RonnieG - 10:18 pm on Jan 5, 2007 (gmt 0) [edited by: RonnieG at 10:27 pm (utc) on Jan. 5, 2007]
RonnieG, you bring up an interesting point about the use of iframed IDX databases. But if everyone's pulling from the same database, that in itself sounds a bit like duplicate content in a broad sense. If that's the only "real" content on a page, why would surfers want to visit that site over the bazillion others that are pulling from the same database, or at least why would we want to include it in our search results with a ton of other sites that offer exactly the same database? That's an honest, not a rhetorical question, by the way. I am open to hearing more about why this content (and other iframed or otherwise included content that is syndicated, essentially) should be valued as "unique and compelling" content for users.
Adam, I think you missed the real point of my original post, which was that many top placing RE web sites avoid the "stub" penalty, and present the appearance of gobs of original content, by merely calling out, programatically, and creating what appears to be a page of unique listings, from every record in the IDX databases we all use, formatting it a little bit differently, and calling it their own original content, which it is NOT. It is simply a database dump of the same content that is available in the IFramed IDX database lookup. So, why should those sites get credit for the content, when the sites that have IFramed IDX lookups cannot do the same. All I am suggesting is that G discount and send to supplementals, urls/pages that are artificially created IDX listings, and are not true original content. That would even the playing field for all RE sites. PS: It would also eliminate "bazillions" of artificially created indexes of pages of duplicate IDX database listings from thousands of sites that G now holds in its primary indexes, mistakenly thinking they are original content. Feel free to contact me offline for additional discussion and specific references.
[edited by: RonnieG at 10:27 pm (utc) on Jan. 5, 2007]