Getting backlinks for your website is quite a task but maintaining Do-follow and No-follow ratio is another pain in the bum.
The majority of the backlinks that normal SEOs create are from .com, and other regional and non-regional domains.
So, one might find it difficult to manage the TLD and their country distribution of the backlinks.
To curb this, one of the easiest ways is blog commenting, which was and is still being overly utilized by a lot of black hat SEOs.
But after Google penguin Update, this easily looking task went a bit difficult.
Why? I’ll be discussing Blog Commenting mistakes at the end of this article.
For now, there are few strategies which can be implemented to make sure that you get some love from google.
This guide is focussing on getting backlinks from .Edu and .Gov TLDs, backlinks which are high in quality (depending upon few factors), are recognized by search engines as well as helps your website in getting ranked.
These TLDs have age, Trust and Domain Authority that every SEO guy would love.
Before we start,
Few things we need to do,
a.Install and enable one ‘Extension’ for chrome called ‘Moz Bar’.
b.Go to Google search engine and look for search settings
And change the Instant predictions setting
Change Results per page
You can make it to any number you want
Below are the few methods which can be utilized to find .EDU and .GOV pages for backlinks
Note: Select URLs on the basis of Domain Authority or else if you want to try on the basis of PR, then you can install an Extension called ‘SEO Quake’.
The first way involves
- 1 Manual search on google with comment footprints along with the desired keyword(s).
- 2 Go to chasethefootprint.com as shown in the image below.
- 3 Another platform that can be used for the same purpose is ‘dropmylink’.
- 4 Using Scrapebox to find .EDU and .GOV backlinks
- 5 Get yourself added to the resource page
- 6 Getting in touch with the students or the employees of the Institute.
Manual search on google with comment footprints along with the desired keyword(s).
Here are few examples of .EDU & .GOV footprint which we can manually search on google and then select the websites which allow blog comments
.EDU Comment footprints:
site:.edu “powered by WordPress” %KW%
site:.edu “Powered by BlogEngine” %KW%
site:.edu “Powered by Blogsmith” %KW%
.GOV Comment footprints:
site:.gov “powered by WordPress” %KW%
site:.gov “Powered by BlogEngine” %KW%
site:.gov “Powered by Blogsmith” %KW%
You can download from the link given below the entire list of footprints for not only .EDU and .GOV but also for other link-building strategies In SEO.
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Next step involves using two different yet brilliant tools to automate the searching part.
As mentioned in my previous post “9 Link Building strategies for SEO in 2016 (Must have in your armory)” we used one of the online platforms called “Chasethefootprint.com to find guest posting opportunities.
We are again going to use the same platforms to automate the searching part of getting .EDU and .GOV backlinks.
Go to chasethefootprint.com as shown in the image below.
Then enter your desired keyword and choose “footprint type” along with “specify footprint” option and select .EDU or .GOV.
For this example, we are taking
Keyword: Social Media
Footprint Type: Blog Commenting
As shown in the image below
Click on ‘search for links’ tab and voila!
Now, you can choose any URL(s), and leave a relevant comment to make sure that it gets approved via the moderation phase.
Similarly, we can search for .GOV pages and leave some valuable comments there.
Note: Keywords can be aggregated into Ad Groups and each Ad Group can contain different keywords and try using the keywords in the search section of chase the footprint.
Same as chase the footprint,
Go to dropmylink.com
For this example again we are taking:
Keyword: Social Media
Category: Comment Backlinks
Footprints: Do-follow comments
As shown in the Image
Click on the ‘Search’ tab and again voila!
Select any URL(s) and there you will find an option to comment as shown in the image below.
Similarly, it can be used to find .GOV URLs to comment on and get some trust and love from Google.
Let’s follow all the screenshots
This the Footprint section where we have put
This is the keyword section where we have put
Next is the proxy section of The Swiss Army Knife of SEO!
Click on the ‘start harvesting tab
Select the desired search engines from where you want to get the results
Note: You need to have private proxies for better results try buyproxies
Once you have the URLs, do the following
- Remove duplicate domains
- Remove duplicate URLs
You will be having a list of URLs where you can manually go and comment (just make sure that you export all the URLs)
Get yourself added to the resource page
Resource pages exist for the very obvious reason i.e. to get and give backlinks to people like us.
It’s one of easiest and very rarely used strategy in SEO.
Again to use this, we can manually input footprints into the search box or we can use Dropmylink and look for potential resource pages.
To do so, follow:
Go to Dropmylink.com
Insert your desired keyword
Select category as ‘Resource pages’
Select Footprint as “Intitle:resources”
Click on the Search tab and look for the relevant results.
If you get lucky and are able to see something like this
Then ask the webmaster to add you into the resource page of their website(s).
The last method, I would recommend is
Getting in touch with the students or the employees of the Institute.
For example, you can easily start some campaign to encourage the students to start writing blogs or if they are already writing on their college or school blogs then it’s an add-on to us.
They will by themselves start posting content on the blog pages of their college/school website.
If you can organize some event in the campus which can be listed on the blog page of the website.
If you can get in touch with the employees and ask them to write about a topic relevant to our business and mention us somewhere in the article.
(Sort of bribing).
Most Important note: While commenting, one of the most important factors should never be ignored which is, ‘to check the number of OBL from the specific URLs’
To explain more,
OBL (Outbound Links) are the links going out from a specific page, which should be actually considered by all the people running SEO campaigns. WHY?
For Instance: if one page has got 200 OBLs and another page has got only 30 OBLs, then without any doubt the later one is more beneficial to us as people are easily able to comment on the former one and so is misused by black hatters.
Now, probably we all know where to find opportunities to comment and get some link juice or balance the Do-Follow and No-follow ratio.
Let’s discuss, the things one should avoid while making a comment:
- Using inactive emails or fake names
- Doing comments on irrelevant blog pages
- On top of the previous point, making irrelevant comments.
- Making a spammy comment
- Not using our own name
- Over-optimizing the comment name.
All these points shall be discussed in the next article.
One last step
How to check OBLs
To check Outbound links of a specific page, you can use one addon from Scapebox called
Closing the Coil
Whenever commenting on any blog/resource page, just make sure to check the DA and OBLs to make sure that we are not falling under the spamming category.
Do leave your feedback and any other methods/strategies you have been utilizing to find .EDU and .GOV backlinks.