Updated: April 3, 2023.

In this quick SEO FAQ video, you will get to know Olga’s insights and commentary on whether you can rank on Google without backlinks.

Can you rank on Google without backlinks?

Can you rank without backlinks? Wondering if it is possible to rank your articles without any backlink acquisition?

If you are a beginner SEO, you probably have a lot of similar questions about SEO. And I am here to help you answer these questions.

Watch the video below and read my notes.

Can you rank on Google without backlinks? [Video]

Key points about ranking on Google without backlinks

  • Yes, you can rank on Google without backlinks for hundreds, thousands, or even millions of keywords.
  • Long-tail and less competitive keywords (e.g. keywords in the form of questions like the topic of this article) can usually rank without backlinks.
  • Your article will not rank if it does not match the intent of a given topic/keyword. Even backlinks are unlikely to help.
  • With high-competition keywords where high-authority sites rank, you will probably need backlinks too.
  • Always analyze what sites rank for a given keyword to accurately assess whether you can rank for these terms too.
  • As with everything in SEO, the final answer is that it depends. It depends on factors, such as the topic/keyword, its competitiveness, the quality of your content, search intent, how authoritative your site is, and more.

Other SEO FAQs you will be interested in:

Olga Zarr is an SEO consultant with 10+ years of experience. She has been doing SEO for both the biggest brands in the world and small businesses. She has done 200+ SEO audits so far. Olga has completed SEO courses and degrees at universities, such as UC Davis, University of Michigan, and Johns Hopkins University. She also completed Moz Academy! And, of course, has Google certifications. She keeps learning SEO and loves it. Olga is also a Google Product Expert specializing in areas, such as Google Search and Google Webmasters.