Google Finally Discontinues The Blocked Sites Feature

After over a year of the blocked sites feature not working, Google has officially declared they are discontinuing the feature — two months after Google promised it would return.

Google introduced blocked sites in March 2011 after struggling with various ways to allow searchers to block sites from showing in the search results. Google has tried browser extensions, SearchWiki and several other methods over the year.

Now, the only way to block search results is with Google’s official Chrome extension, or maybe some unofficial extensions for Firefox or Chrome.

Google said:

The Blocked Sites feature is no longer available. To block particular sites from your search results, we recommend the Personal Blocklist Chrome extension from Google. You may also download your existing blocked sites list as a text file.

For more details on how this feature worked, see this blog post.

Postscript From Danny Sullivan: Blocked sites data had been used as part of Google’s Panda Update to fight against low-quality content. It wasn’t the only thing used, and Google still has some data from those using the Chrome extension. But given that people haven’t been able to use the blocked sites feature for over a year, it’s pretty clear that what was already a secondary factor in the Panda Update must have long since been reduced to practically no factor at all.

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  • http://www.brickmarketing.com/ Nick Stamoulis

    Were searchers actively using the blocked sites feature? I don’t think I used it even once in the past year but that could be just me. Was it just not being utilized enough to justify itself?

  • Matt Aster

    I used it several times. I’m curious Barry, why take the approach of “finally”?

  • http://www.facebook.com/BONYo7 Foyshel Hossin Bony Bony

    This is good for them….!!

  • http://www.twitter.com/staceycav Stacey Cavanagh

    Never used it personally, nor do I know anyone who did!

    Google’s on a “we’re taking this away,” spree at the moment, huh?

  • http://twitter.com/abdulisbest Abdul Wahab

    I did not even use it.. Nor I know anyone who really used this…….. OK Google!! finish it. :-P we dont need it

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Preety-Innocent/100001639540026 Preety Innocent
  • http://www.socialbakers.com/ Michal Smetana

    I have never used it in my whole life and neither I do know anyone who did. I just didn’t see a reason or the added value it could give me.

  • http://twitter.com/karenblakeman Karen Blakeman

    I did use it quite a lot and now use the Chrome extension. I find it useful when I’m conducting research on a topic over several days and I want to get rid of sites that keep popping up but are not relevant. When the project is finished I unblock the sites.

  • http://www.dekh.com/members/profile/13 Harsh Bawa

    I have used this feature consistently on chrome when researching for things which I use consistently to weed out the irrelevant results.

    I believe it was one of the metrics which Google wanted to test for seo but somehow not many people used it.

    Perhaps Google decided that it was best to discontinue this feature and put the resources into other areas,

  • maslunud@sharklasers.com

    opera internet browser serves this functionality too. You can check it in the following site

    https://addons.opera.com/en/extensions/details/google-search-results-blocker/

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