This is a post response to Mike: Hey Delest!! If i want to rank first for a keyword in google , say ” video games ” .. How many backlinks do i need to rank first, is there any kind of numbers say hundred, thousand etc. or it just depends on the keyword competition.
First of all Mike i will say there is no definate answer as Google’s way of ranking keywords or sites is constantly changing but let me try to give you my opinion on the subject. Backlinks are a type of tools that Google uses or identify as trust worthy to give credit to your site.
Search engine optimization also called SEO is a technique used to increase the number of backlinks pointing to a website. In your case, if you want to rank first on a given keyword let say “video games” as you pointed, lot of aspect have to be analysed here. I can think of the content of those sites linking to your site, their relevancy, the site itself linking to you and certainly other aspect i can’t think of at this time but the main one are here.
Thinking of the content of these sites linking to you, they should first of all have great original contents and they have to be in the same semantic as the content on your site. Beside that, the relevancy of the sites linking to you is of importance meaning backlinks have to be in the same univers or category as of your site to give it more credibility around that semantic. This is examined by Crawler or spiders by checking the anchor text and evaluate it relevancy to this webpage. Anchor text are highly rated in the SERP’s (search engine result pages) ranking of that webpages specially with Google who gives more credit to keywords use on it’s search engine.
I wouldn’t give any specific number but will say this:
- The more backlinks you have the better it is but carefull here with dodgy sites and bad contents
- Better have 50 trusted backlinks from great sites (original contents, right semantic around your keyword, trusted site by Google and other Search Engine) than 1000 untrusted one as Google won’t still give you credibility for that instead you could even get penalized.
So the competition do matter when you both are applying the same and right strategy. But the competition won’t matter if you’re the only one doing the right thing as over time your credibility will get acknowledge and you will start earning your notoriety.
Hope it does answer your question do not hesitate 🙂 C.D