01 Nov 2005

When will the Wayback Machine Update?

I use the wayback machine on a daily basis. Mostly to find a websites’ history for SEO purposes.

In case you haven’t noticed, the last the the wayback machine shows any cached dates was in November 30th 2004. It’s been almost 12 months since they last updated any new coppies of archieved web pages.

According to thier FAQ page:

Right now there is a 6-12 month lag between the date a site is crawled and the date it appears in the Wayback Machine.

But then again, that FAQ page is pretty outdated itself. See this line:

The original idea for the Internet Archive Wayback Machine began in 1996, when the Internet Archive first began archiving the web. Now, five years later…

Another thing you might not have known is:

We do not add pages less than 6 months after they are collected, because of the time delayed donation from Alexa. Updates can take up to 12 months in some cases.

So that explains whyou you’ll never see a cache less than 6 months old. …even when it does update.

Anyone know anyone from Alexa who can give a heads up on when they’ll ever update…or have they abandonded this services (I see some of your own web pages that haven’t changed in years 😉  and are we watching a slow death due to lack of funds (and would they give me a link if I donate…hehe, you know how my mind works 😉

Whats up Alexa? You’re wayback info is getting kinda stale….going Wayyyy back.
Mind you, I really do like the analysis views that alexa provides, I just hope the wayback machine isn’t dying.

What are your thoughts on Alexa and the wayback machine?


  1. Lea November 1, 2005 at 11:35 PM

    Timing – I was wondering the exact same thing this morning!
    One would think that if the service were ‘failing’ they would at least take it off the home page? That hasn’t happened, so perhaps it really is just massive delays in displaying the cache?

  2. Peter Askew November 3, 2005 at 12:02 PM

    Hey Jim,

    just wanted to email and say I love your blog. You’ve got a truly unique and accurate perspective of this odd (but extremely fun) SEO world..just wanted to say hello and keep up the good work!


  3. Jim November 3, 2005 at 12:08 PM

    Thanks Peter!

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