When users perform generic searches the results can sometimes be blocked because the search results match blocked categories. Is there a way to allow the search results for specific categories but not for others? In addition, when users click on sponsored links in Google searches, they get blocked due to adverts. Can that be allowed too?
You can allow search results for some categories and not for others. To achieve this, we need to get creative with categories and policy sequencing.
Example: We have a collection of categories that are blocked and this also causes search result blocks. We would like to allow search results for some of these categories but not for others. To do this, first divide the category group containing the blocked categories into two.
- Block categories including search
- Block categories excluding search
By dividing the block category, we can then insert an allow rule between the two block rules for the category groups. The allow rule should be for the main google search domain in your region. Remember that the allow action does not override HTTPS inspection or content modification so the results are still safe searched and monitored. The allow of the Google domain takes priority if the search results match a category in the "Block categories excluding search" group.
The policies should be structured like this:
- Block the "Block categories including search" group.
- Allow the main Google search domain for your region.
- Block the "Block categories excluding search" group.
Preventing sponsored links being advert blocked
In a slightly similar vein, the sponsored Google links can also be blocked if advert blocking is enabled generally. This can be avoided, to some extent, by allowing the category called "Google link redirector" which is found in the Search Engines super category. Allow this (don't whitelist as Guardian need the information in the URL). It's not 100% effective but it's close.