In these crazy days it seems as if you can buy edu backlinks almost everywhere: I’ve seen offers in various SEO forums, on Ebay, and even on Fiverr. Being once something extra special and precious, they now get sold by dozens or even hundreds. But are they worth the money, and what’s behind this .edu backlink hype?
Why People Want to Buy EDU Backlinks
Let´s face it, competition is getting tougher all the way. According to Google each and every day around 1 million new websites get launched, all heading for the same goal: The top of the SERPs.
With competition stiff, time and money short it´s no wonder that many website owners are searching for a short cut to the top and edu links promise to serve just this. Providing SEO services myself I came across quite some of them and although most didn´t have any clue about SEO works almost all had heard somewhere that they need .edu backlinks to rank highly. The more, the better… perfect victims for racketeers.
Buy EDU Backlinks and Drop in the SERPs?
When you take a closer look on what´s offered for a fiver or little money you will obtain that mostly you´ll get low-grade profile links or comment links from heavily spammed blogs. But at least after Google´s Panda update these kind of links are more than dead. In fact the can actually harm you site, if .edu or not.
I´ve been working for a SEO client in spring and helped him with 3 of his sites that could need some improvement. It was a short term contract and after pushing the sites to pos. 1 and 2 for their specific keywords my work for him was done. To my surprise he called me 3 month later, moaning his sites dropped heavily and even vanished from top site.
I asked him what he had done in the meantime and got the same answer as when I ask my wife how she made the computer crush again: “Nothing”. So I scanned his sites with Market Samurai, and guess what came up? Two of the sites had gathered more than 150 .edu links in short time, the other one still had only the few quality links I built. Two of the sites got devaluated, while the other one still stood tough on top. Now, if there ever was a need to prove that spammy links, even from .edu domains, can seriously harm a site, here you go! Thanks to this experiment of my client I gained a gratis lesson: Before you buy edu backlinks be aware that buying cheap can cost you dear.
Go for Quality When You Buy EDU Backlinks
I´m completely convinced that backlinks from .edu domains still have great value. But you shouldn´t go for craps, go for quality instead. Ten links from related articles will serve you more than 100 links from machine-built forum profiles. And if you don´t reserve the time to do it yourself, you can completely outsource the whole process, just like I do.
I pay around 5 bucks for a well written, unique article. A high quality spin (sentence level plus word/phrase level) cost´s me another ten. That way I´ll get a least 10 completely unique, perfectly readable posts. I can then place these articles on my .edu sites myself, what takes me around one hour of time, or even outsource this for another fiver. So for a total of $20 max. I get 10 high class backlinks from trusted .edu domains and all sites come with only one or two outbound links – my own!
Since we´re all not Donald Trumpp or Bill Gates and thus Harvard will not place us on their font page, we need to buy edu backlinks in order to push our sites. But when we do it, we should do it smart – don´t skimp on quality but on quantity.