March 11, 2011 at 11:39 AM ET
It's annoying to find oneself staring at Google search results and recognizing that some of the websites in the results are spam or completely useless. Thanks to a new Google feature though, you can now prevent those sites from showing up in future search results.
Lifehacker reports that Google announced a new search result filtering feature which allows users to personalize their search results in order to avoid websites they don't want to see or know are spam. From now on "when you click a result and then return to Google, you’ll find a new link next to 'Cached' that reads 'Block all example.com results.'"
Once you click that new link, a message will appear to confirm that you really do want to block that website from future searches. Google notes that you will see the block link "whether or not you’re signed in, but the domains you block are connected with your Google Account, so you’ll need to sign in before you can confirm a block."
If you ever need or want to unblock a site you've wanted to avoid in the past, its simple. Just head to your search settings:
You can see a list of your blocked sites in a new settings page, which you can access by visiting your Search Settings or clicking on the “Manage blocked sites” link that appears when you block a domain. On the settings page you can find details about the sites you’ve blocked, block new sites, or unblock sites if you’ve changed your mind.
Easy, no? Just two clicks after each time that you discover a lousy website in your search results and you'll never have to see it again — unless you want to, of course.