Finding Those Powerfull .Gov .Edu Backlinks

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: or

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 to find sites to place links on .gov websites. Some examples are: inurl:forums
– These are Forums (Messageboards) that allow you to create profiles, which we can drop our backlinks on. inurl:wiki –  These are Wikipedia style sites, many allow you can create or edit pages. 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 or 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. 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 or 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 or


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