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Alexa just went all Googley on us.

Alexa.com is "Alexa websearch beta" now.

     
11:41 pm on Apr 25, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Seriously, just now. Sometime today, anyway.

[info.alexa.com...] was the same old Alexa 12 hours ago when I was looking things up. About 10 minutes ago, Alexa's site certification scripts died, so I checked Alexa.com. It now says "Alexa websearch beta", "Powered by Google", too.

(Also, www.alexa.com is redirecting to info.alexa.com )

Front page is a seach box, and some "portalish" junk, like Editor's Picks, Amazon adverts (Amazon owns Alexa, remember?), a weekly columnist (who has a column listed for last week, confusingly enough), and a poll.

A couple of test searches look like Google results (for all languages) with click-tracking links to the sites, and links to Alexa's info page for each result. Top 3 results include the Alexa screenshot of the associated domain.

"Sponsored Results" on the right margin seem to be 1 or 2 Google AdWords, and an Amazon.com ad based on the keywords searched for.

And... a new Privacy Policy, dated 1 May 2002.

Generally speaking, I like Alexa, but I have no idea what they're thinking here. Does the Internet need another half-assed portal?

Ooh, the certificates are working again....

12:17 am on Apr 26, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Hey! I like the Top 3 results include the Alexa screenshot of the associated domain. That is cool!
5:33 am on Apr 26, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Hey! That's very interesting. I'll have to use that a bit to see if I still like it later, but it is something different.
5:48 am on Apr 26, 2002 (gmt 0)

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At the bottom:
Search Results Powered by Google
5:56 am on Apr 26, 2002 (gmt 0)

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yep, but the other thing that's odd is it's pulling results from www2
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hehe, good eye!
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heheh very interesting :) when i searched for something i found something else I was trying to hide.
6:12 am on Apr 26, 2002 (gmt 0)

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I noticed the www2 results as well, which I don't mind now that there was a nice update :-)
8:19 am on Apr 26, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Follow the details option and see the "Avg. Traffic Rank:"
and the "People also visit..."

Very interesting.

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Following up to my first post, now that I've played with it some more:

1) If you type a URL (with or without the http:// prefix) into the search box, info.alexa.com site reverts to its old functionality, taking you directly to Alexa's info page for the URL's domain. (In some cases, though, I think it's pulling the URL's title from the ODP rather than the URL itself. There is no escaping the ODP, is there?)

2) Alexa's toolbar 6.5 Beta seems to have dumped Yahoo and Dogpile from the list of search options. Guess it's Google or nothing, now.

3) They already changed the Instant Poll? Jeez, it only had 43 votes on it when I found the new site....

10:03 am on Apr 26, 2002 (gmt 0)

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I think that the "Avg. Traffic Rank:" and "People also visit..." data are still from the Alexa Toolbar.

I don't know how the installed user bases of the two Toolbars compare, but the data must have some serious potential for influencing search results.

10:21 am on Apr 26, 2002 (gmt 0)

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The Alexa DB is well out of date - of the order of three months.

(But then again they are archive.org)

10:29 am on Apr 26, 2002 (gmt 0)

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AH.. i was wondering why the archive.org hadnt updated our sites for 3 months. Alexa always had problems as it requires browsers to run another window all the time I think. It must be a very small installed userbase - given the big overhead I cant see the value added justifies itself for the great majority.

the stats do look good, but given the small sample Im not sure how significant they are.

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>I think that the "Avg. Traffic Rank:" and "People also visit..." data are still from the Alexa Toolbar.

Correct, it's not from Google toolbar.

6:38 am on Apr 27, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Does this mean that since Alexa is now utilizing conventional search sources, they no longer are to be despised for collecting unauthorized website stats?
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Does this mean that since Alexa is now utilizing conventional search sources, they no longer are to be despised for collecting unauthorized website stats?

You've got an issue with viewer-metered statistics? Wow. Those Neilsen and Arbitron guys must really tick you off.

I don't expect Alexa to give up the site-ranking system. It's their "thing". Without it, they're just another search plug-in.

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>You've got an issue with viewer-metered statistics?

Nope - Just with their unauthorized info collection and profiling tactics.

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11:24 am on Apr 29, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Really interesting.

Has anyone already recieved refferals from Alexa?

They are using the new Google update, however the screenshots are rather old.

Furthermore, the screenshot is always of the home/index page and not of the specific subpage google gives as an answer.

Some sites do not have screenshots, but are cached within Goolge. Is there any reason for this?

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...from the Alexa web site.....In May of 2002 Alexa released Alexa Web Search and Alexa Toolbar version 6.5. By partnering with Google, Alexa has built a new kind of search engine, one that helps users collaborate and find the best sites, with less effort. Alexa's crawl donations to the Internet Archive have now surpassed the 200 terabyte mark.....Guess they are in a time warp as today is April 29, 2002
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Anyone notice other things that are strange about Alexa? Like the crawling patterns?

They have certainly been busy the last few months, I can't put my finger on it, but something has changed or is in the works based on this spider traffic. They are certainly investing much more in crawling fast, we know that takes cash - why?

Alexa continues to puzzle me...

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I don't like the "contact info" that Alexa shows. Most of it is from Whois records, but Alexa has also remembered any email addresses it culled from the sites over past years that go to that domain, and they show this with the contact info.

This is an invitation for more spamming. I took out most of my email addresses on my sites, or put them in a GIF, in order to keep them away from harvesting bots.

Now Alexa is coughing up the addresses I pulled. Of course, they probably sell lists of addresses to spammers anyway.

4:48 pm on May 18, 2002 (gmt 0)

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I'm going to start tracking Alexa ranking at my website. I only slung this up today but It will show weekly changes and monthly changes and maybe some other analysis if I can think of interesting stuff. <snip>

(edited by: ciml at 5:55 pm (utc) on May 18, 2002)

 

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