Google Lets You Export Your Blocked Sites From Chrome to Google Account

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Google has added a new export feature to its Chrome extension that lets you block sites from your search results. You can export the list from Chrome to your Google account.

This makes a lot of sense, as you should be able to keep these sites blocked from whatever browser or computer you happen to be using.

“By storing your personal blocked sites list with your Google account, Google hides these sites from your search results when you’re signed in,” says Google Search Quality Engineer Ray Zhong.

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“The sites that you export will be hidden from your searches while you are signed into your account,” Zhong says. “You can unblock or manage the blocked sites at any time in the Search Settings Blocked Sites screen.”

If you use the extension, just click the extension’s logo, select “export” from the screen that shows your personal blacklist, then click “export to Google”. You can then disable the extension if you want.

Of course the Chrome extension already wasn’t the only way users could block sites. There’s a feature right in Google’s results themselves that let you block the site after you’ve visited it.

Google has made it clear that that it takes into account blocked sites in its ranking algorithm.

So, if you’re producing content that is likely to irritate people when they’re searching for something, this may hurt you. The moral of the story is to produce content that doesn’t irritate people.

Still, I’d be interested to know how much these site blocking features are really being used.

Google Lets You Export Your Blocked Sites From Chrome to Google Account
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  • http://www.PlacesToEatOkay.com Steven

    This is a great idea, and what Panda should have been. Simply a blocking tool that let’s the user tweak the Google results how they see fit. Google got it right by making a blocking tool, but took it too far to incorporate it as a signal. Basically the blocking tool was a way of saying you don’t like something, and +1 was a way to say you do like something. These metrics can be abused very easily and on purpose by publishers of websites. If the majority of the world hates something, why should Google force the opinions of others into it’s algorithm so that I can’t see what still might be relevant to my tastes? Google talks about wanting search to be more personalized, and so why not let the control be in the users hands more? If you ask most people Google might not have been doing the best job, but they would mostly agree they were doing the better job at it than the other search engines.

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