Ok , so today I received another email from somebody trying to tell me that they own .edu domain name and wanted to link to my site from it lol
The person also said that they will link to my site first before I link back to their site. The fact is I was already aware of this scam but today I decided to post in on the blog because I really hope that you don’t fall for this BS.
Here is a screenshot of the email I got (it’s really funny)
EDIT: After the person admitted to wrongdoing I decided to blur out his information from the screenshot. Just beware of this type of linking tactics.
When you look closer you will notice that his supposedly .edu domain name ends with .pe which is nothing more than Peruvian domain extension.
So basically these scammers register a domain name like this and include the .edu in it. Then they contact webmasters and offer them a link from that site in exchange for a link from your site to their “money page”
I replied to this guy telling him to stop trying to scam people with this approach. I imagine there are people out there who will fall for this BS unfortunately.
If you got an email like that just ignore it or reply “nicely” and tell them to get lost.
Edu domain names do carry a lot of authority and getting a link from one of those domain names can truly help your search engine rankings. It’s not easy to get a natural link from edu pages and if you do get one, you are very lucky.
There are ways to get links from edu pages though. Most marketers search for old abandoned message boards and create profile links. Then they bookmark or get some additional links to these profiles so Google indexes it and sees the link to their site.
I am not sure how Google actually treats those links. I would imagine they discard them but I am not 100% sure about that.
There are so many ways to get backlinks to your website nowadays that it’s totally pointless and quite stupid to try to scam webmasters like that. What you should concentrate on is creating high quality content and use white hat methods to get backlinks.
Press releases combined with linkbaits are very effective. Publish articles on other people’s blogs and sites. How hard is that?
If you got good content then people will link to your website without you even asking for it.
I have known about this edu backlinks scam for some time now and I know exactly who taught it. I am not going to name the marketer but I just think that scamming people like that is just not right.
I imagine that if you own a site with decent traffic and rankings then you probably received that kind of email too. Don’t fall for it! Those links are not edu backlinks.