We believe that folks/organizations that work hard should see a good return (monetarily) on their labor. We are not opposed to commercial endeavors per se unless they have a significant detrimental effect on the public good.
We believe that the commercialization of the web has been taken to such an extent that it is having exactly this kind of negative effect on humanity. Further, we see this as being something which is reinforced (unintentionally) by major existing search engines in two forms:
The organization with the most money can dominate the search results of several of the largest search engines. Beyond this, individuals/organizations with significant financial resources can bury the alternative perspectives on a topic by buying up available ad inventory.
There is currently a wide ranging discussion on whether search engine results should have ads on them at all.
Of the two, our greater concern is with "organic search results." Sites do not rank highly for competitive terms on accident. It is usually the result of significant financial expenditure upon SEO/SEM. The results are not truly organic, they simply aren't paid to search engines.
Search engines change their algorithms frequently to help diminish the worst offenders' ability to game search results BUT the algorithmic changes have had temporary/incomplete results and generally don't cause difficulty for less egregious offenders who may still be utilizing significant financial resources to dominate search results.
For a good overview of the effort required to successfully optimize a site for search engine traffic see Moz's How to Rank on Google: 25-Step Master SEO Checklist. For a more detailed read see Moz's The Beginner's Guide to SEO: Rankings and Traffic Through Search Engine Optimization.
Search Engine Journal's A Complete Guide to SEO: What You Need to Know.
Brian Dean's Google's Ranking Factors: The Complete List (2021).