Block Sites From Your Google Search Results (No Extension Required)
After a litany of recent complaints about the declining quality of its search, Google has made a number of changes over the last few weeks to help users combat spam in their search results. It tweaked its algorithm, for example, and it unveiled a Chrome extension that let you manually block certain sites from showing up.
That functionality will now be available without an extension (provided you’re using versions Chrome 9, IE8 or Firefox 3.5 or higher). Google is adding a new option to itssearch that will give you the option to block particular domains from your future search results.
Now, appearing next the link to “Cached” and “Similar” will be the option to “Block all” results from a domain. Once you’ve blocked a domain, it won’t appear in your future search results, although if it would appear, you’ll get a message telling you that results have been blocked. It will appear at the top or at the bottom of the results page, depending on the relevance of the blocked pages.
These blocked domains will be connected to your Google Account, so you’ll have the ability to manage them via your Search Settings (under the new “Managed blocked sites” option).
Google says it hopes this helps improve search results. At this time, it’s not using any information about which sites people choose to block as a signal for its ranking. But it does say it will keep an eye on this data as it looks to improve search results in the future.
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