Backlinks Taxonomy WordPress plugin

Screenshot of the Backlinks Counter filter menu in Wordpress.

Backlinks Taxonomy is a minimalist backlink tracker for WordPress sites using taxonomies.


This plugin is a minimalist backlink tracker, based on taxonomies.

The plugin maintains a taxonomy of which posts links to which. The taxonomy is mostly invisible, but available through REST.

The backlink taxonomy is updated automatically whenever a post is published, scheduled or later updated.

A backlink_count taxonomy likewise keeps track of how many backlinks each post has.

User interface

The backlink taxonomy is available for the Query Loop block, which can be used to create a dynamic “What links here” block.

The backlink_count taxonomy can be used to filter the displayed posts on the admin interface. This is a handy way of finding posts with no or few incoming links.

The Admin posts list has a “Suggest Backlinks” added for each post, which will find posts with shared tags and categories, that are not already linked from the post.

The Admin posts list also has a ‘Backlinks’ column available, showing the number of backlinks for the post. Clicking on the column will show the backlinks. The column is sortable.

The plugin adds a WP-CLI command ‘backlinks’ with sub-commands for rescanning posts (all or specified), getting overall status, showing links to and from a single post, and for generating additional link suggestions based on categories and tags.

The settings pages is rather basic, but allows the setting of post_types to operate on, and post_statuses to select on.

Please note that any later changes to these parameters will most likely require a complate rescan using the WP-CLI ‘backlinks rescan‘ command.


The plugin can be installed as any other plugin.

It requires not external setup.

Frequently Asked Questions

Nothing yet.


  • 0.28
    Updates based on the WordPress plugin teams feedback.
  • 0.27
    Added links to settings on the plugin list page
  • 0.26
    Fixed errors in textual output (singular/plurals)
  • 0.25
    Corrections for translations.
  • 0.24
    Added a basic settings page.
  • 0.23
    Changed file names to match the official name of the plugin.
  • 0.22
    Updates based on the WordPress plugin teams feedback.
  • 0.21
    Show number of outgoing links to Backlinks column too.
  • 0.20
    Fix a bug where backlink_count wasn’t updated for the post itself, only for outgoing links.
  • 0.19
    Made the ‘Backlinks’ column sortable.
  • 0.18
    Added the ‘Backlinks’ column in the admin post list.
  • 0.17
    Further sanitizing of input for backlink_count filter.
  • 0.16
    Use filter_input() for backlink_count filter.
  • 0.15
    Suggest backlinks using all public taxonomies (including custom taxomonies) with show_ui=true.
  • 0.14
    Use add_query_var() for backlinks_suggest searches.
  • 0.13
    Allow non-public post_statuses such as ‘private’.
  • 0.12
    Added option ‘backlinks_post_statuses’.
  • 0.11
    Post action link for backlink suggestions.
  • 0.10
    First published version.

Upgrade Notice

Nothing yet.

Screenshot of the Backlinks Counter filter menu in WordPress.


The only visible parts of this plugin is the taxonomy in the Query Loop block parameters, and the backlink count filter menu on the admin post list.