04-04-2018, 02:46 PM #1
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Blocking certain websites when doing a search
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I have Mac OS High Sierra 10.13.3
When I am doing a search (browser: Firefox; search engine: DuckDuckGo) I find that certain websites keep coming top of the list. I want to filter them out so that other results show at/near the top. Is there a way of doing this via the Mac OS or is it something that can only be done via the browser and/or search engine? If the latter, does anyone know how to do it?
- 04-04-2018, 03:07 PM #2
Definitely not macOS. You can't really control the list of things that show up since that's what the search engine is showing you. In Google searches, for example, the first result is almost always a sponsored ad followed by other results. Browser extensions can try to filter this info but likely not a useful thing for most people and as such you'll just have to manually go past the links you don't care about.--
04-04-2018, 03:27 PM #3
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Within Google, as a specific example, you can confine your results to be from a specific location: "sitele.com iphone" This will show ONLY results found within the apple.com domain.
You can ELIMINATE all responses from a particular site in a similar manner: "-sitele.com iphone" This will show results from anywhere EXCEPT apple.com.
You can "stack" multiple minuses (-sitele.com -site:microsoft.com) to remove more than one domain from the results. You can only use one inclusion, however.
That's about the most flexibility with searching that I'm aware of.
04-04-2018, 06:25 PM #4I want to filter them out so that other results show at/near the top.
I don't think they provide and sorting but I thought the OpenDNS group allowed some sort of filtering but that was some years ago. Maybe check their info:
But google does offer some sort of sorting but I don't know if it's designed for the average user:
Filtering and sorting search results
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