Sgt_Kickaxe - 7:17 am on Sep 24, 2012 (gmt 0)
generally 3-4 word phrases. Most articles are still ranked extremely quickly just not in the top 10. When I get a slow to rank article I know I have a *shot* at prime real estate in the rankings a few hours or days later when it finally shows up.
Lets talk about scale a bit, since we're on the subject.
- Rating every page is NOT scalable, no argument there.
- Googlebot does the heavy rank lifting, the raters only answer the flagged pages.
- Rating pages that the algo has determined *would* rank in the top 10 potions for say medium traffic keywords, humanly possible?
It would all come down to how many raters do they employ vs how many pages per day a rater can handle vs how many pages googlebot deems might be ready for page one results.
You have to keep in mind that the top 10 results don't change that often so I don't suspect the number of sites the algo finds, per day, that are suddenly worthy of consideration is unattainable for human evaluators. It's not ALL pages or even all NEW pages that would trigger such a flag for the raters, serps just don't churn that quickly.
Does anyone have figures on the number of raters Google employs and/or outsources? Is it really out of the realm of possibility that humans DO clear flags on new entries to the top 10? Google did change how they handle long tail keywords, the results are far fewer sites which *might* have been to make human raters(human flag *clearers*) viable.