Acquiring .Gov and .Edu BacklinksSaturday, September 19, 2009 15:35
Since the last few updates by Google, it has been observed and surely quite evident that dofollow(non-nofollow) backlinks from .gov and .edu sites hold quite a priority. Amongst the 200+ factors that Google considers while placing you in the SERPs for a particular keyword, backlinks from websites having quality domain extensions are among the many important factors. As it moves from the free domains like co.cc having the least priority to authoritative domains like .gov and .edu having the highest, while the other ones like .org, .net, .com rank in between these.
Its no secret by now that these domain extensions provide good link juice, though many many people are totally unaware about it. Many know its benefits but have absolutely no idea as to how they can find ways to place their links there. But there’s a way to search for such sites using Google itself. This particular method is not at all well known or common and hence just a bunch of SEO experts and webmasters make use of it.
So how would you get such sites with ease? Here’s how :
1) Open up Google, preferrably ‘Google.com’ and do a search fro the following parameters :
site:.edu inurl:blog ‘your keyword’
site:.gov inurl:blog ‘your keyword’
Breaking it down for the .gov(2nd line), here’s the explanation :
a) site:.gov <—- Searches for websites with the .gov extension
b) inurl: blog ‘your keyword’ <—- Searches for the term ‘blog’ in the URL as you can comment on blogs only and not on the particular website. ‘your keyword’ when replaced with your own keyword, like say ’seo articles’, searches for these keywords within the content/body-text of that particular page so as to make your link more relevant when placed.
2) Once you have the list of many many such sites, its time to filter filter and filter. What i mean here is, considering the introduction of the nofollow attribute, you may find it difficult to get a blog where your link placed in the comment will be dofollowed. So, if you are on Firefox, make use of a plugin like SearchStatus. I’ve been using this addon for quite a while to distinguish between nofollow and dofollow links.
Getting back to topic, get the list of all such blogs where the comments are dofollow and start commenting or find some alternate ways to place your links(no spam).
Maintain your reputation on these sites as you will be able to use them on a long term basis.
Be consistent, 100 links in one day and no links for the next few weeks will make things look fishy from the Search Engine point of view and most importantly, be original. Take your time, comment wisely and DO NOT SPAM.
Another statement, even .mil links(military) have an equally good authoritative level but getting yourself on such websites is a herculean task for sure. For all those who still don’t know .edu stands for educational while .gov stands for government.
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