Control Your Google Search Experience – Easily Block A Site From Being Shown To You!

December 3, 2012 · 18 comments

in IT & Tech

Keep Annoying Sites 
Out Of The Results
That You See!

Rather than “search engine optimization”… we might call this “search engine customization”! 

I’m sure you’ve been in a situation similar to this: 

Browsing through Google search results and constantly shaking your head as Google continues to return a site that you HATE! 

Maybe it’s that you find the site clunky.  Maybe it’s that you hate the site owners.  Maybe it’s that the site uses a paywall to hide the best content. Or maybe you don’t even know WHY you dislike the site but you simply wish they’d not be shown. 

Fortunately, you can make this happen, for YOUR personalized results, in two quick and easy steps!

Visit: Google’s Managed Blocked Sites Page: http://www.google.com/reviews/t?hl=en

Screenshot of the Google Managed Blocked Sites page

Fill in the text boxes and click “Block Site”… and  BOOM! That site will no longer be shown to you in the search results.

If you change your mind later you can always return here to remove it.

For example, I block “Experts-Exchange” which is actually a good site. However, I’m tech savvy enough to dig up the answers I need without paying them for the answer. However, if I was not, paying them would likely save me a lot of time and headache. Because I never participate with that site, I’ve chosen to have it hidden. 

Enjoy this neat tool to customize your search experience!

~ Kim ~
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doug_eike December 3, 2012 at 9:46 am

This information is going to prove useful. Some of the foreign-language dictionary sites are irritating, because the excerpts that appear on the search results are misleading. They lead you to believe that the information will be on the page, or they make it difficult to find once you’re there. It will be nice to be able to block some of them. Thanks for the tips.

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Tanya December 3, 2012 at 10:56 am

Talk about a time saver. I didn’t know I could block a site from Google search engines. Is there a similar tool for other search engines as well?
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Carolyn December 3, 2012 at 11:20 am

Great explanation and examples, Kim. I agree, when content is behind a paywall, chances are I will move on. That’s great that I can now block these sites easily.
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T. December 3, 2012 at 11:28 am

Wow, this is incredibly useful! I had no idea Google could even do this!

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Tan December 3, 2012 at 7:31 pm

Wow, thanks for sharing. I think I will block informer as it always nothing to do with my searches, which is annoying to me.

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John Hunter December 4, 2012 at 1:40 am

Nice. The added complexity to the search results page has made it so I couldn’t figure out how to add sites much of the last year or so.

I had been suggesting Google let us do this since 2005.

http://management.curiouscatblog.net/2005/01/30/web-search-improvements/

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Aseem Pahwa December 4, 2012 at 1:52 am

Thanks for this valuable information Kim. But it doesn’t work for me even I restart my browser.

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Gail Gardner December 4, 2012 at 10:17 am

Have any fans of this feature given any thought to what Google is likely to do with that page block data? Just because a site it not exactly what you were looking for at the moment does NOT mean it deserves to be de-indexed or buried in the results.

No site is what the searcher is always looking for because there are search terms used that aren’t always about the same search. For example, someone looking for LinkedIn tips might want tips for using groups today instead of tips for optimizing their profiles and decide to “hide” your content even though you have great stuff.

Just as Akismet rampantly blacklists our best regular commenters, this will end up costing some of the best sites their traffic. Maybe Kim has the connections to get hers unblocked, but most who are affected will not.

Our collective impatience and selfishness will be our undoing because in the end there will only be big brands and small businesses will be destroyed and alternative voices will be silenced as they will only be found by the few who understand what is happening. Their ability to reach a mass market will be gone. The Day the Music Died is playing in my head….
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Alan Jenkin December 4, 2012 at 10:25 am

What a helpful tip, Kim! I keep getting caught the same way with ask.com, and fell for it the first time, paying for something I could easily have researched myself.

I have bookmarked that Mange Blocked Sites page, and know it will be valuable in the future.

Thanks for another great tip!

Alan
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Justin Germino December 4, 2012 at 11:33 am

Expert Exchange is also one of the ones that frequently come up in the search results for my technical questions and I just ignore the query since I know you can’t see the answer unless you signed up and pay.

I don’t go so far as to block anything though, since usually if I know I don’t like a site, I will just see the URL and avoid clicking it, I don’t think blocking is a necessity for me and is an extreme measure.

Still, options are good and I am curious to know if sites are going to lose traffic (bigger ones that are subscription based or pay) as a result, they can be devalued in the SERP if Google records X # of block requests for that site for example.

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CJ December 4, 2012 at 3:54 pm

Nice little ninja trick, Kim. I love learning stuff like this because although one might not implement it immediately, it makes you so much more dangerous just knowing what is possible. On the same note, I’ve been getting really crafty with my Google Alerts lately—it’s how I found your blog ;) Cheers!

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Donna Merrill December 4, 2012 at 11:45 pm

Thanks again Kim!

I book marked this so when I get a chance I can get rid of those annoying sites. Just want to let you know that I actually created a document on my desktop called Kim’s tips.
When I run into trouble it is bookmared there. Also, if I cannot work on something you teach me immediately, I try to get on it in a week or so.
Thanks once again,
Donna
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Ally Mac December 5, 2012 at 10:09 am

Thank you Kim – I had absolutely no idea this was possible.

I’ve been finding recently that maybe 3 out of 5 searches I do, I get pages and pages of results from the same site, like Yell or another directory… This would save me from going crazy!

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Lynn Jones December 6, 2012 at 12:41 pm

Very helpful info to keep at hand for those times when you run into the problem of annoying sites you don’t want to see anymore.
Your a gem to pull up this pertinent information to make our internet time more pleasant.
Have a good one…
Lynn

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Jessica vanZyl December 7, 2012 at 2:51 am

Hi Kim,

Thats great i had no idea that we were able to customize the searches from Google that makes it so much quicker to get a search result you want!!
Thanks for the tips!

Warm Regards, Jessica.
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marquita herald December 7, 2012 at 11:33 am

Well I’ll add my “yeeha” to the other commenters here because this is news to me as well. So much of what I do involves research this will make a huge difference. Thanks Kim!
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jeff December 10, 2012 at 2:45 pm

Too bad it doesn’t actually work anymore. I’d been using this for about a year and it stopped working sometime around May.

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Gurwinder January 30, 2013 at 11:48 am

Hi Kim,

Thanks for sharing this information. It was really a good post :)

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