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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.

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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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