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Backlinks from Comments Section of Newspaper Articles

     
3:05 pm on Oct 23, 2009 (gmt 0)

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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?

I would appreciate your help on this.

9:17 pm on Oct 25, 2009 (gmt 0)

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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.

9:40 pm on Oct 25, 2009 (gmt 0)

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1 backlink will atleast get you 100+ unique visitors, depending upon popularity of those newspapers.

Also beware of this kind of link-building technique ;)

12:15 am on Oct 26, 2009 (gmt 0)

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1 backlink will atleast get you 100+ unique visitors, depending upon popularity of those newspapers.

Do you think this is possible even if the newspaper article does not show up in the SERP for a specific keyword search?

Also beware of this kind of link-building technique ;)

If I post one comment in articles related to my subject in 5 different newspapers, would that be considered ok?

That would be 5 backlinks. I don't think that's a lot. I don't want it to appear as if I am only commenting to have backlinks.

7:03 am on Oct 26, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I guess for popular newspapers to approve your comment, you really need to write something useful and relevant to the topic.

But these are only useful for traffic and i guess will not count towards SERP rankings as most of these comments are no follow but that does not really prevent you to not comment there.

7:36 am on Oct 26, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Interesting discussion...

What impact would that have on non-search traffic? Would there be growth in awareness of your site?

 

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