Webmasters: How To Disable The Google Related Popup

God bless Google. They try, ever so hard, to constantly innovate and provide people with a plethora of new things on the internet. That's why I can't bash them too much over their newest "product." Googs newest gift to the citizens of the internet, "Google Related", however is very, very bad for the internet.

For those of you who don't know, Google Related is basically a feature of the Google toolbar. If you have the toolbar installed, while surfing the internet Google will attempt to show you web content related to the page that you are currently on. This is done via a little pop-up window that appears on the bottom of the screen.

To an ordinary user, this would probably appear to be an excellent means of finding out new stuff. In fact, that is how Google envisions it:

"Almost every time I go online, I come across some new topic or item that I’d like to learn more about. Sometimes it’s as simple as the latest buzz on the new shop down the street. Other times it’s something more significant, like a counterpoint to an opinion piece I’m reading. While the answer can be just a simple search away, we wanted to find a way to get some of those answers to you even faster."

Ran Ben-Yair, a product manager with the Google Related team, writes in a blog post

Now, let's look at the reality of the internet. The internet is about money. Webmasters do not spend hundreds of hours developing websites just because they lack proper social skills. They do it because they lack proper social skills, AND they want to make money. When Webmasters place banners that are links to other sites onto their pages, 9 times out of 10 they are advertising links. You don't place banners advertising somebody else's website on your website for free. Always remember, the internet is about money.

What's even more discouraging, is the fact that most some of these "related" sites that pop-up are on Google's own web properties (read youtube.) Obviously Google is being evil helpful in providing links to their related sites. However, in order to not use their monopoly as an advantage give the appearance of being controlling, they should certainly remove minimize the number of links to their own web properties. I must say again, the internet is about Money.

In addition to Google providing this "feature", which practically no webmaster would want, they do not allow you to opt out. Well my friends, lend me your ears, because I'm about to tell you how to disable Google's Related toolbar popup thing-a-ma-jig. This little tip comes as a gift from Mr. Harry Bailey. In order to disable it, simply add the following code to your CSS:

iframe.grelated-iframe {
left:-99999px !important;
display: none !important;

You have now opted out of Google Related...for now.

Edit (8/26/11): I kinda arrogantly threw that bit of code up there without FULLY explaining how to implement it. You can either place the code into the head section of your page:

Or, you can place the code anywhere in your external CSS file.


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Thanks for posting this. Could you please explain in a little more detail for us non-techies where to enter this code? I just ran across this little privacy pirating product and I will disable the toolbar before I accept it. To me, this totally negates their "do no evil" BS. They have officially raised the company to Evil Empire status.

  • Friday, August 26, 2011 at 7:48 AM

I''ve updated my blog with a more detailed example. If you''re not a webmaster, and just want to disable it in your browser, then you can click on options which appears on the bottom right of the pop-up bar. In the dialog that appears, you can choose to disable it.

  • Friday, August 26, 2011 at 10:31 AM

Can you say adios Google toolbar, hello Bing. I am so sick if this nonsense from Google. Just because they are the biggest they think they can run over everyone. Shame on you Google and adios from a once loyal customer and our business. Also we will cancel all other services they provide us.

  • Tuesday, August 30, 2011 at 11:57 AM

Great tip. I was looking for it. Its redicolous how big search engines just dont want to ask permission from the website owner from where they are getting all the money.

  • Friday, September 02, 2011 at 1:05 AM

Shoot, so that''s that one spupoess.

  • Friday, September 02, 2011 at 2:27 PM

Here''s my thoughts on this: http://www.lunarlog.com/google-related-privacy/ Personally, I don''t care what Google "does" for the good of humanity. They are a company ultimately, and one of the richest on the planet. I think being in their position of power, they can afford to be more responsible on the web. I also disagree with your statement: "Webmasters do not spend hundreds of hours developing websites just because they lack proper social skills. They do it because they lack proper social skills, AND they want to make money." That''s such a generic statement. True, there''s a lot of people that do lack the skills, but I wouldn''t say "all." There''s a lot of people in the field of web-related activities that have plenty of social skills. Also the web isn''t always about making money. Sometimes it''s a place where people go to find and share useful information. Other times it''s a place where people go to meet one another, share interesting stories, and for others it''s a place where people go to vent their frustrations and feelings. There''s plenty of more examples, but I wouldn''t say that it''s all about money.

  • Thursday, September 08, 2011 at 12:08 PM

My comment WAS extremely generic, as I was just chiding my fellow webmasters. I would agree with you that it''s not all about money. This website will hopefully eventually be about money, however right now it''s just about sharing ideas and information.

  • Thursday, September 08, 2011 at 2:55 PM

Thank you so much! Your 8/26 post which fully explained how to implement the iframe code was extremely helpful. Your site is what the internet is all about. I have not eliminated the "google related" toolbar from my website. Do you know how google controls what appears on the ''google related'' toolbar. I like some of what appears (maps, etc), but I definitely don''t like the "related places" part. Is there a way to just get rid of the "related places" parts? On the comcast.com website, on the toolbar there is something called "news", so there must be some way to control what goes on the toolbar. In any case, thank you so much!

  • Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at 4:26 PM

This method no longer works, Google got keen to it and removed the class name "grelated-iframe" from the iframe. So now it''s back! How can we remove it now, with no access to any part of the iframe. Google has also made ALL of their inline styles be !important; I''m stumped now....I really want to block this bar from my site, because they have crossed the line this time!

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  • Wednesday, November 02, 2011 at 7:09 PM
Jaimie Sirovich:

This no longer works. We wrote something that works for the moment over here: http://www.seoegghead.com/blog/google/how-to-disable-google-related-with-jquery-p859.html

  • Friday, November 18, 2011 at 3:12 PM
a googler:

This no longer works and other fixes will cease to work soon too. Our browser and toolbar must be able to rewrite your pages to allow suggestions and eventually ads.

  • Saturday, December 03, 2011 at 4:49 PM

I can not get any of the options to work in removing the popup. Any lawyers on here? Is this a violation of Restraint of trade laws? Can this be reported to the FTC?

  • Wednesday, December 07, 2011 at 2:28 PM

Just get rid of the toolbar. That''s what I did.

  • Wednesday, December 07, 2011 at 2:57 PM

Get rid of the tool bar? Is that supposed to be a joke? Apparently, you have no idea what this thread is about. This has to be illegal. Google has crossed a line here. I pay for Ad words advertisements to Google to bring customers to my online store. Google then allows creepy little ads to climb up from the bottom of the browser my page is displayed on to direct customers to my competitors. Where are the lawyers? I see a class action law suit here!

  • Thursday, December 08, 2011 at 7:56 PM

My original August post noted I am a "non-techie." I found this site by searching on Google Related after the program appeared in my toolbar, so I''m not sure what talking down to sincere people looking for help gets you. Actually, I am quite sure. It gets you nothing. Now that we have that out of the way, I understand what your problem is as someone who does business on the web. I, however, do not, and am looking at this problem strictly from the privacy and annoyance angles, hence my suggestion to remove the toolbar from the browser. If enough people did that, it may even have a positive impact for folks like you.

  • Friday, December 09, 2011 at 6:25 AM

You should note that the title of the post is webmasters not users. We want to stop google from swiping our customers away from us by placing advertisments on top of our webpages. True the toolbar is so anoying that many people will disable it however some wont.

  • Sunday, December 11, 2011 at 11:42 AM

How to Turn Off Related Searches on google chrome???

  • Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 12:31 AM

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