I have one client ranking and beating out national brands without many links.
They even rank above the administration for his or her industry for that governing body’s own trademark terms.
The quality of the links they acquired helped, but they started ranking supported site structure, quality content, the way the page renders, and site structure before we got the primary links.
Why a Site with Less Backlinks Outranks a Site with More
To answer the question about why a site with fewer links will outrank a site with plenty, or the way to get your website with a couple of links to outrank one with a couple of hundred thousand you would like to seem at what a link is.