The spam scam site Semalt.Semalt seems to be run by Ukrainian spammers and it spams their website on countless site analytics and people will go to the site out of curiosity and some will then sign up. Their analytics are no where near as good as other analytic sites, but it's about money at the end of the day, spamming the analytics is more effective than email spam, I think this is a bad new trend.
If you look at Semalt's Facebook page, which is full of complaints, they will tell you to go to their site and add your site so it gets removed from their spam bot list. I find it suspicious, I don't think you should give them anything, maybe they won't remove your site, maybe they will add your site to one list or another.
"Nataliya Khachaturyan, - she's the owner, seems dubious, only 12 friends - , Name removed, you can remove your site from our seed list on this on this page: http://semalt.com/project_crawler.php
Just enter your site/sites URL."
Posted Mon Mar 17 2014 9:36am by Yawpick
Spemalt seems to be hitting tons of people in the last few months. After I began seeing Spemalt show up on my visitors log, my blog got bombarded with hundreds of spam comments, which has never happened before. They are vile spammers.
I added some code to my htaccess file to prohibit them from visiting my site, and haven't gotten any visits since. See this thread:
Posted Mon Mar 17 2014 10:18am by callmeringo
We will be doing something soon to block these "visitors" from showing up.
Posted Mon Mar 17 2014 10:22am by Your Friendly Clicky Admin
BTW . . . when I first started getting visits from them, I foolishly clicked on their website to see what it was. When I found out they were spammers, I also removed all cookies they placed on my computer.
Posted Mon Mar 17 2014 10:24am by callmeringo
Posted Mon Mar 17 2014 12:01pm by colblair
Ok we just pushed a change live to ignore "visitors" from any (*.)semalt.com referrer.
Posted Mon Mar 17 2014 5:08pm by Your Friendly Clicky Admin
Posted Tue Mar 18 2014 9:57am by einstein999
Can anyone confirm our fix worked? We have one user who emailed in to say Clicky is still logging them.
Posted Thu Mar 20 2014 10:50am by Your Friendly Clicky Admin
I can confirm that semalt has disappeared from my logs after the 17th. I was getting a a few hits a day from them.
Posted Fri Mar 28 2014 7:41pm by aelling
I can also confirm that visits of semalt. com have finally disappeared! Great!
Posted Thu Apr 3 2014 7:08pm by limaeasy-DELETED
semalt do have a page for asking for your site to be removed from their crawl list. I used it and it seemed to work.
Posted Thu Jun 12 2014 4:35am by andymiller
semalt is back
I get this:
What should I do?
Posted Wed Aug 13 2014 9:15am by adamim
adamim, I looked at the last 7 days of traffic for all of the sites in your account and I didn't see semalt anywhere. Maybe you are looking at older data, before the filter was in place?
Posted Wed Aug 13 2014 3:34pm by Your Friendly Clicky Admin
We should receive email when someone replies. It`s good I checked here today.
It`s gone because I put into htaccess file long code given by one of members.
Now I have another issue with something else. YT downloader is on regular basis and descargar came recently.
Is there any way to get rid of them too?
Posted Tue Aug 26 2014 12:10pm by adamim
I'm having the same issues. It's only happening on some of my websites, though. This is what shows up on just one site so far today:
Oct 1 12:47pm clinicadefisioterapia.org/
Oct 1 9:40am ticimax.com/
Sep 30 8:57pm mslivestream.com/
Sep 30 9:15am liderfaktoring.com.tr/
Sep 30 4:02am medispainstitute.com.au/
Sep 29 8:28pm musica.descargar-musica-gratis.net/desc...
Sep 29 4:52pm bellolea.com/
Sep 29 3:41pm viandpet.com/
Sep 29 3:04pm aosheng-tech.com/
I did have some luck modifying .htaccess, but having to do that for a dozen or so sites every day isn't really a good solution.
Posted Wed Oct 1 2014 12:28pm by danatbird
What's the other counter you're using?
Posted Wed Oct 1 2014 4:39pm by Your Friendly Clicky Admin
Looks like another one is popping up:
Posted Fri Dec 12 2014 12:52pm by callmeringo
Posted Fri Dec 12 2014 5:27pm by Your Friendly Clicky Admin
So I am starting to wonder if these spammers are really even affecting our Google Analtyics. If you look in your server logs you won't see their IP addresses. I think they are just using a script to randomly send HTTP requests to random UA-XXXXXX-1 accounts on a massive scale. Perhaps that is why the .htaccess rules are working because they aren't technically landing on your site. Could be wrong here but almost sounds like it doesn't affect anything SEO wise. Google has to be hip to what they are doing you would think. I wrote up a little blog article about my issues with these spammers. alexzerbach.com/how-to-remove-darodar-spam/
Posted Thu Jan 8 2015 12:25pm by ayezee33
Yet another. They just don't quit:
Posted Thu Apr 2 2015 4:54am by callmeringo
Can clicky admin update the fix because we are getting bombarded every day to every site of ours from a bunch of semalt connected domains.
Posted Sun Apr 12 2015 9:13am by mjmurphy53711
Also best-seo-offer. buttons-for-your-website. Really annoying. Hope you can block click. Thanks
Posted Sun Apr 12 2015 4:15pm by scarmac
best-seo-solution.com is another one... please block these soon
Posted Sun Apr 26 2015 4:14am by pattayatube
best-seo-solution was already blocked a while back
Posted Mon Apr 27 2015 10:50am by Your Friendly Clicky Admin
Starting to get another one from semalt: fix-website-errors.com
Posted Sun Jun 5 2016 4:36am by callmeringo
Posted Sun Jun 5 2016 10:35am by Your Friendly Clicky Admin
The roaches are back:
Posted Mon Aug 22 2016 2:30pm by callmeringo