Miop - 8:46 am on Oct 7, 2005 (gmt 0)
The easiest way to do this surely would be for Google to seperate commercial listings and make people pay for a listing. I can't imagine that businesses would not be willing to pay to ensure a listing - they do for everything else. I would happily pay for my site to be in Google if it meant that this kind of thing stopped happening. Then they could also specify that a particular site not be allowed a listing because it does not meet quality guidelines.
If there is a dupe content filter, it is really going to hurt online businesses, because so many are selling the same products or will have similar problems listing their items for sale in a way that doesn't trup a dupe filter.
If G is telling us to build sites for customers not SE's, I wish they meant it.
A paid listing would mean you could build your site the way you want in a sensible, commercial way, not constantly on the edge of a nervous breakdown.
Yes I know Adwords is designed for that, but we get few conversions from that (guessing that people only tend to click on page listings not Adwords).