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Are Backlinks From Non-USA Gov & Edu Sites Valuable?

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by hellonwheels, Apr 12, 2010.

  1. hellonwheels

    hellonwheels Junior Member

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    My intuition tells me that they are just as valuable as any U.S.
    .Gov & .Edu backlinks.

    I just want to get some opinions or proof from your testing about
    whether the big 3 search engines value, count, like or dislike
    backlinks from non-U.S. .Gov & .Edu websites.

    What do you think or know about this?

    Let's not get into a discussion about the controversy over
    whether .Edu & .Gov backlinks are any better or not than
    .Com, .Org, .Info, etc. backlinks. That's not the question.

    This is just a question about non-U.S. Vs. U.S. .Gov & .Edu backlinks.
     
  2. webcatpl

    webcatpl Junior Member

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    The value of them is more less the same. You have to take into considaration site language (which can be a factor).
     
  3. Fwiffo

    Fwiffo Power Member

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    All backlinks are "valuable" - that being said with the recent google caffeine upgrade it's been noted that regional links have more pull.

    So they will add more value to searchers in those countries, but not as much to those inside the US.
     
  4. aftershock2020

    aftershock2020 Senior Member

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    It doesn't make a difference, short of the relevance, authority, pr, keyword and content that sets the standard of the domain's value of backlinks. Just like any other site, a .gov and .edu are government and educational outlets, so they are ' expected ' to rank better but in most cases, absolutely don't.
     
  5. zverr

    zverr Regular Member

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    If you can easily build a lot of them then go for it. They probably are not as valuable as US if you are targeting USA. But they can still help you to rank. I guess they will be easier to get than US because they are not so spammed.
     
  6. hellonwheels

    hellonwheels Junior Member

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    Great tips and info! Thanks!

    Here's a freebie for you all:

    This is a PR5 .Gov site from Vietnam: http://www.bhxhbinhduong.gov.vn/

    You have to get it translated with the "Translate" button on your Google Toolbar or use one of
    the translation sites available for this by entering the url: http://translate.google.com/#

    Here is the PR5 forum: http://www.bhxhbinhduong.gov.vn/diendan/

    You're going to create a Profile and place an anchor link to your site
    in the "About Me" area. I can't remember if I had to confirm my registration
    via email so just to make sure, use an email address that you have access to and confirm reg.

    Then go to your Profile area and fill in your profile.

    Then bookmark, create an RSS feed for and ping the url of your profile page.
    Do whatever you need to do to get it indexed.

    If I missed anything in this process or you are having a problem, just let me know, ok?
     
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  7. bhatsuccess

    bhatsuccess Junior Member

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    Here's how it breaks down with .edu and .gov

    The domain extension is not what makes it more valuable...it's the nature of those types of domains.

    .edu and .gov's are more linked to and less linked out from than typical .com's, .net's etc.

    Therefore backlinks from them can give your site a nice boost. I've been getting them for years and the right .edu makes a big difference. I actually was lucky enough to get an entire dedicated page from Harvard university for one of my sites, when they had registration for page creation.

    I used
    Code:
    http:/www.edublogfinder.com
    to get all my edu links. It's fast and free. Make sure you use SEO Quake for Firefox also to sort the PR of the results.
     
  8. hellonwheels

    hellonwheels Junior Member

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    Thanks! That's very interesting. Not good news but interesting and educational.