Amazon Shutting Down Alexa Web Search Service

November 28, 2008

(ChattahBox) — Amazon quietly release some negative news during the Thanksgiving break – that they’re shutting down one of its web services – Alexa Web Search.  On the Alexa Web Search site itself Amazon says the service has been “deprecated,” which is a fancy waying of saying it’s no longer supported. The service, is already closed to new customers, and existing users have until January 26, 2009 to move on to something else.  The big three Google, Yahoo and Microsoft all offer competing services. Amazon has sent an email to developers using Alexa stating that the reason for the closing is low usage. The email:

Dear Alexa Developer,

The Alexa Web Search service will no longer be available to new customers as of November 26, 2008. Use of the service is low, so we are shifting our priorities to other areas where we can provide better service to AWS customers.

The Alexa Web Search service will continue to be operational for 60 days until January 26, 2009. The ProgrammableWeb website offers a list of web services that provide web search.

We apologize for the inconvenience to you.

Thank you,

The Alexa Web Services Team


One Response to “Amazon Shutting Down Alexa Web Search Service”

  1. what are the "other sources" for Alexa Traffic? on March 6th, 2009 3:03 am

    The factors that are determinant in a website’s Alexa rankings apart from the data collected from the users of the Alexa toolbar are no where clearly mentioned. This somehow brings in a question of doubt and credibility issues as far as the Alexa rankings are concerned. However, even today the Alexa toolbar has the largest chunk in determining the ranking of a website.

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