besnette - 4:51 pm on Jul 3, 2013 (gmt 0)
Well, you've made a point - because these companies can, and have the money to do so, they will....
An address surrounded by ads, phone numbers or forms that lead to or redirects to the parent company, replicated on 3 or more other sites with nothing else unique or original....all ranking well, I think anyone could say that's excessive.
If, indeed each of those sites offered something different, unique and original, then yes, the should rank on those merits. I'm just not seeing it right now in many cases. For as much as we've heard google over the years hammer people about duplicate content, and to focus on originality, depth and offering expertise...what we're talking about here, to me, contradicts that.