Google Releases Chrome Extension That Allows You to Block Spam from Search Results


Google doesn’t like crap links clogging up their search any more than you do. In fact they declared Jihad on link farms over three years ago, but now they’ve released a Chrome Extension that lets you manage what sites you are sick of seeing in your search results.

Via Google: The personal blocklist extension will transmit to Google the patterns that you choose to block. When you choose to block or unblock a pattern, the extension will also transmit to Google the URL of the web page on which the blocked or unblocked search results are displayed.

Matt Cutts, Google’s Spam Guru, blogged about the extension earlier today.

We’ve been exploring different algorithms to detect content farms, which are sites with shallow or low-quality content. One of the signals we’re exploring is explicit feedback from users. To that end, today we’re 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 we will study the resulting feedback and explore using it as a potential ranking signal for our search results.

You can download the extension and start blocking sites now.

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