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Google Letting Users Blocks Sites from Results

Google today announced a new feature for Google Search that enables users to block certain sites from appearing in search results.

"Perhaps the result just wasn’t quite right," say Google's Amay Champaneria and Beverly Yang over on the Google blog.

"But sometimes you may dislike the site in general, whether it’s offensive, pornographic or of generally low quality."



If that's the case, Google has introduced a link that will appear when you click "back" on your browser to return to the Google results. This new link allows you to block all results from the site you just visited. Google says you can block up to 500 sites, but there's no mention of whether or not you're able to do a one-time-only block for the sake of a specific search. However, you are able to unblock the site later if you wish, so that should serve as a more convoluted work-around for people who want to block sites on a search-by-search basis.

Interestingly, Google says that while sites will only be blocked for you, the search giant may use every one's blocking information to improve search ranking.

Rolling out on Google.com today, the new feature is available for people using Chrome 9+, IE8+ and Firefox 3.5+. Google will expand to new regions, languages and browsers in the near future.

  • mayankleoboy1
    OLD
    this was on the net 2 days back.
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  • Supertrek32
    You can already block sites on a search-by-search basis. Just add "-site:badwebsite.com" (no quotes) to the end of your search.
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  • alidan
    what i want to see is a block per search option. some sites are good for tech, some sites are good for games. if im searching tech, i would block the game ones, if i want games i block the tech ones.

    there should be 2 versions of google for this. one with this enabled, one without as in everyones block effects one search result, while one doesn't care about what people block. because if im looking up porn, i dont want results blocked because other people didnt like them
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  • Gin Fushicho
    supertrek32You can already block sites on a search-by-search basis. Just add "-site:badwebsite.com" (no quotes) to the end of your search.
    This seems to be a permanent block though, to add to an account or cookie.

    I like this.
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  • 7amood
    how to unblock?? i just blocked test.com :-0
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  • rfatcheric
    supertrek32You can already block sites on a search-by-search basis. Just add "-site:badwebsite.com" (no quotes) to the end of your search.
    Why even post this? Do you think it makes you cool that you know this? This isn't a practical solution at all. What do you do when there are like 10+ fake sites that return results for things that you search for? type them all in separately every time you search? Think.
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  • f-14
    i would rather see a system like email check boxes in the results to add similar or remove similar from results.
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  • bv90andy
    This will be useful but it should have been implemented years ago.
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  • xabis
    Would you turds lay off the "OLD" comments already!?
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  • Nightskeeter
    So I can actually block the magnitude of porn and warez sites that pop up?

    that would make my day. That's for sure.
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