Alexa: Redesign of the site widgets & API tricks

November 04th, 2006 - Filed under Industry News,Tips & Tricks by Cristian Mezei
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AlexaI don’t know if you guys noticed, but Alexa redesigned the site widgets, offering a cleaner, more appealing web 2.0 face. This really had to come. The old widgets were designed in an 1984 trend.

Here are some examples:

Another very interesting page I found on Alexa is a live demo of what you can do with Alexa’s API. Derrick Pallas built a demo application with which you can search the robots.txt files of all the websites in Alexa’s index. Now let’s see what websites disallow Googlebot ? Or the MediaPartners Bot ? Find websites that spam, disallow the AdsBot (arbitrage) etc.

Sure you could use Google to search robots.txt (alternative search) files, but those results are highly inaccurate, and represent 1% – 2% of what the above Alexa tool indexes.

Perhaps you want to search pictures that were taken with a specific digital camera model ?

The possibilities are endless.

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6 Comments so far

November 4th, 2006

I took a look at this today and was quite happily surprised. There are a couple other sites that already did this for Alexa, but I’m glad they have it by default now. It’s a good improvement I think.

Gromka said:
November 4th, 2006

They also refurbished its traffic graphics, now they’re more like the ones you can see at

HHH said:
November 4th, 2006

Bug i still can’t understand how Alexa works. Is there some FAQ? Or may be you will make unofficial one? ;)

btw, excellent site!

November 5th, 2006

Everyone is taking up this Web 2.0 trend aren’t they? Pretty soon you’ll look ancient if you’re not Web 2.0…

November 6th, 2006

Web 2.0 is the future Robert :)

Web 3.0 is coming.

gracy said:
March 14th, 2007

Well, good step! it’s really excellent site and i would appreciate if we get some more new features.

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