Semalt.com

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  • #1633480

    disc440
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    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.

    #1633591

    timethief
    Member

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

    #1633604

    timethief
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    #1633606

    timethief
    Member

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

    #1633610

    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.

    #1633611

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

    #1633612

    auxclass
    Member

    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)

    #1633655

    jackiedana
    Member

    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.

    #1633656

    raincoaster
    Member

    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.

    #1633657

    jackiedana
    Member

    @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.

    #1633745

    jackiedana
    Member

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

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

    #1633749

    rawlinsview
    Member

    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?

    #1633750

    arranview
    Member

    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.

    #1633751

    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? ;-)

    #1633753

    thatadamguy
    Member

    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?

    #1633754

    auxclass
    Member

    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

    #1633755

    sabrasmith
    Member

    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.

    #1633756

    thatadamguy
    Member

    Aww, bummer, auxclass… but thanks for the info!

    #1633757

    @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…

    #1633758

    lcsterling
    Member

    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.

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