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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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Daniel Scocco is a programmer and entrepreneur located in São Paulo, Brazil. His first company, Online Profits, builds and manages websites in different niches. His second company, Kubic, specializes in developing mobile apps for the iOS and Android platforms.

  1. 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.

  2. 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?

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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.

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

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

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

  11. 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.

  12. 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!

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