How to Get .gov Backlinks for Your Website or Blog

136 comments, 02/12/2011, by , in SEO
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BacklinksIt is disputed amongst the SEO world as to which types of backlinks are more valuable, and this is made even harder to understand when even the big shots at Google won’t even give a definitive answer.  However, it is widely believed that backlinks from .gov sites are more valuable than other domains purely because they come from government websites and these websites are not only maintained regularly, but they are also highly valuable to readers.  So how can you go about getting the holy grail of backlinks?  Let’s take a look.

Write about a Politician or Government Agency

This is one of the easiest ways to get a .gov backlink for your website or blog.  All you need to do is write an article about a specific politician or government agency and then let them know about it once you have published it.  Although this doesn’t work all the time, especially if you try and get links from high up agencies (getting .gov links isn’t all that easy), often you will receive a response and a link to your article on the government website.  Voilà, that’s one extra .gov backlink.

Get a Government Contract

This is a guaranteed way to get a .gov backlink, or at least you have a much higher chance of getting one than with option one.  If you manage to get a government contract you will find that the agency who hired you will issue a press release, and in that press release will be a mention that you have started working for them – with a backlink.

Comment on Government Blogs

Believe it or not, there are some government sites that have a regularly updated blog which allows comments.  This will take some time to research but it is definitely worth it if you can find some.  Most of the blogs you will find are “no follow” however there are also some “do follow” blogs dotted around too.  Either way, the link is definitely worth it, so make sure you post relevant comments!

The Tourism Boards

One thing that many people don’t realise, is that there is quite often a tourism section on the .gov websites.  For example on the NYC.gov website there is a tourism board which tells people about special offers and attractions that are happening in the city.  If you know of any special deals for tourists make sure to let the site know… you will be repaid with a backlink!

Foreign Government Agencies

And finally, if you run out of options in your home country, why not look into .gov websites in other countries.  China and the United Kingdom both have .gov domains as do a number of other countries in the world.  They are also easier to obtain than on the American site as there are less people trying to obtain backlinks than in the United States.

If you take a day to focus on getting some .gov backlinks, you are sure to be rewarded with at least one.  Good luck!






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136 comments

  1. Marshall Adler
    December 5th, 2011 22:55

    Great article!

    I like the part about Tourism Boards. Definitely worth checking into but not easy to get a backlink from the government unless you can make them look better or stronger than they are.

    Marshall

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    • March 13th, 2013 6:22

      great article for sure, i did get a few gov back links and have started noticing a climb in visitors to my site. Can’t tell for sure if was the cause but at least did not hurt my traffic at all.

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      • March 9th, 2014 9:55

        I am never able to get .edu or .gov backlinks but i am pretty sure they add a lot of value to your ranking… I dont know if i can buy them too ? 🙁

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        • March 8th, 2015 3:05

          he he he. I am also looking for .edu backlink for my site. I tried many times to get backlink from .edu but never success.

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  2. December 9th, 2011 3:48

    Awesome. Gonna try to get one now!

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  3. February 4th, 2012 6:01

    nice..post..But it will be more nice if u will provide some websites name..

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    • November 30th, 2014 18:50

      yes i am agree,
      some people using redirect exit
      it is working well though 🙂

      Reply

  4. February 7th, 2012 7:56

    I think so it is easier to get backlinks from .gov websites if you create a section in a website dedicated purely to a Country like its lifestyle, education, taxes etc but getting backlinks from .edu websites is easy as you can do blog and forum commenting on .edu domains

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  5. March 9th, 2012 6:08

    Thanks for providing some tips of getting back links for website.

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  6. March 27th, 2012 3:28

    realyy nice post this trick is helpfull for me thx to sharing i will wait your next backlink trick

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  7. March 27th, 2012 9:18

    Well, those were good valuable points to get quality backlinks.

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  8. March 31st, 2012 16:14

    How to find the do follows please? and any advise for going viral, especially for photo sites like mine?

    Thanks

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    • August 12th, 2014 16:18

      No one knows… Its only guess of people.

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  9. April 12th, 2012 15:03

    now i know that link form .gov is very valuable for a blogger like.. thanks i lot.

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  10. April 18th, 2012 5:53

    where we find do follow backlink for gov domain..?

