atlrus - 11:10 pm on Jul 17, 2013 (gmt 0)
it's usually not useful or different - at least from what I have seen, it's often all the same thing - a page with an address or some benign piece of information, surrounded by 12 different monetezation opportunities using stock photos...a site that has made efforts to be anonymous or to conceal who they actually are - ...that, to me isn't useful at all to see dominate the serps.
If each site is useful and **different** in it's own right, that's another story....
You are forgetting that those websites are there because Google thinks they are the best match, not because they are owned by the same company.
Just because you removed 3 websites, because they belong to the same company, it doesn't mean that whatever replaces them will be any better.
Again, this is nothing more than OP and sour grapes.
Don't know when this forum became so weird. This is a forum about Google SEO, not about "how to help Google improve user experience". We are all aiming at ranking as many websites as possible as high as possible. These days it's nothing but a bunch of people coming here whining about what Google should do, instead of (the aim of this forum) - what you should do to rank higher on Google.
P.S. I don't know who edited the title of the thread, but owning multiple websites is not spam (smart or dumb). I would think of all places WW would know the difference between owning multiple websites and unsolicited email... And Google's Webspam Team is not even fighting against it, since it's not against any of Google's T&C.