• aavallon

    John, great article. I’ve been waiting for this since they talked about it in the Panda release. Is it rolling out to a limited amount of users at the moment or do we have to opt in like the Google +1 button?

    Also I havent been able to find any information about whether or not site owners will see any results within Webmaster Tools on if their site was blocked, have you? It would be nice to pass this data on to the publishers so they can correct issues that come up.

  • stefan_olivier

    I think it’s a great idea, overall Google seem to be putting a lot of social and customization into the future of search a trend that is bound to grow especially with Google Circles on the way. I don’t think that Google would make such a big mistake to let things get influenced in a bad way, thereby keep it more specific to you if you are logged in, with ripple effect to your social circles (especially with the +1).

    My hope is that Black Hats down find a way to milk the system. Because I for one am very in support of anything that make my searches more accurate, as I’m much more willing to spend on something that came from a more relevant, trusted and accurate result.

  • http://www.seoinc.com John Lincoln

    aavallon: Thank you! At the current moment, in regards to Google search functionality, you will only see the option to block a site once you have visited the site and then returned to the search results page (as far as I can tell from our testing). This in a way makes sense, as Google is suggesting the option for a user to block the site if they bounced back from the site to the search results. This link will appear once you bounce back to the search results regardless of whether you are logged in or not. We will be keeping an eye on this to see if Google makes changes to when they make this blocked sites option available.

    I think everyone is a little concerned with blackhats taking advantage of the new Google search results features, plus 1 and blocked sites being the biggest new additions. I’m sure a few people will figure out a way to take advantage of the features. By Google always seems to win in the end… :)

    I agree with your last point. It would be nice to see this data in webmaster tools. I hope Google decides to show this. It could be similar to the way Facebook shows if someone has unsubscribed from your updates in Facebook insights.

    Some great points. Thanks for the comment aavallon!

  • Chris

    does anyone know where and if we can get some stats on what % of one’s sites pages are blocked?

  • http://www.seoinc.com John Lincoln

    stefan_olivier: Great points. I too am a fan of the social and customization trends that Google seems to be focusing on, however, it is changing things and making more traditional SEOs uneasy :) I wrote a post on the Panda update last week: http://www.seoinc.com/seo-blog/google-panda-farmer-update/. Some of the points were that social shares are now critical for early indexing and supporting rankings, Google is now a much bigger fan of sites staying within their expertise and blocked websites can play a factor in search, for the reason stated in this article. Overall, we have see the Panda update alter rankings and traffic. It has been fun to watch and adapt to.

  • http://www.michael-martinez.com/ Michael Martinez

    Oddly enough, unless I have the extension installed and enabled in Google Chrome, I cannot block Websites. I don’t even see the option if I use Internet Explorer.

    Yes, I test this when I’m logged in to Google.

    Yes, I test this when I have Web history enabled.

    I wonder how many other people are unable to block Websites if they don’t have the extension installed?

  • http://www.williamrock.com William Rock

    Great Article, I saw a few comments talking about how this may get abused I am sure Google has worked to figure out how to protect quality sites away from potentially getting false clicks. I could see a spammer building a bot that randomizes ip addresses and user accounts to try to defeat a competitor very similar to Google Bowling and such… Cool idea but scare to imagine how this could hurt business.