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  11. April 23rd, 2012 9:18

    Well, not everyone can unfortunately get a govt contract, and it’s tough to get links writing about a politician as well (I’ve tried it but it never worked), though posting on forums, and blog sections of .gov sites is definitely a brilliant idea 🙂

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  12. May 4th, 2012 10:31

    Very helpful information. Thank you for sharing. This will be definitely be on my To Do List

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  13. May 9th, 2012 4:32

    I use the tool SEO for firefox which shows the connected .gov,.edu links to a website.When I check for some website for .edu links,I find a big number like 30,345 pages.But I have been submitting my website to different directories,blogs and articles with keyword luv and also to .edu,.gov websites without any luck!!I have just 9 .edu and .gov links.Any comments how to improve??

    Thanks
    optionsconsultancy

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  14. May 10th, 2012 3:25

    Very nice post – but commant how to find domain .gov & edu in google – Thanks

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  15. May 11th, 2012 16:03

    A .Gov backlink is one type of backlinks from authority sites that can improve search engine rankings and make a website successful and profitable

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  16. May 16th, 2012 8:59

    Thanks for providing some tips of getting back links for website.

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  17. May 21st, 2012 7:25

    Nice article will be on my list as well. Thanks for all of the help.

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  18. May 23rd, 2012 12:14

    thanks for sharing, if you can list some website domain, that should be better.

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  19. May 24th, 2012 9:53

    Never in my dreams I thought of getting a backlink from a .gov website. Well ! here you are to give me hope and even to the extent of how to do it. Good job done mate. Keep up the great work.

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  20. May 25th, 2012 11:49

    I think getting backlinks from gov, edu and other top level domains is so difficult. I tried a lot but never succeed. Thanks for your tips, i will try it.

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  21. June 1st, 2012 14:48

    Has anyone found a do follow .gov blog where you can comment?

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  22. June 2nd, 2012 13:38

    Thanks for the advice, I’ll getting my blog a pr3.

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  23. June 5th, 2012 17:07

    i’ll should try this metod

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  24. June 8th, 2012 3:56

    It seems like gov and Edu are not so powerful as before. does it ?

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  25. June 8th, 2012 13:43

    Thanks for this useful information..

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  26. June 13th, 2012 13:38

    Nice information’s, really useful in deed

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  27. June 23rd, 2012 6:38

    Great information, Thank so much

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  28. June 27th, 2012 15:09

    Well, those were good valuable points to get quality backlinks. keep up the good work.

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  29. July 5th, 2012 11:54

    Very Nice Post. Good work you have done!

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  30. July 6th, 2012 9:59

    Good information here, i will try this method. Thanks.

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  31. July 7th, 2012 1:58

    Great information. I did smile at the part about a Government Contract. If I could get a Government Contract I wouldn’t need backlinks! LOL.

    Thanks Again!

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  32. July 11th, 2012 1:50

    great sharing, if you are share link of them, its awesome.. but the way thanks for sharing 🙂

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  33. July 12th, 2012 0:49

    Do you have any site to create some backlinks?

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  34. July 17th, 2012 13:34

    Anyone know of a list out there for .gov or .edu sites? Don’t think anyone would give the list for free. But I thought i would ask regardless and maybe get lucky. And i agree with Calvin, if i had a government contract I wouldn’t need backlinks LOL.

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  35. July 22nd, 2012 14:45

    But you don’t think it will be coz of Google penalize not to get relevant links ???

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  36. July 29th, 2012 3:31

    Awesome, gonna try on my website, tell if works

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  37. August 4th, 2012 5:36

    Very handy advice, thanks. Some countries even list a directory of all their government blogs to make it extra easy! Is there a way to find out if a comments section is follow or no follow?

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  38. August 9th, 2012 23:16

    Good information here, i will use this method. Thanks
    im happy

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  39. August 11th, 2012 7:48

    Since Govt job alert service is related to Govt Org so it will definitely help my site increase my page rank.

    Thanks a lot for your valuable information. You are genius.

    Regards,

    Pat

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  40. August 11th, 2012 17:27

    Great post. Will give it a try.

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  41. August 17th, 2012 13:38

    I will try it. Thank for share

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  42. August 22nd, 2012 9:04

    I will try your method. Thanks for share

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  43. August 25th, 2012 5:19

    Thank you sharing very good

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  44. August 26th, 2012 17:48

    Please tell that how to search such type of blogs in google ?

