1script - 4:09 pm on Jun 11, 2012 (gmt 0)
Thanks, tedster. A publicly traded US corporation is by law first and foremost about making money for the stockholders, that's why the mind always races to nefarious (well, OK, money making rather than plainly nefarious) scenarios first.
That thought aside though, it's not only host crowding, though I agree 8 pages from the same domain is ridiculous, but it's even more so "type of site" crowding - almost every listing out of any listing that may possibly be clicked at is a sales pitch.
It may only be shocking to me because I never needed to look at Viagra SERPs - they have probably always been this way. But this is a benign product used in construction and manufacturing industry and it's the first time I ever saw so many sales-oriented Google listings completely crowding out anything else there is to say about the product.