Here is how i think it could work - quick design draft made on my way to work.
Top links as displayed on my summary page
You see what links i posted and how many clicks that link i posted got.
Clicking a link here will take the user to the ‘detailed search’ page as mocked up in bottom of this reply
Links search in the ‘quick search’ area in the header
You can search for a specific link, e.g. google.com/analytics/12323 or a more open ended search such as google.com
As see above, discourse will suggest two popular links posted on the domain google.com/*
Notice the click count here is counting how many time people in total have been clicking Google Analytics Solutions - Marketing Analytics & Measurement from all of discourse.
You can reach this by either clicking a link from a profile page or a search result in the quick search
I think it is cool if we could treat links as an ‘object/entity’ here. Just like when you search for images on pinterest - because it is not a freeform text search anymore, it is a specific entity you’re looking for.
Notice how the click count is split into individual posts, e.g. my post only got 12 clicks and the other guys post to the same link got 108 clicks