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  45. August 27th, 2012 20:27

    hey thanks for the ideas! Going to give it a shot and see how it works! 🙂

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  46. August 29th, 2012 10:04

    great information, Thank you for sharing. This will be definitely be on my To Do List

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  47. August 30th, 2012 22:49

    Thanks, Thats works, But i have a question, We all knows that google recently updated Penguin. it detect irreverent links. If a site is not related to Education or Government then Google can penalize for .edu/.gov link. yes or no ??

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  48. September 11th, 2012 2:47

    I want to how to get gov links available.

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  49. September 13th, 2012 15:21

    Thanks for the tips. Those backlinks are not easy.

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  50. September 14th, 2012 8:15

    thank you for the information. i will try yout methods.

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  51. September 17th, 2012 6:36

    very hard to get backlinks from domain extension .gov
    thanks for this info

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  52. September 18th, 2012 10:48

    Inspirational! Absolutely brilliant and comprehensive enough. I have known about .gov backlinks but have not given it much consideration until I read this. I shall try these techniques. I ike the idea of commenting on .gov blogs and the tourism board idea. I will surely implement these.

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  53. September 19th, 2012 2:29

    Thank author for sharing this article

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  54. September 22nd, 2012 7:48

    I love and like to get backlinks. OK, I want to try it. Tanks for your share.

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  55. September 25th, 2012 6:29

    thank for the good info..so easy to understand..

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  56. October 3rd, 2012 15:14

    I can see why people would think that .gov would be worth more on the seo front. But that is a very limited view of the world, .gov is purely the US Government and the other 193 countries of the world is not likely to see the same value in its content. If search engines do rank it higher, I hope they take the visitors location into consideration.

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  57. October 8th, 2012 15:04

    Nice article. I’ll try a few of these techniques out.

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  58. October 8th, 2012 19:31

    @ Wayne- The OP clearly states that .gov backlinks can be obtained from China and UK government sites. If you are not from the US, UK or China, I would think that your own country’s government pages would probably be a credible source for a backlink.

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  59. October 10th, 2012 17:43

    how can i find .gov backlinks?

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  60. October 12th, 2012 2:48

    Great article, wow apparently commented on the government’s tourism website can get backlinks, gonna try to get one now!

    Thank you.

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  61. October 13th, 2012 22:29

    Great info! I need some gov and some edu backlinks to support my other low PR backlinks to my website and I have bought some from seomall.net but unfortunetely cannot spend aaaallll my money on backlinking 😉

    I’ll check out the governement blogs since they seem to be the easiest to get, right? Does every backlink comming from a gov website have the same link juice?

    Thanks in advance!
    – Andrew

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  62. October 15th, 2012 23:41

    I enjoyed this article. Gov links are clearly useful but I think the best option is to go for Tourist Board links that are relevant and valid. Google will crack down on the .gov goldrush eventually.

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  63. October 20th, 2012 13:51

    i dont see gov link is better than other tld for seo.

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  64. October 22nd, 2012 23:57

    Getting a government contract may be one of the hardest things on the planet to do, unless you’re a minority or some other protected class of business. I certainly wouldn’t pursue a government contract for the purpose of getting a backlink – bad ROI. However, getting a government contract for the sake of having an audience with purchasers who buy lots of stuff may be worthwhile. It will take you lots and lots of time to get through the bureaucracy.

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  65. October 25th, 2012 12:02

    Interesting info however I think that the ‘no follow’ is not as important if you are looking for users and not just backlinks. I made a couple of comments on a well known IT blog many years ago and people still click on average 8-9 times a month on it looking for content in line with the comment I had made.

    We concentrate to much on links for Google instead of looking for users.

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  66. October 28th, 2012 3:21

    I loved the ideas on this blog. It was real insight into how easy a difficult task can be. I am going to try the tips and see where it gets me. I have high hopes. Thanks again.

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  67. October 31st, 2012 8:40

    Thanks man. Very useful …

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  68. November 21st, 2012 15:24

    you said it correct ! I often try to get back links from comments post of these website. But, after putting 100 of comments, getting a single backlink. It is really hard work but I hope tourism board will be better option rather. Thank you for suggestion.

