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Forum topic by pauldye posted 06-04-2013 09:18 PM 1167 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-04-2013 09:18 PM

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search doesn’t work for me, since I block all the advertisement trackers. Is it really necessary to track me?

-Google Adsense
-Google AJAX Search API
-Google Analytics
-Google Custom Search Engine
-Scorecard Research Beacon

I would be willing to allow 1 or 2 of these, in order to make the search work. Could someone tell me which is blocking the search?

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#1 posted 06-04-2013 09:22 PM

-Google AJAX Search API

This is the tracker that causes search to stop working.


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#2 posted 06-05-2013 11:26 AM

-Scorecard Research Beacon

These would be the people whose web site says… (“”)...
We require that any website using our web tags include a notice about their use to collect anonymous traffic data and to state what choices are available to users regarding the use of the information collected

And here at the bottom of this page… < img src =”” / >

Of course, this web site (and many many others – my blocker is forever telling me about scorecardresearch) has no such notice.

I’ve raised this a number of times with this site – no useful response.
I’ve raised this with scorecardresearch – no useful response.
I’ve raised this with truste – they said it wasn’t happening and closed the problem.

An alternative approach to unblocking Google AJAX Search API is to search using google directly, using…

for example.
I’ve found that to be a much richer search, giving more useful and navigable results too.

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#3 posted 06-05-2013 11:48 AM

Why not just attach an ad blocker to your browser? It’s what I do. Let the trackers track and continue to search uninterrupted, you’ll never see the ads anyway.
Advertisers and sites that generate income off ads just cringed at what I said but I cannot stand all the adverts and nonsense that comes with it. I use ad block plus in Firefox.

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#4 posted 06-05-2013 12:37 PM

I use ad block plus in Firefox.


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#5 posted 06-05-2013 12:46 PM

Wow Mike thanks for posting that, I installed the blocker and I like how you can pick and choose which sites you want to block ads on such as facebook I like to allow adds there but no where else and it allowed me to do that.

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#6 posted 06-05-2013 01:42 PM

I use ad block plus in Chrome


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#7 posted 06-05-2013 02:58 PM

Google AJAX search API is the tool that let’s the website put a search box on the page. It’s not tracking you.
Adsense and Analytics are trackers that try to match your ads with your website history
I think “Custom Search Engine” allows the site to customize search for the site itself, I don’t think it’s a tracker.
Quantcast, scorecard and skimlinks are trackers.

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#8 posted 06-05-2013 03:02 PM

Looking into it some more, the Google Custom Search engine is probably tracking, but you need it to get search to work well. I’d enable it and the AJAX API.

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#9 posted 06-05-2013 06:00 PM

I use ghostery from to block trackers. It seems to get them all. Well, maybe more than needed. I have allowed the Google AJAX search API. My search works now.

Thanks for the Ad block plus tip.

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