UPDATE #2 – April 6, 2011
This has been my most-popular blog entry ever.
Also, Google recently announced changes to its algorithm that will hopefully weed this out once and for all.
If, like me, you’re a developer, and if, like me, you often use Google to search for the solutions to questions, then, like me, you’ve probably encountered BigResource.com, and, like me, you absolutely hate the hell out of it.
Last week, in a fit of Big-Resource-induced rage, I went on a mad Googling spree, where I learned that I’m not the only one, and I joined the discussion over at Mike Cann’s blog.
The web is full of clever people, and I figured there must be a way around this. As it turns out, I wasn’t the first to try. There’s a couple of GreaseMonkey scripts out there, but I didn’t have much luck getting them working.
Then, I found this over at Greg Hughes’ blog. Not surprisingly, BigResource is mentioned in the comments as an ideal reason for excluding certain sites from search results.
So, I went ahead and created my own BigResource-blocking Google search, which I’m sharing with you here:
Feel free to use it, or create your own according to the instructions linked above.
One More Thing
Personally, I almost never search by first loading up Google’s home page and then entering search terms. I prefer to use the Search box in the top-right corner of the browser window. So, using these instructions from WikiHow, you can make Firefox’s search bar get rid of BigResource too.
I had another idea, and it takes some more effort, but I don’t mind doing it. When you see a search result from BigResource, simply highlight the title, then copy and paste it into a new search. Generally the REAL page (not the BigResource aggregated page-view-stealing page) will be pretty high up in the results. Perhaps someone more competent than me could make a greasemonkey script or Firefox add-on that does this automatically.
I’ve often sought help on sites like ActionScript.org, kirupa.com, StackOverflow, and FlashKit. These sites have helped me out immensely over the years, and never asked for anything in return. Therefore I feel a certain loyalty to them, and can’t help but take it a bit personally when I see other people hijacking their content and co-opting it to show me ads for crap I have zero interest in.
Let’s put the traffic back where it belongs: On the sites that actually answer the questions.