Exclude certain sites and subdomains from Google Alerts

by sam   Last Updated July 16, 2018 12:03 PM

Is there a way to exclude certain sites and subdomains from Google Alerts?

At the moment there are a couple of sites and a couple of subdoamins of other sites that are throwing up false positives (dev sites, our own blog running on subdomain.mydomain.com etc).

Tags : google-alerts

Answers 2

Google web search allows you to use -site:subdomain.mydomain.com to exclude anything from subdomain.mydomain.com from the search results. [source]

So try creating a Google Alert with -site:subdomain.mydomain.com (add multiple instances of that for each site you want to exclude). According to a discussion on the Google product forums, that worked a few years ago.

You can also see from that discussion that a feature to allow using site:subdomain.mydomain.com (without the leading minus sign) to only send alerts from a specific web site has sometimes worked and sometimes been removed by Google. So there's a possibility that -site:subdomain.mydomain.com no longer works in Google Alerts.

February 07, 2015 10:23 AM

what if you want to exclude two sites, how would that look?

Tim Curro
Tim Curro
July 16, 2018 11:55 AM

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