According to https://support.google.com/websearch/answer/2466433?p=adv_pages_similar&hl=en&rd=1, link: should find pages that link to a certain page, but that feature doesn't seem to work.

Even the example they give (link:youtube.com) gives me no results at all (did not match any documents).


[answering to myself]

The Google help page I mentioned is outdated. Should be linkto:, not link:.

  • That doesn't seem to work for me, it just interprets the text in the URL. I'm guessing that they may have removed the original link: feature rather than changed it. – James P Nov 5 '15 at 10:41
  • @James linkto: works for me. For example, when I search for linkto:youtube.com, I get 405,000,000 results, but link:youtube.com gives me 0 results. – user1387866 Nov 5 '15 at 16:16
  • I tried it with the website of the company I work for and it returned irrelevant results based on the word "link" and the words in the URL. That is why you get loads of results for YouTube; it is looking for the pages that mention YouTube rather than those that specifically link to it. – James P Nov 5 '15 at 16:30

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