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Alexa Web Information Service (AIWS)

The Alexa Web Information Service (AWIS) makes Alexa Internet’s data on Web sites available to researchers and website developers. The various operations offered as a part of AWIS include

o    URL Information,

o    Web Search,

o    Browse Category,

o    Crawl Meta Data.

The Alexa Web Information Service makes Alexa’s vast repository of information about the traffic and structure of the web available to developers.

Service Highlights

  • Gather information about web sites, including traffic data, contact information, related links and more.
  • Access historical traffic data for web sites to analyze growth and understand the effects of specific events on web site traffic
  • Build a web directory into your web site or service using an Alexa enhanced DMOZ-based browse service
  • Access the list of sites linking to any given site

Detailed Description

AWIS provides the following operations, or “actions”:

URL Information

·         The URL Information action gives developers direct access to information pertaining to web pages and sites on the web that Alexa Internet has gathered through its extensive web crawl and web usage analysis. Examples of information that can be accessed are site popularity, related sites, detailed usage/traffic stats, supported character-set/locales, and site contact information. This is most of the data that can be found on the Alexa web site and in the Alexa toolbar, plus additional information that is being made available for the first time with this release.

Historical Traffic

·         The Historical Traffic action gives programmatic access to web site traffic rank, reach, and page views going back five years. Use this action to compare a web site’s popularity over time, identify trends, or display graphs of traffic.

Sites Linking In

·         The Sites Linking In action returns the sites linking to a specified web site.

Browse Category

·         The Browse Category action allows developers to access all of the information available at the Open Directory without the need to download or host the directory database on their own systems. This service returns web pages and sub-categories within a specified category. The returned URLs are filtered through the Alexa traffic data and then ordered by popularity.

Crawl Meta Data

·         The Crawl Meta Data action gives developers access to metadata collected in Alexa’s Web Crawl. For example, a developer can get pages size, checksum, total links, link text, images, frames, and any Javascript-embedded URLs for any page in the crawl.

Visit: http://www.alexa.com/

Categories: State-of-the-art
  1. martinlock
    October 17, 2008 at 7:26 am

    In spite of facing tough competition from Google, Alexa is having a strong stand and presence among the Internet users. Apart from being a search engine, Alexa now also offers informative and important information on the sites that one might want to know about. Alexa’s new related links has enabled the Internet users to know all about a particular field by visiting all the sites related to that field.

  1. September 5, 2008 at 9:15 am

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