How Many Backlinks to Get PageRank?

It’s no secret that PageRank is based on the number and quality of backlinks or external links that are pointing to your website. If you want PageRank, you will need to get backlinks to your website. But exactly how many backlinks do you need to point to your website to obtain a certain PageRank?

Although no one (except Google) knows for sure the exact formula that is used to assign PageRank values to websites, we believe that the table below offers a reasonable representation of the number of backlinks (from websites that already have PageRank) required to obtain a certain Google PageRank.


PR To Get PR3 To Get PR4 To Get PR5 To Get PR6 To Get PR7 To Get PR8
1 555 3,000 17,000 93,000 508,000 2,800,000
2 101 555 3,000 17,000 93,000 508,000
3 19 101 555 3,000 17,000 93,000
4 4 19 101 555 3,000 170,000
5 1 4 19 101 555 3,000
6 1 1 4 19 101 555
7 1 1 1 4 19 101
8 1 1 1 1 4 19
9 1 1 1 1 1 4
10 1 1 1 1 1 1

Before You Start Building Backlinks Like Crazy

But before you go out and start building backlinks to your website, there are two things that you must remember:

Link only from high quality sites

Remember that it’s not only about the number of backlinks. The quality of the websites that will be linking to your website is just as important. Avoid linking from sites that have low quality content, spammy-looking, and not family friendly (for example, do not link to or from adult sites).

Use organic link building methods

As much as possible, stick to organic link building methods. Google and other search engines favor organic or natural link building, meaning visitors to your website who liked what they saw on your website and wanted to tell others about it. A Google representative explained, “Visitors are likely to appreciate your site and link to it if you publish a short tutorial or a video providing a solution, or a practical tool. Survey or original research results can serve the same purpose, if they turn out to be useful for the target audience.”

Of bad and must-avoid link building methods, he also said, “Buying PageRank-passing links or randomly exchanging links are the worst ways of attempting to gather links and they’re likely to have no positive impact on your site’s performance over time. If your site’s visibility in the Google index is important to you it’s best to avoid them.”

For more information about SEO and webmaster practices that Google favors, read the Google Webmaster Guidelines.

Note: We are not the original author of the table above. We stumbled upon it several years ago (the website is now dead) and we’ve been using it as one of the many PageRank guides that we try to follow. This information is also available on quite a number of other websites on the Internet.

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