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Advanced SEO Forum Thread of the Week

October 31, 2012
High Rankings Forum member "fine0023" was wondering if .edu and .gov links pass any extra link juice to the target URL.

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.gov and .edu links

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 Kevin Burke said:
Maybe not so much "extra juice" but it is helpful to have a blend of .com, .edu, .gov, and .org links. And .edu and .gov links should by default have a high level of trust and authority. The links would be most helpful if they are also themed with your website (I.e. a site about breast cancer ffrom a powerful .edu site about breast cancer treatment.)

The higher the trust and the closer the theme the better regardless of the type of extension.
 Jill Whalen said:
I totally disagree about the trustworthiness of .edu sites. In fact, a good portion of webspam is on university sites because many of them allow students to have there own web space. Google is not dumb enough to consider .edu links to be of any value other than their typical PageRank value.

Kevin, see the forum thread referenced. There's a video from Matt Cutts discussing this topic as well.