Another look at Alexa

Announced at threadwatch (Alexa suddenly relevant?) by Aaron, and a number of other places, it might be time to take another look at Alexa, with the announcement that they are opening up their data to folks at affordable prices. At least, they appear to be affordable – kind of hard to tell at this point.

Details are here: Alexa Web Search Platform (the original link on the Alexa domain is no longer around). A snippet:

The Alexa Web Search Platform provides public access to the vast web crawl collected by Alexa Internet. Users can search and process billions of documents — even create their own search engines — using Alexa’s search and publication tools.


Seems like it’s time to start taking Alexa more seriously.


2 thoughts on “Another look at Alexa”

  1. I strongly suspect that this is the great sleeper SE story of 2005. I think we will see a rash of sites, both good and spammy, that take advantage of this in 2006.

    One prediction: that a lot of meta search engines will play with this either to add it to their meta search engines or to build a stand alone, after they work out an algo.

  2. I can see it being more of a story than some industry reporters are claiming it will be.

    Without a doubt, it has changed the landscape some, and does have the potential to be a big story in 2006. I guess its impact will hinge on how easy they make it for people to work with them.

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