Approx 40% of the sites ranking for keywords have ABSOLUTERLY NO BACKLINKS.
Approx 20% of the top 10 sites found for kewords have 10 or less links.
Right now - because so many sites have lost backlinks - it is a time of transition where those sites who have general backlinks or social signals or some kind of positive social signal are getting top rankings without actually deserving them.
That's why I think it is so easy right now to get a brand new site on page 1.
I thought it would be harder but all my new sites are ranking faster than before this whole thing.
I think it's because so many sites lost links and are connected in some way.