What makes and Authority site? It’s another one of those questions that we regularly get asked and again the answer could be viewed in two ways.
Firstly on a very simple basic level, an Authority site is one that is recognized as an Authority within its particular topic or niche. For example, www.bbc.co.uk is viewed as an authority site within the News and Current affairs spectrum and in the area of Aerospace then www.nasa.gov would be viewed as an authority site alongside political websites such as http://www.number10.gov.uk/ in the UK and http://www.whitehouse.gov/ in the US. It could be argued with events on both sides of the Atlantic recently that both of these sites are pretty compromised (allegedly) but I digress.
The common theme in all of these examples is that they exist primarily for the dissemination of information and have no commercial bias whatsoever and therefore their information by and large is unbiased with no commercial intent whatsoever.
It is this last category that makes EDU and Academic Domains so useful and worthwhile as they are deemed to have relative unimpeachable independent non bias. It is also this aspect that goes way and beyond the domain suffix .edu as well as the majority of leading Academic Institutions worldwide are in fact not straight .edu’s but either variants such as in Australia .edu.au or in the UK, .ac.uk
On the next level an Authority site is one that is deemed to be an Authority in its niche by virtue of the experience and quality of the editorial and information published by the site. This latter category is helped by the way that site is perceived or viewed by other web sites i.e. are many other sites of a non commercial bias linking to it for example?
It is this second Category that for our purposes is slightly more achievable for us to achieve for our own or client’s websites.
Now as most readers will be aware we have been focussing a lot of our intention recently towards Wikis as sources of links and a lot of folks have asked why?
The answer as far as we have been observing is that whether they are nofollow or dofollow neither makes any difference as far as we are concerned as it is not Page Rank we are at all interested in here. Ot is the fact that currently they are helping our Press Campaigns “hit it out of the Park” at the moment. Currently we are getting a 90% success rate in getting our Press Releases within the top 5 in Google and in the most recent case of this morning we had 2 PR’s in the same top 5 slot in Google for the same phrase and all within 51 minutes of the release coming out.
Next up is the target to keep them there!
That having been said, having other Authority sites link to you does help you “up the ladder” and it’s to that end that I want to bring to everyone’s attention some very cool very rare information we have just finished compiling this morning.
Our list of Wikis using the MediaWiki platform has risen now to over 3,000 now and within that there are 117 EDU Domains plus 6 Gov sites with 3 satellite Gov / political domains. Now these are all working Wikis that we have placed material on within the past 3 weeks so the work.
What we compiled this morning is of more interest and to be honest much more “Mega Hot” in as much as our research has unearthed signup pages and logins for 20 .Gov Wikis plus 3 satellite sites.
Now to be brutally blunt, using .Govs as part of your Link Building strategy is very much a specialised business and has to be handled correctly. Anyone who tells you otherwise is, as we say in the UK, “talking out their backside” but handled correctly can gain great results big time.
How rare are .Gov sites?
Well in our major Wiki list of 3,178 sites we have 6 of them plus 3 satellites.
In this list researched and compiled this morning we have 20 .Gov sites plus 3 satellites. Now these are.Gov sites that are truly spread across the world so the IP spread is to die for plus the geo coverage is great. There are of course a couple of mainstream US .Govs in there as well.
I am making this limited list of .Gov sites available to a very small group of people plus running a Webinar next week where we go through the do’s and don’ts of how to handle these sites properly and not get your material banned.
Now the places on this Webinar and the number of copies of this list will be limited to 15 as these sites are that rare. The cost of this list plus access to the webinar is $35 and is purely available on a first come first served basis. Send the funds via PayPal to info at simpleleveraging.com and you’ll get out on the list
These sites are hot, they are rare so get in now to secure your place and I’ll get your place allocated.
I am also running another Webinar on the subject of dealing with and handling .EDU sites in the next 10 days and those who have already signed up will be notified of times shortly.
Back to the .Gov sites, get in quick as places are limited.