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Preventing Alexa listing
Just someone trying to keep from being listed on Alexa
Michel Samuel

 5:33 pm on Dec 22, 2006 (gmt 0)

Loooong story and has a lot to do with politics of my particular industry.

Is there a piece of code or something that I can place in my site's pages that will STOP it from being listed on Alexa?

I want to be completely taken down from Alexa.
In fact I want to be non-existant to Alexa.



 5:46 pm on Dec 22, 2006 (gmt 0)

Searched WW using google to find [webmasterworld.com...]



 5:48 pm on Dec 22, 2006 (gmt 0)

o ya, welcome to WebmasterWorld


Michel Samuel

 5:54 pm on Dec 22, 2006 (gmt 0)

That helps a little.

But please tolerate a total novice at the webmaster game. (Only doing it out of necessity)

I've read much on the robot.txt file.
But what I'm unsure of is this...

1) Do I just make a file called "Robots.txt" and put it in the root of my domain directory?

2) I can't find a complete code example of this file. I only want to kill the alexa rating data and I have no clue what to "program" in this file.

Thanks and I apologize for being a complete moron.

smells so good

 6:00 pm on Dec 22, 2006 (gmt 0)

Yes, create a text file and name it robots.txt
Add these two lines

User-agent: ia_archiver
Disallow: /

Place the file in your root directory. Do a search for robots.txt validation and you can verify that what you've done is correct.

The previously referenced thread offers more insight into what will/won't/is supposed to happen.

Best Wishes

Michel Samuel

 6:43 pm on Dec 22, 2006 (gmt 0)

Ok that's a bit better.

Can this be used

<meta name="ia_archiver" content="noindex,nofollow">


 7:53 pm on Dec 22, 2006 (gmt 0)

not sure... but the point of my answer was to show that you can usually find exactly what you are asking about by searching WW with google --- the whole teach how to fish thing, instead of giving a fish...

If you need to know something, chances are very good that it has already been discussed thoroughly multiple times on WebmasterWorld. So all you need to do is search WW with google.

For example, add this into the search bar in google then press search:

site:webmasterworld.com blocking Alexa

which will give you the following URL and relevant posts.


Cheers, now you can teach yourself everything just by searching WW. If all else fails, then a quick post will usually do the trick.


 8:01 pm on Dec 22, 2006 (gmt 0)

and sorry for being a complete moron myself, you probably already know about searching sites.

You can find complete robots.txt just by putting in the URL. eg. [webmasterworld.com...]

Michel Samuel

 8:48 pm on Dec 22, 2006 (gmt 0)

It all helped and I'm slowling working through it all.

Now for the next part...
How to disallow access to Alexa toolbar users.

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