The Alexa Web Search is a web service from Amazon that offers programmatic access to Alexa’s web search engine. Amazon started this service somewhere in 2006. They decided to shut down this service. Service is not available to new customer as of November 26, 2008.
Below is a message they placed on their website:
“The Alexa Web Search web service provides programmatic access to Alexa’s web search engine. The service has been deprecated and is no longer available for new subscriptions. The resources below are available for existing users of the service.”
Below is a copy of an email that they sent :
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.
The Alexa Web Services Team