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How to remove your site from the Alexa index
Alexa contact details?

 1:55 am on Dec 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

how do I remove my site from the alexa db? I have managed to remove it from www.archive.org by blocking the archiver spider through the robots.txt file but what about alexa?



 3:35 am on Dec 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

Hi johnd,

They don't give any details on removal except for robots.txt,

User-agent: ia_archiver
Disallow: /

Not sure how often Alexa crawls (don't think it's that frequent) so it might take some time to have any effect.



 4:39 am on Dec 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

The Alexa site under help and robots offers the following
This page offers a variety of options.

The Alexa search is "Powered by Google"


 12:50 am on Jan 13, 2003 (gmt 0)

They sure are not very responsive. I used their form to remove personal data about me from the website profile two weeks ago... and it is still there!



 1:27 am on Jan 13, 2003 (gmt 0)

as we all know, their robot spiders what they want, regardless of our robots.txt files..


 5:44 pm on Jan 13, 2003 (gmt 0)


Not on MY site.

In fact, now that Amazon is using alexa for their little spy, it is for sure denied via UA banning (and IP banning!) Of course, this is in violation of Amazon Associates TOS, but their robots violayted my TOS first!



 5:48 pm on Jan 13, 2003 (gmt 0)

Alexa uses the Google db. Alexa and archive.org are completely different entities when it comes to search.


 10:03 pm on Jan 13, 2003 (gmt 0)

Lots of different issues getting mixed up here. Let's separate the strands...

Alexa shows some info about sites on the "Detail Page"... I believe the original post wanted to remove his contact info from these pages. Alexa has a form, listed at the bottom of all detail pages for this purpose. Response is slow though...

Alexa crawls sites... this is a different issue. Alexa does obey robots.txt, but because Alexa crawls aggressively and frequently, changes to your robots.txt files are not noticed right away. You wouldn't want the crawler to check the robots.txt file each and every time it crawled a page on your site... so it picks it up periodically. If you ever have a problem with the crawl, crawl@alexa.com usually gets a same day response.

Alexa shows Google results. Changes to Alexa's site info or Alexa's crawl won't affect the search results. Search is separate from Detail Pages and from the crawl.



 2:01 am on Jan 14, 2003 (gmt 0)

Thank you for the clarifications Duncan.

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