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'[OT] Google keyword-spamming'
2011\02\21@200135 by Philip Pemberton

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Well, it seems the keyword-spammers have truly taken over Google.

I was looking for a datasheet for a part earlier this afternoon, and I had to dig through SIXTEEN PAGES worth of search "results" which turned out to be some Chinese component chopshop trying to sell me parts I already had. "Urrgh," says I, "There has to be a better way."

Turns out there is... if you're using Firefox as your web browser.

First: grab yourself a copy of the OptimizeGoogle extension and install it:
  https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/optimizegoogle/

Enable Search Result Filtering as per the destructions. I also enabled "Always remove click-tracking" and "Block ads on all Google services", and disabled "Add links to other web search sites". "Stream Search Results" is worth playing with too -- it removes the next/prev buttons at the bottom of the page, and makes the next page appear automatically as you scroll down the page.

Now close the OptimizeGoogle options. Below each search result, you should have a list of things you can do -- typically Google gives you "Cached" and "Similar", but OptimizeGoogle adds "Filter". Click this button and you can add a single search result to the block list. What I typically do is block the entire subdomain or domain, e.g.:
http://www.partminer.com/partdetail/partcatalog/LED-Display/9-CHARACTER/RED/_pg1

is added to my blocklist as:
  *.partminer.com/*

To get you started, I've uploaded my blocklist to Pastebin (figured you guys wouldn't appreciate me adding it as an attachment!):
  http://pastebin.com/iJwhSg24

To install the list -- open OptimizeGoogle Options (Tools menu), select Filter, then copy-paste the list of URLs into the "Filter list" box. OK your way out.

Feel free to suggest additions to this list if you notice any other spammers I've missed :)

Cheers,
-- Phil.
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2011\02\21@203034 by Carl Denk

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Will have to try that. With Firefox, I have been using the "No Script" Add-on. You have the opportunity to filter most of these items, either on a always, this session only, or never basis. I find, though it is a little bothersome when surfing since many sites are first timers, and unless you permit them, you don't get anywhere.
:)

On 2/21/2011 8:01 PM, Philip Pemberton wrote:
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2011\02\21@215637 by John Gardner

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Sounds like the greatest thing since sliced bread.

So far, I'm not having much luck getting it to work. I'd love to disable
Google Instant, for instance; I can do so in Preferences, either in the
Add-On or Google, but it does'nt go away.

"Stream Search Results" does'nt work either.

FWIW, I just switched to W7SE, Firefox is current...

Any thoughts ?

Jac

2011\02\21@221239 by Bob Blick

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On Tue, 22 Feb 2011 01:01 +0000, "Philip Pemberton" wrote:
> Well, it seems the keyword-spammers have truly taken over Google.
>
> I was looking for a datasheet for a part earlier this afternoon, and I
> had to dig through SIXTEEN PAGES worth of search "results" which turned
> out to be some Chinese component chopshop trying to sell me parts I
> already had. "Urrgh," says I, "There has to be a better way."
>
> Turns out there is... if you're using Firefox as your web browser.

I hear that Bing does sort of the same thing - it gives you filtered
Google results:

http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2023674/google-claims-microsofts-bing-web-search-results

:)

Cheers,

Bob

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2011\02\21@222942 by Carl Denk

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Read the web page the link goes to. There are more than a few issues of things not working. I installed it after Noscript. First thought with little experience is "What does it do?"  :)

On 2/21/2011 9:56 PM, John Gardner wrote:
> Sounds like the greatest thing since sliced bread.
>
> So far, I'm not having much luck getting it to work. I'd love to disable
> Google Instant, for instance; I can do so in Preferences, either in the
> Add-On or Google, but it does'nt go away.
>
> "Stream Search Results" does'nt work either.
>
> FWIW, I just switched to W7SE, Firefox is current...
>
> Any thoughts ?
>
>   Jack
>

2011\02\21@223843 by Joe Koberg

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On 2011-02-21 19:01, Philip Pemberton wrote:
> Well, it seems the keyword-spammers have truly taken over Google.
>
> I was looking for a datasheet for a part earlier this afternoon, and I
> had to dig through SIXTEEN PAGES worth of search "results" which turned
> out to be some Chinese component chopshop trying to sell me parts I
> already had. "Urrgh," says I, "There has to be a better way."

Google has a plugin for their Chrome browser that not only blocks entire sites from ever appearing again, it submits the information to them so they can downrank the pages.

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/nolijncfnkgaikbjbdaogikpmpbdcdef


Although I normally use Firefox, I installed this plugin in Chrome just so I can go repeat my search and block things in chrome to get the data submitted.




Joe Koberg

2011\02\22@073140 by Philip Pemberton

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On 22/02/11 02:56, John Gardner wrote:
> Sounds like the greatest thing since sliced bread.
>
> So far, I'm not having much luck getting it to work. I'd love to disable
> Google Instant, for instance; I can do so in Preferences, either in the
> Add-On or Google, but it does'nt go away.

Run a Google search. On the right hand side of the "Search" button is a link: "Instant: On". Click it, then select Off.

I think you might need to have JavaScript enabled for the blocking to work properly.

-- Phil.
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2011\02\26@064927 by IVP

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> Well, it seems the keyword-spammers have truly taken over Google.

Google tweaks search to punish 'low-quality' sites

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/technology/news/article.cfm?c_id=5&objectid=10708886

Has Google stopped searching for answers ?

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/features/cyberclinic-has-google-stopped-searching-for-answers-2202509.html

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