New Analysis Finds that Webmasters and SEOs Need Thousands of Backlinks to Appear in Google's Top Search Results

According to a new analysis by Internet Market Ninja, it was found that it is not possible to rank in top 10 search results of Google if your website doesn’t have a lot of links. The analysis found out that the websites that were ranking in top 10 on Google all had more than 1,000 backlinks. Only 0.3 websites in the top 10 results were the ones who had less than 100 backlinks.

This shows that despite Google saying that backlinks aren’t the top factors to rank in Google search result pages, websites still need a lot of backlinks to get ranked. The findings from the analysis suggest that 3.4% websites with 100 to 1,000 backlinks have ranked in top 10 on Google. 33.7% websites with 1,000 to 10,000 backlinks are in top 10 results, while among the top-ranking websites, 36.9% had between 10,000 to 100,000 referring domains. 5% of websites with more than one million backlinks were also ranked in the top 10 on Google.
Some other interesting things that were found from the analysis were the presence of Amazon and Walmart in top 10 rankings. Amazon ranked in 164 out of 200 keywords on Google’s top 10 search results which was followed by Walmart for 57 keywords. The website which was the weakest in terms of rankings had 54 referring domains. The minimum requirement for ranking in top 10 Google results is 164 domain backlinks on average. The study also says that not all links hold the same value. It all depends on relevance of anchor text, authority/importance of linking site and the total number of clicks on the link.

Analysis shows 1,000+ backlinks crucial for Google's top 10; relevance and link authority also matter.

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