Alexa’s Redesigned Site Widgets & API Tricks

    November 6, 2006

I 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+Search” class=”bluelink”>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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Cristian Mezei is the Founder of Infomarket Network, a web marketing agency
based in Bucharest, specializing in search marketing, social media and usability/accesibility. Cristian shares some of his views in Seopedia, his personal blog.