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I'm really surprised more webmasters aren't as upset about this as I am. I do not want my hobby sites linked to my business sites. I do not want my unrelated business sites linked to eachother.
Guess I'll have to start paying my domain register their privacy money.
I have nothing to hide
It is not necessarily a question of hiding - it is how they make associations. I am more than happy to let people know who I am on each of my sites, I just don't want them to know it is the same person.
If I have a serious business site, I don't want people to know I also operate a Pokemon fan site.
I just found paid-to-be-private addresses and phone numbers in the "Contact Info" section. The section is editable -- am awaiting confirmation e-mail -- but this is definitely not okay.
Doggoneit. More time wasted taking care of things that never should've happened in the first place. Heck, I've even blocked Alexa's and Amazon's crawlers for ages and ages.
I just Alexa'd my personal site, where I house eBay-related files and such. It's a bona fide site, properly findable in Google. It's not a big deal, but the name is, because it's my eBay user and store name, and my family's company name.
That last part's important because in almost a century of family ownership (through the late 70s), neither the company nor family members ever sold or invested in anything 'sinful' -- no booze, no smokes, nothing but reliable, unsexy drygoods supplies.
So back to Alexa...
Checking twice, with //www. and without, MY site results show a completely DIFFERENT site that's registered to a guy in Russia, and a thumbnail image of three women.
Not only does Alexa publish private info (prior post) but in this case, its results are both wrong and potentially defamatory.
I'd laugh if I weren't so stunned. Maybe I'll laugh anyway -- all the way to the bank if they don't correct things (as soon as I figure out how to tell them they need to) NOW.
[edited by: engine at 4:07 pm (utc) on Mar. 15, 2006]
[edit reason] specifics removed [/edit]
Furthermore, their system for removing contact information requires:
1) that I have an email address on the domain (I don't on this one)
2) or I put a file at www.domain.com/info.txt (which doesn't work since I mod-rewrite all URLs of www.domain.com as domain.com)
with all the businesses I run, I am afraid to discover this feature.
We should send Alexa a link to this post so they can get a feel of how professional feel about their new feature.
I can't find this feature either. Where on the page or what command are you using to get it?
At first I couldn't find it. Then after checking various domains it started to appear. I don't think the data they have is complete yet. Nor is it correct. I found a few that I have to wonder how they even associated them with the domain being checked.
I've been digging around trying to figure out how they are coming up with this stuff. Even our tech is stumped. The only coorelation we've found is the name of the administrative contact of the domain register. But even this isn't 100%.
I don't think I'm going to waste anymore time on this since I believe it'll be gone within days. If not, then count me in to the herd of webmasters contacting Alexa.