I don’t know about you, but I’m finding the spam to content ratio on my Google searches tipping a bit too far in favor of spam lately. You know what I’m talking about: websites filled with vague and useless “content,” answers from people who have no idea what they’re talking about, technical solutions that require a paid subscription to view, etc.
Well, I finally decided to do something about it. I figured that someone must have already put together a Safari Extension or something to filter Google results based on a domain blacklist, but I couldn’t find anything[^1]. So, I started with a userscript by JRice and made my own.
The end result is pretty simple. I call it SearchExclude. It only works on Google right now and you can’t add or remove sites from the blacklist[^2]. All SearchExclude does is hide offending search results from you, so it’s possible that if you enter a particularly spam-ridden query you’ll get a page with no results[^3].
Here’s the current blacklist:
- Yahoo! Answers
- eHow (.com & .co.uk)
- Experts Exchange
- Google+ People and Pages box
Update 1/11/2012: SearchExclude now hides that annoying Google+ People and Pages box that just showed up on the right hand side of some Google search results.
[^1]: Let me know if you found something!
[^2]: I hope to include a user-configurable blacklist at some point. The code’s up on GitHub, so if you’re so inclined (and have a Safari developer’s certificate), you can always add your own by modifying the source.
[^3]: This is really, really unlikely though.