tedster - 6:31 pm on May 8, 2011 (gmt 0)
For years webmasters and SEOs have been complaining that the Google algorithm needs to use something besides links. Thinks there's a chance we may be seeing the evidence that in fact, Google has moved far beyond links and it just wasn't noticed?
Those flower businesses are really strong brands - I can see how regular Google users would expect to see them in search results.
I'm not saying this just to be devil's advocate. For a long time I've been researching SERPs where it seems that strong backlinks are far from the only factor at work, and in some cases other factors seem to be carrying the ranking almost completely.