Do I need permission if I link to a governments' websites internal pages?

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I am writing a post about diet and I want to link to two u.s. government websites - that are not an index page but internal pages. Am I allowed to link to it without asking them for permission?

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  • Profile picture of the author cbpayne
    What makes you think you need permission to link to anything?
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  • Profile picture of the author Kay King
    Of course you can link to them - in fact, most govt sites can be quoted, too. No one can control the sites you link TO.
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    • Profile picture of the author dave_hermansen
      Originally Posted by Kay King View Post

      in fact, most govt sites can be quoted, too.
      I'd expand that to "all sites - government or otherwise - can be quoted". If it was against the law to have ANYTHING from another website on your pages, Google would be involved in millions of lawsuits. That's what a search engine does - quote text found on websites it has crawled.
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  • Profile picture of the author xtrapunch
    You can not only link to US govt sites, but also use the content (even in full) from some government sites that allow it (subject to the permission terms).
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  • Profile picture of the author cmsminds
    You can link to any government website as there is no restrictions on linking to any website. However, if are suppose to use their content, you should not do that. Never copies content from any website (even nongovernment websites). That can penalize your website in search engines.
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  • Profile picture of the author drDOLLAR
    Nope u dont.

    From SEO point-of-view: by doing that, linking within the content to a goverment website/recognizable one is also a great thing as it makes your website look better in google-bot twisted eyes
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  • Profile picture of the author gsquarewebtech
    No, you can't do that. It can affect the SEO of the website and also make a cause of spamming.
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  • Profile picture of the author Medon
    Go a head. In fact, if you are looking for reputable sites, govt 's are the best. They will give you the exposure you need.
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  • Profile picture of the author jjshouse
    If you are giving links to government website's page from your post means you are giving value of information to that page, So there are not any special permission need.
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    • Profile picture of the author Medon
      Originally Posted by jjshouse View Post

      If you are giving links to government website's page from your post means you are giving value of information to that page, So there are not any special permission need.
      Yes, it must provide some value to the page. If it is not relevant it will be spammy.
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  • Profile picture of the author Henry Nine
    as long as you are not Linking to CIA Classified Files, You have got nothing to worry about. There is no need to ask for permissions from anyone.
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  • Profile picture of the author amitsurya
    No, in most cases you don't need permission you can link government sites, but keep in mind if you are doing some spamming thing then you should ignore linking government sites!
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  • Why would you need permission? If it's a site that is available to the public I don't see the problem.
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