Personal Blocklist Filters Out Spam From Your Google Search Results

Google Chrome: Many of you have been noticing that Google's search results have been less useful lately, and Google's listening: with their new Personal Blocklist extension, you can block sites from your search results and send the information back to Google.

Personal Blocklist adds an extra link to each search result, from which you can block that domain from future searches. Chrome will send that information to Google to help them refine their engine and make their results more useful. You can show blocked search results at any time, highlighted in red, and view your list of blocked domains from the extension's button in the navigation bar. It's just one way Google's planning to make their search results more useful, but it's a good start.

Personal Blocklist is a free download for Google Chrome. If you aren't running Chrome, you can also use site-specific search engines to filter out spammy search results. Your feedback won't go back to Google, but at least you can keep your results a bit cleaner.

Personal Blocklist [Chrome Web Store via Official Google Blog]


Comments

    Ummmm, I tend not to search the same phrase repeatedly. As different phrases typically give different results, I don't see this extension being hugely useful...

      Maybe I misunderstood, but, for example, I usually search for excel or word tips or troubleshooting and there's this website called experts exchange, or something, that always comes up. I hate this website because you have to pay to see the solution and I'm pretty sure it's probably just trying to scam me. So, this extension should block that website from ever showing up in my search results no matter what I search for! How is that no hugely useful!?

        I just reread the article (after having had coffee this time) - and realised I've misinterpreted the way this extension is supposed to work.

        Its not a bad idea, I especially like the (hopefully) anonymous usage information being fed back to Google to improve future search results.

        Debora,
        I've noticed that when Experts Exchange have a resolution, i just scroll all the way down to the bottom of the particular issues page, and all the solutions posted to the issue are there.

        As Stell said, scroll right to the bottom. But this only applies if you've come from a Google search -- clicking links within the site won't show you the answers. But you can get around this by copying the link you're trying to get to, then Googling that URL. It'll come up in the list, then you can click on it and get the free answer. Easy!

        Well, good to know! I had to go back and unblock and scroll down and lo and behold, answers! I blame this age of information overload haha

    Awesome idea, but the button looks a little similar to the Adblock Plus button. No biggie though.

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