Let's take a for-instance. I write a fabulous article and publish it on my site. Reuters picks it up and, buy the re-print rights from me, and posts the article on their mildly ;-) trafficked website, with a byline linking back to me. Obviously, the immediate benefit here is a server-melting stream of Reuters readers. What I am wondering about, however, is the effect of this backlink on SEO.
On the one hand, I can't imagine that a backlink from Reuters would be discounted by search engines just because it was in a syndicated article. On the other hand - if re-printed content can content can contain effective backlinks for SEO purposes - then we could all build our own sites for backlink purposes using freely available content like syndicated articles and Wikipedia. Maybe the idea here is that the backlink does pass value, but the site won't have any authority to pass if all it does is churn out rehashed articles.
Any thoughts would be appreciated.