It's Tool Time: Google Domain Blocker

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That's right, ladies and gentlemen!  It's Tool Time!  That is, tools for your web browser and tools to help automate your sourcing life.

Last week at a conference, I was talking to a like-minded sourcing guru/technophile.  You know him by his real name: Dean Da Costa.  As we talked about sourcing tools, add-ons, extensions, and whatnot, we talked about blocking domains from search results on Google.

Now for years I have used a Greasemonkey (or Tampermonkey for Chrome users) script called "Google Domain Blocker".  It's a very cool script that blocks domains of your choice from showing up in your Google results.

Setting this up was a 2-step process: Download Greasemonkey (for FF) or Tampermonkey (for Chrome) and then go to userscripts.org to find the javascript.  The process wasn't all that difficult.

But after my conversation with Dean when I told him about the Greasemonkey script, he told me about Personal Blocklist (by Google).

This new extension is a very good thing.  Not only is it a one-click effort to add it to Chrome, but just like with the Tampermonkey script, you can import & export your list of blocked domains.  And also, it's apparently made by the big G.

Now why is this the most important thing in the world for you?  I'm glad you asked!

1. You can block domains that you don't want to see in your Google search results.  These include job sites, resume sample sites, and a whole host of others that always clutter up your search results.

2. You can import / export the results.  I have over 120 domains blocked from my results.  If you are in a hurry and need to do a quick search, then you will really appreciate the way this extension changes the look of your results.  The i/o feature is useful for distributing the list between team members or other computers of your own.

3. If you make a mistake and block a domain by accident, it's no problem.  You can just go to the list and "unblock" it.

Search example without the Personal Blocklist 

I run this string: (inurl:resume OR intitle:resume) (mask OR layout) design (asic OR mcu OR microcontroller OR soc)

And get these results:

personal_blocklist1

Not so good, huh?  A lot of job sites, resume samples, and devbistro.  Argha!!!

Search example with the Personal Blocklist

Now I add the extension to Chrome:

personal_blocklist2

You can tell that the extension is blocking domains because of the change in the numbering of the results (that's another extension I'll tell you about later).  The first result that shows up on my page is #7.  The other results have been blocked.

The URL for the Personal Blocklist is:

http://bit.ly/1nJA709

I highly recommend using it.

FYI, the results that you "block" are still on the page.  You just can't see them!  If you want to see more results and really get rid of sites "for real", then use some of the negative search terms in your string.  Like -inurl:jobs -intitle:jobs -intitle:sample -intitle:samples

Mark Tortorici
Founder & Training Expert
Transform Talent Acquisition

 

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Comment by Matt Charney on June 26, 2014 at 9:00am

Mark - thanks for a really informative, helpful and actually actionable tech rundown.  I'd expect nothing less from you (and hope to see you around here more often!).  Appreciate your contributing your insights and expertise here on the Island of Misfit Recruiters. 

Keep the good stuff coming.

Comment by Mark Tortorici on June 26, 2014 at 1:40pm

Thanks Matt!  I dig the different tools that are out there and the only downfall is overloading your browser to where it slows to a crawl!  Oh yeah, if I ever start a new band I'll call them The Island of Misfit Recruiters.  

Comment by Mike Rasmussen on July 2, 2014 at 1:43am

Mark as always solid sourcing stuff here.  I always keep an eye out for your tips.  Keep up the great work and hope life is treating you well these days.  

Comment by Mark Tortorici on July 2, 2014 at 2:08am

Thanks Mike.  Hope you're doing well too.  And hopefully you're making all kinds of mad hires at your company!

Comment by Mike Rasmussen on July 2, 2014 at 10:48am

Yes - making some good hires here.  I'll be sure to use these sourcing tips.  I learned from one of the best!

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