diberry - 2:59 pm on Jun 16, 2012 (gmt 0)
@outland88, I did a little more investigating last night and used Google through several proxies. The results were NOTHING like what I'm seeing. For my former most popular term, the one I've finally crawled back onto page 1 for, one proxy showed nothing but UK results, with incredible repetition of brands - maybe 3-4 sites represented on each page, at most. Another showed mainly US sites, but the brand repetition was even more bizarre - the top three pages were just clusters of three brands, massive host-crowding. As a user, I would feel like, "Well, Google's been hacked" and try some other engine or something.
Both proxies are supposedly in the US.
I wonder if Google is serving up dozens of different sets of SERPs right now?