Google Discontinues Blocked Sites After Months Of It Not Working

Mar 25, 2013 • 8:52 am | comments (21) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine

Google Blocked Sites FallingIn March 2011, two years ago, Google introduced a blocked sites feature that allows searchers to block unwanted sites via Google's search interface. In December 2012, the feature stopped working and today, Google posts a message that blocked sites is discontinued.

Google said back then, "we're adding this feature because we believe giving you control over the results you find will provide an even more personalized and enjoyable experience on Google." Today, I guess Google doesn't believe in giving you control over the results you want to find in the search results?

Or maybe searchers are not really using it? Google doesn't say.

Google's Matt Cutts did respond to this in a Hacker News thread saying:

Note that you can continue to use the Chrome extension to block sites, which I believe we rolled out before this feature. Get it at

And here's the blog post we did about the Chrome extension.

So if you really want to block results, you can.

Forum discussion at Hacker News.

Image credit to BigStockPhoto for blocks

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Ranu Jain Gupta

03/25/2013 01:40 pm

Bunch of bad news one after the other....Google is becoming more and more evil every day.

Praveen Sharma

03/25/2013 02:04 pm

This service was hardly used. People hardly cares about blocking websites in their search results. Who cares either its ON or OFF now.


03/25/2013 04:18 pm

maybe people were misusing it we cant blame everything on Google

Stevie L

03/25/2013 06:19 pm

I'm not mad and figure that it was not providing enough value for them to continue (or was getting gamed by black hats) but it did work for me. I fix computers and hacked websites. About half of my work is done for free for places like senior homes and hospitals so when I was onsite, I would have to do a search and would get hit with all the useless results like fixya and such but at my office I had been blocking these and were getting much more useful results in the top 10. I noticed it stopped working back around January and figured that something must not be working as planned. These experiments by G are commendable and even when I don't agree with them I appreciate that they keep trying new things.


03/26/2013 07:01 am

Well now it's OFF permanently..

Soni Sharma

03/26/2013 07:38 am

users don't need it... This is right decision

Jawad Latif

03/26/2013 10:10 am

I think they have every right to do this as they are king of internet world.


03/26/2013 11:04 am

Google wants hold over all search engine.


03/26/2013 01:34 pm

There are tons of Firefox plugins to block crappy sites similar to Google blocked sites. Google can build enterprise applications but could not handle this simple app ??? Google is going down the hill as social search will take over gradually plus mobile is growing and G does not have control over that.


03/26/2013 06:48 pm

So, the President, being the leader of the USA has every right to do as he pleases? Poor logic here.


03/27/2013 12:17 am

Searchers are not really using it. Common searcher doesn't even know that this tool exists, or existed.


03/27/2013 11:16 am

We hardly ever use this or will need it, so it is a fair decision.

Jawad Latif

03/27/2013 11:39 am

President is elected. Presidency is not a business. Google is a company. They will take decisions which may lead to accomplish their business goals. Does it make some logic now?


03/27/2013 11:40 am

You elected google by using their services. Welcome to capitalism.


03/27/2013 12:04 pm

Google is an advertising platform; simple as that. If you have been keeping an eye on their roll out of enhanced campaigns for AdWords then you are aware that they see quite the opportunity with a mobile connected world. Pizza, pizza everywhere.

onuigbo loveth

03/27/2013 12:35 pm

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Jawad Latif

03/27/2013 12:57 pm

They don't force to use. If one doesn't want, he/she can switch to bing, yahoo etc.


03/27/2013 05:34 pm

Social media may bit Google triumph, because social media is more effective for making business.


03/27/2013 06:29 pm

Exactly my point.

or zilberman

03/28/2013 07:11 am

It's a good tool, u have many Spammy sites that you don't want or need to see whether it's a parent blocking for his kid, or you for stuff u don't need. I really have a hard time understanding why to shut it down though, this was already working so there was no more big development needed for it so it wasn't anything resource heavy on Google. The only thing I can come up with is people blocking paid websites or as was shown in many places, Google changed the ranking To be 'better' for companies and markets as it began it's marketing phase. Maybe this is a part of that landscape serp they want to show us. Let's just hope that Google will not become Evil as when it will happen, it will be too late for us

Chad Portenga

04/03/2013 01:16 pm

Ticked off! I use Firefox and do not want to switch to Chrome. I believe that it's more of a ploy to draw users to Chrome than an issue with people not wanting or using the feature. If it wasn't being used, why spend the time and money to create it for Chrome? Google: Bring it back before we start changing to Yahoo or Bing - your arch-nemesis. All we want is the ability to block useless search results like FixYa.

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