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Is it possible to configure Google somehow to permanently ban search results from domains that I know 100% are never, ever going to make me happy? Something cookie/session based maybe?

E.g. I want to ban (permanently, forever and always) results from experts-exchange.com. Every time I click results that take me to their page I just want to scream.


Update! Google has released a Chrome Extension to allow users to block individual site from Google search results! Personal Blocklist (by Google). (Since this question has been closed, I cannot answer it.)

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Not to be a complete dork or anything, but experts-exchange does have the answer to the question for free at the bottom. I didn't realize this for a long time. –  Peter Turner Jul 16 '09 at 15:32
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@Peter Turner: Not always. If you are referred from google it does, but if your referrer isn't sent, or you are not coming from google, it doesn't. –  Macha Sep 22 '09 at 20:11
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@Macha - You mean you directly went to the hyphen site? That seems self-defeating! =) –  The How-To Geek Sep 22 '09 at 20:28
    

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I think you can probably do this with Google's Custom Search Engine...

http://www.google.com/cse

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This is how I eliminate Experts Exchange. –  Leigh Riffel Jul 16 '09 at 15:04
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My custom search engine is google.com/coop/cse?cx=013033296181757682315:8ufu3l2e4d0 –  Leigh Riffel Jul 16 '09 at 15:06
    
This is a good solution if u want to keep adding to the list of sites you want to exclube, the -site:blah.com option is better for a single search –  Roy Rico Sep 22 '09 at 20:09
    
@Roy if i would be the one writing your comment i would say -site.experts-exchange.com instead of blah –  Shimmy Dec 15 '09 at 4:37

If you use the -site: directive in your searches it will not list them

my search -site:experts-exchange.com

I'm not sure how to make it permanent though

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I wish I could up-vote you. I'm all out for the day though. –  Jonathan Sampson Jul 16 '09 at 14:55
    
@Jonathan: I still had some left for you ;) –  RSolberg Jul 16 '09 at 15:47
    
+1 me too :-d ... more chars –  Mercer Traieste Jul 16 '09 at 16:10
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expert sex change most annoying site on the web –  Shimmy Dec 15 '09 at 4:33
    
Daniweb is also dislikable. –  rlb.usa Mar 18 '10 at 21:38

Also, to alleviate the experts-exchange.com woes, you can tell your browser to block cookies from the site. Then you can scroll to the bottom of any page to see the "expert" answers.

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I have also set up an Adblock rule to hide the entire ad/hidden answer block. It's actual semi-usable with all the garbage hidden :) –  heavyd Jul 16 '09 at 15:05
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To block all access you can also put this line in the "hosts" file (location varies, but it may be in folder C:\WINDOWS\system32\drivers\etc): 127.0.0.1 www.experts-exchange.com –  Peter Mortensen Jul 16 '09 at 17:58
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Blocking using the hosts file will not allow you to see any content on that site, though. –  Peter Mortensen Jul 16 '09 at 18:01

Have you tried doing a -experts-exchange.com in your Google query?

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Google's rule of thumb:

The rule of thumb

Each site on the Web is controlled by its own webmaster. If you find a page in Google's search results that you'd like to see changed, your best bet is to contact the webmaster and ask him or her to make a change.

It'd be funny for Experts Exchange to get a bunch of queries concerning this!

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I don't want to have to type that with every query that might end up with them in the results. –  Stu Thompson Jul 16 '09 at 14:54

You do know that the answers there are always and forever visible in plain text if you scroll all the way to the bottom of the page?

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If your browser of choice supports being able to edit the quick search bars, you can edit or add in the searches with the following:

http://www.google.com.au/search?q=%s+-site:experts-exchange.com

That way you'd be able to use the browser search bar/helper and not have to remind yourself that you want nothing to do with that site other than to not see it in your results.

You can tweak it for any other number of sites, just remembering to add it into the address line, like:

http://www.google.com.au/search?q=%s+-site:example.com+-site:example.org
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Ahh this is what I meant :) –  OscarRyz Jul 16 '09 at 15:43
    
+1 do this all the time in Firefox... –  Daniel F. Thornton Jul 17 '09 at 11:15

There's a Firefox add-on called BlockSite that I used to use. You just input the domain and it will make sure no traffic to or from that domain will be through your computer.

It even goes so far as to make links to that domain plaintext so you can't even click on them.

Sadly, it's not supported by the latest versions of Firefox. Maybe someone has an alternative.

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It is possible with Google Chrome if you append it as a custom search engine and make it the default.

Something like this.

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The CustomizeGoogle Firefox extension helps to filter search results

This is probably the easiest way i found ,rather than typing operators for each and every search

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Seconded. The OptimizeGoogle fork has taken over maintainance: optimizegoogle.com –  Tobu Jun 24 '10 at 21:59

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