Google Lets You Block Websites From Search Results

by Gustavo on March 13, 2011 · 8 comments · Browser Tips

Google has created a new system to improve the accuracy of the results provided to users who search on their website. The new functionality allows the user to block those findings it deems erroneous web pages, poor quality, offensive or pornographic for that search.

Right next to each search result provided on Google, you will see a new button that will serve to eliminate the current search result, and the next searches we make on related subjects.

Manage Google Blocked Sites
This functionality could already be used with Personal Blocklist, which is part of a series of measures that Google has developed to improve the quality of results offered by their searches.

This new tool includes configuration options, including the ability to manage blocked domains, with more information on it and unlock it with the option to appear in subsequent searches.

For now this new functionality is only available for the English version of Google. So if you are using a different language and you want to try this new option now, you can change the language to English search engine and search.

In addition, this option also depends on the browser you are using when you connect to the Google search engine. Because browsers that support this new feature are the latest versions of browsers: Internet Explorer 8, Chrome 9 and Firefox 3.5.

The blocking of a site by users do not interfere with the positioning of this site in search results, according to the information that Google has provided in his blog. Also, this new functionality will only serve to personalize the search results. This is intended to prevent abuse of this button to delete the websites are for users who attempt to interfere with the positioning of the sites blocked.






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Rose March 24, 2011 at 10:09 pm

Thanks for the info. I did not know that you could do that.

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Gustavo April 7, 2011 at 7:29 am

Twitter: @GizmosHub

I’m still doubtful if this new feature will succeed since there a lot of people that just only search through google and have almost literally no idea about most of the features Google has.

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Nabil from how to unlock ps3 April 7, 2011 at 6:31 am

This may, and most probably will get abused by the SEO’ers, don’t ya think?

At least that is what I believe is going to happen over here, in Sweden.

And about the browsers… I’m using Firefox 4. Is it supported yet, or is it just everything up to Firefox 3.5 as you’ve stated in your post?

/Nabil.

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Gustavo April 7, 2011 at 8:02 am

Twitter: @GizmosHub

Well, according to Google it won’t affect the position on search results if someone block a page. But I’m pretty sure they will try to find something so that it blocks websites on other users computers via hacks (malware, virus, etc.)

I’m still using 3.6 version, so I’m not sure if it’s supported by Firefox 4. But from what I’ve heard it supports most of what 3 supported.

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komakaze May 2, 2011 at 5:16 am

I cannot find how to do this anywhere. Supposedly a block link is meant to appear next to the search result, but I’m not seeing anything other than ” – Cached – Similar”. I’m in Australia (English speaking), Firefox 3.6.17 so it should appear, but it is not!

It’s frustrating as I want to block softpedia.com and softonic.com as they pretend to offer software downloads, but add there own malware downloader’s/installer’s to the applications. It’s a massive security risk and an extremely dodgy practice. And they keep getting top results on google when I search for new software.

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Gustavo May 2, 2011 at 10:08 am

Twitter: @GizmosHub

You need to have a google account (gmail) and It has a trick though. When you do a search you won’t see the option to block search results right away. The option will only appear after you do a query search and go to one of the results, then you will have to click the “go back” button (takes you back to the search results), and then you will see the option that says “Block all whatever-website.com results” at the bottom of the url that you clicked on.

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komakaze May 2, 2011 at 12:21 pm

Ah thankyou for your reply Gustavo, it still didn’t work, so I messed around with Google settings some more and enabled “Google Web History” and now it works!
Perhaps “Google Web History” is enabled by default but I disabled it long ago.

To block certain websites from your search results you must have “Google Web History” enabled. I hope this information helps somebody out there in internet land :)

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Share With Irfan June 9, 2011 at 5:20 am

Tips that you provide is very useful. I have tried it in a way to login into my Gmail account. You are right Gustavo, the settings for the search is there.

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