Are .EDU and .GOV backlinks really that important for the search engine optimization of a website? That simple question has spawned an ongoing dispute amongst bloggers and SEO enthusiasts that may never be completely resolved. Either way, some people feel that having incoming links from .EDU and .GOV domains is important. Therefore they desire to seek out potential bogging buddies who host their blogs on these sought after domains. Special or not, one thing is for sure… more backlinks can’t hurt.
I’ve seen a bunch of other bloggers list ideas on how to find .EDU and .GOV blogs by utilizing advanced search queries in the popular search engines. Some of the search queries I’ve seen listed are useful, but many seem to create an extensive list of false positives (i.e. websites that are not blogs or blogs with closed comments). To combat this, I’ve tweaked out a few queries to make them more accurate. While the queries certainly aren’t perfect, they do take you to .EDU and .GOV domains that are actually hosting blogs with visitor comment capabilities.
I use Google for all of my web searching endeavors, so that’s what I use to find potential .EDU and .GOV backlink blogs. Be aware that there are numerous syntax variations for search queries capable of finding these blogs. There are 2 different search methods that I use for this task. Listed below are a few of the queries I find most efficient… grouped according to the search method used.
Find .EDU and .GOV backlinks based on the typical URL structure of the most popular blog management software (i.e. WordPress):
Here are 3 Google search queries that target .EDU and .GOV domains hosting the main wordpress login file “wp-login.php” or the WordPress admin path “/wp-admin/”, which means the domain hosts a blog. All 3 of these queries take you to a WordPress login page where you will find a link back to the main blog’s homepage.
Search for .EDU and .GOV backlinks based on textual keyword combinations that are typically found on blogs:
These 3 Google search queries take you directly to the main blog pages by searching for .EDU and .GOV domains containing the terms “no comments” and “blogroll” which are keywords commonly found on blogs. We also ignore the results that contain keyword phrases suggesting that blog visitor comments are not accepted. You can mess around with different sets of the keywords for additional search results.
- site:.edu “no comments” +blogroll -”posting closed” -”you must be logged in” -”comments are closed”
- site:.gov “no comments” +blogroll -”posting closed” -”you must be logged in” -”comments are closed”
- inurl:(edu|gov) “no comments” +blogroll -”posting closed” -”you must be logged in” -”comments are closed”
Daily Blog Tips suggests the following Google search query as another option. However, it limits the number of search results by requiring the URL to contain the term “blog”. It’s not any better or worst than the queries listed above, it’s just another method of attack. The best results will be achieved by using a combination of the various suggested methods. Notice the use of a trailing “keyword” in their query. Obviously this trailing keyword can be applied to the other search queries listed above for added search result filtering. For example, a keyword containing “2007” helps eliminate old inactive blogs.
That about wraps it up. If you have found a better alternative… please let us know.