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How Many Backlinks Do I Need to Rank #1 In Google?


The question of how many backlinks do I need to rank #1 in Google is one that no one can answer. However, today I can share exactly how many I needed  to rank #1 for a website of mine. Plus I can share where I got the links from and  the results others have had using the same source for backlinks.

This is the second post in my “how many backlinks do I need” case study, the first post is here. Using one powerful link I was able to go from 50 to the first page in part 1. Part 2 is about how many backlinks did I need to get to #1 in Google.

The story behind the website in my case study below is that it was a hobby site that I built and created the content for myself. It has a 2000 word long home page article with several original YouTube videos and it is definitely the “best” resource for my target search term. However, after it was up I did no backlinking to it as other projects took priority.

Without any backlinks it was in the 40’s and 50’s then I decided to run this little experiment.

LIGHTNING RANK OPEN AGAIN – The source of the links in this case study are all from the premium PBN service I am now offering…

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Case Study Premise

Determine how many backlinks I need to get my website to rank #1 for the target keyword.

 

Case Study Timeline & Results

  • May 2013 – Website (2,000 word article + videos) Built – Rank 60
  • May 2013 to January 2014 – Rank Hovered Around 50
  • February 2014 Built Only 1 Link and Started my How Many Links Do I Need case study (part 1 here)
  • February Immediately Improved Ranking to 20’s
  • Slowly Climbed with no additional links to the first page by March 13th
  • March 15th I started phase 2 of the case study building 1 High Powered Link per Week Until I hit Number 1
  • April 18th I Hit #1 in Google!

How Many Backlinks Do I Need to Rank Number 1 in Google

Summary – It Only Took 5 High Quality Links to Go From 60 to #1 in Google

Building only 5 powerful links I was able to push my site from ranking in the 50’s to number 1. These results have a lot to do with the competitiveness of the keyword and the quality of the onpage article. Like I mentioned before it was the best resource for the given search term without a doubt but without these links it would have been left forgotten in the depths of 5th page in Google.

 

Others Experience with LightningRank Backlinks

The results above are just my results and although not everyone will see the same results here are what some other people have experienced using LightningRank….

 

Within 12 hours my KW went from 500+ to #58 and is now sitting in the mid 20s

A first class service from Lightning Rank. John kept me informed every step of the way and even sent me the article prior to it going live. Within 12 hours my KW went from 500+ to #58 and is now sitting in the mid 20s. I’m really impressed and am looking forward to using the service some more.

Kate P.

 

The site is now bouncing between #1 and #2 for its main keyword

Jason

Quality links from Jon’s PBN have resulted in a massive growth in traffic for one my niche sites. After three months, my niche site’s search traffic grew from just 5000 monthly visits to over 28,000 monthly visits. The site is now bouncing between #1 and #2 for its main keyword, when it used to be stuck around Page 2 or 3

Jason H.

RealOnlineIncomeReports.com

 

My main keyword that I was targeting jumped from the 500+ pit into the low 40s range, while my secondary keywords all started moving up into the 30s to 60s range.

Andries

Lighting Rank really affected my rankings! I had a website that, due to NO link building, was stuck in the 500+ SERPs. I applied a set of Lighting Rank links to the site to see if it would make a difference. After the links were applied, my main keyword that I was targeting jumped from the 500+ pit into the low 40s range, while my secondary keywords all started moving up into the 30s to 60s range.

The “done-for-you” aspect of the packages is great, as it takes away the heavy lifting of having to write your own content and having to get it moderate (like you have to with other similar services). I found the team at Lighting Rank to be very responsive to queries and flexible to requests.

I cannot wait until the next round of posts become available, so I can get more links built and see my pages climb the rankings even more!

Andries H.

 

I was so impressed after the first month, that I upgraded my account from the 1 post package to the 5 posts package. 

matt allen

As a niche site creator, I know the importance and value of building authoritative links to your site to help it rank highly in Google. PBN’s are all the rage lately because they have been proven to really work. I’ve dabbled with trying to build my own PBN – but soon realized that I needed a hands-off approach to obtaining these types of powerful links. This is exactly what I’ve got with Lightning Rank! I only send them the URL I want linked to and my exact anchor text – and they do the rest!

I’ve been extremely satisfied and impressed with the results. These few simple links have shot my sites up in the SERP’s for my desired keywords. I was so impressed after the first month, that I upgraded my account from the 1 post package to the 5 posts package. And I actually love that they automatically charge me monthly for this service. This way I am forced to build powerful links to my niche sites which I might not spend the time or money to do otherwise. In other words, Lightning Rank is forcing me to increase my niche site income due to higher rankings for my sites in Google!
Matt Allen
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In such a short space of time I think the significant jump in the rankings shown in a screen shot of my rankings checker clearly speaks for themselves.

I tried this service following a similar format to the original experiment Jon posted on his blog. The site had next to no backlinks before I tested the lightning rank service and most keywords had been ranked outside the top 300 search results for at least 2 months in the challenging niche of finance.

