teokolo - 8:13 am on May 27, 2013 (gmt 0)
I'm seeing very weird (terrible) results in Italy in a very competitive niche.
Searching for online widget, you find lot of spammers, thin websites and, in page #2, a nonsense page consisting of 3 paragraphs, 300 words stuffed with dozens of keywords. This page has no html tags, just text. The domain is ridicolous, something like TheBestOnlineKw1Kw2Kw3Number-2nd . tld
Backlink profile is 5k+ links from blog/forums/directories/scrapers/aggregators.
Maybe English Serps are better than before, Italian ones are not. I'm guessing if Google need to hire more people for quality testing in country specific serps.