Most sites will be crawled during our regular archiving efforts as long as they are fairly well-linked from other sources.  Please check the Wayback Machine for your site to make sure we don’t already have it archived.

Sites in the Wayback Machine may have been crawled by the Internet Archive, Alexa Internet, or another partner who donates content for preservation.  There are two ways to make sure crawlers can find your site.

  1. Get your site listed in major directories, like dmoz.org, or encourage other, popular sites to link to you. To add your site to the Open Directory, go to http://www.dmoz.org/, find the category your site should be listed in, and click the “Add URL” link at the top of the page. We highly recommend reading their submission guidelines first at http://dmoz.org/add.html.  This method will help your site be discovered by everyone, not just us!
  2. Submit the URL of your site to Alexa Internet to be crawled. Visit this page to tell them to crawl you.  Sites crawled via this method will not appear in the Wayback Machine for at least 6 months, but this is an easy way to make sure your site gets noticed.

In all cases, ensure that your site’s robots.txt rules and in-page META robots directives allow crawlers to capture your site.

UPDATE 2/7/2011: At some point in the past couple of months, Alexa removed the ability to submit your site for crawling (option 2 above).  At the moment, we do not have an alternative method of submission.  As always, the best way to make sure we find your site is to make sure lots of people link to it.  We’ll notify users on this page if another solution becomes available.  Thanks!

 

26 Responses to My site’s not archived! How can I add it?

  1. [...] that a site be archived, unless the site is in imminent danger of being taken down. See the FAQ How can I get my site included in the Wayback Machine? for more [...]

  2. DigiTheme says:

    Thank you! This was really helpful.

  3. Hi!

    I’m amazed for discovering here old versions of my websites. It’s very interesting remembering how they look like years ago.

    Thanks!

  4. Javier says:

    I can’t belive it. I have seen how was the oldest web on my work and it is very funny to have a look at this. The name for this tool is great (Waybackmachine). 7 years ago the things were much different than today. Looks like 50 years, and it’s just 7.
    Thank you very much for your work.

  5. Allan says:

    i had a 2 man band once, had a great site (at the time for it) Hadnt seen it in Years ! .. randomly i stunble upon your site, type in electronicstory.com … And shed some melancholic But Happy Tears!

    Awesome service , Thanx ! Brought an old hobby back to life for me. Ill be “registering” all mah sites for this eternal goodness.

    btw i was able to add that old lost site to my resume thanx to you.

    Much Respects

  6. Hmm says:

    1. Any time someone tries to access the archive for a site, you should add it to your list.

    2. Could there be a Firefox extension that submits everything we visit for archiving?

  7. Robin Fox says:

    its fun to see my old pics and sites. Thanks for saving them.

  8. Thank heavens for your service. As valuable as your site is, it is disappointing that you don’t get more publicity. So many people I talk with do not even realize that archive.org is available.

  9. webshop says:

    This was really helpful.
    It’s nice to see my old sites…

  10. Alex says:

    Great service! Feels very nostalgic to view popular websites as they were years back (also shows how fast users get used to changes).

  11. Sam Chontos says:

    Excellent tool. We have been using your website for years to highlight how design has changed, in order to show our clients how their marketplace is trending. Thank you!

  12. Mike says:

    Ah man, I was hoping to find my site that crashed last year to try and restore it. Oh well, its not showing up.

  13. Asif Khan says:

    A truly great service.

  14. Roger says:

    With so many people faking PRs of their domains in order to sell them for much more than they’re worth, Archive.org is an invaluable tool to help assess the real worth and legitimacy of any domain.
    It’s unfortunate though that it takes so long for relatively new sites to get crawled though.

  15. Mac Servis says:

    Really interesting service

  16. Door Handles says:

    These days it is very difficult to get dmoz to list your website and even though your site would be well linked by many website and search engines, my website http://www.stylishdoorhandles.co.uk still hasn’t been archived. Is there a manual submission method at all.

    I really like your service but it would great to expedite the process.

    Thank you

  17. Michal Zuber says:

    Awesome tool. It’s great to view old versions of some websites.

  18. NoneOYa says:

    OMG THANX FOR LETTING ME VIEW OLD PAGES!I CAN USE THE MINECRAFT ALPHA SITE WITH IT YAAAAAY!In case you don’t know what Minecraft is(I’m sure you do) it’s an independent game that’s been sold to OVER 8 MILLION PEOPLE!So Thanx!!

  19. Fardeen says:

    Hi. I think this is an amazing site. There is a lot of fun seeing our favourite sites like how they looked back in the past. I’m really enjoying.

  20. So helpfull, thanks for the service

  21. Zephyr says:

    This is amazing. As a web designer, this gives me a chance to look back at sites I’ve built over the years and how they have evolved. Thank you so much.

  22. jack zhang says:

    These days it is very difficult to get dmoz to list your website and even though your site would be well linked by many website and search engines, my website http://www.tkjtw.com still hasn’t been archived. Is there a manual submission method at all.

    I really like your service but it would great to expedite the process.

    Thank you

  23. Francesco says:

    Thanks for your great service,
    Francesco

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