Google starts letting search users block domains in results

The feature will let users create more personalized search listings, the company said

Google is adding a feature to its search engine that lets users block out all links from specific domains in their query results.

After a user clicks on a search result link and comes back to Google, the user will see a link below the result that keeps all pages from that domain out of future results.

"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," wrote Google Search Quality Engineers Amay Champaneria and Beverly Yang in a blog post on Thursday.

While this feature can be used by anyone, Google will only be able to store the blocked domains for users who log into their Google accounts and confirm their blocks.

When a user runs a query and the results would have contained domains the user has blocked, Google will display an alert that says that a number of domains have been hidden and offers the option of displaying them.

Users will also have a chance to review and manage their list of blocked domains in their Google Account search preferences.

Google is also considering factoring blocks into its search results ranking process, so that a domain that has been blocked a significant number of times may see its search relevance reduced in general.

The feature is being rolled out on Thursday and Friday in English. Initially, it will appear only on these browsers: version 9 and up of Chrome, version 8 and up for IE, and version 3.5 and up of Firefox. More languages and browsers will be added later.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags Googleinternetsearch engines

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Juan Carlos Perez

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Father’s Day Gift Guide

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Kurt Hegetschweiler

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.

Matthew Stivala

HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer

The HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer is a great device that fits perfectly into my fast paced and mobile lifestyle. My first impression of the printer itself was how incredibly compact and sleek the device was.

Armand Abogado

HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer

Wireless printing from my iPhone was also a handy feature, the whole experience was quick and seamless with no setup requirements - accessed through the default iOS printing menu options.

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?