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[edited by: aakk9999 at 10:28 pm (utc) on Jul 11, 2015]
All I'm trying to find is a chalkboard with expedited delivery. My query is simple. The results are loaded with Viagra and other prescription medications. Heck, Xenical, is #4; page two is 50% prescription medications.
Google is a POS search engine these days.
...the SERPs are not connected with pharma at all.
I think it's far more likely that adding the quoted keywords "overnight delivery" skewed the relevance weighting.Yes, the phrase in quotes definitely skewed the results and caused the pages to appear as the spammers had hoped. Most searchers wouldn't be using those quotes.
Removing quotes from "overnight delivery" and searching for chalkboards overnight delivery retains only couple of Pharma sites and the rest of the first page of SERPs is about chalkboards.
The "normal" Google algorithm which ranks sites competitively, though, is not built to deal with churn and burn spam techniques. So, when you see such results, it's generally not a weakness in the Google ranking algorithm. The spam team deals with these special cases, but, as discussed in the thread I note above, the process of dealing with a hacker is not necessarily immediate.
Google has recently been adjusting its algo to identify and deal with spammy areas more quickly, which might allow it also to ease off its emphasis on brand authority, and that's discussed most recently here....
Google Launching Payday Loan Algorithm 3.0 Targeting Spammy Queries
If this is for random products... and initially I thought it might be, but I don't think it is... has this been done for other products besides chalkboards?
Results from google.co.uk look fine