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  1. Every single day I have a listing for semalt.com/crawler in my referrer. What is this and should I be worried?

    The blog I need help with is stoutstandards.wordpress.com.

  2. Here's the link to the existing thread tagged for Staff attention please to post into it > http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/unbelievable-views-vs-visitors-stats?replies=4

  3. I'm sorry about the closed thread run round. I tagged this thread for Staff attention.

  4. headphonedaydreams
    Member

    I've noticed semalt turning up in my blog stats too over the past week. On the same day it started (Mon 27 Jan) I got another strange listing from something called interyield, which was in my click stats. I don't know if it's just a coincidence that it happened on the same day or even if I should be more worried about that, but I haven't seen it since that day. Semalt however keeps turning up in my referrer stats.

  5. headphonedaydreams
    Member

    The blog I need help with is headphonedaydreams.wordpress.com

  6. A site that refers traffic to your site can not damage your site at all - some referrals are spam and dangerous to your browser if you click on them but they can only distort your stats a bit depending on how much "real" traffic you have (1 junk referral when you have 10 page views a day is 10% junk - 1 junk referral when you have 100 PV / day is only 1% junk)

  7. Please rest assured that there are no security issues here, and we have already taken preliminary measures to address this issue. Semalt.com is on our radar and we will continue to monitor the issue.

  8. Please stop monitoring the issue and stop reporting referrals from Semalt.com. It's just junk as far as the users are concerned; get it off the stats page.

  9. @raincoaster, thanks for the feedback. Our developers know that it's an issue and are working on ways to address the referrer issues globally so that this won't be an issue in the future.

  10. Please see the forums thread below to learn how to block Semalt and other referrers in your stats:

    http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/spam-referrer-reporting?replies=1

  11. Does anyone know whether there is a reader on the other end of Semalt. Also it requires registration to access the site. Is the site itself malicious?

  12. Hi, I've just registered (use a made up email address!) and the site does not appear malicious. Not entirely sure of its purpose but seems to be about analysing your Google search result depending on keyword.

  13. For a little more info about semalt, see here:
    http://www.onlinethreatalerts.com/article/2014/1/1/what-is-the-website-www-semalt-com-about/
    They show a few screenshots to illustrate what it does (just comparing backlink numbers for similar sites, so nothing very bad) but still they do think the site may be a dubious one, based on things like the domain has been registered for one year only.
    Isn't the latter what many of us do, too? ;-)

  14. Hmm. I have a self-hosted wordpress blog, but also a wordpress.com account and can see my blog's stats at http://wordpress.com/my-stats/.

    Unfortunately, I'm not seeing any way to flag referrers as spammers; I checked out the FAQ referred to in this thread, and I see a list of referrers on both the stats linked above and on my own site... but no where do I see a report option :(.

    Advice, please?

  15. The Report Spam is only an option at present for WordPress.COM blogs, WordPress.ORG Blogs using the JetPack Plugin I don't think have the Spam option

  16. I get semalt crawler as well…. Today I noted a WP message telling me my blog is "blowing up" with 27 views an hour -- however, this is not reflected in the stats if it's true.

    Also, I'm not able to view my blog at the moment -- I get message page saying the server is not available this Sunday night. If it's not wp.com maintenance, then perhaps I have cause to be concerned despite comments above that the crawler is harmless.

  17. Aww, bummer, auxclass... but thanks for the info!

  18. solutionsforoutsourcing
    Member

    @jackiedana - hi, I'm using the JetPack plugin. Is there anyway this can be updated with the Referrers "spam flag" option? I've checked my stats at wordpress.com and I don't get the spam flag option there either...

    I'm also experiencing issues with semalt and would like to block them. They went away and they have now come back again. Last week I started to experience real issues with our site...

  19. A little worrying that they're in the Ukraine ... where so many bad Web things originate:

    Semalt LLC is the Europe-based company established in September 2013. The corporate headquarters is located in Kyiv, Ukraine. Semalt LLC is a web service and software developer aimed at creating a high-quality cutting-edge and available SEO and marketing analytics tool.

  20. Allow me to tackle a few things here.

    First of all, the spam referrer link is currently available only for users on WordPress.com. It may be rolled into a future Jetpack release but is not available in Jetpack stats currently.

    Regardless of where Semalt may be located, I'd like to reassure everyone that there is no security risk to your site based on a referrer link.

    Finally, to @sabrasmith, if you are still experiencing issues logging into or viewing a site on WordPress.com, please post a new thread in the forums and add the tag "modlook" so we can assist you directly.

  21. It is damn creepy, though, to see so many "visits."

  22. Meh ... I have much bigger fish to fry like answering questions here so I rarely even lay eyes on my stats more than once daily.

  23. Hi Guys,

    Me also seeing "Semalt" in my site [pepfry.com] analytics "Referrer" section. Its being almost a week since I have seen it in the analytics - Now it has increased the views to 25 views per day...

    It's really a spam - When I click the link it takes me to its login page. I see that there is an option for "WordPress.com" - Is there any such thing for self hosted sites "WordPress.org" sites?

    Thanks!
    Sumesh M.S

  24. If Semalt is indeed harmless why can't WordPress find a way to get rid of it. I am just tired of seeing it and given all that's going in the world today with spying it's bothersome.

  25. There are some discussions about blocking the semalt crawler via htaccess. The two most common methods are inserting one of the following at the end of the .htaccess file:

    # block visitors referred from semalt.com
    RewriteEngine on
    RewriteCond %{HTTP_REFERER} semalt\.com [NC]
    RewriteRule .* - [F]

    - or -

    SetEnvIfNoCase Via evil-spam-proxy spammer=yes
    SetEnvIfNoCase Referer evil-spam-domain.com spammer=yes
    SetEnvIfNoCase Referer evil-spam-keyword spammer=yes
    SetEnvIfNoCase Via pinappleproxy spammer=yes
    SetEnvIfNoCase Referer semalt.com spammer=yes
    SetEnvIfNoCase Referer poker spammer=yes

    Order allow,deny
    Allow from all
    Deny from env=spammer

    My experience is that these (I've added both as the first didn't seem to make any difference) don't totally get rid of the semalt referrals, but they cut them way down. I was averaging over 20 / day before, and since have only had 2 or 3.

  26. This seems helpful ... can you please advise where one finds the .htaccess file?

    thanks,
    LS

  27. @Icsterling: Your .htaccess file is found in the root folder where your WordPress installation is (self-hosted WP, that is; I'm not sure where or if you'd find it if your blog is on WP.com). It's not accessible through the theme editor - only server side. (Hint: Copy it before doing any changes in case you inadvertently make any changes that affect your site!)

    I might have been a bit off topic here on the WP.com forum but like others above, I've been stymied because the jetpack on self hosted sites doesn't have the "report spam" capability and this crawler's driving me crazy.

  28. @rpsellers
    @lcsterling
    Yours is an off-topic conversation that ought not to be posted here in the WordPress.com support forums because posting it here will likely create confusion. Please move your conversation to the correction support forum at http://wordpress.org/support/ If you don't have a username account at WordPress.ORG click http://wordpress.org/support/ and register one on the top right hand corner of the page that opens, so you can post to the support forums there and receive advice from WordPress.ORG bloggers.

  29. @ timethief

    Thanks for the proclamation of the obvious! I notice you haven't replied with the same snark for all the others "off topic" above in this thread. Not helpful...

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