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:

site:.edu 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.

site:.edu 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.



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

  • Jagan Mangat

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • Rick

    Hey:

    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!)

    Rick

  • 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!

  • 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?

  • 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!

  • 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 😀

  • 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.

  • 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…..you can quickly check every blog after that just by pressing CTRL G as long as you still have NOFOLLOW in the search box.

  • 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

    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.

  • Carl

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 800 numbers

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

  • 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.

  • denny

    hi guys.. thanks for usefull information

  • Rein Valdez

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

  • Tom

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

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