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TAMPA, FLORIDA– The quest for the best search engine optimization demands a constant quest for the best tools to improve organic SEO.

Everyone is in search of the Holy Grail and while it’s obvious there isn’t one singular trick that helps SEO firms launch their clients to the top of search rankings, there certainly are some measures that are better than others.

There is continued discussion about the value of building links from .edu and .gov sites.

First, let’s explain these, in the event you’ve been living under a rock. Links ending in .edu usually belong to educational institutions or scientific research centers, while .gov URLs are reserved for government entities.
There are experts such as Tom Schmitz of Schmitz Marketing in Seattle who believe that while these links are highly prized, search engines give no special consideration to .edu and .gov sites.
“They can pass high authority because they enjoy large numbers of off-site links, often of good quality,” he wrote in an August article on Search Engine Land.
Other experts believe Google does gives special consideration to these sites.

“It is rumored that Google gives more weight to links you get from sites like Wikipedia, Dmoz, and .edu and .gov sites,” wrote Jack Humphrey at the Friday Traffic Report. “I say rumor because this has not been claimed very publicly by Google, but our tests confirm it on our own sites.”

Chrissanne Long of Marketing System Blueprints, a Florida Internet marketing firm, agrees.

“Google algorithms are programmed to look for credible backlinks to your site, and those from .edu and .gov sites are deemed highly credible,” she says.

Why? The answer is pretty obvious. Generally speaking, they’re more dependable than others because information posted to these sites typically goes through a review process prior to publication, according to Suite 101. This causes their content to be viewed as more reliable. These sites also tend to have content written by experts, or content that cites sources. Most of these sites have a higher Google Page Rank as a result.

Credibility and reliability matter to Google because Google’s sole purpose is to provide Internet users with the most timely, accurate information based on their searches.

“Backlinks from a quality .edu or .gov site are coveted,” Long says. “The fact that Google has christened them as reliable is the only reason these types of links are important. If at some point someone exposes a way to create link farms from .edu sites, then obviously the value of them will be removed.”

Getting.edu & .gov Backlinks

So now that we’ve explained why .edu and .gov sites are valuable, let’s talk a bit about how to get these links.

I’ve spent a considerable amount of time on this topic and I’m here to tell you this information is slim, and what is available wasn’t easy to come by. Why? Because the lucky few who have discovered these inroads are keeping this information close to the cuff. Like Long says, if unscrupulous SEO punks find an easy way to apply a black hat technique to this link-building method, they’ll quickly ruin it for everyone.

But a couple of SEO pros were willing to give up the goods on some ideas. Tonya Lockamy at Florida-based Firefly Tech Solutions, a digital marketing company, suggests that Internet marketing/SEO companies tell clients to reach out to their alma maters to see if they operate online alumni directories. If those directories are attached to a .edu site and you have the ability to update your entry to include your company’s URL, you’ve just found a way to build a .edu backlink.

Another option could be a college newspaper or alumni magazine website with a .edu URL. Sometimes these publications are interested in interviewing graduates. If you can get them to write an article about you and link to your company’s URL, there’s another backlink.

Many .edu sites host forums and if you can get approved to have an account with them, you may have hit a backlink gold mine, Long says.

“It must be legitimate and you must follow their specifications, but if it’s the right kind of forum and your profile includes a backlink, any time you comment, you get a link,” she says.

As far as forums on .gov sites go, opportunities for backlinks from them exist, “but there’s a higher caliber of account you must have to get approved in those kinds of forums,” she says.

Schmitz says if you can get a bonafide link from a .edu or .gov, by earning it, do it.

“Keep an eye out for opportunities on these sites, but do not force your way in with hacking or trickery,” he warns.

Are you an SEO pro willing to give up the goods on some other methods of generating quality backlinks from .edu and .gov sites? Spread the wealth in our comments section.

Why .edu & .gov Sites Are Credible, & How to Get Links from Them was last modified: September 15th, 2018 by mr_million
26 thoughts on “Why .edu & .gov Sites Are Credible, & How to Get Links from Them
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  5. Kedar Lasane says:

    Yes, it easy for Google algorithm to decide page rank when the link comes from Dmoz or Wikipedia.I confirm it on my blog.

  6. jessbuurman says:

    how can get edu and gov back link. what is basic process . help me.

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  18. igrantapp says:

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    1. Yes, it\’s a challenge, to be sure! But because it\’s not easy, that\’s why I think there is such value in achieving them. Best of luck to you in finding reputable ways of getting these valuable links.

  19. Danny says:

    Thanks, Lorrie. You are right – they enjoy large numbers of off-site links, often of good quality. One can TRUST these sites for news/information.

    1. Yes, Danny, which is why I hope people don\’t mess up that quality by taking shortcuts or using underhanded techniques to get those links.

  20. Umer Aslam says:

    It is easy for scammers to get .edu or .gov backlinks using Scrapebox or anything like it. I think google does not give special respect to .edu or .gov backlinks. They only thing for which they are important is their high PR, good content and better SERP\’s.

  21. Hi, I\’m a subscriber for your site

    I have a question I need .EDU backlink source , where I can get it ?


    1. Please reread the blog post for our tips from professionals. Thanks for checking out our blog!

  22. Escorts Munich says:

    how i can get some list of edu gov sites dofollow ?

    1. I\’m not aware of how to get hold of such a list. At the end of the day, you need to be able to legitimately get these links, or don\’t do it at all. Personally, when I see your name and email address, I am inclined to believe that .edu and .gov sites are not for you.

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