I was wondering if having a backlink to a website from the comments section of a newspaper article is helpful in the SERP?
The reason that I am asking is when you look at the source code of an article on a newspaper site that also has comments, the comments do not show up in the source code. I don't know what to make of this. Is there a benefit to having a backlink from the comments section of a newspaper article or not?
Also, this is a little different from my first question, but in general, are comments on newspaper articles going to be no follow? And if they are, are they of any benefit?
For a small site in a micro niche or one just starting out they will help somewhat. For a medium site (>35 back links) they'll be part of the generic links. Don't count them toward your 'joining your neighborhood' links or establishing the site as an authority.
I would look to see if the newspaper has a forum divided by region; then you could get widget + location links.
Beyond 50-75 backlinks the value diminishes greatly. If the site topic is not related to news or newsprint media I wouldn't bother as most tend to nofollow links.