How Many Links You’ll Need to Rank #1 on Google

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How Many Links Do You Need To Rank #1 on Google?

If you’re wondering how many links you’ll need to rank #1 on Google, we’ll show you a tool that is the best one on the market to get that question answered.


  1. Discover how to determine the number of links you’ll need to rank at the top of Google.
  2. Find out how to get those links, fast and easy from Peak Marketing.

Every single internet marketing company will agree, if you want to rank #1 on Google for competitive keywords, you literally have no choice, but to earn links. Let’s be honest…if you’re content is ranking, then what purpose does it serve?

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But rightfully so, people want to know, how many links does it take to rank #1 on Google?

Before we answer that, you first need to understand why you need links, and why Google puts so much weight on inbound links when ranking websites. If don’t know the answer these questions, watch this video below first.

There are a number of tools out there that can give you a good idea of how many links you’ll need to rank #1 on Google, but we’re not going to insult your intelligence. So, let me give you a full disclosure. The fact is, no one can give you an exact number of how many links it will take to rank #1 on Google. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t get a realistic idea of how many links it will take to get the job done.


Before we talk about how many links you’ll need to rank on page 1 of Google, let’s talk about what you’ll need to consider first.

Variable Ranking Factors to Consider:

  • How many links do the sites that out rank you currently have?
  • What’s the quality of those existing links?
  • What’s your competitors current domain authority?
  • Is the content on the page you’re trying to rank low quality, or is it really good?
  • Is the page you’re trying rank properly optimized?
  • Is your site mobile friendly?
  • How old is your webpage? Under 6% of new pages actually rank on page 1 (for competitive terms) in the first 12 months.

So, to be clear, what we’re saying is that ranking at the top of Google is not just about off site links. You’ve got to look at the entire landscape of your website.

We’ve said many times that 1 good link is worth more than 1,000 crappy links. So, when we talk about estimating how many links you’ll need to rank #1 on Google, please understand that we are not talking about low quality, spammy links. If you’re getting a link for $50 I can guarantee you, without question, it’s crap. It’s probably an automated system stuffing hundreds of links on a page that has no authority or value to Google.  You could literally get 50,000 of those and never rank in the top 100 pages. Moreover, it’s Google with just see your site as spammy, and you won’t be able to ever rank in their search engine.


Okay, let’s get your question answered. How many links will it take to rank #1 on Google?

  1. The first thing you’ll need to do is visit the Ahrefs Keyword Explorer. This tool will run you about $1200/year, but, it’s best option out there.
  2. Once you have created an account, you just type in the keyword(s) you are trying to rank for.
  3. The tool will tell you on average, how many links it will take to get to page 1:

The tool will tell you on average, how many links it will take to get to page 1 (See Image):

AHREFS Keyword tool

4. Ahrefs can also help you look at the ranking pages to see the mixture of values (image below).

Ahrefs Keyword screen shot

You can’t help but notice that there is a huge variance in the number of links for websites ranking on page one. In the above chart we see it ranging from 4 to 616 links — That’s why it’s an average, and NOT an exact figure.

The site with 616 links may be from low quality websites, while the site with 4 links could potentially be from very authoritative pages, like a city website, or local news media.

So, let’s assume that it will require an average of 50 links to rank on the first page of Google for your keyword.

If the links are low in authority, you may need more like 80-100 links. If the links are high in authority, you may only need 5-10.

While all internet marketing agencies would agree that building quality links is a major component of Google’s ranking factors, it’s only the honest ones that will tell you ‘no one controls Google, and no one knows exactly how many links it will take to get the job done’.

But bottom line, if you’re serious about ranking in Google, you need to get busy building your links.

How Do I Get Good Links?

The easiest way to get quality in-content links is through our guest posting services. We offer this service for as little as $160.

Guest Posting Services


These links are as good as they come!

Every article is 100% original, and created specifically for the website that we have it published on. These are not SEO focused articles and their purpose is  to deliver real value to the audience of the particular site we’re posting to.

Our team produces professionally written articles that include a relevant, in-content link pointing to your website, and then does a manual outreach to request third party publishers to post them on the site. These are links that you generally could never buy. These links can only be earned by writing quality content and reaching out manually for acceptance.


We currently work with nearly 1,000 websites that review and consider our content to be used on their website when, and if it’s a good fit for their audience. While we may need to submit our articles to as many as 20 publishers, you are guaranteed it will be accepted and you’ll get a link to your website.


From the time you submit your order, we will 1) write the content and find a natural fit for the link to your website. 2) our team will begin a manual, 100% human based out reach campaign. 3) once we have an approval, the article goes live within 5 days.

The total turnaround time for this product ranges between 20 – 30 days. As described above, the entire process is manual. This product is all about authority and quality.

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