I want to rank #1 on a keyword which has 188.000 websites listed in google and i want to achieve this goal with whitehat techniques. The pages on ranks 1 - 5 have about 300 to 400 backlinks (according to backlinkwatch) each. Most of them are on TLDs itself (mostly bought links i guess) Is it possible to outrank them with free links (from blogs, forums and guestbooks)? How many links do i have to get from those free resources to outrank 250 quality backlinks from tlds? Well... Do you think this is possible for a rookie?