I always read that backlinks from .edu domains stand for a lot more than .com or .net. I have always wondered why this is, and never really found an answer.
People think that EDUs are supposed to be unbiased and therefore Google would give more "weight" to an EDU link than if the link was from a .com or a .net domain.
It's totally not the case anymore. The TLD (.com, .net, .gov, .edu. etc.) does not matter, they're all pretty much treated the same: it's the actual links that the page linking to your site has that matters. I have .EDU links from a professor's classroom instruction page and I can tell you that it hasn't helped my site out one bit. But, I have some other .EDU links that are really good, and it's only because those links have great links.
>>Should anyone be allowed to buy a .edu?
No, they should be reserved for REAL educational institutions.
there's only one .edu domain that you can actually buy, though, america.edu. The guy who owns it has it for sale, I believe, and anyone can buy it because it's "grandfathered in" or something like that. Otherwise, there are strict guidelines about buying and owning EDUs.
So realistically, backlinks from .edu domains really don't weigh any more than .com or .gov domains? Seems weird how all marketers will make a big deal about it when it really doesn't mean anything