How to Display Alexa Thumbnail Images of Web sites

Have you seen those websites which display your website thumbnail images beside your sites listing. Many of these websites import these images from Alexa.

You too can now display Alexa Thumbnail Images of Web sites on your websites easily. The Alexa Site Thumbnail web service provides developers with access to thumbnail images for the home pages of web sites and enables developers to enhance web sites, search results, web directories, blog entries, and other web real estate with Alexa thumbnail images.

It is no longer free and you will be charged $0.0002 / thumbnail returned (i.e. $0.20 per 1,000 thumbnails). Pay only for what you use and there is no charge if the thumbnail does not exist.

All thumbnail images are accessible via web services, using SOAP or REST. Developers need to download the Alexa Site Thumbnail Utility Package, in your language of choice to get started. Read the Getting Started and Developer guides to implement Alexa thumbnails on your site.

[Updated Dec 2006 to reflect new policy change]

6 comments on “How to Display Alexa Thumbnail Images of Web sites

  1. LaughingMachine says:

    yea adbrite also uses the same image but i wanna know do we have to put the adbrite or amazon affilate to update the image

  2. Glenn says:

    i use ur alexa trick to display the thumbnail of a website.. but i doesnt work

  3. nalod says:

    Hey, thanks for this post…it is exactly what I was looking for! The only thing that I am confused about is the third item in their criteria list (“You link to site info pages on”). Did you understand what they meant by this?

    Thanks again for your help!


  4. Jack says:

    Alexa released their thumbnails as a very cheap paid service, and they also provide all the necessary code.

  5. Isulong Web Directory says:

    Now Alexa charges for this service. But this post is really nice.

  6. thumbnail images says:

    I do not rely on Alexa, just create thumbnail images on my own server using free component,

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