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    Would .edu or .gov links matter?

    HI, i read somewhere in the forums that if our site obtains .gov or .edu links then it might be very good for your site from he point of people trust and secured websites.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alokverma View Post
    HI, i read somewhere in the forums that if our site obtains .gov or .edu links then it might be very good for your site from he point of people trust and secured websites.
    That may be so, but that's not SEO. You are right, it may be that people trust links to your site more, but that will only be the case when the visitor in question is on the .gov/.edu site and they see a link to your site. Otherwise, they won't instinctively know that your siite has .gov/.edu links.

    Prepare for the army of ".gov/.edu links are really good for SERPs" parrots. I think I see them.

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    Yes dear, you are correct. A link from .org or .edu name is considered to be a big plus point.

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    well, there is no harm in leaving links on those sort of site as long as your not spamming right? you can do it through guestbooks and forums.

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    As for me I don't see any difference but majority are saying that it is good so I guess I'll just go and trust them...

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    How will they know if you have such links?

    If you could get kite marks from reputable trade associations, that can act to help build trust.

    If your content was used on such a site and you have permission, you could say something like "as referenced on XXX", including some text from the relevant section.

    Search Engines like inward links from reputable sites which historically were seen to include .edu and .gov extensions. Nowadays, I don't think it is important anymore. Depending on the link graph of a site (who links to it), a .com or .co.uk can be seen to be more reputable than a .edu.

    Just think of how many Frontpage designed, table based, full of out of date, stagnated content university pages are out there. Should they be ranked over accurate and up to date .coms?

    Links shouldn't just be garnered for reputation or SERPs. Real people traffic is what converts into customers, not search engines.

    If you are concerned about trust factors for web site customers, do a search, there's plenty of advice.
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    Links from .edu and .gov does not matter at all unless they are relevant to your site and of high authority (this applies to the .coms as well). euanblair is correct in the sense that there are simply too many edu sites and links nowadays anyway..

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    When it comes to ranking in search engines or backlinks from sites, domain extensions do not matter.

    Domain extension is only important when optimizing a site for any specific region.

    For backlinks, they need to be relevant and quality links, domain extension does not matters.

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    The relevance of the link is a billion times more important than the TLD of the site doing the linking. An irrelevant link from a .edu site is as worthless as an irrelevant link from any other site.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aks2008 View Post
    Yes dear, you are correct. A link from .org or .edu name is considered to be a big plus point.

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    Hi Hawk, what was so funny in what I wrote? What I knew, I just put it here. May be I was not so correct..

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    Hi, domain extention does not matter in terms of seo and its security concern as well.
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    .edu and .gov domains are considered to be authoritative.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aks2008 View Post
    Hi Hawk, what was so funny in what I wrote? What I knew, I just put it here. May be I was not so correct..
    Nothing was funny. I put that smiley to indicate that what you wrote was incorrect.

    Quote Originally Posted by Hafsoh View Post
    .edu and .gov domains are considered to be authoritative.
    If you read all the other posts in this thread you'll realise that this is not the case at all.

    There may be a perception that they are authoritative, but there is absolutely NO extra SEO benefit in getting links from these domains.

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    Quote Originally Posted by saleelm03 View Post
    ... and its security concern as well.
    Can you explain what you mean?

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    Nothing was funny. I put that smiley to indicate that what you wrote was incorrect.
    Ok, its fine.

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    Yes you are right .edu and .gov matters alot..(that count as Strong Links)

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    Quote Originally Posted by seo.tejas View Post
    Yes you are right .edu and .gov matters alot..(that count as Strong Links)
    You should read the posts in this thread

    .edu/.gov links are no stronger than any other links from different TLDs - if they are on 'equivalent' pages. Search engines don't give arbitrary bonuses to links just because of their TLDs.

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    It worth more if you've educational site or non profit organization.

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    It doesn't matter if the backlinks came from .com or.edu

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    The authority of the site linking to you matters, and .gov and .edu TLD sites tend to be more authoritative, since they cannot be registered by just anybody.
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    yes it is effective link from .edu and .gov

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    Quote Originally Posted by JNKlein View Post
    The authority of the site linking to you matters, and .gov and .edu TLD sites tend to be more authoritative, since they cannot be registered by just anybody.
    From an SEO perspective it makes absolutely no difference.

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    I disagree. No one is in a position to say exactly what Google's algorithm takes into account, but Google has been clear that authority matters.

    To have a .edu TLD, you must prove you are an accredited educational institution. This is an indicator of authority.

    TLD is not the most important determinant by any stretch of the imagination... but if the question is "should I try to get educational institutions and government agencies to link to my site," I'm pretty sure we can all agree the answer is "Yes"
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    I believe this to be one of the many SEO myths that are floating around.

    Unless the 'authority' you talk about means that the site has more link weight, it's not relevant from an SEO POV. Visitors to a site can't see where backlinks are coming from, remember...

    People are always saying pretty much what you've just said, but I've never read any definitive proof. Do you have any?


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