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Getting .edu and .gov blog backlinks

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by telus, Dec 13, 2008.

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  1. telus

    telus Newbie

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    This is my first post so I thought I'd post something
    useful. This is mainly for new people, but perhaps a
    refresher for the experts out there.

    How to Find Valuable .EDU and .GOV Blogs for High Value Backlinks:

    Step 1) Open Google.com
    Step 2) For .edu blogs search
    Step 3) Copy/Paste the following EXCEPT really put your niche keyword(s) where it says "Your Niche Keywords"

    site:.edu inurl:blog ?post a comment? -?comments closed? -?you must be logged in? ?Your Niche Keywords?

    Step 4) For .gov search you can do same thing



    site:.gov inurl:blog ?post a comment? -?comments closed? -?you must be logged in? ?Your Niche Keywords?

    Then, visit each blog in the listing, leave a genuine comment, and then Bookmark it under an EASY TO FIND label such as ".edu highprblogs" or ".gov highprblogs" so you can revisit them. These won't be as much for clickthrough traffic as for SE Ranking.
     
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  2. itdeptm

    itdeptm Registered Member

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    great post

    btw to maximize the effect of this, download SEO plugin for Firefox and it will show you the page's PR
     
  3. java

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    How do you know they will even help for ranking?
     
  4. zx_81

    zx_81 Newbie

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    .edu and .gov links are said to carry more weight than other links but there is some debate on whether this is the case or not. Google claims not but who knows? Anyway, a link is a link, right?
     
  5. drkenneth

    drkenneth Executive VIP

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    Yeah. Probably would be better off looking for any and all blogs and posting your backlinks. (As opposed to just EDU/GOV.) You'll find MANY more--10 backlinks to .com/.net/.org/etc. sites > .edu or .gov., even IF they were weighted heavily.
     
  6. dirtysecret

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    Won't they only have SEO value (aka "link juice") if the links have "rel=********" in them? I'm not stating this as a fact, I'm asking the question.
     
  7. drkenneth

    drkenneth Executive VIP

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    Only wont go if they don't have don't follow, lol. (Or spiders.txt configuration stating not to.) Spiders default to following unless told otherwise--they don't have to be explicitly told to. (Or if they have some other good reason not to, of course, like a blacklisted domain.)
     
  8. dirtysecret

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    True, but don't most blog software packages come "out of the box" with nofollow by default? I would think that they would (I'm not sure). I do know that if they aren't, they should be, because that would be best for the general public who installs blogs (in order to prevent providing an incentive to comment spam to people like us ;)
     
  9. wwwyatt

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    still a good post most people wouldn't know how or bother to learn how to use google like this to their advantage even when their "business" is seo :)
     
  10. cristianraiber

    cristianraiber Regular Member

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    thanks for the great tip, I've actually found a few blogs where I was able to *ahem* place my links successfully.
     
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    ugorrogu Registered Member

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    Thanks for this. I just tried it and I was able to submit some links. Now, only time will tell how much Google likes them.

    ugorrogu
     
  12. dirtysecret

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    I'll propose the question again and hope someones actually interested this time: :rolleyes:

    Won't this, in fact, do nothing for our SE ranking unless the blog is NOT configured as 'rel=nofollow'? I understand the previous poster's point that the default is for search engines to follow links unless explicitly told not to. However, my counter point was that aren't most blog installation setup by default to explicitly tell the spiders NOT to follow (i.e. 'rel=nofollow').

    Trust me, I hope I'm wrong about this, but I highly doubt it. I'm not calling the threat starter's tip useless, I just want to make sure that we don't miss the point here. Unless those links get followed then they will do nothing for SE rankings.
     
  13. pm_money

    pm_money Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    I've seen a major increase in rankings for having links from Blog Comments. Doesn't matter if it's .edu, .gov, or .com. A "Do Follow" link will be credited to your Site ... BUT you still want to make sure that the Blog is relevant to what you're linking to.

    Don't link your "make money" blog to a .edu blog that has to do with "quantum physics", because that will just make you look stupid to the Search Engines.

    Good Luck`
     
  14. jalle007

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    Home Page:
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    site:.edu inurl:blog "post a comment" -"comments closed" -"you must be logged in" "Your Niche Keywords"
    OK so is there a way to modify above search to exclude blogs with 'rel=nofollow' tag ?