What is the best way to keep the various Stack Overflow clones and aggregators out of my Google search results?

Sites that are not to be named; I'm looking at you.

They are seriously messing up my work flow.

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    Should not this belong to meta instead? – Daniel Kluev Dec 3 '10 at 2:25
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    Should go probably to the webapps SE, since it's a question about using google. – Jakub Hampl Dec 3 '10 at 2:44
  • can you provide the specific query terms you're using that are problematic? – Jeff Atwood Dec 3 '10 at 2:49
  • What exactly is your "work flow"? Define "seriously messing up". All the content on Stack Overflow and their sites is CC-Wiki. Sites are free to use it with attribution. What is the real problem here? – theJerm Dec 3 '10 at 17:28
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    I think Google fixed this when they went after content farms. I used to see clone sites, but I haven't in a while. – James Lawruk Mar 25 '11 at 14:46
  • I agree with James, I haven't seen one in a while. But if you do, you can report it at this MSO post. – Pops May 24 '11 at 14:43

The newest Google Chrome extension : Personal Blocklist extension as described in the Official Google blog.

Extension in Action

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You can use "site:stackoverflow.com ".

Here's some bookmarklet code:

javascript:q = "" + (window.getSelection ? window.getSelection() : document.getSelection ? document.getSelection() : document.selection.createRange().text); if (!q) q = prompt("You didn't select any text.  Enter a search phrase:", ""); if (q!=null) location=("http://www.google.com/search?num=100&q=site:stackoverflow.com " + escape(q.replace(/\"/g,""))).replace(/ /g, "+"); void 0
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  • Scripts like this are nothing more than a band-aid generally. – Rebecca Chernoff Dec 3 '10 at 3:07
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    I think the goal is to be able to search the entire web which would include StackOverflow but just excluding a few specific domains such as the ones suggested by sou desu ne. – jpierson Dec 3 '10 at 3:27

There are different browser add-ons that could help. If you use Firefox there is the SurfClarity add-on and for Google Chrome there is a Search Filter add-on that both seem to do what you want but at the browser level. I agree that it would be handy if Google had some type of personalization for this that would stick around with your Google account regardless of the machine or browser you are using.

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Another option is using the search bar in http://stackexchange.com



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  • Oh good, they finally flipped over to using Google site-search; much better results than the SO search. – Lawrence Dol Dec 4 '10 at 5:58

Using so called "Operators".

Write site:stackoverflow.com on the end of query for every query.

For example:

"how to write HelloWorld stackoverflow"

Google will do the rest.

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