Have you ever visited a website with absolutely no helpful information, or was it just so riddled with ads that you couldn’t even use it?
Update: This feature for Google no longer works as described in this article. Things change over the years, and this article was written 10 years ago.
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Have you ever visited a website with absolutely no helpful information, or was it just so riddled with ads that you couldn’t even use it? I could make a list of some of the high-ranking websites out there that are culprits of this, but I’ll save that for another article… In the meantime, I’ll show you how to block useless websites from your Google search results, so you don’t have to deal with them. This feature Google recently added as a follow-up to a Chrome extension, but this lets you block websites without installing anything!
For this tutorial, you will need to be logged in to your Google Account. Additionally, this is a straightforward fix, so websites will only remain blocked while logging into the Google Account that you’ve blocked them on.
Manually Block Specific Search Results
In your favorite web browser, visit http://www.google.com/reviews/t
Under “Manually block a site,” Type in the URL of the website that you would like to block. Below it, enter your reason for blocking it. Your reason doesn’t have to be specific; it can be anything from a simple “I don’t like it” to a story about your life experience with the website.
The website you entered will never show up in your search results ever again (assuming that you are always logged into your Google Account). To add another website to the list, repeat the process. You can block a total of 500 websites from your search results, which is probably more than you’ll need to. One groovy thing is that it lists details about the sites you’ve blocked when you’ve blocked them and the reason you blocked them. You can even download your list of blocked sites as a text file to easily share it with others.
Have a groovy time blocking websites!