Google introduces site blocking

Google has just announced a new feature to block websites which users do not wish to appear in future searches. Starting from today people who use the search engine will start to see a new option, 'block all results', that means any future searches will not show any items from the desired domain name. "You’ve probably had the experience where you’ve clicked a result and it wasn’t quite what you were looking for," "...whether it’s offensive, pornographic or of generally low quality" states the Google blog.

A user will be presented with the option to block a domain regardless of whether or not they are signed in, however to confirm the action a login to Google accounts in required. Users will be able to select the option to block a site followed with a confirmation message to confirm the request, as well as the option to undo the action. The next time a similar search is carried out, the selected blocks will be displayed using a small message with an option to manage the sites.

Users will also be able to change manage their settings with more detail using a new option within the Search Settings screen. From here new sites will be able to be blocked and existing preferences managed and updated. The blog continues to say, "We’re adding this feature because we believe giving you control over the results you find will provide an even more personalized and enjoyable experience on Google."

Google also claim they will be using this information to evaluate the blocks and see how relevant the selected domains will be to future rankings. The new feature is available to all English language searches on Google.com but only if you are using Chrome 9/10, Internet Explorer 8+ or Firefox 3.5+. Other languages and domain extensions are presently being rolled out and will be available soon.

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This is nice for now, until Google starts displaying content differently because of it. Then someone takes advantage of that, and so on.

I can see how this could be useful to Google itself--if there's a trend to block site XYZ, then they'll probably end up removing it entirely from their search results outright. In other words, let the masses filter out the crap for them.

I wish they'd block/eliminate everything as far as quick results and the such. I hate search engines that think they know what I'm typing! Usually disable the suggestion and crap instantly.

I'm not a good enough typist to be looking up at the screen while typing, so I usually type out my whole search term before even looking up, but I can see the screen blipping all over the place out of the top of my eyes, so it appears to me as if something is going on when it isn't.

This is awesome. I wish there was a feature so you could rank search results for yourself. personally I rather wiki be the first thing no matter what I am searching for..... if it's a video game, second result should be gamespot... and so on. I don't know where to ask for something like this.

but this is good too. there are plenty of forums on the web that give you a tease of the answer to your question but end up asking you to pay and signup before you can read the answers. I HATE them (maybe there is just one, but it keeps popping up so this will be great for that).

Wait till google incorperates this into thier search algorythm and wait till Anon decides to obliterate sites off the face of the internet.

definately useful in some way, eg a forum that is full of useless Cr** you don't care about thats popping up in searches. even something temporary. idk if I will ever use it fully but its great to have that option

Bogdan Calapod said,

Please do tell how.

THinking about it, it may have been an extension for chrome, but you could remove from future results and raise or lower a result also

Skyfrog said,
Yeah this is a nice feature. Good riddance experts-exchange.

Occasionally, they have good advice. Try using Google's cached text pages to find the answers. It takes a bit of scrolling, but it's sometimes worth it.

Skyfrog said,
Yeah this is a nice feature. Good riddance experts-exchange.

you realise most questions don't actually have their answers hidden right? Just scroll down a lot, and there they are, without the registration request.

zoonyx said,

you realise most questions don't actually have their answers hidden right? Just scroll down a lot, and there they are, without the registration request.

All the answers are at the bottom of the page. Noticed this a long time ago

Shaun. said,

All the answers are at the bottom of the page. Noticed this a long time ago

Yeah I assumed, just didn't want to guess, so went for a safe option - "most" hehe

Skyfrog said,
Yeah this is a nice feature. Good riddance experts-exchange.

That was my first thought when I saw this article
Good riddance indeed!

zoonyx said,

you realise most questions don't actually have their answers hidden right? Just scroll down a lot, and there they are, without the registration request.

Actually they are hidden, they just choose to un-hide them if you come from a Google search result. Presumably to get around some obscure Google policy that requires search results not to require a payment to view.

A really useful feature if you ask me.

It's annoying to encounter sites that offer paid content only like answers to common problems or solutions to computer issues.

I can make heavy use of that new block result setting.

ajua said,
A really useful feature if you ask me.

It's annoying to encounter sites that offer paid content only like answers to common problems or solutions to computer issues.

I can make heavy use of that new block result setting.


+1

GS:lin

joemagoe said,
why? is scrolling down usually that hard?

Are we on the same internet or do you just google for local businesses and simple things like these?!

GS:lin

joemagoe said,
why? is scrolling down usually that hard?

"Google also claim they will be using this information to evaluate the blocks and see how relevant the selected domains will be to future rankings."

Not only can it make your own personal future searches easier, it'll hopefully contribute to removing sites that abuse SEO methods.

joemagoe said,
why? is scrolling down usually that hard?
Do want or need the feature?, then don't use it. Simple.

Don't hate on those that do value good quality search results, it just makes you look like a troll.

morphen said,
So you have been waiting for this feature? Specifically?

Yes, as a matter of fact. I've complained a few times that no search engine has implemented this practically yet.

Alot of the searches I do contain alot of spam. It gets hard, scrolling through pages of useless results (which are very often from the same exact site each time).

morphen said,

So you have been waiting for this feature? Specifically?

I certainly have. So sick of results from Experts Exchange expecting me to pay to see the answer to a question on their forum.

Pc_Madness said,

I certainly have. So sick of results from Experts Exchange expecting me to pay to see the answer to a question on their forum.

TIP: Scroll to the bottom of EE pages you can view all the responses in full!

Pc_Madness said,

I certainly have. So sick of results from Experts Exchange expecting me to pay to see the answer to a question on their forum.

OMG quoted for truth!

Pc_Madness said,

I certainly have. So sick of results from Experts Exchange expecting me to pay to see the answer to a question on their forum.

* infinity!

morphen said,

So you have been waiting for this feature? Specifically?

Absolutely. I hate looking for reviews and information on a product, only to be presented with hundreds of clearly automated entries appear from price comparison and shopping sites. Now I can block them all! Finally!

Pc_Madness said,
I certainly have. So sick of results from Experts Exchange expecting me to pay to see the answer to a question on their forum.
You are aware that if you arrive from Google, that you don't have to pay to see the answers, right? Just scroll down to the bottom of the page to see all the answers. This only works if the referrer was Google though, ie. you found it by doing a Google search.

The Dark Knight said,

+1


+1

I thought about this about 2 years ago, and they finally did it. im so glad. all these websites that just add popular tags... their so annoying.

Reacon said,
Wow....finally.
I agree this is good, but why the **** do I have to be signed into my Google account to do this? I don't want to manage my blocked sites. I just want to mark it as as bad or spam. Does Google want me to turn on Web History too for this to "help" me "manage" the blocked sites? In that case, I don't want this ****. I don't need stalkers.