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  69. November 25th, 2012 21:06

    Outstanding article it is surely. My girlfriend has been waiting for this content

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  70. November 27th, 2012 21:14

    Thank author for sharing this article

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  71. November 27th, 2012 23:51

    Some people have high PR ranking without Gov.or edu, just wonder how they do it? Frankly i need all the help i can get so will try these back links. Thanks for a great post.

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  72. December 2nd, 2012 18:36

    I just listen from other bloggers their is one special script about finding the gov links.. ? Is it true ??

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  73. December 3rd, 2012 15:24

    Going to try this and see if it works.

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  74. December 13th, 2012 17:47

    great tips thanks

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  75. December 14th, 2012 22:04

    Valuable information , i always looked for .gov blogs to comment on and it actually worked out for me ! =)) .. thanks dude

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  76. December 26th, 2012 19:31

    Thanks, this post save my day !

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  77. January 7th, 2013 7:19

    I am going to try for the tourism part of this article. I guess that should be easier than the rest of the section in this article.

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  78. January 22nd, 2013 2:22

    nofollow links but if any are from gov is much better

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  79. January 22nd, 2013 12:26

    amazing facts and one should must consider.

    thanks for sharing

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  80. January 30th, 2013 15:03

    nice article. very useful

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  81. February 1st, 2013 1:51

    to get backlinks from. gov, I think not

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  82. February 1st, 2013 8:22

    Hi, super info but it’ll be better if I can get here web addresses

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  83. February 4th, 2013 3:05

    Thank you about the mention of Chinese .gov sites. I know Chinese language so it would not be that difficult!

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  84. February 5th, 2013 1:01

    Great tips… definitely going to try the tourism part! Thanks!

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  85. February 6th, 2013 11:40

    Thanks for providing some tips of getting back links for website.

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  86. February 22nd, 2013 5:15

    Well, Getting a GOV backlink is difficult till you actually are into working with them. The tourism part is surely a new thought and that helps me as my company is also into SEO and Social Media Marketing.

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  87. February 22nd, 2013 20:32

    Really It is needed for all.

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  88. February 24th, 2013 21:28

    Very good article. I am trying to find gov backlink but not succeed yet.

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  89. March 1st, 2013 14:25

    now i know that link form .gov is very valuable for a blogger like.. thanks i lot.

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  90. March 8th, 2013 8:06

    i still not understand about that ? ?

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  91. March 23rd, 2013 15:11

    Can you give some list or url ?

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  92. April 3rd, 2013 16:54

    Very good information, definitely will be using this.

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  93. April 5th, 2013 12:23

    Tremendous Tips & really helpful for all of us who are seeking .gov or .edu back links. Tips regarding Tourism backlink is new for me

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  94. December 11th, 2013 11:02

    amazing article , thanks

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  95. December 15th, 2013 9:16

    Very good information, I am trying to find gov backlink but not succeed yet

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  96. January 14th, 2014 15:12

    Followed your advice, and found it to be most useful. Thanks for the post!

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  97. Hem
    January 18th, 2014 14:15

    Well, Getting a GOV backlink is difficult till you actually are into working with them. The tourism part is surely a new thought and that helps me as my company is also into SEO and Social Media Marketing.

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  98. February 25th, 2014 0:27

    A backlink from .gov site is very good, is increase site trust, and site is not in sandbox. But I don’t know how to get it. Any one can help me.

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  99. August 9th, 2014 17:34

    How can I create a backlink with government site as I’m working on a sports blog?

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  100. August 21st, 2014 3:40

    Very Nice Post. Banyak orang yang mencoba mendapatkan backlink dari .gov .edu dan sebaginya, tapi tidak semua orang tahu manfaatnya.

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    • August 28th, 2014 13:58

      Betul mas, saya juga kurang begitu faham 🙂

      Reply

  101. September 2nd, 2014 17:21

    Getting government back links ain’t an afternoon job like some gurus always say it really requires a hard backbone and dedication but anyway thanks for your post you have kind of opened our minds

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  102. November 28th, 2014 13:58

    it is still a bunch a usefulknowledge, three years after the publication!

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  103. December 12th, 2014 4:38

    mmmm.. Brilian idea, this is helpfull for creating themes. But i thinl flash cms not recomended for web design. How about html5 css 3.

    Thanks for flash cms solution brother ..

