In this article, we will focus on links that come from websites ending with .edu, these are educative websites.
Experienced bloggers and webmasters know that .edu backlinks are very important for the rankings in search engines, they “are considered the holy grail of all links”. Why? Simply because .edu websites are the reference, Google thinks that this kind of external links are relevant. Note that these educative websites are not lucrative, this is why it is impossible to buy these precious links. Furthermore, getting .edu links is difficult and time-consuming, but it is a worthwhile practice because you will funnel the .edu authority from their pages to yours simply by mentioning your website.
In this article, you will learn how to build your audience with .edu forums, blogs and wikis.
“Do-follow” is simply an internet slang term given to a link that is not “No-follow”. But what does No-follow mean? It is an HTML tag given to link that suggest search engines to not follow this link. In others words, even if it can bring you visitors, No-follow links are normally not considered by search engines. This is why it is very important to get Dofollow links.
However, there are no apparent differences between a dofollow and a nofollow link. To see this difference, you must look at the code. You know that this link is NoFollow because of the tag “rel”:
<a href=”http://www.yourlinkhere.com/” rel=”nofollow”>Link text</a>
Sources of links
Now you know that it is better to have .edu and DoFollow backlinks. But where can you find them? Of course you can find list of .edu blogs on the internet, but how to find your own niche?
The answer is simple: find your niche with Google. To do this, you will need to use commands of search engines. You can find all the site-specific searches in the Google websearch support. Here are the commands that are important for .edu backlinks, enter these specific searches in the Google search bar or click to the link:
- site:.edu – Google will only displays websites that end with edu.
- site:.edu inurl:blog – The search engine finds all .edu websites that have the term “blog” in their url. This allows you to find blogs, you can also use it for forums, questions/answers and wikis. See how to take advantage of these types of websites below.
- site:.edu inurl:blog “your niche” – With this search you can find .edu blog in “your niche”. This command is very helpful because the more a link is in your niche, the more it is relevant. For example if you type “paper”, Google will only show you websites where the word “paper” appears. In this way, if you want to find blog where you can post comments, type site:.edu inurl:blog “your niche” “comment”.
- site:.edu inurl:blog “comment” -”comments closed” “your niche” – The dash before “comment closed” means that you remove all those blogs and articles on which the comments have been closed. This command exclude this term.
It can be very interesting to get backlinks from forums, these types of links are highly valued by Google and other search engines. However, don’t spam, this can be degrading for your brand. Furthermore, spam and non-contextual links are not considered by Google.
Wikis became popular with Wikipedia. Most universities have one. This is a very good way to get backlinks by editing/creating pages and helping the community. However, most wikis have NoFollow external links. But this is not a problem, because if Google analyzes that the links in a website are relevant, it will index them even if they are Nofollow. This is the case for Wikipedia and probably for others .edu wikis.
A lot of schools give their staff and students access to blogs on their domain. You can get backlinks from these websites by guest posting or by commenting.
First, guest posting. This is a technique which consists in writing articles for a website or a blog and putting a link to your own pages. Guest blogging can bring you targeted visitors, but not only. Google considers these links as very relevant because they are in the content of the article.
Using comments is an other good way to get backlinks with blog. The advantage of this technique is that it takes less time, but your links will be less relevant. Furthermore, it is very difficult to find blogs in your niche with DoFollow comments. one can use commentluv in some cases.
My personal list of .edu websites
This is my personal list of dofollow .edu forums, social networks, websites and blogs. All you will need to do is following the tutorial corresponding to the website in order to get your links. Don’t forget that the more you post useful comments and posts, the more your links will be relevant from the perspective of search engines and users.
- Academia (pagerank 7) – This is a website created for knowledge sharing. First, register as a independant researcher and complete the forms. When this is done, connect and click on the name of your blog on the upper right corner. Then click on “Add Websites” on the bottom left. Here you can leave your links.
- CGD Forum (pagerank 5) – This a modeling forum where you can post DoFollow links directly in your posts. I recommend it because of its popularity and pagerank.
- Rohodec Bboard (pagerank 3) – This is a forum where you can get dofollow backlinks. First register, then go to the Cpanel > informations > websites and add informations about the page you want to link. These informations and links will appear on all your forum posts.
- CBL Mit Forums (pagerank 2) – This is a dofollow phpbb forum. You can get backlinks by completing your profil and posting topics.
you also can use these sites to get links.
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