A Google spokesperson has confirmed that the company’s link command is no longer working. Google told that the feature is no longer around, and if someone use a link:www.domain.com, it will likely return inappropriate results.
Search Engine Land told us about these signs of leaving a year ago, but at that time Google told them that the link operator “is not dead.”
On 11th January 2017, Google’s John Mueller in response to a query on his twitter told webmasters not to use the link operator. He didn’t answered why one should not use it, but just said, don’t use it. As long as the link operator returns any results, it can be misleading that the function does not work and would mean that it does work.
would probably tell you not to use the link operator in search. 🤷
— John ☆.o(≧▽≦)o.☆ (@JohnMu) January 11, 2017
Google still hasn’t told us that when they will ensure that this command will not return anything or else return a message that it no longer works.