Google has released an extension for its Cheome web broweser that
allows users to block sites from their web search results.
Google has been exploring different algorithms to detect content
farms, which are sites with shallow or low-quality content. One of
the signals the company is exploring is explicit feedback from users.
To that end, today the company is launching an early, experimental
Chrome extension so people can block sites from their web search
results. If installed, the extension also sends blocked site
information to Google, and Google will study the resulting feedback
and explore using it as a potential ranking signal for its search
The extension is available for download here
, and it looks like this:
When someone blocks a site with the extension, he or she won't see
results from that domain again in his/her Google search results. A
blocked site can be also revoked at the bottom of the search results,
so it's easy for users to to undo blocks. Users can also edit their
list of blocked sites by clicking on the extension's icon in the top
right of the Chrome window.
This is an early test, but the extension is available in English,
French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Turkish.