Announcing Search Bleach

Posted by on Feb 14, 2011 in Blog, News | | 3 Comments

The life of a professional developer became so much easier in the late ’90s. With the Internet at our fingertips, the answer to almost every problem as close as a well-crafted search query.

In the last year, though, Google has been losing ground on content farms. These are sites that duplicate the useful information on other sites, then wrap them with ads and horrible design. Stack Overflow is a frequent victim because the content is extremely useful and also made publicly available. Unfortunately, content farms duplicating this content are even more annoying because their copies aren’t up to date.

Usually, it isn’t much of a problem because the farms rank low in results, but over the last many months, they have outsmarted Google and ended up on page 1, sometimes even outranking the canonical page on Stack Overflow. After I accidentally clicked on those results a few too many times, I decided to create a browser extension that completely removes these farms from Google results so I never see them again. As of today, this extension is available for Safari, Chrome and Firefox. Get it here.

3 Comments

  1. windozer
    February 19, 2011

    Seems like the addon uses a preconfigured blocklist which is thoughtful of you as the maker of this addon. : ) I’d give it a try if I could add/remove domains to the blocklist on my own. Perhaps an ad/remove button next to each search result.

    • Steve Madsen
      February 21, 2011

      The extension on all three browsers includes a preferences dialog or page. I included a default set of domains, but you’re free to modify it.

    • Néstor
      February 22, 2011

      Hey, thanx! This is what I was looking for.
      I agree with windozer about the remove button next to each result, like this Google Chrome Extension:
      Personal Blocklist (by Google)
      https://chrome.google.com/extensions/detail/nolijncfnkgaikbjbdaogikpmpbdcdef?hl=es

      Regards