For the longest time whenever I wrote an article I was confident that it would be indexed for some desired keyword phrases within minutes, even seconds, of my posting it online. A quick check of those keywords often showed top 25 rankings and quite often I was able to pull off top 10.
Things are different now.
When I post an article online it is usually ranked in the #25 area of serps immediately if I've put any effort into it at all but occasionally it doesn't show up for hours. When it doesn't show up for hours one of two scenarios unfolds.
#1 - It shows up hours later in the 40-50 rank in serps
#2 - It shows up in the top 10 in serps.
Both scenarios are extremely predictable in that the article will not deviate from one of the two steps above much like an instant listing will never be top 10 for anything but long tail keywords.
Why? Could it be that when I post an article that Google's algo deem worthy of top 10 this triggers a raters flag and humans must look at it first? Do humans essentially control the sites in the top 10 to a greater degree than they ever have? I have no evidence of this but I can repeat the same observations like clockwork now, there is no deviation which implies, to me, that I need a human green light to visit page one with a fresh article. Could it be?