In such a short space of time I think the significant jump in the rankings shown in a screen shot of my rankings checker clearly speaks for themselves. This as I say was a controlled experiment with no other backlinks having been built within the last 30 days to the site.

I debated about not writing this testimonial as would like to keep this service a secret for as long as possible however the team at lighning rank have been great and deserve all the praise given (and credit 100% for the rankings jump). Many thanks guys! Needless to say have signed up for a further boost from this service.

Ben

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LIGHTNING RANK OPEN AGAIN – The source of the links in this case study are all from the premium PBN service I am now offering…

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(Open Again – PA 40+, DA30+ VERY Limited PBN)

If it is sold out sign up to the LightningRank email list to be notified when it re-opens

About the Author Jon

I am a 33 year old husband, father of 3, engineer and a huge fan of developing systems to build useful and profitable websites. The reason I build online businesses is to provide financial independence for my family and yours AND so I can spend time outside skiing and biking with my family.
Jon Gillham, Online Entrepreneur

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18 comments
Josh Escusa says April 28, 2014

Very nice. Looks like you’ve got yourself a quality PBN going on there. Glad to see that it is going as strong as it is and doing so well for so many people 🙂

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    Jon says April 28, 2014

    Thanks Josh, it is easy when it is all working 🙂

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Carlos says April 28, 2014

Hi Jon,

Are you building all your links from your PBN to the homepage of your moneysite with your Keyword as the Anchor text? or are you doing a mix linking to different pages with different anchors?

Keep with your great job

Regards

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    Jon says April 28, 2014

    Hi Carlos

    Here is the basic very simple keyword recommendation I try to follow…

    1/3 links Phrase Match (not exact match)
    1/3 links General Anchor Text (click here, learn more, source, resource, “name”)
    1/3 links Naked URL or Brand Name

    With ….
    1/2 the links going to the homepage
    1/2 the links going to sub-pages

    The guidelines above are easy to follow and should avoid any kind of over optimization penalty.

    Cheers

    Jon

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Miki Vicioso says April 28, 2014

I can also confirm that your network is really strong as my links from your network pushed my targetted keyword to page 1 on Google.

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    Jon says April 28, 2014

    Glad to hear the links worked out well for you!

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avi says April 28, 2014

HI,

so going from 60 – 1 with five links sound good. but i have a question whats the different by making money wise??

meaning if i will spead 75 dollars on your PBN and in one months you go from lets say 60 – 30 or 25 what would the money going up mean??

thank you

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Brad Gerlach says April 28, 2014

While I have sold links on one of my min-PBN, it isn’t something I actively promote. I do it more for my own sites and some partner sites. And many of my posts don’t have backlinks at all or simply link out to another high authority site.

How do you plan to protect your PBN from Google’s prying eyes by offering a service. I understand how you built your sites and the quality is great, after all, I have built my mini PBN after your guide here on your blog. But isn’t publicly advertising taunting Google and saying Catch Me if You Can?

I am not being critical, I don’t doubt your service to be one of the best around, I am just curious/worried about the blatant advertising of it.

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Neeraj says April 28, 2014

Thats great Jon. Is your hobby website earning money or it was just for experiment?

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    Jon says April 29, 2014

    Yes, the site is now earning…not a substantial amount but over $100/month.

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john says April 29, 2014

Nice testimonials Jon, you are really helping a lot of niche site creators..
Jon may i know why you avoid 1$ hosting? do you have bad experience before with them?
I have my expired domain hosted in wingedhosting dot com, then yesterday it was down then today it was suspended, now i open the hosting site itself, i can’t log-in…
Though 3 to 5 dollar hosting are not that expensive but i’m trying to just stick to $1 hosting since since im new to this pbn thing.. some of the $1 hosting are good (3 of them)

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    Jon says April 29, 2014

    Hi John, I avoid $1/month hosting because of the reliability issues with it. Some “cheaper” shared hosting providers struggle with reliabiity but for the most part their customer support is at least responsive.

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Winston says April 30, 2014

Nice Jon, those are some really powerful links!

Not sure if you mentioned it earlier… what/how do you define a “high powered link”?

I’ve heard some people saying PA25, others PA30.. was wondering what your definition is for this case study?

Thanks.

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Steve says May 2, 2014

Great case study Jon, looks like you have some powerful domains there. I have been seeing similar results. I have yet to take the #1 spot and am not sure if I can for one niche site that I created but I have needed 2 links to get to the #10 spot. Other sites are sitting in #3 spot for a few words after 5 links. I also try to spread out the links to the home page and vary the anchor text. I has seemed to work pretty well thus far.

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    Jon says May 4, 2014

    Hi Steve,
    Glad you enjoyed the case study.
    That’s great to hear that you have been seeing similar results and are getting your websites up their in Google.

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Tung Tran says May 11, 2014

Jon is definitely an expert at building high quality PBN. I highly recommend his service to anyone.

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Waqass says February 13, 2015

well one thing this article did prove is that you don’t need much baclinks…..thats what I am searching for the time being.

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Rohan Jain says April 6, 2015

This article proved that you don’t need much back links to rank higher on Google.

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