rish3 - 5:44 pm on Jun 11, 2013 (gmt 0)
Big G is a mess.
1) for one of the most competitive terms that exists, in short-term lending, (rhymes with "heyday scones") the #3 site in the U.S. serps is a domain registered less than a month ago. It, of course, has lots of spammy backlinks.
2) A search for "search engine" gives dogpile.com the top spot for any actual search engine. Google doesn't rate itself on the first page.
3) Similar to your experience...search for "programming", and check out the EMD match at around #6. Three indexed pages, none of them with any content of consequence.