    Reply

  104. December 24th, 2014 19:16

    Thanks very much for such an info. I have never thought of that before but will start considering commenting on relevant .gov blog in my country.

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  105. January 5th, 2015 2:37

    i have trying, but backlink nothing listed until now. How to show gov backlink from redirect backlink?? thank’s before

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  106. January 9th, 2015 6:53

    Good information for a beginer like me. I will try it.

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  107. February 4th, 2015 6:37

    I always get to know the importance of backlinks from gov. sites through such great articles. But, never got success in getting one. Methods explained in this article is new for me, except the one related to blog comments. Nice read though. Keeping my fingers crossed…;) Waiting to get one such backlink..

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  108. February 11th, 2015 4:26

    Thanks for your sharing, its very hard to get .gov backlink and your article can open my mind how to get .gov backlink. 🙂

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  109. February 16th, 2015 11:33

    Great Post. It is not easy to get a .gov or .edu link however i like the part of having a juicy backlink from tourism blog. Thanks for sharing your great idea.

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  110. March 2nd, 2015 2:53

    It’s hard to get .gov or .edu link. It was real insight into how easy a difficult task can be. I am going to try the tips and see where it gets me. Thanks

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  111. March 3rd, 2015 8:07

    A good way to get a link from a Government website is to embed a Google Map with places of interest on the map and ensure that the map is associated with the same country as the Government.

    Google maps are easy to make and obviously very visual – people love them 🙂

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  112. March 6th, 2015 21:09

    thanks my site rank well

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  113. March 14th, 2015 5:09

    thanks for great article, can you give me list of dofollow .edu n .gov? 😀

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  114. March 15th, 2015 8:18

    Again, it’s great to “Get a Power .gov” link, but it should be relative to your content and not spammy.

    There will be no intrinsic benefit without that in mind.

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  115. March 18th, 2015 23:10

    This is nice that i found this post. thanks for sharing. i will try to get .gov backlinks ASAP!!

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  116. March 31st, 2015 3:38

    Great post folk, this is one of the finest method that works properly. Thank you. Keep posting articles like this

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  117. April 10th, 2015 19:02

    I run a adult website and searched hours to find a .gov website to make some backlink but no gain. still confused how paid seo people can do that

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  118. August 7th, 2015 13:16

    I was always wondering how SEO experts get backlinks from .Gov sites which I still couldn’t figure out but there must be some ways to get links. I will try your methods and hope to get few of them.

    Thanks for sharing such information.

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  119. August 19th, 2015 4:55

    How important are .gov and .edu backlinks? do they really make a difference? would love to hear from an seo expert. thanks

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  120. August 20th, 2015 9:07

    This is a great article! Good valuable information. Though i think this might not work with any type of website. (To get links from the government, you have to have a valuable website anyways, i think, so it might not work with affiliate websites for instance..).

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  121. August 20th, 2015 12:57

    Definitely I will also try this and hope it works.

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  122. November 22nd, 2015 23:21

    time to snoop around for all these .gov domains… pingler!!! love you guys

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  123. December 5th, 2015 7:53

    I think the smartest way to get dotgov back link without spamming (for Indonesian people) is by having a contact with a government staff, but we have pay for it. 😀

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  124. December 16th, 2015 17:35

    Very nice article with useful information. As this post has good ideas for link building. Thanks for sharing valuable article. Please advice .Edu backlinks building sites?

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  125. Sam
    January 9th, 2016 9:13

    This is really a important and helpful piece of work. Thank you for sharing such stuffs. What about .edu links??

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  126. January 10th, 2016 1:03

    This is a great post! I didn’t even think about using the knowledge about local state attractions to get a backlink. I live in the Yosemite area and people are always looking to go off the beaten path!

    Thanks again!.

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  127. January 12th, 2016 8:07

    Thanks for this post. it has given me food for thought and I will certainly be trying out some of the suggestions.

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  128. January 30th, 2016 10:23

    I was looking for some tech news blog that has .edu or .gov domain extensions…I loved the timing of this post…..I’ll certainly try the first 3 methods for sure….thanks for sharing.

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  129. March 15th, 2016 6:22

    but how i know that is dofollow .gov backlink or not?

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  130. March 31st, 2016 3:05

    An old and even actual post, its true, I got my site linked by a gov site, i think by the local information published here.

    Reply

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