you and my pagerank

  • Alexandra

    Can I take part of your post to my blog?

  • dmar9

    I just couldn’t work out how to get those sort backlinks. I was even thinking of forking out for sodtware, but this works sweet and can be applied so many different ways…

  • Mike

    Good site…Providing good techniques. Thanks

  • Celeb News

    Thanks for the information! I quit giving blogging tips awhile back. :

  • Chris

    This is a great method. I’ve been using it with great success!

  • Mike Hype

    This is awesome! Can’t wait to share it with my blog readers

  • Tom

    How do you use google to filter out the nofollow blogs?

  • Rein Valdez

    Thank you very much for the enhanced version. It will greatly help me in my SEO activities. 🙂

  • denny

    hi guys.. thanks for usefull information

  • Chad

    I think an important thing to remember is to make sure you are commenting on blogs and such that have a relevance to your site.

  • 800 numbers

    Great info on using advanced features of the Google search box. Thanks for the post!

  • anton

    Thank you for your information,I have tried some suggestions but does not appear to be too successful.I will try to implement suggestions from you and hopefully be successful

  • Move2

    Thanks for this.

    I’m just starting to learn about backlinks and this advice has been really helpful.

    Still, it’s very difficult to find places to post with relevant topics.

  • Matthew L.

    Very good post. I fully believe that you’ll get more link juice if you’re connected with a .Gov or .edu site. They appear fairly difficult to get linked to, though.

  • Carl

    But almost ALL blog comment links have the nofollow attribute. I don’t see how this will help in SEO.

  • Diana

    If a blog has a nofollow tag set then from what I understand Nofollow on a site affects outgoing links from that site. It tells the Search Engines not to follow any outgoing links so if you put your link on that blog Google wouldn’t give you credit for that link.

  • Diana

    If you wanna know if a blog has DOFOLLOW or NOFOLLOW linking, you could hover mouse over page and right click. That should give you a choice to go to ‘View’ and ‘Page Source’. Once you are there do a search by pressing Ctrl F and then type in NOFOLLOW. If you see the word ‘nofollow’ then you won’t get a search engine countable backlink. If it says nothing, it’s a dofollow and yur good for a search engine countable backlink.

  • Diana

    Added note for above post after you type in NOFOLLOW press enter. You can also check for NOFOLLOW in a page’s coding if yur using GOOGLE CHROME by pressing CTRL G, then typing NOFOLLOW in the search box and pressing enter… can quickly check every blog after that just by pressing CTRL G as long as you still have NOFOLLOW in the search box.

  • newager

    Thank you for sharing this information i use it often and it gets results, some people are actually charging to help you get edu and gov links.

  • Antoony

    I immediately went to google to practice this method of you and I get a number. Edu what I can comment in there properly. Thank you very much, Daniel 😀

  • Manjunath D S

    You made my day! In fact, I recently stared to look for ways to get .edu backlinks. Indeed, your suggestion worked wonderfully. I have made some comments today. Waiting to see how the back links would grow. Thank you very much!

  • Simon

    I was not sure if you could get any benefit from from leaving a reply such as this or if you had to post a comment, then ask the webmaster to give you a link back to your possibly relevant site?

  • Michael Hastings

    Daniel, this post still has juice 3 years later. I have been scouring the internet to find information like this, and your blog has definitely filled the void. I am serious when I tell you that I am going to read every post on this blog. Thanks!

  • Rick


    I absolutely agree with the .edu juice. I think it i way better than any normal .com or .net (and google knows it). When I discovered this operators, it literally changed my business (no more expensive outsourcing!)


  • Streaming House

    I know for a fact that edu and gov sites help with the SERPS because I created a little experiment where all I did was get 3 gov backlinks and I moved up to the second page of the SERPS from the 9th!

  • Scolex

    Finding a .edu and .gov sites where you can leave your link is indeed a difficult task to do. But thank you for sharing some search engine technique in order to find those .edu and .gov sites.

  • Christian Guico

    I know that these .gov or .edu sites can give you good benefit in terms of seo but I’ve never stumble across gaining links from these sites cause I never thought that there are blogs that has .edu or .gov in their URL. I always knew that these sites that has these extensions are for government use only.

    But now I know how can I have links from those sites, maybe I’ll work with these matter later on. Thanks for sharing us this article. Great post.

  • Research

    I think it is wonderful that more people are reaching out to get a better education by whatever means available. I am looking forward to the traditional college experience–tiny dorm rooms, meeting lots of friends, and growing up away from the parents.

  • Jagan Mangat

    Thank you very much for this it really helps…….

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