In the left column navigation under Tools you can access a feature called What links here. This is used to see a list of the pages that link or redirect to the current page. These are sometimes referred to as backlinks.



How to make a link to the What links here list for a particular page


It is possible to make a link to the What links here list for a particular page. A user may want to do this to link pages of similar content to a page. 


To do so, type [[Special:WhatLinksHere/Page name]], replacing Page name with the title of the target page that you wish to link. (The same text – without the brackets – can also be entered in the search box, to access "What links here" for any page title.) 


It is possible to limit the search to pages in a specified namespace. To see this information, click What links here link while looking at any page. The list is sorted by page ID, i.e. by date of creation of the page.






The list of links to a page is helpful for many reasons:

  • The number of incoming links gives a rough indication of how popular a page is.
  • Where the intended subject material of an article is unclear, the list of articles linking to it might provide useful context.
  • It facilitates proper disambiguation.


To invoke a What links here list directly (in the search box, browser address bar, or wikilinks) use the syntax >Special:WhatLinksHere/Main Page (replacing "Main Page" with the desired target page title).





 The What links here feature shows which links are redirects. The backlinks of the redirect are also shown, and if they include a redirect, the backlinks of that also are displayed. 

This makes it a useful tool for finding double redirects, which should generally be replaced by redirects to the final target. 




The What links here? list includes transclusions (the inclusion of part or all of an electronic document into one or more other documents by hypertext reference) of the current page.


It also includes links which exist on certain pages due to the transclusion of other pages (templates).


For more information on transclusions, visit: