.Edu and .Gov Sites Advanced Link Building

By on Feb 26, 2011 in Search | 17 comments

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Let’s make this one quick. This post is about the easiest way to build backlinks from .edu, .gov and other authority sites within your industry. And you can do this through Trackbacks. Though they are known to have less value as a backlink to your site, it is still a link and the best thing about that little value is that it’s capable of passing trust and authority to your site.


How to find sites you can mention:

Before writing your content, you can first search for good resources related to the topic you desire to write about. You can use the following terms in searching pages through Google:

You can also dig through your older posts if you see high quality resource pages from .edu, .gov and other authority sites that will fit naturally. It’s also best to see if pages you have searched do accept trackbacks. It actually doesn’t matter whether they make their trackbacks nofollow or not, the important thing is the trust that you can get from them.

Here’s a shot sample from Search Engine Optimization: It’s Not Rocket Science:


How can this benefit your homepage’s keyword rankings?

At the beginning of your post, you can include your homepage’s targeted keyword as an internal anchor text link.

Once the trackback is planted on the targeted site, it passes through trust to the linking page as search engine crawls through the connection. As soon as the small amount of trust have landed on your post, it will then pass a smaller amount to your homepage, in which the anchor text will serve as a new trusted vote that will help in improving its SERP rankings.

One last tip, don’t overdo it. You don’t want the big “G” to snipe and shoot your site dead. Keep it relevant and assure value when making this technique on your blog posts. You can hire me if you are in need of more effective SEO strategies for your campaign.

Jason Acidre

Jason Acidre is Co-Founder and CEO of Xight Interactive, marketing consultant for Affilorama and Traffic Travis, and also the sole author of this SEO blog. You can follow him on Twitter @jasonacidre and on Google+.

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  1. I just got my first pingback on my new dog training site and am torn on whether or not I should allow them. I am going to try and find some .edu and .gov sites that allow trackbacks and see what happens. Thanks for the info.

  2. I noticed that wordpress doesnt have a trackback feature on there. If I just add there link in my blog post, will that do the same thing or not really?

  3. Really great tips for advanced link building with .gov and .edu sites.
    For better and more precise finding you can try next search queries:
    site:.gov+”submit site”
    site:.gov+”submit your site”
    site:.gov+”add url”
    site:.edu inurl:blog “keyword” “comment”
    site:gov – ”you must be logged in” -”comment closed”
    site:edu – ”you must be logged in” -”comment closed”

  4. Anthony

    August 24, 2011

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    I’ve not spent much time doing trackbacks, but I’m assuming it’s fine to have them short and just enough to provide your opinion or inform your readers. Something like an on-site equivalent of a blog comment. That about the size of it?

  5. Technically, this is somewhat like the authorship markup using URL parameters. Wherein, there is a bidirectional link throw into different domains. In this case, mentioning is the material to close a loop. I’m at 2nd week reading your blogs Jason! Keep up the good work man!

  6. Nathaniel

    September 11, 2011

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    Something like an on-site equivalent of a blog comment. That about the size of it?
    If I just add there link in my blog post, will that do the same thing or not really?

  7. Edmund

    November 26, 2011

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    Hey Jason,

    Thanks for sharing this great tip. One question though, if I include an outbound authority link in the middle of my post, does it create trust to my website if it relevant to the topic?


  8. david

    December 28, 2011

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    Still not sure how valuable i find trackbacks to be to my website. I guess some sort of link is better than none. Very helpful information though. Keep it up, love finding any helpful info about .gov and .edu linking.

  9. Hey Jason

    Nice you are tweeting out these old posts. I’ve missed a few. Nice tip here, especially good for clients who might be looking for good studies on certain subjects to include in posts.

    Have you seen any real results with trackbacks ?



  10. William

    July 14, 2012

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    Hi Jason, thanks for sharing with us these very useful tips on how to backlink using trackbacks. I have recently implemented your ideas and noticed some positive impacts on my rankings.

  11. Andrew

    September 25, 2012

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    A great tip – thanks for sharing. I’ve not used trackbacks before but this seems like a really smart way to build sound and honest links.

  12. Felix Albutra

    January 26, 2014

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    Wooh… This saves my day. I am currently working in finding these .edu and .gov sites but I noticed that I made a mistake in using search queries. I just tried your suggestions above and I found a lot of potential .edu and .gov links that I can sort of.

    Thank you very much. This made my day. 😀

  13. Chucks

    May 25, 2014

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    Hi Jason, thanks for this great tip’s on finding backlinks. I will always check back for latest updates.

    One more thing, i know most link hunter’s are making these mistake of purchasing multiple links which is unrelated to their niche.

    Two important aspect of link building that every linkbuilder’s should know:

    -Quality, not quantity

    @Felix, i just created a blog where i’m currently teaching people how to build backlinks from.edu and .gov sites in the right way.

    Presently, i’m giving away some list of .edu backlink for free to my audience.


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