How to Remove Pinterest and Other Sites From Google Search


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Google Search results can often be top heavy with sites that aren't related to what you're looking for or that require an account or subscription to view.  Here's how to permanently block or exclude any website from appearing in Google Search without manually adding operators.

Pinterest often seems to appear in many kinds of search results, and while I like and use Pinterest, not much of what appears is relevant to what I'm searching for. You can exclude Pinterest or any other site by adding a new search engine to Chrome. Adding a new search engine to the already existing search engines in Chrome takes a short time and works in both Google Search and Google Images. Sites are blocked in search results, you can visit any page that's excluded from the search results.

Adding a search engine to exclude a domain using the steps in the article modifies the search/address bar to automatically prepend an operator to block sites from appearing in Google Search results. If you've ever manually added "-pinterest" or a different site when searching, this is very similar.

Follow the steps in the article (link below) to block any site from showing up in your Google Search results. This method works in Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, and Brave. It works in a limited fashion in Opera and not at all in Vivaldi.

Firefox has a different structure for adding search engines with no way to block domains in Google Search, but if you use the DuckDuckGo search engine you can hide results using the DuckDuckGo Hide Unwanted Results Firefox add-on.  

If you only want to block Pinterest, get Unpinterested! from the Chrome web store. It excludes Pinterest from Google Search results (including Google Images) by simply adding the search parameter "-site:pinterest.*" (minus quotes) to the end of a search string.

Whether you use Unpinterested or add a new search engine, sites will only be excluded when searches are performed from the address bar. Searching from the box at the Google search page won't exclude or block any sites.

The basic process to add a site is to give the search engine a name, choose a keyword, enter the URL and add it as a new search engine. The article outlines how to block single or multiple sites using the basic Google search query. The information the article provides blocks Pinterest and can be expanded to block other sites by adding additional domain names.

The article provides directions to add a site in Google Chrome, the other browsers have slightly different variations to add a search engine.

Here are the steps for Chrome, Edge, Brave, Opera and Vivaldi. Opera works somewhat and Vivaldi not at all but are outlined so other search engines can be added.

At the top right, click or tap the three vertical dot menu, select Settings/Search Engine/Manage search engines/Add.

Microsoft Edge (Chromium based version)
This works with the Dev and Canary channels of Chromium based Microsoft Edge (available here). Click or tap the three vertical dots menu. then Privacy and Services/Address Bar/Manage search engines.

Adding a search engine works using the same steps as Google Chrome.

Opera doesn't allow any search engines other than the ones included in the list to be set as the default search. You can still use the new search engine by typing in its keyword and then your search term into the address bar. To create a new search engine, click or tap the "O" in the upper left corner, choose Settings/Search engine//Manage search engines/Add.

New search engines can be added to Vivaldi, but you can't use this string because Vivaldi automatically appends http:// to the front of the search engine URL. To add a new search engine, click or tap the "V" in the upper left corner, choose Tools/Settings/Search. Click on + sign in the lower left of the box to create a new search engine. Fill in the Name, Nickname and URL, then Save.

Find the details on how to permanently block sites from Google Search results here:

How to Remove/Exclude ANY SITE from your Google Searches PERMANENTLY

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Eschew all things Google (well, with the possible exception of Google Earth), and use DuckDuckGo as your search engine as it will NOT leverage your search information for monetizing purposes.