.Gov .Edu Backlinks | Find These SEO Goldmines Yourself

Google, Yahoo and MSN/Bing love indexing backlinks from .gov and .edu websites. These 3 major search engines see Government and Education websites as solid authority websites and if you have been following me for a while, you know that I have been on a trip lately promoting .gov and .edu backlinks as the way to go if you want good quality backlinks.

Government and Education websites aren’t that hard to get a backlink on. It’s true, all you need to do is find .gov and .edu websites that have back doors, allowing savvy webmasters like you and me to firstly find them and secondly, add a backlink.

Anyway, I thought I would give you a brief guide on how to find those rare and powerful links for yourself.

The first thing to do is load up Google and we’re going to use certain parameters to sort through Google’s search results to find the sites we want.

The first thing you want to do is to use the site: parameter. This allows us to sort for domain names that end with either .gov or .edu.

Your Google search query will  look something like this: site:.edu or site:.gov

Now we want to take this further so that we are going to find everything, because this is going to list every .gov or .edu site indexed by Google depending on what search query we are going to use.

So now we are going to use certain search footprints that you can find on .gov and .edu domains that actually allow you to place links on. Some examples are:

site:.gov inurl:forums – These are Forums (Messageboards) that allow you to create profiles, which we can drop our backlinks on.

site:.gov inurl:wiki –  These are Wikipedia style sites, many allow you can create or edit pages.

site:.gov inurl:discussion – Usually will be a forum where you can post to.

In this case I am using .gov but you could just as easy use .edu.

We could take this further and also use footprints on the web sites themselves.

For example:

  • vbulletin
  • powered by vbulletin
  • phpbb
  • powered by vbulletin
  • invision power board
  • wordpress
  • etc

Now this is were the real magic begins. We’ll combine all of these footprints to really drill down to find some real Gold. Your final search queries may look something like:

Powered by vbulletin site:.gov or site:.edu inurl:forums

You can even target .gov or .edu web sites in your own niche. Here is an example of a search I did for a niche I was monetizing.

site:.gov inurl:grants*wordpress

As you can see in the above example, I was looking for and .edu website with my keyword grants in its url and the website type is a WordPress Blog.

If you are going to use this search syntax make sure you put a gap between each query and a * when you want to specify a particular Content Management System. I chose WordPress, but it could have been vbulletin or infusion or anything else you want to search for.

The key here is to think of the types of cms platforms that you can post on normally and then add the site:.edu or site:.gov parameter to this search query. The more of these you can think of the more backlink opportunities you will find.

For all my Australian friends, you can add a .au after .gov or .edu. So your sites will look like .gov.au or .edu.au

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How Do Search Engines Work – Web Crawlers


It is the search engines that finally bring your website to the notice of the prospective customers. Hence it is better to know how these search engines actually work and how they present information to the customer initiating a search.

There are basically two types of search engines. The first is by robots called crawlers or spiders.

Search Engines use spiders to index websites. When you submit your website pages to a search engine by completing their required submission page, the search engine spider will index your entire site. A ‘spider’ is an automated program that is run by the search engine system. Spider visits a web site, read the content on the actual site, the site’s Meta tags and also follow the links that the site connects.

The spider then returns all that information back to a central depository, where the data is indexed. It will visit each link you have on your website and index those sites as well. Some spiders will only index a certain number of pages on your site, so don’t create a site with 500 pages!

The spider will periodically return to the sites to check for any information that has changed. The frequency with which this happens is determined by the moderators of the search engine.

A spider is almost like a book where it contains the table of contents, the actual content and the links and references for all the websites it finds during its search, and it may index up to a million pages a day.

Example: Excite, Lycos, AltaVista and Google.

When you ask a search engine to locate information, it is actually searching through the index which it has created and not actually searching the Web. Different search engines produce different rankings because not every search engine uses the same algorithm to search through the indices.

One of the things that a search engine algorithm scans for is the frequency and location of keywords on a web page, but it can also detect artificial keyword stuffing or spamdexing. Then the algorithms analyze the way that pages link to other pages in the Web.

By checking how pages link to each other, an engine can both determine what a page is about, and whether the keywords of the linked pages are just the same as the keywords on the original page.